Nutrition Month in Batan
Entry by Kuh Del Rosario
27 Jul 2017
Having only learned of Nutrition Month through a friend involved with production, it is still a wonder how word of mouth can generate such a high turn out at these events. Held in the public gymnasium behind the Municipal Hall, one can easily pass the bustle behind the high walls without ever noticing it.
This years' theme for Batan's Annual Nutrition Month is Healthy Diet Gawing Habit, For Life! 'Gawing' meaning to 'make into'.
Of the 20 barangays that make up the municipality of Batan, about half was represented through elaborately constructed booths that showcased local produce and delicacies native to each town. Each barangays’ presentation was lined with bouquets of vegetation and indigenous materials, distinguished by the area's unique style and aesthetic. It was incredible to see such diverse identities and residents wore their barangay's colours proudly. If they didn't, they certainly spoke highly of their home town.
While Batan is known for its seafood including crabs, lobsters and shrimps, the land grown coconut and bamboo products, grain produce, root crops and fruits can also be found in abundance. But when it comes to how these ingredients are prepared, that's when each barangay's unique offerings shine. Batan residents will tell you which barangays are known for their seafood dishes and which specialize in stews. They'll be proud to declare who serves up the best steamed buns or the freshest Bibinkas.
All 20 of Batan's Barangays
From barangays surrounded by rice fields or situated deep in the forest, to towns planted along a mountain or set beside the sea, Batan's varied geography is inspiring.
The event was officiated by a ribbon cutting by Batan Mayor Rodell F. Ramos, Vice Mayor William Bautista Jr and RNPC Ms. Nona B. Tad-y. Czarina Mae V. Uyaco was the host and event organizer. She began the food fair with a speech and a patriotic pause for the national anthem. There were competitions built into the event as well. Awards were given to a few category winners including best booth, food and barangay participation.