I Left My Heart in Biliran (Part 6: Going Around Naval)

Naval is the capital of Biliran and is the gateway to the idyllic islands of Sambawan, Higatangan and Dalutan among others. From Tacloban, Naval is merely a 2.5-3-hour drive. To roam around Naval, you can either take a habal-habal or a pedicab.

Before you go to Almeria where most of the resorts are located, make sure to buy all the things that you need here. There's a public market and a grocery store if you would like to buy food for the duration of your stay.

Where to eat?

While there are a lot of eateries around the town of Naval, one place worth checking out is Lola Tanang's. Located on Vicentillo Street, Lola Tanang's serves a variety of specialties at an affordable price. It's a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that prides itself in serving THE BEST native chicken sa gata (chicken stewed in spicy coconut milk sauce).

Lola Tanang's anteroom

The menu

Sorry, photo is blurred! It was brownout that time =(
So without further ado, may i share with you photos from our lunch table:

Native chicken sa gata
No wonder their version of native chicken sa gata is all abuzz. The spicy kick of the sauce is addicting! Seriously, I can live with this sauce alone...and lots of rice!!!

Lechon kawali (crispy pork belly)
Their lechon kawali is also to die for. Its sinfully crunchy skin is a perfect match to the succulent meat!. It's oozing with deadly flavors! Beer-match!


What pasalubong to buy:

Biliran is just an up and coming tourist destination, so do not expect to find a D'Mall (Boracay) or a Tiangge (Puerto Princesa) here. There are only a few souvenir shops in Naval but the good thing is, most of their items for sale are not overpriced.

Ref magnets and  keychains range from Php 25-35 each, necklaces at around Php 35, bracelets at Php 10 and a lot more.

Cute magnet and keychains
Earrings galore

Necklaces and trinkets
You can also buy some of Biliran's local delicacies like the famous suman balintawak - a delicacy made of white and black rice wrapped on banana leaves. Pair this with Agta Beach Resort's homemade tablea and you'll definitely love it!

Suman Balintawak

Biliran also has their own version of bibingka. 



Where to stay in Biliran:

Agta Beach Resort
Brgy. Talahid, Almeria, Biliran
(63)927-9772867 / (63)927-2880331 / (63)927-3343934

Special thanks to 
Toni Noriega and Melo Sabitsana 
of Agta Beach Resort


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