Cabagan, Isabela – As a tribute to the farmer’s bountiful harvest and the flourishing local noodle industry, at least 1,000 villagers on Saturday, Jan. 21 partook in big servings of the giant “Pansi Cabagan” at the Square Park.
The Ibanag term “Pansi” means pancit or local rice noodles that has been part of the culture of Cabagan town.
As part of the week-long 10th Pansi Festival, officials and restaurant owners in Cabagan worked together to prepare the dish using 200 kilograms miki or thick noodles, 100 kilograms of pork and fish, 200 pieces of quail and chicken eggs, lechon kawali and pork skin, shrimp, tuna, squid strips, vegetables, and other ingredients.
The dish was served on a 10ft foil-covered platter – the biggest “pansi cabagan” so far, as claimed by many.
In just about 15 minutes, the dish was consumed.
The annual festival was halted for two years due to the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, the 26 villages in town prepared the same dish, served in about 100 pieces of “bilao,” forming the year “2020.” Around 2,000 people partook in the 500-kilogram “pansi cabagan” prepared back then.
Alongside the conduct of this year’s fiesta was the annual KKK (Kalesa, Kabayu, Kalaseru) Festival held to promote and preserve the use of kalesa (carriage) and at the same time attract tourists.
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