Siargao’s Hopyaw

its time to taste this not so ordinary hopia in siargao!

Its not your ordinary hopia… its hopyaw!

Hopyaw is the product of Barangay Mabuhay in del Carmen, Siargao island, Surigao del Norte.

It looks like Hopia made with munggo but instead of munggo, palaw or payaw is used. Palaw or payaw is a native root crop similar to gabi or taro. It is cooked with flour to make hopyaw.

Mabuhay locals eat payaw as an alternative to rice since they do not have rice lands.

A pack of six would sell for Php25 at del Carmen’s stores. Shelf life is only two days.

I managed to finish off a pack in one seating. Yummy!

Thank you Sir William Aballe of Department of Tourism Region 13, Mayor Alfredo M. Coro II of del Carmen and del Carmen Tourism Officer Ms. Cindy.

How To Get There:

Airphil Express also has daily flights from Manila to Surigao City. From Surigao City, Siargao is 2 hours away by boat. Boat fare is Php200/head to del Carmen.

By air

from Cebu: Cebu Pacific flies every Monday and Friday at 10:40am from Cebu and returning from Siargao (Sayak airport) at 11:50am and vice versa.

By sea:

Passenger boats and Roro are available daily at 6:00am and 12:00noon via PPA Port for Roro and Boats at Boulevard Port.

By land

from Davao City, Surigao City is 8 hours away. Bus Fare is Php500 from Davao City to Butuan and from Butuan City to Surigao City is Php195.