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Eat a Crocodile in Pangasinan!

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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.

Bread
Photo credit: Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News Pangasinan *

Bread
Photo credit: Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News Pangasinan *

Lolong, the Crocodile

Lolong
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  • 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

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Lolong Dishes
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  • 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

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  • 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

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Davao Crocodile Park
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Mapandan, Pangasinan

Mapandan
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  • Third class municipality in the province of Pangasinan
  • Formerly a barrio of Mangaldan, a first-class municpality
  • Declared a municpality in 1909

Mapandan
Photo credit: Wikipedia

  • 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.)


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