Friday, food trip day for our team! We decided to spend the day to savour on the dishes which Batangas is known for – lomi and goto. We started our trip early and our first stop – the 2nd Lomi Festival of Lipa City.
While we’re on our way, sakto! We all know that lomi is one of the most popular dishes here in Batangas, especially in Lipa. Going back to the event, it was Lipa City’s 2nd Lomi Festival as part of 64th Founding Anniversary of the city. The event was spearheaded by spearheaded by De La Salle Lipa in partnership with the Lipa City Government. The remarks of the occasion were delivered by DLSL Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research, Dr. Alice Botardo; DLSL President, Br. Joaquin Martinez, FSC; Vice Governor Mark Leviste, and Lipa City Mayor Meynard A. Sabili.
The opening program was followed by a dance number of Salindayaw Dance Company and students from Kolehiyo ng Lungsod ng Lipa (talented Batangueños, I should say) which segued to the cooking proper of the participating cooks from various lomi houses in Lipa — Hanzel, LDC, Von’s, Teboy, Syronn, Renfel, Pando’s, and Liam’s. In addition, the festival also had a contest for Lomi King and Queen — paramihan at pabilisian ng pagkain ng lomi ang labanan!
This was how our food trip started — with lomi (we weren’t able to eat lomi in the event though).
Next is another comfort food we Batangueños love (and I’m sure tourists, too) — ang GOTO.