The city of Bogo or Bogo City is one of the component cities of the province of Cebu and is located around 100 kilometers north of Cebu City. Among the landmarks visitors can look forward to if they take a trip to Bogo City are the Virgin Mary Shrine, which overlooks the city, and the Cebu Roosevelt Memorial College, the biggest building in Bogo City. Bogo also plays hosts to a number of resorts that cater to the needs of tourists. But, visitors to Bogo City typically looked forward to tasting one of the delicacies the place has to offer, the Pintos.
The Pintos is a local delicacy made of ground corn mixed with milk and butter, for the special variant, or margarine, for the ordinary variant. Another variant of the Pintos has cheese or coconut strips mixed into it. It is cooked by soaking it in boiling water for around one hour. The Pintos is wrapped in corn husk and can be bought at PHP 50 for 5 pieces. It is popular among local and foreign tourists. The Pintos is best eaten while it is still hot and paired with the local version of the hot chocolate, the sikwate.
The popularity of this delicacy reached a point where it has become the start of the local festival in Bogo City. The Pintos Festival is held every May 26 and coincides with the town fiesta celebrating the patron saint of the city, Saint Vincent Ferrer. It also replaced the older festival of the city, the Kuyayang Festival. The Pintos Festival reflects the major source of income of the area, its corn plantations. Since corn is its main product, it was only logical for Bogo City to promote it through its annual fiesta.
The Pintos can be bought in Bogo City and tourists travelling to the north can look forward to vendors selling the delicacy if the bus makes a stop in the city. But, residents of the Queen City of the South can also look forward to getting the chance to taste this sweet delicacy whenever a food expo is held in the city. Or they can simply take a short trip to Bogo City and enjoy their Pintos while relaxing in the beaches of one of the resorts in the area.
Lola Pureza's Peanut Browas, a taste of old Cebu.
Available in leading supermarkets and pasalubong shops.