PNoy disappointed by ‘diminishing tupig’
DAGUPAN CITY – Even President Aquino is disappointed by the diminishing size of “tupig,” a rice-based snack wrapped in banana leaves usually sold along the roads of eastern Pangasinan towns.
“When I was young, my nanny used to bring me tupig everytime she went home. I don’t know how she did it, but she would bring not one or two pieces, but bundles. I like it,because in Sumulong, where my grandmother hailed, suman is the favorite snack. Suman needs sugar or partnered with ripe mango to become delicious,” he recalled.
But tupig, he said, is already sweeted. “There is a crispy, crunchy part. I thought it was a more complete (snack). Of course I was happy because the tupig is almost a foot long.”
Yet the President, who was here on March 14 to distribute Shared Service Facilities (SSF) projects to 23 organizations, was disappointed about the size of the tupig when he was already president.
He recalled, “Once, we went to Baguio City and passed through Pangasinan. We saw a tupig vendor. I called him and we bought bundles and bundles of tupig.”
“But when I removed the banana wrapper, there’s another wrapper, and then there’s a third wrapper, and a fourth wrapper. What I remember is it only had one wrapper,” he said, to the laughter of the audience.
When he finally reached the tupig, “gapastillas yong laki (its just the size of soft milk candy).”
He called the vendor, saying “brod, what happened? The banana wrapper is a foot-long, but the tupig is so small.”
The vendor answered” “Sir, wala hong nagbago. Ang presyo pareho, pero tumaas yung bilihin, kaya yung laman, umigsi.”
The President then said that since SSF projects are getting stronger in Pangasinan, “is it possible to return the tupig to its original big size?”
He said using the SSF, many individuals and businesses have succeeded. (YSF)
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