I have not heard of a Sumaka Festival celebrated every 1st of May. But now I know it stands for SUman, MAngga, KAsuy. SU.MA.KA. Others refer to it as the SUMAKAH Festival, the extra H for Hamaka or “hammock” or slings tied to a bamboo pole where ladies are carried in the olden days. Hmmm, I wouldn’t mind a hamaka ride like that!
Long before I started going to school, my family would make this annual pilgrimage to the Virgin of Antipolo. Little did I know that she was the Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. It was enough that I prayed to her as the Virgin of Antipolo and that soon after hearing mass in the Church, I would be treated to a lunch of lechon. Take-outs would include kasuy, bunches of suman and baskets of mangoes. Yes, during those days the mangoes were sold by the baskets rather than by the kilo.
A trip to Antipolo in my early years also meant a day at Hinulugang Taktak. But the falls have long gone and dried up, I hear. These days, a trip to Antipolo simply meant a visit to the Cathedral, perhaps lunch at either Crescent Moon Cafe or in Vieux Chalet — 2 of Antipolo’s “hidden secrets”—- or a visit to the Silangan Gardens and Pinto Art Museum or more simply a visit to stock up on suman, mangga, kasuy AND MORE! What more?
This time around, we found ourselves making this quick dash to this hole-in-wall bakery before heading home. Here, you can buy the pan de lechon. Pan de what? Perhaps , a photo would better explain what we came here to buy. Photo below is the best seller of Dumalaon Bakery in Antipolo City.
Aside from the Pan de Lechon, there were also breads shaped like a crab, a fish, a prawn, a crocodile and a bunch of bananas! I lined up to buy and was pleasantly surprised to learn they sell for only P10 a piece. I gave a P100 bill and the lady said she has no change. So I ended up buying 10 pieces of different forms and shapes. :)
Cute-sy, don’t you agree? If you can’t afford to buy a lechon, whole or by the kilo, buy the bread! It’s healthier ;-)
Driving Directions: From Sumulong Highway, you’d reach a fork : turning right will take you to taktak road (Vieux Chalet!) while going straight takes you to the Antipolo Church. TURN LEFT here. The road is part of the circumferential road commonly called “siete medya” (don’t ask me why) by the locals. After turning left at the intersection, just drive past some 3 blocks and look out for the bakery on your right side. It looks more like a sari-sari store. Naaah, it is a sari-sari store along a very busy road. Exact address is 257 Circumferential Road, Barangay San Isidro, Antipolo City. It is also near Crescent Moon Cafe (where you find the Alagao rolls or lumpia — check out my other blog)