Eat a Crocodile in Pangasinan!
Choose Philippines | Oct 07, 2014
The memory of Lolong, the world's largest crocodile in captivity, lives on as this bakery in Mapandan, Pangasinan sells cheese-stuffed bread shaped like the reptile. The small Lolong breads are sold for 10 pesos while the large ones are at 50 pesos.
Lolong, the Crocodile
- Certifed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest crocodile in captivity
- Measured 20 feet 3 inches (6.17 m) and weighed 2,370 lbs (1,075 kg)
- An Indo-Pacific or saltwater crocodile
- Captured in Bunawan Creek in Agusan del Sur on September 2011
- Named after Ernesto "Lolong" Goloran Cañete, veteran crocodile hunter of the Palawan Crocodile and Wildlife Reservation Centers
- Cañete led the hunt but died of heart attack several days before the crocodile was captured
- Australian crocodile expert Dr. Adam Britton of National Geographic confirmed the snout-to-tail measurement on November 2011 by sedating the animal
- National Geographic Channel confirmed that Lolong broke the record of previous record holder: a 5.48-m (18 foot) male saltwater crocodile named Cassius kept in Queensland, Australia
- Lolong died on February 10, 2013 at the Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Center
- Third class municipality in the province of Pangasinan
- Formerly a barrio of Mangaldan, a first-class municpality
- Declared a municpality in 1909
- Pangasinan's "Cleanest, Safest, and Greenest Municipality-Hall of Famer"
- Pangasinan's "Healthiest Municipality"
- Mapandan (plenty of pandan) got its name from the native palm which used to be abundant in the area
- The leaves of pandan are used for cooking rice to add aroma and for weaving mats and baskets.
The next time you're in Mapandan, buy a dozen Lolongs!
(Many thanks to Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News Pangasinan for the story.)