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Friday, April 26

When They Call It Halo-Halo in Sagada

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Sagada version of the popular Pinoy dessert halo-halo

One of the most irresistible Pinoy desserts is “halo-halo” (‘halo’ is a Tagalog word which means “mix”). Halo-Halo is a Pinoy authentic sweet course that is made out of shaved ice with different mixed ingredients like coconut, pearls, banana, sweet potato, jack fruit and the like. Hmm I was thinking of those fruits whenever I hear the word halo-halo, aside from the fact that it was indulged with sweets like leche flan, ice cream and ube jam, and then immersed in milk. Yummy.

Nothing Beats Plain Nature Adventure: Sagada

After our lunch we decided to take a rest and somehow buy souvenir items. I bought a t-shirt for P170 (small) and a necklace for P50. After that, we went for a halo-halo. Halo-halo in Sagada cost P25 each. But it was not the usual halo-halo served in the other parts of the country.

Sagada halo-halo at P25
I don’t know why their halo-halo includes marshmallows, candies and the most awkward of them all—crushed crackers. Not the firecrackers, but crackers like Sky Flakes. It was the weirdest halo-halo I have ever tasted in my life haha. It’s like a joke but it was not—they really call it halo-halo. Well, it’s really halo-halo by the mixes themselves but it was not the halo-halo I used to eat. Sagada halo-halo was lacking the main ingredients like the coconut and the other fruits included in it. It has sago and milk too but I do not know if the ingredients still jive with the rhythm of halo-halo. It’s fun to think that halo-halo in Sagada was not the typical fruity halo-halo.

If the for the most awkward and most fun idea of eating halo-halo in the cool town of Sagada, go for it. I remember the time when Razon’s Halo-Halo put two branches in Baguio City and after a few months they were gone. I’m not sure if halo-halo is a good business in cooler places like Sagada and Baguio. I would have appreciated it more when halo-halo in Sagada includes local ingredients like wild berries, blueberries and oranges. But that doesn’t sound like a halo-halo already haha. Well, I do accept the fact that Sagada doesn’t have fruit trees like coconut, banana or jackfruit and I think that’s the mere reason why their halo-halo version was not the typical one.

After the weirdest halo-halo in Sagada, we went for a coverage of the All Saint’s Day feast in their own graveyard at the back of the church and near the “shouting point” of Echo Valley where down below were the popular Hanging Coffins of Sagada.

 Nothing Beats Plain Nature Adventure: Sagada Travel Series (20 - 30):
Part 26: A Quick Breakfast Inside Dalikan Restaurant, Sagada
Part 27: A Visit to the Old Village of Sagada: Home Weaving and Etag
Part 28: Lemony Lunch @ Lemon Pie House in Sagada
Part 29: When They Call It Halo-Halo in Sagada
Part 30:  Sagada All Saints Day: Burnt Pine Woods and Thick Black Smoke.
Travex Travels GUIDE: Three-Day Sagada Itinerary and List of Expenses

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