Clarin House of Suman

Sumptuous rice cakes at Clarin’s House of Suman

Piles of different kinds of suman sold inside the structure

Piles of different kinds of suman sold inside the structure

Piles and piles of neatly arranged suman, a type of rice cake that is elongated and wrapped in banana leaves greets the visitors upon entering Clarin’s House of Suman. But what really brings in the surprise is discovering that there are several different kinds and fillings that make these native delicacies a treat.

Clarin is a municipality in Misamis Occidental and just near Ozamiz City, the economic powerhouse of the province. For the visitor, this town is known for the suman and it is just fitting that under the government’s one town, one product (OTOP) project, this native delicacy is number one.

Thanx to the efforts of the local government with assistance from various government agencies, the House of Suman and Pasalubong Center was set up to have a one stop shop to showcase this and other native products. With the development program, the plain old suman was elevated into something interesting with the introduction of various types with various fillings.

There’s the balintawak. Instead of just using plain malagkit (sticky rice), this and tapul malagkit, the purple variety, were intertwined together that when you open this one, its a beautiful braid like suman in two colors. Then there’s the various fillings: mango, jackfruit, chocolate, peanut butter and cheese. All are delicious!

Other than buying these for home and gifts to friends and family (pasalubong), you can also eat it here. Ask for a thick hot cup of chocolate, sikwate, and you’re good! There are other varieties of local delicacies and handicrafts available too.

My favorite suman is the balintawak

My favorite suman is the balintawak

Left, cheese suman with paired with a cup of hot chocolate; right, suman with jackfruit filling

Left, cheese suman with paired with a cup of hot chocolate; right, suman with jackfruit filling

The House of Suman's old and new building (green one)

The House of Suman’s old and new building (green one)

Other products that can be found in the House of Suman includes, clockwise from top right: empanada, peanut products, woven bags and another kakanin

Other products that can be found in the House of Suman includes, clockwise from top right: empanada, peanut products, woven bags and another kakanin

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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3 Comments

  1. @exploreMisOcc
    January 13, 2015 @ 0:15

    Sumptuous rice cakes at Clarin’s House of Suman http://t.co/bOJq04ZQRA via @LangyawMedia

  2. @exploreMisOcc
    January 16, 2015 @ 12:35

    Suman.Suman.Suman.

    #Clarin #MisOcc #HouseofSuman
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  3. MisOcc Guide (@exploreMisOcc)
    January 11, 2016 @ 12:39

    #exploreMisOcc: When travelling to Misamis Occidental, a visit to Clarin is a must for its delectable rice cake… https://t.co/GOGNZdfNfY

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