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Finding puso’ in kadiwa

A sweet sticky rice cooked in nipa sap and woven into distinctive shapes of pouches has always been a bestseller of the province.

Known as puso’, it is one of the most famous delicacies in Capiz that can be found only in the town of Panay, the Heritage Capital of the province and a home of the Biggest Catholic Church Bell in Southeast Asia.

The sweet and sticky puso’, a native delicacy from Panay town in Capiz. (PIA Capiz photo)

The sticky rice is cooked in nipa syrup locally known as “tam-is”, literally translated as “sweet”, which is extracted only from the first batch of nipa wine that generates its saccharine taste and makes it delicious.

This dish is prepared on special occasions by families since it takes a lot of effort to cook it as it involves the process of twining nipa leaves as wrappers to create a packet for its packaging.

It is one of the native delicacies sold at the Kadiwa ng Pangulo (KNP) at the Provincial Park in Roxas City as part of the nationwide simultaneous caravan to provide accessible and affordable food supply to the consumers.

The native snack food has been included in the online catalogue, The Ark of Taste, of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.

Aside from the nipa wine, the nipa leaves are also used in the packaging of puso’

“Most of my customers are repeat buyers,” said Teray who has prepared 200 pieces of puso’ for the event.

Puso vendor Terrisita “Teray” Bering

She is among the few in Panay town who carried on the knowledge and skills she acquired from her aunt and grandmother whom she accompanied during her younger years in cooking and selling native delicacies.

Out of the 241 KNP exhibitors in Western Visayas, there were a total of 50 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), retailers, farmers, and fishermen in the province who joined. The event provided them with an alternative marketing platform and has given consumers access to fresh and affordable agricultural and fishery products.  

The nationwide simultaneous launching of the KNP was able to sell rice with a special promotion of P20.00 per kilo for every P150.000 worth of purchase in any items from the Kamapat Agriculture Cooperative which also sold a variety of fresh vegetables at the Evelio B. Javier (EBJ) Freedom Park in San Jose, Antique.

In Negros Occidental, the KNP also paved way to sell NFA rice at P25.00 per kilogram which contributed to the P90,052.00 accumulated sales of the 50 exhibitors.

A happy consumer and seller during the Kadiwa in Negros Occidental. (Photo by the Negros Occidental Capitol)
Kadiwa in Negros Occidental sells some of the freshest and some organic produce of farmers in the province. (Photos courtesy of the Negros Occidental provincial government)

The Iloilo provincial government has extended the marketing event at the covered walkway of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol grounds until July 21 to bring fresh produce and other local products closer to the consumers at affordable prices.

The KNP caravan in the region has generated about P767,993.88 in accumulated sales from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Guimaras.

Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. led the ceremonial signing of a deal on Kadiwa with other concerned national government agencies while in San Fernando, Pampanga last July 17 to put up KNP centers in local government units nationwide as part of the Marcos administration’s long-term plan to bring local agricultural products closer to consumers.

The signatories of the agreement include the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of the Interior and Local Government, Presidential Communications Office and the Presidential Management Staff.

Bingka vendor shows a sample of her cooked rice cake.

The program is a farm-to-consumer market chain that eliminates intermediaries, allowing local producers to generate higher income by selling their produce directly to consumers.

An exhibitor displays calamansi – based products during the KNP caravan in Occidental Mindoro. (Photo by Juanito Joshua Sugay/PIA Oriental Mindoro)

Like in the Mimaropa region, at least seven KNP outlets were established in time with the nationwide caravan.

These outlets will run until July 19 to offer locally grown, fresh and affordable goods for the consumers.

In Occidental Mindoro, processed foods like Richblitz sweets, meat products and locally-made chocolates were among the good finds at its Kadiwa site.

Calamansi products like concentrate and its byproducts are also showcased in the KNP in Oriental Mindoro while fresh and nutritious vegetables, fruits, poultry products, nuts and dried foodstuffs are being sold at the Kadiwa in Palawan.

And just like Teray, her puso,’ along with the fresh seafood products of the province, was a stand out of the day.

“Salamat sa Kadiwa as this also helps us market further our products,” said the 51-year-old Teray, mother-entrepreneur and exhibitor, who will continue to lure the taste buds of her patrons through the sweet-tasting puso’ in future marketing activities.

For sure, the native delicacy will still find its way to the gastronomic adventure seekers in the succeeding Kadiwa events in the province as the way to a customer’s sense of taste and rumbling stomach is, perhaps, through puso’. (AAL/PIA Capiz/with reports from Gene Ace T. Sapit/PIA 4B)

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