Lake Balut is located in Sultan Kudarat about two kilometers away from the Cotabato Malabang National Highway. The lake has an area of 11 hectares, with a naturally grown tilapia, catfish and other freshwater creatures. To the west of Lake Balut is the Tapayan Communical Irrigation System.
The Sangil (Sangir, Sangihe, Sangu, Marore, Sangirezen, Talaoerezen) are the people who live in the Sangihe and Talaud island group, and in the southern coast of Mindanao about Sarangani Bay. The population is concentrated in Balut and Sarangani islands (2,085) off Mindanao, and Jose Abad Santos (685) in the province of Davao del Sur where there are a total of 4,322 (NSO 1980). The national population is some 10,344 (NM 1994). They speak a language with Indonesian affinities. Islamic in influence, much of the indigenous culture has changed and been absorbed into the coastal societies, especially into the Kalagan group. The culture is associated with lowland and coastal adaptations with Continue reading
A balut is a developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. To the uninitiated, eating a boiled pre-hatched duck egg may be mildly unappetizing, unappealing, or sometimes just plain unimiginable. However, most Filipinos simply love the delicate tastes and textures of balut. These are fertilized eggs are allowed to develop until the embryo reaches a pre-determined size and are then boiled. Balut are one of the best and cheapest sources of protein around, and it is widely rumored to be an efficient aphrodisiac, given that eating one supplies lots of energy and stamina.
While in the Philippines, Andrew visits Manila. While there, he eats at street vendors, local restaurants, and on the beach. Some of the more exotic foods he shares: balut (chicken fetuses), coconut grubs, mangrove worms, water crickets and deep-fried whole baby chickens. Continue reading