Giant ‘nilupak’ opens Cassava Festival in Laguna
A 32.5-foot-wide cassava cake opened the week-long 5th “Kamoteng Kahoy (cassava) Festival” this week in the cassava-producing town of Kalayaan in Laguna.
The Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported that the giant ‘nilupak’ or cassava measured 32.5 feet wide and weighed 2,000 kilos.
The cassava cake, which was cooked by contingents from three barangays, was made with 1,400 kilos of cooked and mashed cassava, 1,380 young coconuts, 370 kilos of sugar, 280 cans of condensed milk, 11.5 kilos of peanut butter, and 11.5 kilos of margarine.
Kalayaan town also showcased 50 other ways of cooking cassava.
Benito Madrazo Jr., municipal administrator and community affairs chief, told PNA that the townsfolk were encouraged to come up with new cassava dishes like pichi-pichi, bukayo, pastillas, chips and kapunya, a combination of kamoteng kahoy, puto and pinya (pineapple).
Madrazo said the week-long celebration will also involve a nilupak-eating contest, fun run, food demonstration and native games, appreciation night for the agri-sector, and fireworks display (March 29); zumba, a women’s parade, PPD testing and free circumcision for children (March 30); bike for fun and “talipapa” inauguration (March 31); and a mass wedding and street dancing Bayan (April 1)