After The Oil Spill, Bakasi Is Back In Cordova. But What On Earth Is Bakasi?

Know the reason why it is aphrodisiac!
posted on: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Rodel Montebon
Katkat, katkats everywhere.

The sea tragedy last August 16, 2013 at around 8 p.m. along Lawis Ledge near Cordova, Cebu resulted in an oil spill.

Dr. Franck Laruelle (third from left), technical team manager of the International Tankers Oil Pollution Federation (ITOPF), briefs 2GO Group Assistant Vice President Angelito Salvio (left) and Visayas spokesman Calvin Rosellosa (center) on the scientific method of conducting the oil spill clean up at Barangay Day-as, Cordova at the height of the crisis last August 2013. Seen at the back ground is a team from Genetron, a private cleanup agency hired by the 2GO Group.

And bakasi, a famous delicacy in the town of Cordova, Mactan Island, Cebu was suddenly no longer served during meal time.

Last November, a friend from Manila went to a famous restaurant by the sea in Cordova only to be disappointed because it refused to serve bakasi due to the oil spill that hit the place.

Here’s Cordova now, after the clean-up.

But heck, what on earth is bakasi?

Bakasi is an eel, or a baby eel. It measures around 8-12 inches. It often changes its sex, how cool is that? Male eels change sex when they are old.

People who eat bakasi swear it’s an aphrodisiac.

Cordova, famous for its bakasi, even holds a Dinagat-Bakasi Festival every August 15 and 16 of the year.


Bakasi is caught using a device called “bantak.”

You see, this creature always looks for place to hide in order to stay safe.  

Fishermen leave their “bantaks” along the coast in the evening and come back to harvest it at dawn. 



Last Sunday, I was invited by some friends for a post-Valentine lunch in Lantaw at Cordova.

We were there to try bakasi too. This is what we ate.

Utan Bisaya


Fried Pork (We ain’t vegetarian!)


And of course, we had to order the famous bakasi.

Linarang na Bakasi

Fried Bakasi

Bakasi just tastes AMAZING! GASTRONOMIC! What word is best to describe it?

Since we can’t have enough of bakasi, after our lunch, we decided to visit the place where bakasi is sold.

We went to barangay Buagsong. But bakasi was sold out!

No kidding.

The market vendor said they ran out of bakasi before noon.

We also learned they started selling bakasi again early December last year.

So, we ended up buying these instead.


Now that you know what bakasi is, I suggest you head to barangay Buagsong, Cordova.

There you can find bakasi. While in Cordova, don’t forget to enjoy its natural beauty, too.

Bakasi is back. Try it and tell me if indeed its an aphrodisiac. Announce this to your family and friends on Facebook and Twitter!