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CalacAtchara, the best appetizer in Batangas

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Most appetizers are served before the main course for it stimulates one’s taste buds and staves off hunger. But this does not follow in the case of our very own atchara, this one stays on plate during the meal and is the last one savored before leaving the dining table.

Yesterday, we were tasked by Director Ruel of DTI Batangas to contribute a feature article about Calaca’s best atchara for OTOPrenuer Magazine. OTOPrenuer is a national publication that features the best products of all the towns and cities of the Philippines. (Watch out for our full feature story of Calacatchara in the upcoming issue of OTOPrenuer) Of course, when your team is endorsed and trusted to produce a write up and take photos for such publication, who would say no?

Here are some of the pictures that we took during the interview with Ms. Alice Cabrera, Municipal Agriculturist, Sir Rudy Mercado, Chief Executive and Nanay Teodora “Doring” Catibog, the best atchara maker in Calaca. As for our full feature write up, you may read the story soon on our newest site, WOWBatangas Directory and Events in which we will also be including a page for BATANGAS OTOPs.
Click the thumbnails for a larger view.

In the end, I would like to share what Nanay Doring told us, “Hindi lang ako gumagawa ng atchara para sa aking sarili at pamilya. Gusto ko ring makatulong at makasunod sa hangarin ng amin punongbayan. Kapag ako’y gumagawa ng atchara, nagdadasal ako na sana ay maging karapat-dapat ang aking ginawang atchara para sa mga taong makakatikim, at nang sa ganoon ay ako’y makapagpasaya.

No wonder, Nanay Doring’s Atchara is considered the best hors d’oeuvre not only in Calaca but in the entire province of Batangas.

Last Updated: September 5, 2013

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  1. Hi Gerlie,

    I’m Rey Reroma, the Managing Editor of OTOPreneur magazine.

    The next issue of OTOPreneur magazine will carry the story of Doring’s Best Atchara. The story is well-written.

    We’ll distribute the printed copies of the next issue of OTOPreneur magazine during the OTOP National Expo to be held at SM Megatrade Hall on September 21-25, 2011.

    We are now doing the final review of the manuscript since we’ll start printing it by September 12, 2011.

    We allocate a page where it carries all the contact information of the featurred entrepreneurs. I found out that I don’t have the contact info of Doring’s Best Atchara.

    It is highly appraciated if you can provide me the contact info of Doring’s Best Atchara.

    Please sent it on or before Sunday, September 11, 2011

    Thank You

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