Ilocos Norte Post #6: Tupig Out or NOT Tupig Out… Dat Is D’Question!


The Currimao Municipal Hall

The Currimao Municipal Hall

One of Media Pillar‘s stops was the Municipality of Currimao, to visit Mayor Rosario Go and raid her stock of Tupig.

Awwww…. I’m just kidding! We went there to bring greetings from Manila and to pray for her, her leadership and the residents of Currimao…

What a funny name, I thought to myself. It sounded like a something you would call a pesky child, as in – Hoy, currimao ka, tumigil ka nga! But I discovered from a Currimao website, the name is actually two words mashed together. I quote:

During the Spanish regime, when the Galleon Trade was still flourishing, Moro pirates frequented the coast of the China Sea. Whenever pirates appeared on the horizon to attack the villages, people manning the watchtowers warned the people by shouting “CORRER!” which means “RUN!”. During those days the pirates were known among the natives as “CUMAWS”. It was from these two words that CURRIMAO was derived.


The Blogging Beauty Queen with Mayor Rosario Go

The Blogging Beauty Queen with Mayor Rosario Go

Now,going back to TUPIG…

According to this website, Tupig is a dessert associated with Christmas and is made of grated matured coconut, ganta molasses, white refined sugar, butter or margarine, ganta finely ground glutinous rice, toasted sesame seeds. It is wrapped in banana leaves then baked in a kiln. If you don’t have a kiln, that’s okay; any oven will do.

Ron poses with a box of Tupig

Ron poses with a box of Tupig

Tupig reminds me of kakanin – something which I am not a fan of. However, in the case of Tupig, I make an exception. It is an excellent tummy filler and has a wonderful chewy consistency. Furthermore, it is not too sweet which is a blessing for me. I lost my sweet tooth a decade ago.

My hubby Ron and I ended up ordering 50 pcs of Tupig to bring home. Apparently, they store quite well. They taste better when warm so all you have to do is zap them in the microwave for 30 seconds to maybe a minute but be careful – any longer than that and you will have Tupig bricks.

GMA7's Alex Tinsay caught with TUPIG!

GMA7's Alex Tinsay caught with TUPIG!

Since Currimao is a seaside town, I snuck out the Municipal Hall (after swallowing 2 or 3 tupigs of course) to see if I could find the beach. But all I dicovered was an electric blue sky, a hint of salt in the air and acacia trees hovering over nearby homes.

Eventually, I did get my wish to see the beach; Mayor Rosario Go said she was going to bring the Media Pillar team to visit a couple of beach front resorts owned by her family. Whoah!

That story, in post #7 coming up soon…

by Joyce Burton Titular, the blogging beauty queen…

Ang mga Man-Tutupig!

Ang mga Man-Tutupig!




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