Iloilo City Local Customs

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Iloilo City Local Customs

  • Biscocho

    Again, like the Iconic Batchoy Soup and Pancit Molo, The Biscocho is one of the famous delicacies of Iloilo Province and is becoming more popular in the Philippines. Athough this was influenced by the spanish biscuit, the Biscocho of Iloilo is different in that the baked and toasted bread has a a different number of toppings in the crust like...

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  • Butterscotch Cookies

    Although the butterscotch cookies are not a filipino original invention, The Biscocho Haus in Iloilo City reportedly makes the best butterscotch cookies in the philippines and is one of the famous "pasalubong" items of local and foreign tourists to Iloilo City.

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  • Mango Pies and other Mango Desserts

    although the nearby Guimaras Province has most of the mangoes grown in the region, Iloilo City is where most of these fresh mangoes and mango sweets are sold.

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  • Calamares

    Calamares are a spanish origin but since the philippines was a spanish colony for almost 400 years, this seafood snack is one of the influence of the cuisines of Spain and they made it a heart snack in the Panay Region and they sell them by the pack everywhere.

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  • Galletas

    The Galletas is a kind of flat baked sweet cookie that is also one of the famous sweets originating in the Panay Region and is sold everywhere in Iloilo City.

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  • Iloilo Oysters

    panay island is known as the seafood capital of the philipines and sea foods whether freshly caught or cultured are very cheap to buy in the region specially in Iloilo City. There are many oyster shacks in the city and most of the restaurants offer fresh or baked oysters and you can buy a bucket of freshly caught oysters for just 50 pesos a bucket...

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  • Tuba

    Tuba drink or Sweet Tuba (as known in Mexico and Guam) and also known as palm wine, is a coconut nectar Drink that originated in the Philippines particularly popular in the Visayan Islands like here in Iloilo City. The process involves extracting the sap of an unopened coconut bud. The tip of the bud is lopped and the pale juice allowed trickles...

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  • Kilawin Tanigue (Ceviche Fish)

    Kilawin Tanigue is a regional specialty in Iloilo Province and is made cooked Spanish Mackerel Fish that is cooked by a souring agent. Kilawin means to cook in local coconut vinegar, Kinilaw is a Filipino way of cooking that is similar to South American ceviche and the Guam Kelaguen (see my Guam Pages for comparison) . They both rely on the sour...

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  • Guimaras Mangoes

    Guimaras Carabao Mangoes was claimed to be the sweetest mango in the philippines but the distinction of the sweetest mango in the world comes from Zambales Province north of Manila and is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1995. Guimaras Carabao Mangoes is the only variety allowed to be shipped to the United States Mainland and they...

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  • buko pie

    like most of the fruit here, the coconuts are out of this world. I usually don't even eat coconut in the states, but here it is just so damn good. Apparently, Margets had the best buko pie, but you can get it all over town.

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  • service!

    service everywhere is impecable here in the Philippines. Most shops have an armed guard who will open the door for you as you enter and exit. employees will immediately offer to help you find anything and they are very patient. You get the feeling that they really want to help you, not that they are after a comission. And service is quick. Get...

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  • Halo halo

    Halo Halo mean 'mix mix' and that's what you do, you mix it up. A layer of crushed ice is covered with various ingrediates, tapioca, jello, corn flakes, beans, flan and usually has a dollop of purple yam ice cream in top. You cover this with a bit of condensed milk and mix away. Very good, but beware of brain freeze.

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  • Beer

    There are three main beers here, all from the San Miguel brewery. San Miguel (blah) San Miguel Light (blah) and Red Horse. Red Horse is actually quite tasty and comes in a 1/2 litre bottle. Beers are about 60 cents US here.

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  • Dinagyang Festival

    This is a religious street dancing festival commemorating the Christianization of the natives with the coming of the Spaniards in the Philippines during the 16th century.

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