Piñato - Buray's Native Delicacy - and Memories of Childhood

I found this photo of piñato in one of my computer folders while looking for an old PowerPoint file. This reminded me of my grandmother and of my childhood. I still remember how as a child I looked forward to those times when my paternal grandmother visited us in San Roque. She lived in Hinabangan, Samar; we, in San Roque, Northern Samar. She had to endure several hours of travel, but she never failed to bring a basket full of sweets from Buray and from Catbalogan.

Piñato from Buray, Samar.

I grew up associating her -- my apoy (grandmother) -- with desserts and with happy times. It was also because of her that I became familiar with Buray, the place where she always bought piñato. I have ceased to be that little girl waiting for her grandmother's visit, but I have never stopped thinking of Buray as the source of that delicious piñato. Its being a barangay (village) in Paranas, Samar only comes second.

The idea that the piñato producers of Buray were able to sustain their livelihood through the years is comforting. These days I don't have to go to Buray in order to buy their famous piñato. I can buy them in Leyte because they are available in various outlets in Tacloban City and in Ormoc, Leyte. Maupay kay ginpadayon nira. Waray nira puoha.






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7 comments:

Aileen said...

Funny how we are sometimes unexpectedly reminded of good memories from the past. Makes us smile as we reminisce no?

I'd like to have a taste of this sis. Looks good!

papaleng said...

seems you have open your childhood memory box. now ko lang na-encounter ang food na ito.

Rhodora said...

@Aileen Indeed, good memories make us feel good about life in general. ;-)By the way, piñato is probably available in Manila.

Rhodora said...

@papaleng Maraming klase ng piñato kaya lang, iba itong galing ng Buray. Pag umuwi ka ng Leyte, try mong hanapin.

Inday Bote said...

hmm, I miss piñato. It's my favorite but I didn't know that it came from Buray.

Rhodora said...

@Inday Bote I hope you can have your own supply of piñato soon. :-) I miss it too. By the way, thanks for leaving a comment here.

Nortehanon said...

We buy ours from Bobon hehehe. Gin-oorder la :-) But I think it is not as tasty.

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