A taste of Cotabato

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Saturday, March 15, 2014


WE’RE going out of town and eating where many people eat. Much like going to the most visited turo-turo cum restaurant in town, except that you are out of town.

With Datu Muss as our guide, we had our first meal of the day at Aling Precy along Sinsuat Avenue. It was lunchtime, and yes, we were very hungry.

We were among a line of people also waiting to be served along the food counter. Some looked like they were office workers, other were families. It was a Sunday, thus the office worker vibration was off-key, but they did look like they were office workers… government office at that. I may be wrong.

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The sight of fish and beef and regular fare lined up behind the glass food display counters, however, were not as enticing as the row of boiled vegetables and chopped fresh tomatoes that go with a small saucer of ginamos (fish bagoong). I flew straight to ginamos heaven (it’s ginisa and thus is not malansa).

My other companions had the usual fare – chicken curry, ginataang mongo, pinakbet and one other beef meal I forgot to ask about. I was happy with my boiled vegetables with chopped fresh tomatoes and onions.

Aling Precy is also known for cakes and pasalubongs. We got a leche flan and it’s good because it wasn’t very sweet. There were other pasalubongs lined up, except that in that rare jaunt around downtown Cotabato City, I had other things in mind – like brasswares and malongs.

Still, it’s a recommendable place should you be in town, and best of all… it’s open on a Sunday.

But I’d say, Aling Precy is a good glimpse of Cotabato, its people and yes, the more grammatically correct Tagalog that they speak (as compared to the Tagalog-Bisaya butchers that Dabawenyos are).

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 16, 2014.

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