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.
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.