“Palagsing” is a local delicacy popularly made in Banza, one of the old poblacions in Butuan City in Northeastern Mindanao. The city is bounded by Agusan del Norte to the south, west and north, Agusan del Sur to the east and Butuan Bay to the northwest.
The popularity of making delicious “Palagsing” in Banza is attributed to the abundance of Lumbiya (Metroxylon sagu Rottb.) where “Unaw”(lumbiya starch) is harvested from the palm tree.
Another popular ingredient is young coconut meat. The mixture of “unaw” or young coconut and brown sugar makes “palagsing” moist and chewy. They are delicately wrapped in banana leaves and are boiled for 30 minutes to create the soft consistency of “palagsing”.
A domestic airport in Bancasi can get you to Butuan from Manila (one hour) or Cebu (45 minutes) either by Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
You can reach the city from the port in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte for about 26 hours, aside from other ports in Cebu and Bohol. There also bus routes to Davao or Surigao from Manila which can get you to the city -- this would perhaps be the cheapest way to travel but it will take you three excruciating days sitting on the bus seat and being loading and unloaded to about three of four RoRo of Roll On Roll Off (RoRo) ports.