Linubihan as Christmas Treat

Guinarona, with its world-class irrigation system, is a major rice producer in Region 8, Philippines. Naturally, on important occasions, such as the Guinarona Fiesta and Christmas, rice, in all its permutations, figures well in the tableau.Among our Christmas activities, including assisting and singing in the series of Misas de Gallo, making the Linubihan on December 23, is tops. Guinaronanhons rarely do it–very strenuous, this linubihan business–but when they do, it is an event they cherish forever. You need a team to do Linubihan, two huge wooden mortars, nine wooden pestles (the three are alternates). The clique members, male or female, should have the stamina of bulls–as in, you need all the energy you can muster to do the ceaseless pounding (for making the pilipig), which in some cases lasts 24 hours non-stop. Meanwhile, the other team members are in charge of making the bukayo—grated coconut cooked in syrup with anise flavor– which you mix into the cooked pilipig (the first product of the intense pounding), which mixture you are going to pound gingerly again to make the Linubihan. Also, part of the pilipig is ground to a flour, and this is applied as a coating and at the same time incorporated into the mixture for pounding.

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