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Have a Tribal Meal: Your Choice of Beef, Pork, Chicken, Fish & Frog Inside a Bamboo!

Compostela Valley

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Feb 23, 2015

The Mansaka tribe of Golden Valley, Mabini, Compostela Valley holds its annual Liyurot Festival every 22nd of November.

Visitors and community folks are treated to pork, chicken, fish, eel, beef and the native frogs steamed or cooked in bamboo poles.

Liyurot is a tribal term for this method of cooking which evolved from the Mansaka warriors' need to preserve food while on forays or raids of other tribal villages in the past.

Native shallots, garlic, lemon grass, turmeric or luyang dilaw are the basic “stuffing” for the meats.  Thus anything that’s having the taste of fish disappears -- except of course for the frog.

That really was a big challenge and our photographer contributor, Ramil “BobCat” Gregorio, did not have the stomach for.

Nonetheless, his photos whet our appetites.

How to Get There:

Compostela Valley can be reached via Davao International Airport. The capital town of Nabunturan is only a 2-hour drive from Davao City. It is an ideal jump-off point for other tourist attractions in the Visayas and Mindanao.

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