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The Pozorrubio Pangasinan celebrated its annual fiesta and this year, it is highlighted with their famous product which is the “Patupat” – a native delicacy made from sticky rice and wrapped in coconut leaves. It is cooked in boiling sugarcane-juice. It is served with melted panocha or pakasiat.
And because their town is known for making patupat, they named their yearly fiesta as “Patupat Festival“. Like other festivities in town, they also celebrated it with full of enjoyable activities, dancing, singing and lots of competition.
To show the unity of the people of Pozorrubio, they prepare the three hundred meters (300m) long table filled with Patupat and they eat together.
Another part of the celebration is the eating patupat contest. The main goal of this contest is: all the contestants will race to eat one patupat and after eating, the contestant must whistle and that is the sign that he/she already done. The fastest contestant to finish eating patupat will win.
They also presented their Pyramid Patupat. It is composed of 12 Patupats with different sizes from bigger to smaller. And they formed it like a pyramid. The biggest size of patupat that they made was 10x bigger than the usual size of patupat sold in the market and the smaller patupat was smaller than the size of a candy.
Pozorrubio Pangasinan will continue to celebrate this annual fiesta “Patupat Festival” because they wanted to be recognized as the number one producers of most delicious patupat in the country. – asensopangasinan.com
What is patupat? Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia have similar coconut-leaf-wrapped native delicacies made from sticky rice and wrapped either in banana or coconut leaves. Indonesians wrap the delicacy in carefully-woven packages using selected young coconut leaves (minus the midribs). They call it almost exactly like patupat, but without the first two letters – tupat. The big difference, however, is that it is cooked in boiling water. When the sticky rice is cooked, it is served with melted panocha or pakasiat.
But it is only in Eastern Pangasinan in the Philippines that patupat is prepared and served in all its gourmet glory!
The ubiquitous vendors of Urdaneta City, Manaoag, Binalonan, Villasis and Rosales sell patupat in the bus stations throughout the year. During off-season, however, the quality of patupat suffers because patupat by then is cooked not in boiling sugarcane-juice, but in big pots (not in vats or the taliasi or kawa) using refined red sugar. During the sugarcane season (October to May), patupat as produced and sold in Pangasinan are reportedly the best in the Philippines!
The patupat is entirely different from other native cakes because it is uniquely wrapped. In the preparation of high-quality patupat, there is a need to be careful in making the patupat bag.
The weaving of the patupat bag is, in itself, an art. First, the midribs of the young coconut leaves are removed, then knotted at both ends. The weaves are usually done one overlapping the other, ending with two corners. Later, the knots are removed and then joined to complete the bag. – pozorrubian.wordpress.com
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