by Mary Therese Encina and Dave Anthony Sedon
On the 116th year celebration of Philippine Independence, the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office of the Provincial Government of Capiz launched the first Street Food Festival in front of the Capiz Provincial Capitol.
Street food vendors from all over Capiz took part in the festivity. Some vendors came from far municipalities such as Ivisan, President Roxas, Sapi-an, and Panit-an.
Despite the weather shift caused by the rainy season, vendors and street food-admiring Capizeños pushed through with the celebration of the event. Students, together with their peers, swarmed the plaza upon enjoying the beat of the band and the grilled foods.
Marinated and grilled Isaw (chicken intestine), adidas (chicken feet), Betamax (the solidified chicken blood) chicken wings, neck and head, deep-fried chicken, skin and nuggets, barbecue, hotdog, kikiam, fishballs, squid balls, chorizo, popcorn, egg-sandwiches, hamburgers and among other food, were feasted on many stalls.
According to Mylin Demayuga, owner of one of the street food stalls, the festival aims to attract tourists. “[Para] makita man nila nga kahit ang street food kag ang gamay nga mga gabaligya natagaan man sang pagtamod, nga biskan muna lang ila baligya, kahit papaano, nagahikayat man sila sang turista,” she stated.
The event was launched in the provincial government’s partnership with the Department of Tourism – VI, and was sponsored by Globe Telecommunications Network.