Buro or Pickles

Batangas has not forgotten the art of making buro or pickles, and many markets still sell these in large containers.

Batangas lomi

Batangas lomi, invented in Lipa City, is notable for the absence of vegetables and its thick delicious broth.

Buchi-buchi

Buchi-buchi, a traditional Filipino snack, is still sold in many markets around Batangas.

Sundot-Saging

Those of younger generations will probably say banana cue, but there are those in Batangas who still refer thos favorite as sundot-saging.

Pinindot

Called bilo-bilo or paridusdos elsewhere, Batangas' pinindot is frequently just plain rice balls sometimes with bits of sweet potato or nangka.

Cuenca’s Rustic Food Secret


Tucked away in a rustic corner of the Municipality of Cuenca in a village called Emmanuel is a little diner which, it is said, people travel way off-road to just to eat. Such is Batangas these days, however, that roads to obscure little villages are well-paved with concrete.

The diner makes no pretensions; and asked what the name of the place is, a kind middle-aged woman behind the row of pots filled with delectable home-cooking simply replied “Marele’s Store.”