An­ge­les City barangays bat­tle it out with twisted sisig dishes

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— This city’s 33 barangays will be able to show­case their own ver­sions of the famed An­ge­les City Siz­zling Sisig with the Barangay Sisig Fi­esta which is part of the city­wide cel­e­bra­tion of the Sisig Fi­esta 2018.

Co-pre­sented by cor­po­rate spon­sor Fresh Op­tions and the An­ge­les City Tourism Of­fice, the barangay­based con­test kicked-off last April 7 in Barangay Pu­lung Bulu and cook­ing show­downs in Barangay Mal­a­ba­nias last April 14 and in Barangay Pan­dan on April 21.

Or­ga­niz­ers said that a to­tal of six fi­nal­ists will be se­lected and will pro­ceed to the next round of cook­ing show­downs on April 28 for the grand prize of P10,000 cash and meat prod­ucts.

Fresh Op­tions Strate­gic and Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Joy Lit­er­ato said that the event aims to pop­u­lar­ize the sisig cook­ing process as well as give op­por­tu­nity to the var­i­ous ver­sions that have sprung up from the famed sisig dish.

The 17th Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod chaired by Vice-Mayor Bryan Matthew Ne­po­mu­ceno unan­i­mously ap­proved Or­di­nance No. 405, Se­ries of 2017, stat­ing “Sisig Babi as an In­tan­gi­ble Her­itage of An­gel es.”

The or­di­nance au­thored by Coun­cilor Amos Rivera con­tains pro­grams and poli­cies that will safe­guard the orig­i­nal recipe and prepa­ra­tion of the pork dish.

A his­tor­i­cal ac­count de­tailed in the or­di­nance in­di­cates that the word “sisig” was al­ready part of Ka­pam­pan­gan vo­cab­u­lary as early as 1732, based on Fray Diego Bergano’s Vo­cab­u­lario de la Len­gua Pam­panga. It is widely be­lieved that it was in An­ge­les City where Sisig was first served as “pu­lu­tan” (beer match), and that it has be­come an en­dur­ing and ever-grow­ing in­dus­try in the city.

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