In celebration of its sixth City Charter Day on June 23, 2012, the City of Batac is holding the Empanada Festival 2013 showcasing its number one product, the Batac Empanada. Highlight of festivities is the Grand Parade happening in the afternoon of June 23, 2012. See photos from Empanada Festival 2012.
|Batac Riverside Empanadaan|
After the streetdance, head to the Batac Riverside Empanadaan to feast on the bright orange colored empanadas that has become one of the culinary icons of Ilocos Norte and due to its economic importance, the empanada has become the One Town One Product (OTOP) of Batac.
"Nagimas!" say the Ilocanos, as they bite into this homegrown delicacy of a rice flour pocket filled with sauteed garlic, grated papaya, cooked mongo, egg and longganisa.
Credits: Photos by Edgar Co for pinasmuna.com | Empanada Festival 2013 logo from the Facebook Page of the City Government of Batac
One Town, One Product (OTOP) is a program of the Philippine Government through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to encourage entrepreneurship aimed at providing livelihood and employment to Filipinos. It showcases products made of indigenous raw materials crafted by local workers, craftsmen and artists. The OTOP is also a key instrument in promoting tourism in the country. We at Pinas Muna advocate the OTOP program and through our blog, we aim to introduce you to the many Filipino-made products and urge you to support Filipino businesses.