The San Isidro or Pahiyas Festival is incomplete without the kiping
decoration - a leaf-shaped wafers made of rice (similar to tacos of Spain) in
The making of kiping is time-consuming and involves many steps. It begins
with the selection of fresh leaves as molds. The kinds of leaves include kabal,
kape, talisay (umbrella tree), kakaw (cocoa), antipolo and banana (saba).
These leaves should be:
To make the fresh leaves of uniform size, a pair of scissors is
used to cut off the excess width of a leaf. Once the leaves of the same variety have been
selected, these are wiped clean to avoid unnecessary discoloration or
The selection of rice and the preparation of rice paste are
To prevent cracks from the batch of kiping being made, people
believed that in mixing the paste, silence should be observed, nobody should talk or ask
questions. Then the paste will be spread on individual leaves. Depending on the size of
the improvised steamer (usually it is made of bamboo slats that sit on a big frying pan
with boiling water, decaying banana suckers serving to contain the steam and a matching
lid) which sometimes can hold as many as three to four leaves, steaming of the leaves
covered with paste lasts 30
After steaming, the following steps are executed:
Peel off the kiping individually.
Separate the kiping one by one.