Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dose of Kabigting's Halo-Halo to Quench the Summer Heat

Time and date.com says the weather is EXTREMELY HOT! And you don't need to check the weather forecast to find that out. You can run, but you can't hide. One way or another, you will face this extreme summer heat. It ain't fun, really!

So, how do we deal with this summer heat?

We need to drink plenty of water. Wear comfy clothes. But the best summer treat of all is halo-halo.

Pampanga, known as the culinary capital of the Philippines, is home to delicious halo-halo in the country. For this blog post, let me put the limelight to Kabigting's Halo-Halo.

Excerpt from my article in the Art of Backpacking:

"While in Angeles City, trying Pampanga’s halo-halo (halo literally means “mix”, a mix of everything) is a must. The famous Kabigting’s serves a luscious halo-halo that has a mixture of sweetened banana, beans, corn, macapuno, and pastillas topped with finely shaved ice, mixed with milk. Unlike the halo-halo you’ll find anywhere in the country, Pampanga serves the creamiest and tastiest."
(You can read the entire article here: http://artofbackpacking.com/food-trip-in-the-philippines/)

Compared to other halo-halo, this one has minimal ingredients and it looks plain because of the color, but wait til you taste it. You might not taste any other halo-halo again when you experience the creamy and delicious Kabigting's halo-halo.

To give you a brief history of where this superb halo-halo came from, let me quote from a blog in Pampanga Directory.net:

It started sometime in 1970 when Geraldine Kabigting, sister of Jacinto Kabigting suggest to his brother to try an exotic flavor of a halo-halo instead of the traditional tropical fruit flavors.

They have thought of these 3 main ingredients to create a new taste of halo-halo in their community:

Kabigting’s Halo-halo Main Ingredients
Carabao’s Milk – make it caramel
Cream of Corn
Beans – cook it for a day to have a sweet taste

Susan and Johnny Medina who just reside near Kabigting’s Residence have tasted the new discovered flavor of the halo-halo.

Later days after that, group of camera men and crew of Travel Time with Susan visited Kabigting’s Residence to taste and feature their halo-halo.

Kabigting’s Halo-halo was made popular abroad through that documentary story from Travel Time.

Surprisingly, foreigners, people from abroad and tourists started to visit and dine in the place. From then, Kabigting’s Halo-halo became The Pride of Arayat. Ordinary people from the community, known politician (Tessie Aquino-Oreta, Lilia Pineda, Dong Gonzales, Monz Laus, etc.) artists (Chesca Garcia, Angel Aquino, etc.), media people (ABS-CBN Crew, Jessica Sojo, etc.) and even former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo personally went there to taste Kabigting’s Pride Halo-halo.

(To Read the entire article, visit: http://pampangadirectory.net/the-pride-of-arayat/)

In Pampanga, you can find branches at 
  • Arayat Pampanga
  • 2nd flr. Nepo Mall Angeles
  • Marquee Mall 
  • Guagua
Manila Branch is at Amoranto corner Banawe, Quezon City.

If you haven't try Kabigting's Halo-Halo, this is the best time of the year to try it.