The Vigan longaganisa is a small and plump native
sausage, good for about two or three bites.
garlicky and has a yellowish color. Although it is eaten
anytime, even as a bread filling, it is
favored as breakfast fare together with fried eggs and
steamed or fried rice. It is best dipped in
vinegar with plenty of chili, garlic and onions.
Filipinos cook them in a pan with water. The longganisa
cooks in its own fat after the water evaporates and is
then cooked further until it slightly caramelizes. A tip
to avoid crumbling is to place it in the freezer for a
while before frying it.
Vigan longganisa is said to be an influence of the
Mexican salami. The tradition of making this native has
existed since the period of the Spanish galleon trade.
It is distinct from other Philippine sausages because of
its use of the local sugar cane vinegar and Vigan-grown
garlic, which are major products of the city as well.
The Biguenos are so fiercely proud of their longganisa
that they have made it as the product they would like to
be most known for. They had it recognized as the city’s
One Town, One Project (OTOP) selection under this
national government program. They’ve endeavored
throughout the years to be the top longganisa producer
in the Philippines.
For nearly a decade, Vigan has also hosted longganisa
festivals every January which are attended by thousands
of local and foreign visitors. They celebrate the
festival with street dancing and other activities
have Vigan longganisa theme. They also choose the
festival for launching of projects that help market the
native Vigan sausage not only in the Philippines, but
abroad as well.
One of these projects is the financial assistance the
local government has given in improving the packaging of
the products of Vigan longganisa manufacturers. This is
to safe-guard the integrity of the Vigan longganisa from
fake Vigan native sausages that are being sold to
unsuspecting clients. The improved packaging would help
buyers better distinguish authentic Vigan longganisa
products from the fake ones as the Vigan city seal of
quality is prominently placed on the product. The seal
of quality also serves as an assurance that the
longganisa product has gone through the standard
sanitary inspection, as well as the Bureau of Food and
Drugs (BFAD) mandated requirements.
This assistance under the OTOP also upgrades the
packaging to world standards, helping in the
brand-building of Vigan longganisa in the Philippines