Pasalubong is one of the most admired traits of us Filipinos. Pasalubong in the Philippines or bringing gifts back home to our loved ones shows that we really love them and that they are always remembered even if we are traveling or has been away from home for quite some time. Pasalubong does not need to be grand. A simple souvenir item like a key chain or a local kakanin will do. For kids, a couple of hard candies will keep them smiling and make you their favorite uncle and aunt for the rest of the day.
Pasalubong are usually given after one’s travel. Local produce or products unique from the place that you’ve visited makes the best pasalubong and souvenir item.
You can find various Pasalubong Centers near tourist spots and inside malls showcasing the place’s special products.But Pasalubong can also be done during some special occasion like bringing home pancit after receiving your bonus or buying a toy as a reward for your kid’s good showing from school.
Pasalubong and souvenir items in the Philippines can come in different form, color and sizes. Most common form of Philippine pasalubong are food items like local fruits, kakanin like suman and local biscuits. Popular souvenir items in the Philippines are usually hand made items like bead necklaces and bracelets, wooden key chains, wood carvings, hand woven bags and others.
Pasalubong doesn’t need to be expensive. Most pasalubong items are bought at affordable prices, considering the number of relatives and kapit bahay na dapat mong bigyan, “it’s the thought that counts”, wika nga.
Here is Field Trip Boy’ s list of Top Pasalubong and Souvenir Items in the Philippines to help you out on your travels and pasalubong shopping.
List of the Best Pasalubong and Souvenir Items from the Philippines
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines. You can find here Metro Manila as well as favorite tourist destinations like Baguio, Ilocos, Laguna, Bicol and others. Here are some of the best pasalubong and souvenir items that you can buy for your Luzon trip.
Ilocos Region- Region 1 or the Ilocos Region is one of the must visit tourist destination in North Luzon. You can find here the Heritage City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur and Laoag City in Ilocos Norte. Famous pasalubong items from Ilocos are Burnay pottery and antique religious items from the Vigan. You must also try their woven mats called Habing Iloco.
Do not leave Ilocos without buying Vigan Longanisa, Chichacorn, Royal Bibingka, Bagnet, and Kalamay from Candon City.
Baguio City- Baguio is the Summer Capital of the Philippines. It is also one of the best places in the Philippines to buy affordable pasalubong and souvenirs.
Baguio City and the nearby town of La Trinidad, Benguet are famous for their strawberry and strawberry based products like strawberry jam, strawberry preserves and strawberry wine. Other must buy local delicacies from Baguio that will make for good pasalubong are ube jam, sundot kulangot, peanut brittle and Mikasan chocolate flakes.
Stawberries from Baguio
For great souvenirs, you can buy silver jewelry at Ibays or buy chaleco and cardigan at the Baguio City market. Walis tambo is also a favorite Baguio pasalubong.
Laguna- Laguna is one of the neighboring provinces of Metro Manila. Pagsanjan Falls, Hidden Valley and the hot springs of Los Banos are some of the top tourist spots in Laguna.
When in Laguna don’tforget to have stop over Los Banos to buy their famous original Buko Pie at Orient or the heart shaped chocoloate cake at Marnels. Nagcarlan is known for their kakanin called Espasol while the town of Liliw is know for their Uraro biscuits.
Banig from Lousiana, wood carvings from Paete and slippers from Liliw makes great pasalubong especially for your relatives abroad.
Bicol- Bicol is located in the southern portion of Luzon and is home to the majestic Mayon Volcano. Aside from Pili nuts, Bicol is known for its abaca products and hand woven bags.
Hand Woven Native Bags made from Abaca
Other Popular Pasalubong from Luzon are:
• Bonuan Bangus from Dagupan, Puto Calasio , Pangasinan
• Lucban Longanisa and braos from Lucban, Quezon
• Traditional Pastillas and Ensaymada from Bulacan
• Kapeng Barako, Barong Tagalog and Balisong ( fan knife) from Batangas
The Visayas region is made up of different large islands.It is bet to visit each island to see what they can offering in terms of natural attractions and pasalubong items.
Cebu- Cebu is the called the Queen City of the South for it is the major city for trade and commerce in the region. It is also blessed with lots of wonderful waterfalls and white sand beaches.
When in Cebu, don’t forget to buy danggit and dried pusit in Taboan Market. Lechon Cebu, Shamrock Otap and dried mango are top pasalubong items in Cebu while beaded accessories and hand made guitars are must have Cebu souvenirs.
When in Cebu, wear with pride their best selling shirts with the print “ I Love Cebu”.
Dried Danggit from Cebu’s Taboan Market
Bohol- Bohol is best known for their attraction, the Chocolate Hills. Panglao Island is a famous Bohol attraction for it has world class beaches and resorts.
The most popular Bohol pasalubong is called Kalamay sa Bao that you can buy for 3 pieces for only 100 pesos. Peanut Kisses are also a hit for tourists. Stuffed toys that looks like the Tarsier and Bohol T shirts makes great souvenirs.
Kalamay sa Bao from Bohol
Boracay Island- Boracay is rated as one of the best beaches in the world. Field Trip Boy advice tourists NOT To BUY souvenir items made from or using Boracay’s fine white sand. Instead you can just buy souvenir shirts, puka beads, and hand made bracelets for your Boracay souvenirs and pasalubong.
Other Popular Visayas Pasalubong are:
• Bacolod City’s delicacies like the Napoleones and Biscocho
• Sans Rival from Dumaguete City
• Marble products from Romblon
• Pastillas de Leche that made from fresh caraobao’s milk from Tacloban City
Sans Rival from Dumaguete City
Mindanao is the 2nd largest island in the country. The cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Zamboanga are located here. The island of Camiguin also belongs in the Mindanao group of islands.
Davao- Mt. Apo, the Philippines’ highest mountain is located in Davao City. Davao is also the home to some of the best fruits of in the Philippines like the Pomelo, Durian and Mangosteen.
Camiguin Island- Camiguin is a prime beach destination in the Philippines. One of its popular agricultural products is the Lanzones while Pastel is a must have Camiguin pasalubong.
Cagayan de Oro- CDO is one of the largest cities in Mindanao. Hamon de Cagayan is the pride of the city and in case you missed out buying your pastel in Camiguin, this pastry is also available in this CDO.
Bukidnon- Some of the best pineapples in the world are grown in Bukidnon.
Zamboanga- Zamboanga is known for their dried fish produce that can rival those sold in Cebu. You can also check out some of the cities local hand woven and colored textiles like the Malong and ornaments that can be used as souvenirs and home décor.
Chandeliers made from Sea Shells and Capiz
Other favorite Pasalubong from Mindanao
- Butuan City’s kakanin called Palagsing and an image of the Golden Tara
- Peanut Kisses from Surigao City
- Batik textile and deep sea perals that are sold in most cities in Mindanao
Pasalubong for Balikbayans and for your relatives abroad
If you are going abroad to visit your relatives or has a balikbayan relative who is coming back to overseas, better prepare these Pasalubong for surely Pinoys abroad misses and craving for some of these things:
- Banana Kechup
- Dried Fish like danggit, tuyo and dilis.
- Dried Mango
Just make sure that the bagoong and dried fish are placed in airtight containers to avoid problems at the airport.
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