My favorite food of all time in the Philippines and thanks to my sister-in-law Gwen for taking the time to prepare these for me. There are plenty of banana plants in the Cagayan valley so it is just a matter of looking for the plants that have a banana flower on them.
I wished that I still lived in a region where banana flowers are readily available…but, nevertheless, I am looking forward to my return trip to the Cagayan Valley for the great food!
This is a great lunch or dinner with a heaping scoop of white rice!
The Kalesa, or Calesa, is a horse drawn carriage and they are frequently seen in Tuguegarao and in Tuao in the Cagayan Valley of the northern Philippines.
The Calesa is an economical way to get from one place to another. In Tuao Cagayan it will take you from one place to another for 10pesos (about 25-cents US). There is enough room in the cabin of the calesa to bring the things home that you bought at the market! The calesa can hold about 6 Filipinos comfortably. Sometimes if there are a lot of people there is room for one or two people to sit up front with the driver.
There are several issues with the bridge as one enters Tuao Cagayan… The first issue is that the bridge is just wide enough for one full sized BUS or JEEPNEY to pass each way. There is a pull-over land every few hundred feet so if you are in a LARGE VEHICLE you have to pull over and let the buses, jeepneys and trucks coming from the other direction.
The second issue is when the river is full the bridge is not usable, not passable as the water will be high enough to reach the roadway.
The buses and Jeepneys park along the river and leave the passengers off to cross inmotor boats to bring the people to the other side of the river. One you reach the Tuao side of the river, you can take a Calesa several hundred yards to where the tricycles are, which will bring you into the city of Tuao. When you take the motorboat, take care, your shoes will probably get wet!
There are many items in the bakery and the market that one can buy for 1p to 5p. When I was liviing in Tuao, a man on a bicycle would sell pandesal every morning (small buns). Each piece of pandesal was only 1p, so I would buy up to 10p of bread at a time (10p = 25cents in US money)
In the Cagayan Valley there are so many Banana plants, and there is often a banana flower on each banana plant. The banana flower is called the banana heart in the Philippines. In Tuao, Cagayan I have seen the banana heart prepared with egg and corn starch. It is very yummy! I am looking forward to returning to the Philippines for more heart of banana!
Kuliglig, as it is called in the Philippines, is an improvised tractor, that can be used to transport farm workers to and from the fields. It can be used to haul rice sacks or grain to market, and it can be used as a roto-tiller in the rice fields. If you are in the Cagayan Valley or other rural areas in the Philippines you will, no doubt, spot a few kuligligs on the road!