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Kotamenara Village Has Three Types of Rain



Landmark stone of Kotamenara journey.(Foto: Rarung)

MANADO, – Kotamenara is a beautiful village name located in the East Amurang Distric, South Minahasa Regency that keeps many interesting stories to be traced. First settlements of Kotamenara Village are at the foot of Soputan Mount, it called Lekuan Village.

Lekuan’s people come from the migration or tumani from Kanonang that founded in 1868 by Head Village Kela Kimbal and Tonaas Kellan Pantow. Only a few years since the village was inhabited, a strange incident occurred. There is a very large python in Lekuan Village, and then python was killed and make a delicious meat.

Unexpectedly, since that time there was a pestilence attack, make people die up to five people every day. Due to the terrible attack of this disease, Head of Pakasaan Tompaso Major Lolombulan Sondakh gives instruction to leave the village. In 1882 all the residents left the Village Lekuan but a determination that one day their children and grandchildren will re-inhabit Lekuan.

Based on the communities request to Government of Indonesia on 20 April 1954 a new village was established in the Lekuan region. The village is called Kotamenara which is an acronym of ‘Kanonang Oleh Tolongan Allah Mendapat Negeri Alasan Rakyat Asli’.

In 1982 there was a great natural disaster, Soputan volcano erupted. The village of Kotamenara under the foot of the volcanic mountain is affected. Joyke Sondakh, Head of Kotamenara, said that at that time he was eight years old.

“Kotamenara is a place that has experienced three types of rain at once, namely water rain, sand rain, and dust rain dust. At that time I remember that I was learn in class. Suddenly there was a very loud explosion. People scattered outside the classroom. Looks like a big black pole coming out of the mountain’s mouth. Apparently Soputan volcano erupted,” said Joyke to Zona Utara journalist, Friday (16/2/2018).

After that, all residents of Kotamenara be evacuated. In the location of the abandoned village that can be found a landmark stone of the establishment village that is still sacred by local people.

“The houses in Kotamenara Village are built by the Government. People have same house previously but now it seems different because they can build they own home,” he explained.


Editor: Rahadih Gedoan

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Explore Manado: Culinary Tourism in Manado City

And if you like spicy foods, then maybe your tongue will be happy if you take it to Manado.

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MANADO, – Almost every regions in Indonesia has their own unique culinary. Each of them has different taste in combining the foods. And if you like spicy foods, then maybe your tongue will be happy if you take it to Manado.

Manado, North Sulawesi is popular with its culinary tourism, a variety of unique traditional food has been known in both Indonesia and aboard. The most popular foods in Manado are chilies, fish, and meat. Manadonese food is famous of two things: the Minahasa eat absolutely anything, and the flavor of choice is very, very spicy. Sugar is used little if at all, with flavor added through lemon and herbs.

Well, here are the lists of culinary tourism in Manado:

  • Sambal Dabu Dabu

A spicy condiment made of hallots, peppers, bird’s eye chili, lemon juice, and some diced raw tomatoe. The Fresh and sour tasty, and spicy of course. It is perfect match with smoked fish.
  • Ayam Rica Rica

Ayam rica rice made from chicken and lots of chili that cooked in a thick coconut milk and lime.

  • Woku

Woku is the name of fish and spice mixture that cooked in a clay pot. Because it was cooked in a clay pot for a long time, Woku would have an amazing aroma when it is served warm and make you hungry immediately.

  • Tinutuan

Tinutuan or better known as Manado Porridge. A wet food made from rice, noodles, pumpkin and various vegetables such as corn kernels, spinach, kale, basil, yellow gourd, and gravy. Tinutuan has been the icon of Manado city. It is mostly preferred as a breakfast menu. So, it would be very easy to get this food every morning either it is on a street food stands or even a fancy restaurant. But if you want to taste the best and most original taste of Tinutuan, then you need to try one at Jalan Wakeke.
  • Extreme Culinnary

Manado city is popular for using strange meat on their dish. Such as: snake, pork, dog, bat, rat. You can found these extreme foods in Tomohon city, Kawangkoan village, and Langowan village.

Manado city also has two traditional drink, they are saguer and cap tikus made from palm tree. Just drinks enough as you can, because these both could make drunk.

Here is the recommended culinary list restaurant in Manado city:

  1. Boulevard area on Jalan Piere Tendean.
  2. Wahaha Seafood Restaurant at Kawasan Foodcity Mega Mas, Jalan Bulevard 2 Blok Food City No. 1.
  3. D’Terrace at Mega Mas Beach Area
  4. Raja Sate BBQ & Asian Resto on Jalan Boulevard No. 9
  5. RM Swadaya on Jalan Sam Ratulangi No. 374
  6. Wisata Bahari Resto on Jalan Wolter Monginsidi No. 1.
  7. City Extra Restaurant on Jalan Raya Tanawangko, Kalasey Village.
  8. Nasi Kuning Saroja in Jalan Diponegoro No. 9.
  9. Wakeke Area on Jalan Wakeke
  10. Raja Oci Restaurant on Jalan Sudirman No.85
  11. Green Garden Restaurant on Jalan Dr Sam Ratulangi 52

Wonderful places in Manado…

Editor: Ronny A. Buol

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