Philippines STRANGEST food! ETAG in Sagada | Travel Philippines Vlog

Philippines STRANGEST food! ETAG in Sagada | Travel Philippines Vlog

(child talking) (speaking in foreign language) (dramatic music) – Ugh. Okay, we’ve survived the Muma? Muma? – The Muma. And I feel good, I feel good now. I feel awake, ready for adventure. Hello.
(speaks in foreign language) (metal banging) No wait, come back. It says blood donation
but it’s for circumcision? It says, for nine years old and above. Are they circumcising boys
that are nine years old? – Yeah. – Yeah, nine years old or above. – Circumcision, like snip? – Yeah. – Is it common for
somebody older than nine years old to get circumcised? – Yeah. (speaks in foreign language) and before they used Bamboo,
really sharp the bamboo because the bamboo is really sharp. – Yeah. – And then we just, cut it. – With bamboo. – Yeah. (groans) – Before we visit the cliffs to try to find the coffins, we have to ask permission from a old man. And here the term old man is
a little bit more elaborate than just an old guy. He is a village elder, I guess would be a better way to say it. And his ancestors are the ones that are put in the cliffs. So, we’re gonna visit
him, have a quick chat, and ask him if we can
have permission to go meet his grandfather, his great-grandfather, everybody he’s related to who
were put in these coffins. Let’s go. (ambient music) (speaks in foreign language) – Nice to meet you. – You see the Etags. – Oh yeah. So these are his etags. The smoked pork. A very traditional dish here, yeah? (foreign language) – You have a newly born baby. You call it Goomba. – Goomba. That you will let him
know that it’s Goomba. And okay, so that he will know what kind of, what tag to bring. – Uh-huh. – Because there are good tags there and there are bad tags there. – Can he shows us some of the good etags and some of the bad etags, does he know the story? The stories? He must. So you speak some english? – Yeah That’s easy then (laughs). Can you explain to us a little bit about Etag? Just for a second. Can you explain Etag one more time? – I’m deaf. I cannot hear that well. (laughing) It’s okay, it’s okay. What is Etag? – This is… – meat comes from the dead. We have to separate because we can’t used that for any occasion but if it’s good meat we can take it to newborn child or when people will marry. – So it’s very very important part of the ceremony is bringing Etag so if it’s a wedding or a there’s a newborn you
would bring Etag to celebrate. – Yes. We can take one piece and
join the old men there. (laughs) (foreign language) – Can we buy some and try some? – Yeah we’ll try. (foreign language) – Yeah. (foreign language) – These are the eggs – So there is maggot eggs? – Yeah. There are maggot. – Yeah I see. – And so now do you like Etag? Do you like eating Etag? – Sure, sure. – And with maggots, do
you care or don’t care? – It’s the other way around. – The other way around? – I don’t care. – You don’t care. – Before there’s no people
that are brought to hospital because of eating maggot. I think they live more years. (laughter) because it’s really a protein. – 98? – That’s almost, that’s
over three times me. – Yeah, yeah. – So is that why he’s 98 cause he’s eating the maggots in the Etag? – Yeah. You grow old and strong
by eating the fly larvae. So this’ll be our Etag then. – Yeah. – Thank you. – Thank you. And it is your son’s
birthday tomorrow, right? – Yeah. – And so we’ll have the Etag
for your son’s birthday. – Yeah. – So Chris was explaining
a little bit more about Lakay Wa-ow’s house. And to be called an old man, you can’t just be an old man. You’ve had to have had kids, those kids had to have kids. – Those kids have to marry. – Have to marry. – And then you can be called an old man. So the responsibilities
of being an old man, an official old man, is
having etag for ceremonies, weddings, birthdays, and things. Also, being able to do the rituals for opening a rice patty field. – Yeah, for like things they
will be the one who will chant. – They will do the chanting.
– They will do the chanting, they will do the sacrificing of pigs. – They would sacrifice pigs
for a wedding for example. – Yes, like getting
married here is not a joke. – No. – You need to let all the
people eat in your house. – Oh really. – So you butcher like 18 pigs. – 18 pigs? – Yeah plus two carballs – Wow. – So then every people are invited. – The entire village is
invited to the wedding? – Yes, yes. Whoever passes by, its invited. So you can let thousand
of them in one line, and yeah everybody’s
preparing the food for them. – And so this is the
necklace he would wear for a ceremony? – Yeah. ( ambient music) – And that would go on the arm. – Yeah on the arm. And this is pig tusks, pig teeth. – Tusk and they let knit together. – Did his father give him that? (speaks foreign language) – It’s a lot of generations passed by. – He’s 98 now. – He’s 98. – He got it from his father, and his father got it
from his grandfather. – So generation after generation. So hundreds of years old. (speaks foreign language) – Crocodile – Crocodile teeth. (ambient music) (ambient music) I don’t know if it’ll fit. No (laughs) There we go. So this is pig, pig, pig
tooth, pig tooth, pig tail. You are using that during the reness. – You put, you try. – Can I put? Is this okay? – Yes, you try. I think much better you
remove your shirt more. – Remove my shirt? – Yeah remove it (foreign language) I like it. There’s hundreds of years of tradition laying on my neck right now. My name is Mike, Mike. Lakay Wa-ow. – Mike. – Mike is my name. Mike is my name. – Patrick is mine. – Patrick is my name Patrick – Patrick – Patrick is the English name. – My Christian name. – Your Christian name is Patrick? But your local name is Lakay Wa-ow. Do your friends call you Patrick or do your friends call you Wa-ow? – Wa-ow. – Wa-ow. – And in the government, Patrick. – Patrick. And which name do you like more? Which name do you like more? Patrick or Wa-ow? – Wa-ow. I inherit that. – Yeah I think it’s a better name. Thank you so much for
letting is in your house. And thank you so much for the etag. I’m looking forward to trying your etag. And thank you for letting
me wear your necklace. I understand it is very special to you, and very special to your family. So I appreciate that, thank you. Alright, so we were going to ask him for permission to visit his ancestors, yeah? Have we done that already? – Yeah. – Yeah, it’s okay? – Yeah yeah. And thank you for giving us permission to visit your ancestors in the cliffs. We are going there now to see
if we can find some of them. So thank you. (ambient music) – Etag man. Still got some bugs on it
and it started to turn green. – The older, the better. – The older, the better. (speaks foreign language) Can I see? – Cut it. Try. – I can try this? – Yeah. – Ooh. I think etag is gonna be quite strange for the people who watch my videos. So I know when I post this people are gonna think it’s crazy, but what do yo want to say to them? The people who think etag might look a little bit crazy, a little bit gross. – You come and try. – Come and try. – Yeah, and we know where it came from. We’re the one who butchered it, and we’re the one who prepared it, and it’s like a ham or bacon. – And what about the maggots? – Maggots are fine. Full of protein. It won’t kill you anyway,
it’ll just make you smell a little bit. (laughter) – I was given a single
piece of uncooked etag. Because apparently it is like smoked pork. And you saw what it looked
like when it was not cooked. We all saw together, what
it was like uncooked. Texture-wise it feels kinda rubbery. It feels almost like a beef jerky, like a semi-dry beef jerky. Almost like a serrano
ham, a thick serrano ham. And honestly it’d be
very similar the process. It’s just mostly smoked. I just know what was crawling
on it about a minute ago. And so my stomach’s
starting to go (groans). This is probably the
most nervous I’ve been eating anything in a long time. And so, down the hatch. Just a bite. Etag in Sagada. Three, two, one. (chewing) (laughter) Despite the first appearance, it tastes like chewy serrano ham. There is a little bit of a aftertaste that is a little bit putrid. Only like one percent, but the overall consuming taste of this
is actually really good. Like a big chunk of serrano ham. Like a lot of food in the Philippines, if you just kinda forget
what it looked like before, like (speaks foreign language) and you just focus on what it is now, it’s actually super delicious. A little bit salty but not too far at all off serrano ham. I expected much worse. When you cook it, all of the fat that had the maggots and
the flies and the beetles living in it, mixes all together. And that taste of the insects living in it, sticks with the meat and it gives it this
very heavy milk taste. – Yeah, yeah, yeah. Hey it’s Mike of Fearless in Fire. I’m coming at you from Minsinow in Southern Philippines. I hope you enjoyed the
video of eating etag, the cooked etag was a
much different experience than the raw etag. You’d think the raw etag would be worse, and I’m excited to share that
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100 thoughts on “Philippines STRANGEST food! ETAG in Sagada | Travel Philippines Vlog

  1. My parents said…

    The igorots (the native people of cordillera) knows how to speak English fluently, but meanwhile my dad said "Yes they can speak english fluently, but they don't know how to speak tagalog" i didn't believe what my father said so i just forget about it.
    But anyways, thanks for uploading the beauties and traditions of the cordilleras!

  2. 98 years old na si tatang. Inabot nya ang mga hapon at amerikano dito. Sa tingin ko yun ang dahilan kung bakit fluent syang mag english.

  3. You are very good at bonding and going deep into the Filipino culture which I haven’t seen with other vloggers before. You are very fortunate to have witnessed and talk to these elderly people…

  4. OMG…I grow up in the Phillipines but I never eat Etag…first time to hear about it until I cross your video Mike, it's very interesting and educational.I learn something new about other parts of my country..I came from La Union but now leaving in Canada..

  5. Try kalinga bungsos lets see if you can… Its delicious like etag especially if mixed with ducks meat… Bagimassen

  6. It reaches 4 million views, people around the world watching these Igorot brothers their famous without knowing it

  7. Etag is the way of preserving meat of ancient Igorot till these days, Etag has many styles, there were some a little bit smelly and some are not, preserving is one way of draining bad content of meat as well as cholesterol thats why long forefathers of igorot live long.

  8. Some of the elders are also good in ENGLISH because during the American Time they are going to school. That how they are…

  9. I think low lander are talking like a racist, they exemp themselve as low lander(Don't eat strange food), actually! Visayan eatt DAING(dried fish) with maggots too, ilokano eat BURO and BAGOONG, Tagalog eat a Poo of Goat(Pinapaitan)….

  10. EDUCATION does not mean being in school, it means being civilized… obviously the tribesmen in this area are cultured and well mannered. It shows not only on how they speak english , but also on how they entertained and explained what the visitor wanted to know.

  11. 6:46 that face all non igorot boyfriends (with igorot girlfriends) had when learning about marriage in Mountain Province…

  12. If my memory serves right, during American colonization (1898-1941) Filipinos are only allowed to speak English language. Spanish and Tagalog were banned. That’s why Lolo Patrick knows how to converse in English. He’s 98 now and was born on 1921. He’s been there at that era.

  13. oh no so nice vlog 💗 thankyou for letting us expirience that etag even just in a video💗 their culture is so amazing 💗

  14. This is amazing! I stumbled across your vlogs because I'm about to go to the Philippines after 15 years of being away and I haven't experienced anything like this. The culture goes so far back it's amazing!

  15. subscribed because of your courage to eat etag with maggots. I cant imagine myself eating that. I can eat everything but maggots.haha

  16. I already taste etag once , when my father bought it from kalinga. I think it taste salty and smoky ? Correct me if im wrong. And i have no idea that it looks like that 😱 because when i taste it its already been mixed in our food "dinengdeng" as a replacement of fresh meats. It tastes good anyway 😋

  17. Be good there! Enjoy your time and do not look down to any o e that you are better! This people are been here for 1000s of years!

  18. Why maggots? I mean, you can smoke them n preserve them in a closed container or such? But why ferment it with maggots infestation? 😱

  19. savi ng asawa ko mas nkakaintindi p cla ng english dyan kesa tagalog..kc napunta n cla dyan hnd cla naintindan nun trycle driver nun tinatanong nila sa tagalog pero nun english saka lng cla naiitindhan

  20. Me looking at it*
    "Oh alright that looks pretty good, kinda like a brisket"
    Shows maggots*
    "This is why i hate the fucking planet"

  21. Actually, etag meat is pretty expensive here in Cordillera. 100grams of it cost 50pesos or 1dollar. That etag looks more that a kilo but he only charged you for four dollars? That's cheap mr 😂

  22. I remembered my boardmate was from kalinga and she brought etag at our boarding house, she fried it and offered to us but we never tried to eat it,,

  23. Old generations in the Philippines are really good in english and sometimes even spanish. I love your vlog. Very unique and you're the first foreigner do this I think. Safe travels. Youre awesome!

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