Iloilo is known as “Heart of the Philippines” because the province is shaped like a heart. It’s capital, is known as the “City of Love” and is one of the most urbanized cities in the country and is considered one of the economic hubs in the Visayan islands. It is located in Western Visayas, and occupies the largest portion of Panay Island. Many tourists visit this part of the country because of its famous historic churches, natural attractions and festivals.
Aside from the many historic sites that you can visit and the many festivals you can enjoy here, Iloilo is also a locality that boasts of a number of food items that are generally considered homegrown. Included in the list of popular Ilonggo foods are La Paz Batchoy, and Pancit Molo. Both are soups that have savory broths, with the first one being a noodle-type meal with a variety of meat toppings on it, and the latter being a dumpling style soup that has a savory meatball in the middle of a doughy dumpling.
The area is also home to baked delicacies that are both unique and familiar at the same time. You can enjoy these while there and when you take these home. After visiting Iloilo’s historic and natural attractions or enjoying their wonderful and fun festivals, buying delicacies and pasalubongs from the province is the perfect conclusion to your trip. There are many stores that sell these and a few specialty shops that specialize in these particular goodies.
The delicacies you can find here include those that are also found in its sister city, Bacolod, which also speaks the same dialect, Ilonggo. These include such favorites as barquillos and biscocho, which are also available elsewhere in the Philippines.
Here are the favourite delicacies you can buy as pasalubong:
Biscocho – Biscochos are the popular specialty delicacies of Iloilo province. These are bread that are baked and are topped with butter and sugar, and sometimes, garlic. These can come in the usual bread slice shape or in the elongated shapes that are reminiscent of Spanish bread split in half and toasted to become biscocho.
Galletas – Galletas are made of flour, sugar, eggs and food shortening. They are not as sweet as the other Ilonggo delicacies. These go perfectly well with coffee.
Barquillos – Barquillos are rolled thin wafers and are perfect with ice cream. It is also available with polvoron filling, which are called barquiron.
Cream horn – Cream horns are puff pastries that are shaped like a horn and filled with cream, as the name implies.
Bañadas – Bañadas are made of cake flour, baking powder, corn starch, confectioner’s and refined sugar. These are usually light and airy with a glaze of confectioner’s sugar on top for sweetness. This is also available in Bacolod.