After visiting Carcar’s town center and Carcar’s now-out-in-the-open secret, we decided to drive a few kilometers further south to the town of Sibonga. I don’t know why we bothered to waste our gas to go to the next town, but our guide said Carcar doesn’t have any decent place to eat. From what I’ve seen passing through the city by bus countless of times, there doesn’t really seem to have any decent place to eat there. Maybe there are still many secrets in Carcar I need to discover.
So, we headed to Sibonga and arrived there at dusk. We parked beside the town plaza, very well-maintained I must say, and did a rabbit jump shot. We ordered barbecue and puso (rice wrapped and cooked in coconut leaves) and drove to the nearby wharf to eat our dinner there.Very romantic, although you might need to bring some lights with you as you might choke with the food you’re eating coz the wharf is dark.
After our romantic, albeit dog-infested dinner (I hate stray dogs, local government should do something about them), we went back to the store where we bought our barbecue and puso to try their halo-halo because it is “the best halo-halo in town.” These words were at the front of the small store and we were eager to check whether the words are true. We were of course anticipating to be disappointed. The halo-halo (“mix-mix” in literal English) is a popular dessert in the Philippines. I don’t know a Filipino who doesn’t like halo-halo. While it’s not my favorite dessert, I’d gladly eat one if there’s available. To me, the halo-halo is the best representation of the Philippine islands — many different things combined to create a heavenly treat.
The halo-halo, according to famous Philippine historian Ambeth Ocampo, has Japanese origins. The halo-halo is a Filipinized version of Japan’s kakigori or snow cone. The halo-halo in Sibonga did not disappoint.
For only P55 for special and P40 for regular, we all walked out of the small shop telling each other that their halo-halo was indeed the best in town, if not the best we have eaten so far.