Bella's Puto Factory | Things to do in Calasiao-Pangasinan
Famous showbiz celebrities and typical foodies have visited Bella’s Puto Factory through the years. Although this fact has been one of the reasons why this site has been frequently visited by tourists, the million-peso success story of Tatay Rudy has won the hearts of visitors too through the years. When it opened in the 1970’s, Bella’s Puto began with producing only 50 pieces of puto per day. Today, the Philippines’ Puto King produces 50,000 pieces daily.
|Address:||Poblacion, Calasiao, Pangasinan|
|Fee:||Open to the public|
Did you know that the film Lord of the Rings acquired its large supply of swords from this factory? The fine metal pieces of swords are mastercrafted in Barangay Pandayan in Calasiao. It’s one of the finest pandayan factories in the Philippines, founded by former Professor Bernardo Roa in the 1970’s with a vision to provide jobs to people of his hometown. Touring this facility, visitors will see, among other things, how each sword is made by a group of three blacksmiths, alternately pounding on the heated sword in perfect timing and harmony. Today, the factory produces kitchen knives and about 100 “pandayan” or swords per day.
As Calasiao is the “Puto” or Rice Cake Capital of the Philippines, the town’s Puto Market is a key stopover site to tasting and bringing home this local delicacy. Located across the municipal hall, the puto market comprise of numerous stalls selling local puto products and other delicacies. The rice cakes come in countless shapes, colors, sizes, and flavors. This area of the town is also home to Calasiao’s annual Puto Festival, held every December. Other than parades and street dances, the festival highlights the greatest puto-makers in town competing for the award of the best puto-based art masterpiece.
Señor Tesoro Shrine is a Catholic tourist landmark popularly known for its miracles and answered prayers brought by the growing crucifix of Calasiao. Thousands of devotees frequent this shrine every April to May during the feast of Senior Divino Tesoro. Many followers of this patron saint have made testimonials of how this shrine have indeed brought them miracles and answered prayers. The Shrine is located at Calasiao town proper, in the same building where the Calasiao Municipal Hall is located.
Where to stay
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Calasiao, Pangasinan. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
Getting there and around
Poblacion, Calasiao, PangasinanGet directions