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Sinukmani Festival: An Introduction to Rosario, Batangas

Sinukmani Festival will definitely let you learn a lot. Are you ready? Stick on!

Sinukmani festival is held every 9th of June. Perfect after harvesting rice for the dry season.

Sinukmani festival is a celebration known to commemorate the founding of the Municipality of Rosario. This festival is celebrated by laying rice cakes on the streets, with different sizes, designs, and decorations that represent each participant for the event. If you want to learn more, keep reading.

Rosario has been identified as a 1st class municipality in Batangas and is known as the “Rice Granary of Batangas”, with the potential of becoming a leading agro-industrial center in the country. And for a municipality whose main product is rice, it is only natural that the presence of sinukmani or rice cake would be the highlight of the district, and to even have its own festival.

Sinukmani symbolizes the closeness, togetherness, and unity of the whole town of Rosario.

What happens during the fiesta? 

Sinukmani Festival features the “Pinakamalikhaing Sinukmani Contest,” that is why on the day of the fiesta, the participating Barangays will lay out their prepared sinukmani with a design that represent their respective areas. There can be different toppings, decorations, shapes, widths, and sizes. 

This day is a way for every Barangay in Rosario to come together to have fun. The sinukmani will lay on the streets of Gualberto Avenue which in turn can stretch up to 462 meters.

These sinukmani will be judged by its design and creativity, and most importantly, the ones with the longest layed sinukmani will be announced as the winner of the event.

After the judging, people can enjoy and feast on the sinukmani they have prepared and even share it with others.

Another event during the festival is the street dance at the town plaza. Participating Barangay send their best team of dancers from various schools to compete. The dance is of course, according to the concept of the fiesta, and the costumes of the participants have a theme associated with sinukmani, mostly made out of rice sack, “bilao” or round bamboo tray, and “banigs” or woven mats.

How to make sinukmani?

Photo | @iamlorelei

Sinukmani is a native delicacy of Rosario and is made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk and brown sugar. This is really an all-time merienda favorite that can also pair with kapeng baroko.

If you want to make sinukmani, follow these simple steps:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups malagkit rice cooked
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup latik
  • Banana leaves

How to make Sinukmani:

  • Cook rice with the pandan leaves.
  • Combine Coconut milk and sugar in a hot kawa.
  • Stir continuously until the sugar is melted.
  • Let it boil for five minutes. Then turn the fire to medium heat.
  • Add the rice to the mixture then stir until the rice and the coconut milk mixture are evenly mixed together.
  • Heat the banana leaf over fire to prevent it from breaking.
  • Spread the Sinukmani in the banana leaf and slice into squares
  • Garnish with latik on top.
  • Lastly, serve and enjoy.

Note that the process of stirring the Sinukmani while cooking may be tiresome because of its stickiness. It is highly advised to be patient while doing this.

 

BONUS: What are other things you can enjoy in Rosario Batangas?

If you are looking for a place to visit, Rosario Batangas has several places you might want to consider going.

  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue in Tombol Hill
  • Batangas Racing Circuit
  • Mabato Underground Cave

How to get to Rosario, Batangas?

If you want to visit Rosario, the cost-effective way to get from Manila to Rosario is to ride a bus, which costs ₱160 – ₱250 and takes 4h 47m.

Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply:

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 meter (the social distance requirement in Rosario)
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

By following the COVID-19 protocol, you can visit Rosario, Batangas anytime you want and witness the Sinukmani Festival. And by then, see you until the next festival!

Photo | Municipality Of Rosario Website

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