The art and culture established the character and identity of Angono. Long before it entered into the consciousness and awareness of social media, this has flourished and birthed diverse artistic talents.

There is however yet another scene which is a beautiful reflection of artistry, creativity and patient industry of the Angonoans. The food and culinary landscape in this municipality is creating a ripple effect, gently crossing Laguna de Bay and reaching the shores and consciousness of the metropolis.

Upon the initiative of the LGU of Angono and Angono Tourism, LegendHarry joined a group of well-known travel and food bloggers in the 1st Food and Art Crawl. The event was a delightful surprise as participating establishments put their best effort to showcase their fanciful creations.Balaw Balaw RestaurantForemost of Angono‘s roster of fabled restaurants is Balaw Balaw. It was established by Perdigon and Luzvimin Vocalan in 1982 and has since become an institution in Filipino cuisine. The Vocalan couple initially served exotic food available in the community such as deer, wild boar, frog, and cricket. During the visit of world renowned chef and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern, Balaw Balaw was recommended by the Department of Tourism. It also has an art gallery where the works of the Vocalans and other artists are displayed.

Address: No.16 Doña Justa Street, Angono, Rizal
Facebook: Balaw Balaw
Call: 02 651 0110

Lava Mocha CafeTindahan ni Inday has a humble yet endearing tale to tell. But more than the tear jerker love story of its owner Jhoana Miano, its products are a huge bestseller and great pasalubong! The main offer is kumanoy or inutak which is made of ground rice, coconut milk, and caramelized sugar. In Angono, there are only a few makers of kumanoy. And Tindahan ni Inday‘s kumanoy has superb quality. Perfected after several trials and errors, their pancit Malabon can make a run for the money of more known brands.

Address: Dela Paz Street, Brgy. San Pedro, Angono, Rizal (landmark: Colegio de San Clemente High School)
Call: 0917 680 2779

KIM is HungryKIM is Hungry is a small pastry shop but creates a huge satisfaction for its customers. Their quesadilla was my personal favorite during the 1st Angono Food and Art Crawl. Of course, the blueberry cheesecake is still my all-time favorite and KIM is Hungry certainly did not disappoint.

Opens: Monday 2PM-8PM, Tuesday-Sunday 11AM- 9PM
Address: 2nd Floor, Paulina Bldg., M. Diaz corner A. Ibanez Streets, Brgy. Sto. Nino,  Angono, Rizal
Facebook: KIM is Hungry
Instagram: kimishungrycakescafe
Call: 0916 271 7551

Wings On The GoDefinitely, Wings On The Go is buffalo wings and burger lovers’ delight. All quarter-pounders, their burgers are mouthwatering and sinfully good! That night’s favorite was the Latino Heat which was composed of home-made patty, chili con carne, jalapeno and cheese. Other highly recommended are, by default, their Buffalo wings, pizza fries, and El Nacho.

Opens: Tuesday-Sunday 3PM-9PM
Address: 213 E. Rodriguez Street, Brgy. Sto. Nino, Angono, Rizal
Facebook: Wings on the Go
Instagram: wingsonthego
Call: 0926 533 2794

Lava Mocha CafeThe town’s Higantes Festival may have inspired the creation of the Higante Frappe. This Java Mocha Cafe‘s jaw-dropping one-liter frappe comes in three variants but slaying these giants is no easy task. But for those in need for sugar rush, Higante Frappe is an OPTION. As for me, I was more than contented in their DIY frappe because I had to give room for another servings of buffalo wings and nachos!

Opens: 11AM-11PM
Address: Dona Aurora Street, Angono, Rizal
Facebook: Lava Mocha Cafe
Instragram: lavamochacafe
Call: 0936 855 7335

BalwarteA humble and modest food joint reflecting the Ilocano nature of its owners, Balwarte made a special accommodation for our group’s lunch as they regularly opens at 2PM. Balwarte served us several plates of delectable chicken intestines ang gizzards, tender pork steaks, buffalo wings with three different spice level (nagmahal, nasaktan, and nagpatiwakal), and nachos. Their house iced tea was a delightful surprise.

Opens: Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Thursday 2PM-10PM; Friday-Saturady, 2PM-11PM
Facebook: Balwarte
Instagram: TheBalwarte
Call: 0998 997 4548

Art Capital CafeThe final stop of the 1st Angono Food and Art Crawl was Art Capital Cafe. It has been a hot, dry and humid day and the first and best thing we ever wanted were refreshing drinks. Their frappes came in several colors and variants but same thirst-quenching character. And what has became ubiquitous, we were also served with their version of Buffalo wings, and potato wedges and cheeseburger shots.
Opens: Monday 4PM-10PM, Tuesday-Thursday 12PM-10PM, Friday-Sunday 12PM-12AM
Address: M. L. Quezon Avenue, Brgy. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal
Facebook: Art Capital Cafe
Instagram: artcapitalcafe
Call: 0920 597 6985

In a land where arts is deeply embedded into the fabric of the community, a soul-satisfying gastronomic trip is a perfect complement in creating a well-balanced and pleasurable travel experience. In Angono, the needs of the mind and the body are properly treated.

Visit Angono especially during the Higantes Festival on November 20.  For more info on the activities, please download this schedule. You may also visit the Facebook page of Angono Tourism.

My profound gratitude to the Office of the Mayor, Angono Tourism, and Ms. Celine Reyes of for inviting me to the 1st Angono Food and Art Crawl.


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