A day before celebrating this month’s Rice Awareness Month in Valencia, Bukidnon, we were privileged enough to enjoy a meal with the Engallados at their Rescuer’s Stop. Rescuer’s Stop is a one-stop shop and food hub rolled into one to cater rice-based products to patrons on the go and foodie on the road conceptualized and managed by Nick Jay Arr Engallado (son of rice king Nicasio "Nick" F. Engallado) of Engallado’s Nature Farm.
Bukidnon has always had a strong tradition of farming, thanks to the commitment of its hardworking people who make full use of its rich agricultural land, rolling terrain and nutrient-rich soil. The abundance of high value crops, access to urban necessities in the cities, plus culinary fares influenced by a mix of traditions among seven indigenous tribes have shaped its rich foodways. Its proximity to Cagayan de Oro, with its dynamic tourism and booming restaurant industry, has also enabled Bukidnon to begin to develop a more modern take on the ways that they eat and cook.