ILOILO CITY: It was a typical Ilonggo birthday celebration of a family in Santa Barabara town that turned sour when 47 of 100 guests landed in the hospital for exhibiting symptoms of food poisoning.
The Lagunday family of Barangay San Sebastian, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo celebrated their father’s birthday last Monday, August 24, with a sumptuous breakfast and lunch consisting of traditional Ilonggo food such as linaga nga karne, pancit guisado, fried chicken, Arroz ala Valenciana, salad and spaghetti for relatives, friends and neighbors.
However, police authorities of Sta Barbara said the feast was marred as guests complained of dizziness, vomiting and severe headache after eating Arros ala Valenciana and spaghetti.
A total of 47 guests were brought to the hospital and as of 12 noon on Wednesday, while 14 patients still remain at the Western Visayas Medical Center.
The Santa Barbara food poisoning incident was the second to happen in the province of Iloilo this month. The first incident was reported in Estancia town during a wedding reception.