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    San Mateo, Isabela: A Child-Friendly Municipality

    San Mateo, the town where Tutubi needs to finish his business first before really going to sidetrips and interesting places.

    A sign at the boundary intrigued him claiming San Mateo is a child-friendly municipality:

    welcome sign of San Mateo town. Notice the 343 kilometer sign post near it.

    We research led to this webpage for "having won the 2007 Presidential Awards for Child-Friendly Municipality Regional Search – 1st to 3rd Class."

    All that Tutubi knows about San Mateo is that they take pride in their mongo [mungbean] production and uniquely peach-orange itlog na maalat [salted eggs] colored with achuete. The salted eggs are said to be not too salty with yellow yolk. Tutubi was able to bring home a few kilos of mongo for his mommy but wasn't able to get samples of sa town's salted eggs due to "memory gap."

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    posted by GingGoy @ 10:09 PM,


    At Aug 22, 2008, 9:38:00 AM, Blogger edelweiza said...

    wow, i love munggo and salted eggs, never knew there's a town in isabela that takes pride in them until i read this post of yours. thanks for sharing. :)

    At Aug 22, 2008, 10:02:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    edelweiza, too bad forgot about the salted eggs. will try get samples if my friend goes back there.

    At Sep 13, 2008, 4:56:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Child friendly is good. All environments should be child friendly.

    At Nov 5, 2008, 3:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Totally good place to live in... I miss mah place... Evadnella... ^_^

    At Jun 8, 2009, 2:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    im erwin,from one of the must proud barangay,SINAMAR NORTE,where people are good,nice,and intelligent.come visit us especially on our munggo festival,summer time and relly you will enjoy your vacation here.

    At Apr 12, 2010, 7:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    will somebody tell me how can i get to san mateo,isabela from manila?

    At Jun 27, 2011, 4:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    wow!i am proud with my municipality...
    i love salted egg,,,it is one of my favorite,
    and also the munggo,especially when we made the butsi-butsi.hehehe...that the filling is the munggo..LOVE IT!!!

    At Jul 16, 2014, 3:42:00 PM, Anonymous randy said...

    Isabela is my hometown!


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