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Lilibeth's Pan Bisaya at Enrique Villanueva

A gastronomic treat while in Siquijor can be found in a mini bread station at barangay Binuongan in the municipality of Enrique Villanueva, the smallest town in Siquijor, and still popularly referred to as Talingting. The humble bakeshop is run by Lilibeth Viernes-Alce, a proud resident of barangay Camugao, Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines.

Lilybeth's pan Bisaya in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines
Llilibeth's pan Bisaya in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines

Pan Bisaya and More

While Siquijor does not have the posh cafes one can find in the city, it does not fall behind in terms of flavor. Lilibeth's pan Bisaya is a big hit for both locals and tourists. During fiesta celebrations, orders for these treats peak. During peak days, Lilibeth earns as much as PhP 10,000 for a single day. Some of her regular customers who order in bulk are a certain Maria town resident Mrs. Brown and former Siquijor provincial board member Arthur Chan. Some orders come fram as far as Cebu, Bohol, Dumaguete, and Mindanao.

Siquijor pan Bisaya or bucayo bread in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines
Best-selling pan Bisaya or bucayo bread in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines


Aside from her best-selling bucayo bread, other sought after items are ensaymada, pan de sal, chocolate cake, banana cake, salvaro, bibingka, ube bread, cheese bread, pan de leche, and torta.

Siquijor pan de leche in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines
Pan de leche in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines


Siquijor torta in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines
Siquijor torta in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines
The breads baked by Lilibeth and company uses a traditional clay oven, the one we usually see used for cooking bibingka. The ovens serve a dual purpose. The clay ovens where the breads are baked are under the fire. While other things can be cooked on top of the fire.

clay oven in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines
Traditional clay oven in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines


Enjoy The Scenery With Your Bread

More than the delicious bread and pastries, one can also enjoy the scenery while having a snack at the humble bakeshop in Binuongan. It is right next to a white sand beach near a fishing village and mangrove trees. An isolated mangrove tree a few meters away from the shoreline is probably the most photographed background in this vista. The mini bread station is also not far from the Cang-isok Old House in barangay Libo, the oldest known surviving house in Siquijor built in the mid-1800's.

Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines
Most photographed background in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor, Philippines

Note: Photos courtesy of April Joy "Bebsy" Lamis of the Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism Unit taken during the 1st #InfoTourismAdventureRace during the 22nd annual regional convention of the Regional Association of Development Information Officers 7 (RADIO 7) held at #SensationalSiquijor.
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