The IT and Engineering department of Surigao Del Sur State University, Cantilan campus is holding a 2 day seminar about “PC Interfacing”. My husband was invited to be the speaker of the said event. So one Thursday night my pards and I packed up and off we go to north.
Here is a brief history of the place we’re going to:
Cantilan is one of the oldest towns in the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. It’s the mother municipality of CarCanMadCarLan area. This is an acronym town namely: Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza. This explains why Cantilan is regarded as “the cradle of towns” in Surigao Del Sur. The story of the origin of Cantilan started a long time ago when the inhabitants used to cross the river to buy fish from the woman named “Tilang” who also resides near the shoreline. When people were asked for directions where to buy fish, they were often answered with “Adto Kan Tilang” , A Cantilangnon dialect which means “You go to Tilang”. Later, the place was named Cantilang. This was then changed to Cantilan.
We took a bus, and then a van. After 12 hours of travelling in a long and winding road, we finally reached the school by almost lunch time.
We are warmly welcomed by Ms. Divine Grace Loren and Mrs. Cheryl Tayo. The HRM students then accommodated us to their mini hotel and we stayed there for two days.
Lunch break! Enthusiast students stayed for a while for clarifications and grabbed a copy of must have pointers. Peeking out from the audio/visual room, I took some of these shots. And did some clicks around the campus area. Actually the school covers a very wide area but I never get the chance to go around.
view from AV room
view from AV room
SSDU campus area
From AV room, we moved to Computer laboratory for the hands-on exercises of PC Interfacing.
Outside the computer labora tory is the ROTC ground
On the other hand, these were some of the “Catilangnon “common dishes. Crabs! crabs! crabs! Surigao is in the northeastern coast of Mindanao facing the pacific ocean.
So this town is really abundant in sea foods. The place where I have eaten the fattest crab!😛 This recipe is Ginataang Alimango (Crab in coconut milk). A steamed crabs and squash, simmered in coconut milk and seasoned with spices and finger chilies.
Fish in sour broth
Daing na isda (dried fish). The favorite dish of most Pinoy, the dish that all masses can afford. Daing is one of the cheapest method of food preservation. The usual procedure is by sun-drying the salted fish to remove the moisture from the meat.
Squid Kinilaw (Raw squid salad). Kinilaw is a popular Filipino dish and is basically made with raw fish and vinegar. But in Cantilan, MEN! they have their own variation too, serving squid instead of fish. This one is new to me and I love it.
Sikwate. A native, hot and thick chocolate drink made from tablea. Tablea are made from pure cacao beans .On our second day at the campus, a very hospitable, kind and friendly teacher named Cheryl Tayo and her husband Rene personally brought us breakfast and a thermos of sikwate. It has a very addicting aroma and so was the taste because the tableas are freshly made from a nearby manufacturer.
Photos with Ms Loren, Mrs. Tayo and some of the second batch students who attended the seminar.
End of the two days seminar, the students together with their lovely teachers accompanied us to the bus stop. We had a wonderful time and once again a new set of people has marked my heart. Unfortunately, I never get the chance to take a photo of the oldest church in town. It was built during the Spanish regime in early 1800’s. I saw it while riding a motorcycle upon our arrival but I didn’t take a snap because I was planning of roaming around the town afterwards, but it did not happen. Our trip continued from Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur travelling 6 hours to Tagbina Surigao del Sur.
More stories and photos on my next post. Come and join me on my journey.