The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has approved a resolution declaring the district of La Paz in Iloilo City as “Batchoy Capital.”
Councilor Candice Magdalane Tupas, the author of the resolution, said the declaration would “preserve, protect and institutionalize” the famous Ilonggo dish, which originates from La Paz.
According to her, batchoy is part of the Ilonggos’ “intangible cultural heritage”
“It is the policy of the city to recognize, organize and provide support for tourism-related activities and programs to continuously sustain tourism growth,” part of the resolution read.
Batchoy is a noodle soup served with pork meat, crushed chicharon, beef loin, and toasted garlic, among others.IMT