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Your guide to Bicol's Culture

LADAG Dahom Lagonoy!

SAMHOD, Orgulyong Lagonoyon Lagonoy's Soft Broom

KONDONG The Farmer's Nipa Hat

September 2018

Lagonoy's Delectable  Delicacies Puto Tabla Binamban Ampaw

What's Inside? 1 Welcome to Lagonoy Explore the True Heart of Partido 2 Samhod, Orgulyong Lagoyonon Introducing Lagonoy's Pride. 3 Kondong Get to know the Traditional Farmer's Nipa Hat. 4-5 Lagonoy Food Tour Lagonoy's Delectable and Exquisite Delicacies. 6 Sweet and Tasty AMPAW Your all-time favorite, Pop Rice

Behind LADAG EDITOR IN CHIEF : Julianne Caceres September 2018

MANAGING EDITOR : Michaela Bozar WRITERS AND RESEARCHERS:  Alyssa Mae Cacam                                                      Alyssa Candia

Welcome to LAGONOY! The True Heart of Partido BY JULIANNE CACERES

The coastal barangays of Lagonoy, a 2nd class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines, have a distinctive and peaceful atmosphere, alongside with its abundant and pristine waters and fishing as their livelihood. Lagonoy is a proof of a serene rural area but at the same time a developing municipality. Far from the eyes can see, Lagonoy has more than 20 waterfalls waiting for you to explore. But aside from its picturesque view and landscape, this place also offers a wide variety of products and delicacies. Some of these are almost part of our everyday life and little did we know that it originate from none other than, Lagonoy. From the Nipa that we see in roofs and hats to some of those special delicacies that we grew up on. Also, the soft broom, a common household tool in the Philippines, the Samhod. Famous and delicious delicacies, like Puto Tabla, Ampaw, and Binamban! Explore more in Lagonoy! Welcome to Lagonoy, the True heart of Partido! Dahom Lagonoy!

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The Samhod, a local term referring to the soft broom or walis tambo, commonly found somewhere in a corner of a Filipino household, remains as one of the thriving economic sources of Lagonoy townsfolk. The tiger grass used for the production of these soft brooms are abundant in the rich soil of the municipality. Nowadays, there are a lot of producers of samhod all around the country, hence losing its uniqueness and distinctiveness.Some are produced and sold outside Lagonoy with deceptive brandings, with no trace of its origin.


Barangay Omalo is the second largest of samhod in the town of Lagonoy. It is the first barangay in Lagonoy to celebrate their Fiesta which happens during 15th and 16th of April. The Barangay was named “Omalo”, because during the Second World War, the first inhabitants of Barangay Omalo feared the noise of bombings and air crafts. Every time they see Japanese soldiers, they warn their fellow residents not to talk. They were instructed by the elders that if any Japanese Soldiers ask them any questions, they should remain silent. “Omalo Kamo!” (“Keep Quiet!”) is the usual phrase of the townsfolk until the barangay was known as “Omalo”. Up to this day, the people of Lagonoy celebrates the Samhod Festival, a joyous feast being celebrated for the place’s indigenous product which gives them pride and livelihood. Truly, an 'Orgulyong Lagonoyon'.

A local of Barangay Omalo in the process of making a Samhod.

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The Philippines is known for having golden rice fields and most Filipinos depend their sustenance in planting and harvesting rice. Kondong or the Philippine’s version of a Farmer’s Hat, also called as “Sayap” can also be found in the land of Lagonoy. It is made from Nipa Leaves, Rattan and Bamboo. These raw materials can be found in Lagonoy, therefore giving the place easier access in making the traditional hat. In some places, it is also called The Asian Conical Hat or Asian Rice Hat. It is a simple style of hat originating in East and Southeast Asia, particularly Bhutan, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam and some parts of Russian Manchuria. In Bicol, it is said that Lagonoy is one of the major producers of this traditional Farmer’s Hat.

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Lagonoy is not only a place of beautiful landscapes and cultivated lands. It also serves a variety of special and delectable delicacies. Two of these are Lagonoy’s very own Puto Tabla and Binamban.

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PUTO TABLA Puto means rice cake and Tabla is a local term means plank. It is named Puto Tabla because this food is a toasted rice cake in a form of a small plank. Some locals try to replicate and improve its taste, variety and texture. But the original flavor remain engaging to the tourists. It is an authentic native delicacy in Lagonoy, as it is different to the original puto that can be seen in other places.

BINAMBAN Binamban is known as the Glorious Food of Lagonoy. It is made of rice mixed with coconut meat and sugar. This is a sticky rice cake with a beautiful purple color. What makes it unique is its flavor and taste of the wrapping from a wild leaf called Hagikhik. It is a special and popular kakanin in Lagonoy. If you want to experience the taste of authentic and exquisite Filipino delicacies, Lagonoy is surely a place to go! LADAG  Page 5


       What can top the joy in eating Pop Rice as kids? It’s colorful and sweet characteristics that make us want to eat more. Little did we know that the Ampaw that we enjoyed eating as kids, was originated in Lagonoy since 1976. A special or commercialized ampaw is processed using a long-tubular steel with a cover designed like that of a pressurized cooker, installed with a safety device that would prevent the lid from catapulting as soon as it is opened under high pressure. 


After several minutes of heating and shaking, the lid of the pressurized cooker is loosened at once and the rice would pop aloud as soon as the pressure is released. The sudden release of pressure makes the rice grain to pop and become puffy as it enlarges the size of each grain in a snap. The manner of the rice grain to pop was a reason why it is called Pop Rice or Ampaw. In Lagonoy Ampaw is given during a "Sta. Cruzan" event in barangays that's why kids and other people love eating Ampaw.

Dahom Lagonoy Langyaw Media Philippine Information Agency Ampaw Bicol Lagonoy Photography

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