Laoag City’s Tupig: Stand-out at Cook-off Competition 2015

Tupig is a popular native delicacy especially in Ilocos Norte. It is one of the finest prides of the province that caters to tourists and one of the reasons why they keep on returning to the province. Tupig is made of glutinous rice and coconut strips wrapped in banana leaves, then cooked over charcoal.
One of the highlights of the “Paskua Mi Ditoy” (Pasko Namin Dito/Our Christmas Here) of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte is the Solid North Tupig Cook-Off on December 21, in front of the Paoay Church. The competition was on its 5th year.

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The said Cook-Off was participated in by eight municipalities of the province: the City of Laoag, the municipalities of San Nicolas, Adams, Sarrat, Paoay, Piddig, Bacarra and Nueva Era, including some of the schools in the province. It was divided into three categories: Non-Professional and School, Professional, and Local Government Unit (LGU).
For the School Category, The Divine Word College of Laoag bagged the first place, while Adams National High School and Sarrat National High School took second and third places, respectively.
Marie Joy: Sarrat Tupig Pride, garnered first place in the Professional category, while Irene’s Native Delicacies placed second; the Adams Kusina Group, third place; and Berlin’s Tupig Special, fourth place.
Laoag City emerged as the Champion in the LGU category, followed by the Municipality of San Nicolas at second place, and the Municipality of Adams at third place.
Among the contestants, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson-Juliana Cadigoy of Brgy. 55-B Salet, Bulangon, bagged the title for the Best Tupig, who represented Laoag City in the LGU Category. Mr. Nelson is a farmer while Mrs. Mrs. Juliana, also known as “Juling”, involves herself in selling Tupig during market days at the Laoag City Commercial Complex. Aside from being a vendor, Juling is also accepting bulk orders from various customers with a minimum worth of Php 500.00, with the assistance of her mother, Mrs. Conchita, who is said to be the original Tupig magnate in Brgy. Salet.
Mr. and Mrs. Cadigoy received a cash prize of Php 20,000.00 and medals, which brought Juling tears of Joy because they already made it to the Championship. At first, Nelson was reluctant to join because they didn’t win last year. But for the people who believed and trusted their capability, they pushed them to win. They received the most coveted award.
The panel of judges was composed of culinary and hospitality experts: Mr. Eric Asuncion, Chef Grace Abigail Sy, and Mr. Richard Bumanglag.
Entries were judged based on taste, packaging, consumer appeal, sanitation, and overall presentation.

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