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TUGUEGARAO HOLDS BATIL-PATONG PANCIT FESTIVAL

The popular noodle dish, pancit batil-patong, got a boost anew in Tuguegarao City as the pancit eating and cooking competition took center stage in a festival held in front of the city government-owned Mall of the Valley as part of the Pavvurulun Afi Festival recently.

The local dish of noodles topped with poached eggs, sautéd meat, and vegetables was popularized here and is now also known in other parts of the country.

“Thankful for the unsolicited promotions on all platforms and word-of-mouth,” Tuguegarao City Mayor Maila Ting-Que said.

The noodle dish comes with a cracked egg mixed with the simmering beef stock that is poured into a bowl along with a special sauce and a tablespoon full of chopped onions and vinegar dip.

In the eating contest, Salvador Narag finished a plateful of pancit batil-patong with chili in almost just one minute, edging nine other men in the category.

“It is delicious even if it is spicy.”

“It is delicious even if it is spicy,” Narag said.

For women who ate the noodle with chili, Eleanor Badire took barely 50 seconds, winning against nine other bets.

For non-spicy noodle eaters, Rolly Tumanguil and Rellie Narag won in the men’s and women’s categories.

First placers received P3,000 while the second and third got P2,000 and P1,000, respectively.

P500 was also given as a consolation prize to each of the non-winners.

Residents and even tourists love pancit batil-patong due to its “unique taste, brought about by the use of the flavorful carabeef as its main ingredient coupled with a poached egg drop soup on the side and an egg on its top,” Ting-Que said.

“I plan to have organized coordination with panciteria owners, along with hotel operators, for more livelihood opportunities and income from serving the delicacy.”

The lady mayor said she has planned to have organized coordination with panciteria owners, along with hotel operators, for more livelihood opportunities and income from serving the delicacy.

The city has about 200 panciterias offering pancit batil-patong. There are also small eateries serving the dish right in their yards.

Evangeline Calubaquib, Pavvurulun Afi Festival co-chair, said they ensured that the health protocols including safe physical distancing would be followed during the event. 

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