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Heritage feels at Deco’s La Paz Batchoy

Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy is proud of the Ilonggo heritage and this shows in its Jaro and Valeria branches. Now, Ilonggos and tourists can enjoy Iloilo’s heritage dish in modern, clean and accessible locations.

Father of La Paz Batchoy

Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy was founded in 1938 by Federico Guillergan Sr., a butcher in La Paz Public Market. Deco, as what he is called by family and friends, loves to cook and experimented on a soup by combining miki, pork meat, liver, intestines and different spices. Deco’s soup, which he named batchoy, became a big hit to his clients at the public market, encouraging him to expand his business. And the rest is history.

Deco's Original La Paz Batchoy counter type setting
Diners get to see how the food are being prepared and served to them.

Ilonggo Heritage in an Asian Concept

Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy Jaro and Valria branchs are a far cry from the batchoyan in La Paz Public Market 38 years ago. It is not your typical batchoyan as this one will be a fusion of Asian and Ilonggo, a first of its kind in Iloilo.

Designed Ramen house style, at the center of the room is an open kitchen with a counter where the guests can eat their meals. The resto is a vibrant blend of brown, orange, yellow and blue tones, instantly brightening up one’s mood upon entering.

“We are revolutionizing the look of a batchoyan in Iloilo to make it more exciting to our guests. Given the fact that Iloilo is very progressive, Ilonggos today are more modern and many tourists are visiting our city. We have created a look that has an inviting ambience that people from all walks of life will be happy to eat there,” says Marichel Magalona, licensed operator of Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy.

Lapaz batchoy preparation
Batchoy making

Keeping Tradition

The look of the restaurant may be modern, but the batchoy is very much Ilonggo and prepared the traditional way. This is the reason why Deco’s batchoy is so flavorful that people keep coming back.

“We continue to prepare our batchoy the same way it was done when it was created by Federico Guillergan Sr. in 1938. This is how Ilonggos love their batchoy, and to this day, we continue to please their palate,” says Magalona.

A hearty Lapaz batchoy with stock made the traditional way and no artificial flavoring
A hearty batchoy with stock made the traditional way and no artificial flavoring

With the concept of having an open kitchen, diners get to see how the food are being prepared and served to them, and will likely be impressed on the way the staff follow quality and safety standards. “We do not practice shortcuts in our stock making. We ensure the quality of our ingredients. We have our own reverse osmosis system so clients are assured that the water used for our stock and for drinking are clean and safe,” adds Magalona.

You can enjoy the Ilonggos’ favorite soup in three locations – Robinsons Jaro, Robinsons Iloilo and Valeria Street (La Salette Building) and Robinsons Place Iloilo.

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Deco's Original La Paz Batchoy opens in Robinsons Place Iloilo
Ditas Taleon of Injap Investment, Marichel Magalona, Marilou Cacho, Ted Magalona, Atty. Helen Catalbas, and Fr. Joseph Haw, S. J. during the opening of Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy in Robinsons Jaro

Disclaimer: Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy has three branches in Iloilo – Robinsons Place Iloilo, Robinsons Place Jaro and Valeria Street. Any store claiming to be Deco’s other than these three branches are not under the Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy brand, thus are not covered by their policies related to food preparation standards, offerings and promos.

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