They say that the 'patani' or black native chicken is a rare find. And that it is usually sought after by the Chinese for its supposed medicinal properties. And that because it is quite elusive, a kilo of it would cost you a considerable sum.
At Conching's Native Chicken and Fastfood however, it only cost me less than Php300.
It was also an accidental find for me because at that time, I actually had no plans of dining at this newly renovated open air eatery in Cebu. I was just there to buy 2 grilled manok bisaya for my dad who craves for the scrawny yet flavorful fowl.
He would often tell us that those plumpier broiler chickens are now laden with chemicals that we can't even spell. That is why he prefers manok bisaya or the native chicken if he's given the choice. That choice is unfortunately expensive in the city, but in my dad's hometown, they just catch them right outside their backyard. In the countryside, free range chickens are well, free of charge.