- First Step – the “Kabhid” or the act of bending to plant the kabog seeds on the ground.
- Second Step – the “Bugaw” or the act of shooing birds away before they consume the seeds that are to be harvested.
- Third Step – the “Hakot” or the act of harvesting the seeds.
- Fourth Step – the “Gi-ok” or the act of separating the grain from the stalk.
- Fifth Step – the “Asod” or the act of pounding the shell from the grain.
- Sixth Step – the “Alig-ig” or the act of separating the grain from the shell using an oblong container or the “hapag.”
- Seventh Step – the “Pasiko” or the act of cooking the budbod kabog.
- Eighth Step – the “Kilikiti” or the act of wrapping the delicacy in banana leaves.
Catmon is a small town located in the northern part of Cebu. It is home to Mount Capayas or Mount Kapayas, the Duko Duko Eatery, and their own version of the suman, the Budbod Kabog. Actually, this delicacy is also found in Dumaguete as well as in Tanjay, Negros Oriental.
The budbod kabog is made from a cereal plant called “kabog.” It is mixed with coconut milk and sugar before wrapping it with banana leaves. The main ingredient is also known as the millet and is abundant in the mountains of Catmon. The residents of the areas where this small-seeded plant are found discovered that it can be used for food. Due to this they started to cultivate it.
Legend has it that kabog or millet grass was discovered by a farmer scattered inside a cave in Barangay Agsuwao in Catmon. It was used as food by cave bats, which are locally known as kabog. The farmer brought home the millet seeds and cooked them. But it was bland to the taste and had a coarse texture. He made some experiments on the recipe and pounded the seeds before he cooked them. He added sugar to the recipe and the result was delectable.
The people later cooked the pounded millet seeds with sugar and coconut milk and the result was the budbod kabog. According to the residents of Catmon, the delicacy was first sold at the Naghalin Bridge. The first buyers of the delicacy were supposedly cockfight aficionados.
The budbod kabog became the inspiration for the Budbod Kabog Festival in Catmon. The festival showcases how this delicious treat is made. The eight steps in the dance during the festival imitate the process of making the budbod kabog.
The eight steps in the dance were created by Dioso Branzuela, Nelson Ares and Arlene Menchavez. The Budbod Kabog is held every February in the town of Catmon.
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