Batchoy will soon have its own special day in Iloilo


Iloilo City residents may soon be celebrating another festival, if a proposal by one of their councilors is passed.

City councilor Joshua Alim sought a National Batchoy Festival to highlight “batchoy,” the province’s famous dish.

“Anywhere in the world you can find batchoy. But if you want to have the original taste, go to La Paz batchoy,” Alim said (

Batchoy is a noodle soup that originated in a market in Iloilo City’s La Paz district.

Its ingredients include miki noodles, pork meat and innards, beef loin, and crushed chicharon.

Alim said he will pitch the festival to the City Tourism Office and the Dinagyang Foundation, noting the proposal did not gain traction with former mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

On the other hand, Alim said it is fitting that the festival be celebrated during the rainy season, as the dish is a “must-eat” for tourists.