Gitagum’s newest food house is bringing back iconic Manok Bisaya dishes to this rising town of Misamis Oriental.

Manokboy Food House had its soft opening on January 1-8, 2021 showcasing its Litson Manok, Litson Baboy and Liempo.

From soccer to litson manok – Manokboy Food House owner Jack Biantan checks the litson manok and liempo turning on the grill.

Its Litson Manok sells for P195 per kilo and its roasted chickens are usually one kilo in size. Better still, it can be purchased in  portions of ¾ , ½  and ¼ kilo unlike other sellers who only sell full and half-sized litson manok portions. Their liempo also retails for a very affordable P100 only per piece.

Manokboy Liempo and Litson Manok hot off the grill at Gitagum.

“This is our recipe we developed in-house through years of testing because I love to cook,” says owner and manager Leonides “Jack” Biantan who admits he loves to tinker in the kitchen. “Of course, it has our secret ingredient which makes it different and tastier than other litson manok.”

Jack Biantan with Vince and Yvonne Manubag of Codi Beach Resorts taking first dibs on Manokboy’s opening day.

However, Jack disclosed the Big Reveal will come in a week’s time during Gitagum’s town fiesta on January 17, 2021 when it will open its carenderia featuring the beloved and iconic Manok Bisaya (native chicken) dishes such as Adobo, Halang-Halang and Tinola, to name a few.

We will cook Manok Bisaya the old-fashioned way,” Jack said. “For instance,  I noted many carenderias here in Cagayan de Oro cook chicken tinola with sayote, but we will cook our tinola with kapayas nga balbangahon, the way it should be properly cooked.”

“Over the long term we plan to raise Manok Bisaya in our farm here in Gitagum,” he added. “Although they are difficult and expensive to raise because they take so long to grow, they are also very delicious.”

Gitagumanons will have a double treat from Manokboy on its fiesta day on January 17 because aside from the Manok Bisaya dishes, Jack will also be rolling out his special litson baboy prepared by his lechonero from Lumbia.

“My biggest critics are my 15-year old son and my two nieces. They love the Lumbia lechon. We will have it ready sa fiesta. And the other lechon manok recipes. Pero baligya ni ha dili ni fiesta party kay bawal ang fiesta party tungod sa COVID-19.”

Dedication of Manokboy Food House on Dec. 8, 2020 during the feast of Our Lady Mary of Inmaculate Conception.

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