New things, like eating Makopa

by: Vincent

Here’s something I learned earlier on the trip



  1. OMG! That’s the makopa? You did not describe it to me in detail when you told me about it. LOL Well, it’s called a different name in the Visayas. It’s called “TAMBIS”. We used to just pick them in the neighbourhood makopa tree on our way home from school. We even used to sell them during abundant season.

    And that wasn’t the way we ate it. Your “way” is too much slicing.LOL. We “tuhog” it in a coconut leaf stick (I can’t find a word for it) then eat it while walking or playing. You just bite it directly on the cone part being careful not to eat the seed and the possible termites on the core. Termites usually settle on the inside of that fruit. You can also slice it the way you did, soak it in cold water (so that it will be crunchier), then eat it with salt. Yummy!

    This reminds me a lot of childhood memories. Try finding this fruits too, they’re usually abundant in the summer: “Sinegwelas”, “lomboy” (berries), “lanzones”. These are Bisaya terms however, I don’t know what they’re called in Luzon.

    • Yup that’s the Makopa. super tasty stuff.

  2. makopa!!!! we have a hugeee tree of makopa in our house in Q.C and at night the bats would come and feast on it. the sound of the bats always scared me at night and it was for that reason that i thought a kapre lived on that tree. or that an aswang was coming to our house *shiver* but in the daylight, that tree was ours! we’d pick it and sawsaw it in vinegar! hahahhaha it was so good and refreshing ahhh childhood~ come back to me.

  3. I love the soundtrack of this video by the way. Do tell.

    • the song is called “Kaykayapo” from the Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe

      • thanks ninja! 🙂

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