In 1949, Ruperta D. Javier, more popularly known as Aling Tentay, accidentally discovered that she can make fish sauce (patis) and paste (bagoong) from the abundant fish hauls of Navotas by storing salted fish in jars. Confident of her delicious spaces and being the enterprising housewife that she is, she started selling her sauces to her neighbors and friends. Both sauces which she simply called “Tentay” became an instant hit!
Half a century later, the brand “Tentay” has become a staple in every Filipino kitchen and has been part of cooking traditions passed on from one generation to the next.
Tentay’s quality sauces are now distributed and being enjoyed world-wide.
Fun Fact: Fish Sauce has been around almost 100 years. According to some sources, Aling Tentay was the one who discovered patis after the Japanese occupation