Smokin’ hot, tinapa sarap


ROSALES — Imagine a plate, eight feet in diameter, loaded with flavoured rice and topped with salted eggs and hot ‘tinapa.’ That was what visitors saw inside the SM City Rosales to mark the start of the Tinapa Festival on.

Smoked fish or more popularly know as ‘tinapa’ being Rosales’ the One Town, One Product (OTOP) led to the annual celebration of the Tinapa Festival four years ago.

And what better way to stage a Tinapa Festival than to cook a giant version that was shared by the more than 700 residents and their guests.

Vice Mayor Harry Bernabe, who represented Mayor Susan Casareno, said the tinapa industry has been the livelihood of people in Rosales for over 50 years now. It started in Barangay Carmen West and has since spread to neighboring barangays and towns.

“Rosales plans to put up a processing center for our famous tinapa product,” Bernabe said during the town fiesta.

SM City Rosales Mall Manager Herald Eleria said the accommodation of the event in the mall is their commitment to support the OTOP of the town.

Eleria thanked the municipal government and vowed to support whatever activity the town may organize.

The giant tinapa and fried rice took 35 kilos of rice, three kilos of garlic, five kilos of tomatoes, one kilo of toasted garlic, 20 kilos of onion, 100 pieces of salted eggs and 600 pieces of the famed Rosales tinapa, was prepared by the Barangay Service Point Officers from the 37 villages of the town, (PIA-Pangasinan/ VHS)

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