BATANGAS - To commemorate the founding of Rosario municipality in Batangas, residents lined up on the streets to feast on a giant rice cake during the area's "Sinukmani festival."
Stretching 462 meters long, the "sinukmani" or sticky rice pastry with sweet caramel topping, was made by more than 200 local establishments. As a twist to the town's special delicacy, the rice cake was topped with peanuts, marshmallows, crispy rice, and coconut shavings.
Rosario, which celebrates its 322nd anniversary, is known as the "Rice Granary of Batangas" so it comes as no surprise that the highlight of their festival would be related to rice.
After celebrations were officiated by Rosario Mayor Felipe Marquez, a lively and colorful dance competition at the town plaza, where about 15 dance groups from various municipalities and schools.
Echoing the festival's harvest theme, each dance participant was clad in costumes made of rice sacks, "bilao" or round bamboo tray (traditionally used for winnowing rice), and "banigs" or woven mats. Report by Tina Ganzon, ABS-CBN Southern Tagalog.