Given a split second, what’s the first thing you remember when you hear the word ‘Iloilo’? One in five, my approximation, will say ‘batchoy’. Batchoy is always appended to Iloilo the way Bicol Express is to Bicol. Batchoy is a noodle soup made with pork organs, crushed pork cracklings, chicken stock, beef loin, and round noodles. The origin of batchoy is trailed to the district of La Paz, Iloilo City and is often referred to its iconic name, La Paz Batchoy.
Tracing the roots of batchoy, an origin came into play when the first batchoy shop was put up in the district of La Paz by Teodorico Lepura. A son of a poor peasant and a teenager then, Lepura worked odds hours for different Chinese merchants where he discovered his culinary prowess. Little did he know that his innovation would gain him loyal patrons – with La Paz Batchoy becoming the flagship dish of Iloilo and Iloilo’s pride to the world. The earliest price of batchoy was 20 cents a bowl. In 1945 – shortly after the war and with Php 10 – Lepura opened his 5X5 stall in the public market of La Paz. And thus, Ted’s Oldtimer La Paz Batchoy was born.
Years later with countless branches in and outside Iloilo City, Ted’s Oldtimer La Paz Batchoy gave birth to Teodorico by Ted’s Oldtimer La Paz Batchoy along the Festive Walk Parade at the Iloilo Business Park. Teodorico’s is a budget friendly restaurant owned and operated by the proprietor of Ted’s Oldtimer La Paz Batchoy.
The Teodorico’s at the Festive Walk Parade showcases chic interiors as well as a variety of Batchoy Specials priced affordably right. Oldtimer Favorites is at Php 85 for Special, Php 90 for Super Special, and Php 95 for Extra Super; Special Miswa, meanwhile, is at Php 85, Super Miswa at Php 90, and Extra Miswa at Php 95 | Oldtimer Originals Sotanghon is at Php 100 while Beef Sotanghon is at Php 105; Bihon Batchoy at Php 100 and Beef Bihon at Ph 105 | Original Beef Batchoy Beef Extra is at Php 100 while Beef Miswa is also at Php 100.
Teodorico also offers Tipid Combo Meals starts at Php 65 (Single Entree with Rice and Caldo), Ted’s Batchoy Combo Meals at Php 149, All Day Breakfast at Php 80, House Specials, Off the Grill, and Beer Match.
About Festive Walk Parade: Festive Walk Parade is a 1.1 km strip divided into four phases. The longest shopping and dining strip in Iloilo will showcase legendary Ilonggo restaurants as well as international dining brands. The exterior design of Festive Walk Parade is reminiscent of Santana Row development in California, with touches of art nouveau as homage to Iloilo’s own architectural heritage, creating a strong sense of nostalgia while keeping an intimate atmosphere and experience through scale and proportions.
The edge of Festive Walk Parade will be Casa Emperador which will house the Casa Emperador Museum on its 2nd and 3rd floor. The museum will showcase the rich history and vast collection of one of the world’s biggest brandy producer, Emperador Distillers Inc. Casa Emperador echoes Iloilo’s very own Provincial Capitol with impressive neoclassical design and proportions, evoking the aesthetics of old European palaces, imposing monumentality and establishing a solid focal point along Mandurriao Road.
The alfresco dining on the 2nd floor will overlook the beautifully landscaped Park Square where a monument of Ilonggo revolutionary hero, General Martin Delgado will stand – reminiscent of Iloilo’s Plaza Libertad. Festive Walk Parade will serve as a cultural and historical manifesto for Iloilo, a celebration of its heritage and future, establishing a place of economic and civic vibrancy, life and activity.
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