Batchoy festival proposed

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — A city councilor has suggested that this city hold a festival to celebrate its most popular dish, the La Paz batchoy.


“We may celebrate the Dinagyang Festival, but the batchoy has been there for a long time and Filipinos know it originated here. Batchoy is part of our intangible heritage that we should give importance to,” Councilor Joshua Alim told Manila Bulletin.

“There’s the Coffee Festival and the Manggahan Festival . Why not a Batchoy Festival?” Alim said.

Batchoy is a noodle soup with its broth made from pork and beef bones with thin slices of pork meat, pork intestines, pork liver, and topped with bits of fried garlic and chicharon (crunchy pork skin). It is believed to have originated at the public market of La Paz, one of the districts of Iloilo City.

Alim urged the Iloilo City Tourism Office to study the proposal, which was initially discussed when Jed Patrick Mabilog was mayor.

There’s also talk about an event highlighting Pancit molo, another soup-based dish that originated in the city’s Molo district.