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    Calasiao's Puto, and Old Spanish Church

    Mention Calasiao to many people and they will automatically say puto, rice cakes, that is produced by the town using a simple yet famous recipe. Tutubi had a chance to re-visit the place after doing his usual work in Malasiqui town of Pangasinan.

    Tutubi's main reason for passing by the town is to sample the famous puto, sold at the so called Calasiao Puto Produce, a market lines with stalls in front of the municipal hall.

    Calasiao Puto Produce stalls selling puto and kutsinta (cuchinta) by the kilo (photo taken through a car windshield)
    puto on a plate, a quick picture before munching the delectable dessert/delicacy.

    After buying his pasalubong at one stall, Tutubi noticed the old church of Calasiao with a facade made of red bricks and officially called Saints Peter & Paul Church (same name as the old church in Makati on Burgos St.)

    The old church of Calasiao, Pangasinan, constructed in 1621. (note to photogrpahers: church is facing west, this photo was taken around 11am)

    a quick picture of the interiors with fairly recent look.

    All this took only a few minutes as Tutubi had to rush to Dagupan to again check on something plus a re-visit to his favorite restaurant in Dagupan.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 10:04 PM,

    17 Comments:

    At Oct 4, 2008, 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous tina said...

    Yay!! so it's famous for it's puto? ill remember that. :)

     
    At Oct 4, 2008, 4:34:00 PM, Anonymous thess said...

    Oh wow, I wish u elaborated more on the puto taste, I'm pretty curious because I want to make some!

    I like tha church's interior with blue, never seen it before..and ganda pala!

     
    At Oct 4, 2008, 5:39:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    tina, a popular pasalubong from the town

    thess, the puto i bought was just plain version, tastes like the usual steamed rice with sugar so it's a little sweeter. I prefer the kutsinta sprinkled with grated coconuts. wasn't able to take pictures of it since i was too hungry hehe

     
    At Oct 5, 2008, 12:56:00 AM, Blogger acey said...

    oh, puto!!! i haven't had puto in the longest time! the puto you posted looks very packed and chewy. mmmm... it will really go well with the native chocolate drink called sikwate... mmmm...

    and, dear, what a beautiful red church. it kinda reminds me of no li me tangere for some reason! :D

     
    At Oct 5, 2008, 1:05:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    sarap nga ng puto na galing sa calasiao. nakikita ko meron ding binebenta niyan sa mga make shift stall sa gilmore ave. sa qc. :D

     
    At Oct 5, 2008, 3:02:00 AM, Blogger Dennis Villegas said...

    I love Puto although I think that it should always be eaten with Dinuguan. Ahhh kagutom...I miss Puto tuloy, at kutsinta na rin...hehehe

     
    At Oct 5, 2008, 9:53:00 AM, Blogger the donG said...

    wow! the church's facade is impressive. i never been to that side of pangasinan.

     
    At Oct 5, 2008, 10:56:00 AM, Blogger BW said...

    I can almost smell the fragrant smell of that freshly based puto hehe :)

    Nice pic of the old church. Boy. they really keep the interior spotless clean.

     
    At Oct 5, 2008, 2:02:00 PM, Blogger Mari said...

    Oh, boy, puto. I haven't had one for a long time. Yup, it's good with dinuguan. Now I'm getting hungry.

     
    At Oct 5, 2008, 7:13:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    acey, why noli me tangere? i haven't had sikwate for a long time

    calotta, i don't notice those stalls on gilmore. i sometimes pass by en rout e to makati or ortigas. but maybe because i'm driving :(

    dennis, i really prefer kutsinta :P

    the dong, yeah, didn't expect it to be like that since, as always, the trip to calasiao was unplanned and only went there for the puto

    bw, there were a few street kids there always blocking my view for a few minutes i went in there...good thing they went away

    mari, I didn't grow up with puto and dinuguan pairing. i always think of dinuguan as ulam sa kanin. Now I miss my father's own version of dinuguan, the dry recipe only he can whip up

     
    At Oct 7, 2008, 2:07:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    Nagutom tuloy ako. I have been to Calasiao. I believe they have a miraculous statue of Christ that's bleeding blood. I think that's how I got to see that. My mother dragged me there I think.

     
    At Oct 7, 2008, 9:15:00 AM, Blogger R-yo said...

    i love this variant of the puto specie. i remember regularly stopping by some street stalls in QC on my way to the office just to buy some for breakfast. i wonder if the original in the Calasiao tastes better.

     
    At Oct 7, 2008, 9:44:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    photo cache, didn't get to see what you're referring to. was there only for a few minutes. didn't even get to get near the altar :(

    r-yo, sa gilmore ba yun? ahve no idea really. calasiao's puto recipe is simple. it's made from ground rice, sugar and water.

     
    At Oct 8, 2008, 8:45:00 AM, Blogger the donG said...

    kakatuwa naman at pumunta ka talaga doon para sa puto. natikman mo na ba ang puto sa manapla sa negros occidental?

     
    At Oct 9, 2008, 12:43:00 PM, Blogger Nyl said...

    ang ganda ng architectural design ng old church. Bakit walang ganyan ka old dito sa Davao?hehe!

    masarap yang puto sabi nila pag may dinuguan...di ko pa naman na try kumain ng puto nila dyan pero sana ma-try ko one day.

     
    At Oct 11, 2008, 8:42:00 AM, Blogger tutubi said...

    the dong, manapla? never been there. I was only able to visit Bacolod in 2004 for a day. someday maybe

    nyl, no old spanish churches in Davao because it's not part of Spanish territory before like most parts of Mindanao. Christian settlers only came there in droves when the Americans and under pres. Quezon when they decided to populate Mindanao

     
    At Jun 8, 2009, 11:07:00 PM, Anonymous Donald Serrano said...

    manamit gid ang puto sa manapla... everytime gapabacolod kami, gabakal gid kami sa mga gabaligya sa kilid dalan sang puto... hehe

     

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