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When in Compostela Valley: Nibble at Nilamburan nga Suman

Compostela Valley

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Jun 23, 2014
When in Compostela Valley: Nibble at Nilamburan nga Suman

Just along the highway of Mawab in Compostela Valley are stores offering special bibingka and other Filipino snack delicacies.

One snack which managed to grab my attention was nilamburan nga suman. It brought back childhood memories of Sundays spent listening to Nat King Cole, Matt Monro, and Andy Williams while having hot chocolate or coffee with suman (sticky rice wrapped in banana or coconut leaf).


"Nilamburan" means “mixed with.” So that means that the suman was mixed with landang, or brownish black and sometimes violet rice. The swirls of brown in between the sticky gelatinous white rice entice you to try if the swirls taste better.

Some people add sugar to make it sweet, while others like it plain. At Php 35 (US$0.82) per big roll, it's worth every bite. And yes, it's best eaten with hot sikwate (chocolate drink) or coffee while listening to music or chatting with good friends.

How to Get This

Compostela Valley is 2-2 ½ hours away from Davao City. Vans and buses have daily trips to and from Davao City at Php 110-150 (US$2.56-3.50). The tricycle fare around the town proper is Php 8 (US$0.19).

Major airlines fly daily to Davao at Php 8,000-10,000 (US$186-232.56) roundtrip on non-promo fares.

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