POSTCARDS: Pit stop, Mabinay, Negros Oriental

Mabinay, Negros Oriental

Mangga, budbud, bibingka, mineral water.

These vendors call out to bus passengers at a pit stop somewhere in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, about two hours from the province’s capital of Dumaguete. It’s a long bus ride from Bacolod where we came from all the way south to Dumaguete—six hours and a half to be precise—but the views of rolling hills and bays and endless tracts of sugarcane plantations made the trip a lot more bearable than we expected.

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Budbud, a sweet rice cake wrapped in banana leaves, is the Visayas’ answer to suman (best consumed with a cup of hot tsoko-late and sweet mangoes). Two bundles, each with three individually packed pieces of budbud, cost P20.

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Owen Ballesteros & Nikka Corsino are trigger-happy travelers from the Philippines. They both swear by the sharpness of Nikon and almost always carry a packet of instant coffee when traveling. Photography is their bread and butter, their passion, and sometimes the only thing that prevents them from killing each other. If you have offers of work, collaborations, or an endless supply of instant coffee, please drop them a message here.

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