Though dwarfed by the surrounding cities of Taguig, Makati and Pasig, Pateros is actually a highly urbanized town, a 1st class municipality. It's not new to many that this little town is the only one left non-city (Pateros is a municipality) in the National Capital Region. Being the Balut Capital, my wandering feet brought me to this small friendly town.
My journey begins - the way to Pateros.
Last Thursday (July 14), I headed into this small town, I did only a little research (sabi ko sa sarili ko, dun na lang ako magtatanong ng mga pwedeng puntahan).
From my place in Manila, I rode LRT2-MRT and alighted at Guadalupe Station. Then I walked several meters towards the Guadalupe Market, I saw street posts directing me to the Pateros Jeepney Terminal. Yey, I found the terminal, quickly I boarded the jeep. The fare is P10.00 direct to Pateros, and the trip was roughly 15 minutes.
|Pateros terminal in Guadalupe, Makati. P10.00 one way to Pateros|
Now What to do in Pateros?
1.) Walk Tour the Small Town
I just walked and walked and walked under the heat of the 12 o'clock sun. The first site I visited was their old church, I'm not sure though when it was erected, I found no historic marker as my reference. It has a tall bell tower that can be seen upon entering the town from Makati.
|the Church of Pateros, I found no marker so I have no other info about it.|
|the "Dulong Bayan Monument"|
|Alfombra for sale|
|Pateros' sidewalks have this, engraves of their main products|
|Bibingkang Abnoy for sale, P10.00|
|Balut for sale|
|Abnoy eggs for sale|
|Salted eggs for sale|
|the Municipal Hall and its Rizal Monument|
I was tired and hungry, I wanted to consume the balut and bibingkang abnoy I bought along the street. I then entered Jollibee and ordered my favorite Jollibee Chicken Joy. But before I dig into the taste of delight, I tried first the taste of Pateros' balut and bibingkang abnoy.
Whenever I hear Pateros, the only thing that pops into my mind are Balut Eggs. Considered to be the Most Terrifying Food in the World by this site, only the brave ones would dare to eat it. Balut is a famous Filipino exotic food, a boiled unhatched developed duck egg, feathery and bony, sometimes complete with beak and feet. Some say that a Filipino is never a Filipino until he tasted a balut, well I am a true blue Filipino since I have eaten a balut many times. Many consider it as "pampatigas ng tuhod" - confidence booster, while others consider it an aphrodisiac. For me, it's just a yummy blood pressure raiser. How to eat a balut: Crack the egg on one side (preferably on the side with the air space), put a hole on the cracked side then sip its delightful juices, peel off the shell to reveal the whole unhatched duckling, add a little salt or vinegar, enjoy your greedy consumption.
|the balut, I like this more than the bibingkang abnoy|
Another exotic food found in Pateros is the strangest bibingka I ever encountered, the Bibingkang Abnoy. Made from the abnoy eggs (undeveloped duck eggs aka "bugok na itlog"), expectedly it smells awful and certainly tastes weird. It actually looks more like a torta than a bibingka. This is a bibingka made for the diabetics since no sweetness will be tasted on it. However, I bet that many would not dare to taste or even get close to this weird food. How to eat a bibingkang abnoy: Don't breath, cover your nose, grab a small slice of the bibingka, dip it in vinegar to enhance its taste, bite it, don't puke, feel the exotic taste.
|the bibingkang abnoy, weird taste, weird smell, weird looks, everything is weird in this food|