"Crocodile lechon" is Davao businessman’s tourist draw, set to host "Croctoberfest"

The best way to conquer your crocodile fear is to...eat it?


Inquirer.net reports that businessman Philip Dizon, who owns the Davao Crocodile Park, is planning to use crocodile lechon as a tourist attraction.


Dizon explained that the crocodile species he would be roasting are "not endangered." He claimed that they’re not like the now-famous "Lolong" of Agusan del Sur-even if they belong to the same class  (Crocodylus porosus). "They are not endangered, they are endemic," Dizon reiterated. The report did not explain how Dizon came up with (presumably) his own classification.


Dizon is convinced that crocodile lechon would become a hit. He said he had already roasted one reptile and served it to his crocodile park’s visitors. "To my surprise, many visitors liked it," he said. He then added that "phone calls have been flooding his office, with people asking when they could probably taste another serving of crocodile lechon."


As such, Dizon is hosting an event that he has dubbed as "Croctoberfest" on October 30. On that day, Dizon said he will invite people to taste crocodile lechon for free. However, after "Croctoberfest," those who want crocodile lechon would have to pay for it. Dizon could not yet say how much he would be charge for every order of crocodile lechon.


Dizon disclosed that about 200 crocodiles are hatched in his crocodile park each year. However, he said the supply may not be enough if the crocodile lechon craze ensues. If that happens, Dizon said he could buy from other crocodile farms if local supply dwindles.


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