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Cebu’s tourism program for north towns features Bogo City’s 'pintos'

October 20, 2009 11:05 am

CEBU CITY, Oct. 20 – The latest three-day Suroy Suroy Sugbo, the Cebu Provincial Government’s tourism project, featured over the weekend Bogo City’s “pintos,” a delicacy made of young corn.

The delegates slept at different resorts in Bantayan Island Saturday night. On Sunday morning, they had breakfast at their respective resorts before proceeding to Bogo City.

In April last year, for the first time, the Suroy Suroy Sugbo-Northern Escapade dropped by Bogo City, home of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s political opponents — the Martinezes. Bogo City Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr. and Garcia, since then, developed a professional relationship.

Tourists sat down in Bogo for lunch and some cultural presentation.

As expected, the corn delicacy called “pintos” was served as the city officially recognized it as its “resident delicacy” through an ordinance. The ordinance states that in every official gathering in Cebu, “pintos” must be served and promoted.

It also has a festival in honor of this delicacy.

Recently, the city council also passed an ordinance for the planting of Bogo trees in the city. The city took its name from the said tree, which was abundant a couple of centuries back. However, the trees have slowly been depleted, hence, the ordinance.

Attractions in the city are the 1850 Bogo Parish Church and the Capitancillo Island, a popular diving spot.


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