I seriously feel bad that I missed this year’s Sinulog Festival! I would really love to visit Cebu and see their well-renowned celebration of Sto. Niño, and again, I missed it! But no worries my dear friends, even so, I still experienced an equally energy filled and exciting day of festivity in Bustos, a town in Bulacan, Philippines.
Privileged to witness this annual celebration of Minasa Festival, I left home early in the morning with my friends in photography who were fairly excited to be in this event. We were told that since it is the centennial celebration of the Municipality of Bustos, there will be many participants in the street dance parade. We were also given our photographer’s pass to have a good seat in front during the showdown.
What is Minasa?
Minasa means hand kneading; it is called in such name because they had to knead hardly in the making of this delectable treats. It is a type of cookie made by the locals of Bustos. It is made with cassava flour, egg yolk, coconut milk, butter, and sugar. This rich and creamy delicacy is also good for people with gluten intolerance. Here’s a bit of a side note: my mum-in-law loved this during her stay in the Philippines. And also, it is my favorite afternoon snack with black coffee!
This mouthwatering gem was invented by the women of Bustos during the time that the stone houses were being built in their town hundred of years ago. Just like in other parts of the Philippines where egg whites were used as a glue for the stones to build a house (or churches) during that period. So they thought of ways not to put the yolks to waste. They combined the egg yolk with the other ingredients I mentioned above and baked them in a wood-fired oven. I heard that until now, there are locals that are still using this type of oven for Minasa cookies.
Here are some of my photos of the street dance parade!
How to get there:
From Manila, ride a bus going to Baliuag, preferably Baliuag Transit (that’s the only bus that has a terminal there, I think). Once you arrive at the terminal in Baliuag, ride a tricycle going to Bustos.
Minasa Festival is celebrated every January as they also commemorate the feast day of Sto. Niño (The Holy Child).
Minasa Festival 2017