Balut-Eating Contest—Challenge Completed!Sunday, August 26, 2012
Yep, it happened. I came, I cracked, and I chowed down on nine baluts in five minutes at Maharlika Filipino Moderno's first ever balut-eating contest.
When they called out the last minute, I realized there was no catching up to the behemoth of an eater beside me, Wayne Algenio, who ended up putting away a total of 18 eggs. So I decided to just savor the last piece and bowed out as gracefully as one can with duck entrails still hanging on her cheek. As they tallied up the score, I gulped down a much-needed Red Horse and, why not, another piece of balut, prompting the emcee to tell me, "Celine, the contest is over." Hey man, I did this for the love of balut, and contest or not, I love those little suckers!
So I didn't win the much-coveted belt. But I did get to fulfill my lifelong urge to glut myself on balut, and I had a rocking good time doing it. I'm definitely having another go at it next year, that's for sure!
And in a move that may set me up for eternal singledom, I've decided to share a video capturing me in heinous balut-devouring mode. Oh well. Any dude who chooses to be with me will eventually see this happen in real life anyway, so I might as well put it out there. The way I see it, I can't be certain that there's a Prince Charming waiting in the wings to sweep me off my feet—but I can be damn sure that my happily ever after will include the continued consumption of my beloved balut. Cheers!