PAMPANGA - Kabigting’s
Mashed white kidney beans, corn kernels, pastillas from Carabao’s milk, finely shaved ice
Pampanga is famous for the simple architecture of Razon’s halo-halo, so popular that there are more than 50 stores in Manila alone. But this region also has another gem, guided by minimalism and just as satisfying; Kabigting’s, the pride of Arayat, started in the ‘70s with a small sari-sari store. Today, they have multiple branches, having become known for the surprise sweetness coming from the sugared kidney beans and special pastillas.
DAVAO - Aling Foping’s
Durian ice cream, durian jam, nata de coco, pinipig, evaporated milk, shaved ice
Only Davao could have made halo-halo this way; here, durian is nearly unavoidable. The fruit is infamously pungent, but creamy and beloved in the region. It’s everywhere and it’s in Aling Foping’s halo-halo, topped with durian ice cream and durian jam. This is one version you probably won’t find anywhere else, soaking in durian goodness.