It was a hot afternoon when we felt our appetite craves for an authentic kapampangan food. So we drove 25 km northeast of San Fernando – Sta. Ana, Arayat, Pampanga where you will find the pride of Arayat, Kabigting’s halo-halo.
After a half-an-hour drive we finally reached our destination. A humble refreshment store and at the same time residence of Kabigting family at Paralaya, Arayat, Pampanga.
We did not waste time so we hurriedly get off the car, looked for a table for two and ordered halo-halo and special palabok.
After we finished our meal, we got the chance to mingle with the owners and some local loyal consumers. It was an unforgettable experience not just for the tummy but our Kapampangan spirit were touched and moved by the people who keep and take pride of a simple feast. Truly a pride not just for Arayat but for the whole Pampanga.
A Brief History
It started sometime in 1970 when Geraldine Kabigting, sister of Jacinto Kabigting suggest to his brother to try an exotic flavor of a halo-halo instead of the traditional tropical fruit flavors.
They have thought of these 3 main ingredients to create a new taste of halo-halo in their community:
Kabigting’s Halo-halo Main Ingredients
Carabao’s Milk – make it caramel
Cream of Corn
Beans – cook it for a day to have a sweet taste
Susan and Johnny Medina who just reside near Kabigting’s Residence have tasted the new discovered flavor of the halo-halo.
Later days after that, group of camera men and crew of Travel Time with Susan visited Kabigting’s Residence to taste and feature their halo-halo.
Kabigting’s Halo-halo was made popular abroad through that documentary story from Travel Time.
Surprisingly, foreigners, people from abroad and tourists started to visit and dine in the place. From then, Kabigting’s Halo-halo became The Pride of Arayat. Ordinary people from the community, known politician (Tessie Aquino-Oreta, Lilia Pineda, Dong Gonzales, Monz Laus, etc.) artists (Chesca Garcia, Angel Aquino, etc.), media people (ABS-CBN Crew, Jessica Sojo, etc.) and even former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo personally went there to taste Kabigting’s Pride Halo-halo.
Paralaya, Arayat, Pampanga
(045) 630-1219 | 0919-3936626
Opening Hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
2/F Robinsons Starmills, Jose Abad Santos Ave
San Fernando, Pampanga
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