MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – We’re coming up to Easter Sunday and many Filipino kids are looking forward to the thrill of the Easter Egg Hunt.
Just in time for this joyous holiday and fun activity, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) today issued a pastoral letter banning the use of balut for the Easter Egg Hunt.
Balut is the favorite Filipino delicacy of boiled duck embryo. It is a street food that’s been featured on the American TV show, “Survivor.”
In the letter, the CBCP said that the Catholic Church remains opposed to the killing of fetuses in an abortion because life starts at conception. “Our pro-life stance equally applies to duck 🦆 or chicken 🍗, so we must oppose the eating of duck embryos,” the statement said.
We urge our Catholic Faithful to refrain from using animal eggs, especially embryos like balut, when organizing or holding an Easter Egg Hunt. “We suggest egg-shaped chocolates,” the CBCP added.