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One island that many tourists visit for its amazing beaches as well as for surfing is Surigao. Located in Mindanao and facing the Pacific Ocean, it is no wonder people who love riding the waves come here to enjoy the surf, the sun, and the sand. There are also numerous natural wonders for people to explore here, like the very famous Hinatuan Enchanted River. There is also the Tinuy-an Falls, and Hinayagan Cave.

Apart from these tourist destinations, Surigao is also home to a number of delicacies that you will not want to miss trying while there. Some of the delicacies you will find on this island include sweet as well as savory options, though not all are baked. Here are some of the more popular ones that people try, and even bring home with them:

Sayongsong – this is probably the most popular delicacy of Surigao, and is a sweet kakanin that you can find in the shape of a cone. This food item is wrapped in banana leaves and is actually made out of ground up sticky rice. This is mixed with coconut milk and sugar, then wrapped in cut banana leaves and shaped into cones, which are then placed in steamers and steamed until solid. These can be easily found in any local marketplace in Surigao.

Cassava Cake – another area in the Philippines that makes cakes out of the cassava tuber is Surigao, and they have a popular bakeshop that does just that, make cassava cakes that are heavenly. These are made using grated cassava, sugar, condensed milk, flour and oil. These are usually baked in squares and cut into easy-to-handle pieces that are then placed onto paper liners for easy handling.

Empanada – much like a lot of the places of the Philippines, Surigao also has its local version of this Spanish influenced savory treat. Filled with pork, chicken, or beef mixed with potatoes, peas, and other vegetables, this crescent shaped pouch is available in local bakeries and stalls in local marketplaces all over the island.


Dried Pijanga – while not a snack or a baked pastry, the dried pijanga is still something that Surigaonons are proud to call their own. These are discs of fish that are sliced thinly, fried, then dried under the sun. When the fish is as dry as it can possibly be (much like tuyo), it is then fried again.




Much like every other island in this 7,000 island archipelago called the Philippines, Samar is an island that is rich in many things, and this includes tourist spots, food, and delicacies. People here take pride in what they have to offer visitors as well as locals when it comes to these things. It would be a shame for you, if you are visitor to this part of the country, to miss out on some of the best spots and eats in the area.

When it comes to tourist spots, Samar has the famous San Juanico Bridge, which it shares with Leyte. It also has a number of very old churches that have stood the test of time and have been around for centuries. As for natural wonders, aside from the amazing surfing spots along the beaches facing the Pacific Ocean, Samar also has waterfalls, caves, and numerous resort islands for you to check out.

For the food, you will find that seafood is very popular as well as abundant here, with the island facing the deep trenches of the Pacific Ocean. The other mouthwatering eats you can also find in Samar are their baked (and some non-baked) delicacies that make for good snacks and pasalubong. Here are some of them:

Corioso – this is probably the most popular delicacy that people can associate with Samar. This is a thin butter cookie that is made using flour, milk, eggs, baking powder and of course, butter. Surprisingly enough, these cookies also have lard in them, which helps make them super crispy while the butter makes them slightly moist and chewy.

Roscas – another butter cookie that you will also enjoy in this part of the country is the roscas, which is made using flour, sugar, egg yolks, baking powder, and butter. It also has sweetened condensed milk in the dough and aniseed for that distinctive aroma and flavor. These cookies are unique because of their shape and because these are actually split in half in the middle of the baking process, in order to give them the unique linked comma shape it has.

Sasima – this is a treat that is made using bread crumbs and caramel, and is a somewhat soft yet hard and sticky, chewy concoction that is uniquely found only in the eastern part of this island.

Hopia de Pili – while this is called a hopia, its shape is that of an empanada, which may be why people can get confused asking for a hopia and getting a crescent shaped delicacy instead. This is made using the usual mixture of eggs, flour, sugar, milk, butter, and baking powder for the dough. The filling is made out of pili nuts that are ground into a fine powder then mixed with sugar syrup to create a sweet paste.




Boracay, located in Aklan, Visayas, is one of the most famous and visited beach in the country. It may be a small island, but it is amazingly huge in its scenic beauty and range of leisure and sporting activities. The country takes pride in its world-renowned pristine white beaches and wonderful recreational activities.

In fact, it has received several awards and recognitions, both local and international, as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Its stunning white sand and clear turquoise water make the island a paradise. Not only it is known as a tranquil oasis when you need relaxation, it is also emerging as one of the top destination for amazing night life.

Aside from the beautiful beaches, scenic views and fun activities, Boracay is also known as a rising gastronomic hub. From its local delicacies to five star restaurants, your taste buds will surely be satisfied as you try the different cuisine and delicacies from the island. The locals, with their hospitality, will amicably ensure that your stay is worthwhile.

The more popular eats of the island is, as you might expect, the wide selection of seafood that you can choose from. These days however, locals are beginning to add more food options for tourists and locals alike to enjoy. These include not only savory items like steaks and sandwiches, but  also desserts and sweet stuff.

Popular chains that sell pizzas, donuts, and other similar eatables have emerged as favorites here. There are also a few that are considered local baked delicacies and are becoming the items that tourists take home to family and friends after a vacation on this island. Here are some of the more well-known choices:

Calamansi muffin – Every visitor, local and tourists, must try these must-eat muffins. Real Coffee Boracay is famous for its baked golden brown calamansi muffins. These zesty calamansi baked treats are so moist on the inside. With a bite, you will surely end up buying boxes of muffins to bring back home with you as pasalubong.

Potato Chip Chocolate – The ice-cream-in-dough pastries are famous in Boracay. its chocolate filling is not too sweet and is perfectly complimenting the dough. These treats are available in Boracay station 2. It is perfect for the humid beach weather.

Biscochio – Although it is not an exclusive delicacy of Boracay, these delicious delicacies from Aklan province are perfect pasalubong to take home with you. These are baked bread topped with butter, honey or sugar.




While Dumaguete is not as popular as the other localities around it, like Cebu, Bacolod, and Iloilo, this does not mean that it does not have its own share of popular pasalubongs and such. Of course, if you are talking about tourist destinations in the area, there are a few that are pretty spectacular and widely visited. These include nature spots, man-made structures, and historical areas like Casaroro Falls, Bell Church, and the St Catherine Cathedral.

When you talk about Dumaguete and baked favorites here, you will notice that people will mention the Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries Shop. They may also mention the popular pizza place called Neva’s, and Breadworth. Here are some of the baked delicacies (and snacks) that you can find in this city:

Sans Rival – this is a favorite that is actually used in the name of a famous bakeshop and café in the city. This is a pastry that is made with layers of meringue, buttercream, and nuts. The famous bakeshop that makes it in Dumaguete crafts these in blocks that have around 14 layers, with meringue sprinkled with cashew nuts sandwiched in between layers of buttercream. The entire block is then covered in buttercream with more chopped cashew nuts sprinkled all around.

Silvanas – while some may consider these as handy, smaller versions of the sans rival, there is a slight difference. While the sans rival and the silvana are both made with meringue wafers and buttercream layers, the sans rival is made in a cake form and is covered in buttercream with nuts, while the silvana is in a small disc form and is covered in buttercream covered with cake crumbs.

Crack-de-sal – this is Dumaguete’s take on the pan-de-sal. While the original has a soft crust on the outer layer of the roll, this version has a thicker and harder crust, which has a crack in it (hence the name), and a soft center much like that of the traditional pan-de-sal. This can be purchased in BreadWorth, along with other types of bread.


Local Pizza – the city has quite a few local pizzerias that create their own versions of this popular Italian treat. There are brick-oven baked versions that use cheddar instead of mozzarella, and there are those that stay true to their Italian roots and use the same ingredients as their Italian counterparts. Those that use cheddar are often cheaper, with some pizzas selling for as low as P99.




Aklan is known for its famous Ati-Atihan festival and export quality abaca. Also, like every province in the country, Aklan has its fair share of natural wonders, good cuisine and delicacies. It is located in Western Visayas and is situated in the northwest part of Panay Island. Its capital is Kalibo and it is usually the jump-off point to get to Boracay Island.

Apart from the many attractions that can be found here, this part of the country also holds quite a number of treats for foodies from all over the world. Specialities here include such savory treats as tinu-om and the tinumkan. The former is a chicken dish that has ginger, garlic, onions, and tomatoes in it. What makes it rather different from other similar chicken dishes in the region is the addition of lemon grass which gives it a very tangy, aromatic flavour. The latter is a seafood dish that can be made using either crab or shrimp, and has coconut milk as well as gabi leaves in it.

Of course, as with any other area in the Philippines, the region also has a number of baked and sweet items that can be considered homegrown. Some of these are shared with other regions while others are exclusively found here. No trip to Aklan, or any other area of the Philippines for that matter, is complete without a trip to the local bakery or pasalubong shop, which can offer you these treats:

Barquillos – Barquillos are Spanish in origin and are one of the favorite local sweet delicacies. These are thin, rolled cookies or wafers that are made by pouring a thin batter onto a wafer iron (barquillera). It is also available with polvoron powder inside, which locals call the barquiron, a combination of polvoron and barquillos.

Ampao – These are sweet and crunchy rice wafers and are also known as rice crispies to others. These treats are made using rice kernels that have been dried, fried, then mixed together with sugar syrup as well as peanuts to create bricks that people can easily carry around and eat. This is also available in the southern town of Carcar in Cebu.

Cassava Buchi – Buchi is a rice cake that is made from sweet rice flour. Traditionally, buchi has a sweet mung bean paste filling and is coated with sesame seeds but Aklan’s buchi is somewhat different.  It is also made out of sweet rice flour but instead of the sweet bean paste filling, it is filled with sweet cassava filling.

Piaya – Piaya is another local favorite that many locals and visitors alike enjoy. It is a flat bread with muscovado filling.  Before baking them, the dough is filled with muscovado and glucose syrup mixture. It is flattened and baked until golden brown. This is also available in Bacolod and in Iloilo.




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.




Baking different kinds of bread actually requires different kinds of bread dough. Although most bakeries create bread using one basic dough, adding ingredients to this dough to create the kind of bread that they want to make, some bakeshops actually go out of their way to follow the very specific ingredients needed for very specific breads. Here are some of the kinds of bread dough and breads that you can expect from bakeshops and that you can try making yourself:

Croissant Dough – croissants are flaky kinds of bread so using your standard bread dough to create a croissant will have you ending up with a solid type of bread instead of a flaky one. This kind of bread dough has chilled butter rolled into it to help create the flakiness that is required of it, and this is sometimes called a cross between puff pastry and simple bread dough, albeit only sweeter.

Brioche Dough – while most doughs for bread use oil, this uses butter. While most doughs used for breads are also kept warm to help these rise, this one is actually used cold or chilled before shaped and baked. Of course, the dough that is used to make brioche is left warm to make it rise but then has to be cooled to get the right texture and consistency for this type of bread.

Puff Pastry Dough – this is not necessary a bread dough, but some breads are actually made using this, like turnovers and Danish breads. This is made with the use of a standard dough which has a slab of butter incorporated into it by way of folding and rolling. The resulting layers of dough-butter-dough-butter create the flakiness that makes the baked goody puffy, hence the name puff pastry.

Wholewheat Dough – this kind of bread dough is considered healthier to white bread dough due to the higher fiber content. The creation of this dough requires more water to be added as compared with standard bread dough, and this is because the flour and other ingredients used to make it absorbs more water than ordinary bread flour. The fiber that you get from this bread makes it somewhat coarse, but it gives you twice the dietary fiber than white bread.

Multigrain Dough – used to make multigrain bread, this kind of dough is made out of, as you may have already guessed, different kinds of grain apart from wholeweat. You will find different combinations being used by different bakeries, but the most commonly used combinations include whole wheat, cracked wheat, rye, oats, corn, and barley. Some bakeries even add in nuts, fruits, seeds and a variety of spices to make their multigrain bread unique and distinct from the others.




Mindoro is the seventh-largest island in the Philippines and is located off the southern tip of Luzon, and northeast part of Palawan. It was previously called Mait by Chinese traders and, Mina de Oro by the Spaniards. Today, Mindoro Island is divided into two – Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro.

Mindoro is famous for the Mindoro Tamaraw and its wonderful natural attractions, such as pristine beaches, premier diving and snorkeling spots and picturesque mountains. Mindoro is blessed with a diverse range of flora and fauna and is considered a paradise by nature lovers.

It is also the home of relaxing pristine beaches. The province’s foremost tourist beach spot is Puerto Galera. The Talipanan beach in Puerto Galera is not crowded and it provides tourists a tranquil beach experience.  Another famous tourist attraction in Puerto Galera is Tukuran Falls. It can be reached by walking or riding a carabao with a local guide.

Aside from all these attractions, this island located near Batangas and Romblon also has a few delectable baked treats that people can enjoy both while there and when they get home. These pasalubongs are not necessarily exclusive to the island but are considered part of what they have to offer visitors and locals alike. A trip here would be incomplete without trying one or all of these baked goodies.

Here are some of the delicacies from Mindoro that you can try and bring home as pasalubong:

  1. Cassava Cake – Cassava Cake of Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro is one of the famous delicacies from Mindoro. These are made from cassava starch with different local flavors like langka, macapuno and cheese.
  2. Coco Flakes – Coconut flakes are made using shredded coconut meat that is dried and baked until golden brown.
  3. Banana Chips – Mindoro’s main economy is based on agriculture and bananas are one of the fruits locals harvest all year around. Banana slices are deep-fried or baked until golden brown. The chips are drizzled with honey once out of the fryer or oven.
  4. Cheesy Cake – These tasty cheesecakes are made from the finest ingredients from Mindoro’s farms. These cakes are made from butter, cheese topping and signature special ingredients from the bakery.
  5. Peanut Bar – Peanut bars are tasty and high-protein snack bars you should try when you are in Mindoro. These peanuts bars are originally made in Occidental Mindoro and are made of squeezed peanuts and natural ingredients such as honey.
  6. Toasted Pastillas – These are fresh creamy candies made of flour, condensed milk and butter. It is sweeter than the regular pastillas because of its caramelized coating.



Ormoc is a port city in the province of Leyte and is touted as the “Beauty by the Bay” because it is located on a large, natural bay with picturesque mountain views. It is the economic, commercial and transportation hub of Western Leyte. Its main and popular tourist attraction is Lake Danao, formerly known as Lake Imelda (the lake was named after Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady).

While most lakes have indefinite shape, Lake Danao has a violin shape. This and its beautiful natural scenery charm tourists to visit the city again and again. The locals made floating cottages for picnics and boats for cruising. The lake is also surrounded by lush mountains and the tourists or locals visiting can also enjoy trekking.

Lake Kasudsuran and Lake Janagdan are the other lakes in Ormoc City that offer the same quaint scenery. Aside from these lakes, the other tourist attractions in Ormoc City that many people enjoy are Tongonan Hotspring National Park, Leyte Golf and Country Club, Pineapple Plantation and Centennial Park.

It is not only Ormoc City’s ecotourism that is luring tourists to travel there. It is also because of their famous sweet pineapples called Queen Pineapples that make Ormoc such a great place to visit. These Queen Pineapples are known for its unequalled distinct sweetness, and is one of the sources of the local’s livelihood.  Ormoc City has a rugged topography and this terrain is perfect for cultivating these pineapples. In fact, Ormoc City dedicated 210 hectares of land to ensure that they are cultivated well. These plantations are open to the public and are places where one can buy fresh Queen Pineapples.

Visiting Ormoc is not complete without buying pasalubong or trying their baked delicacies. Here are some of their popular pasalubongs:

Cassava Cakes – Aside from Ormoc city, cassava cakes can be found in other regions as well. These are made from kamote or cassava roots and made tastier by adding milk, eggs, young coconut and cheese.

Mango and Pineapple Tarts – One favorite local baked delicacy is the mango and pineapple tart. Because of Ormoc City’s abundance of sweet pineapples, it is inevitable to see desserts and pasalubong with pineapple. Locals are also selling pineapple jams and fruit shakes.

Cheese squares – while not necessarily an original delicacy of Ormoc, this is still considered one of the more popular treats that you can find here. You can find these in variations that include mango and cheese, as well as ube and cheese combinations.




Laguna is a popular destination for its historical and relaxing tourist sites. Laguna is the birthplace of Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal. His shrine in Calamba, Laguna is one of the most well-known historical site in the province with more than 200,000 tourist visiting daily. Aside from appreciating its rich history, Laguna is also a destination where you can both have fun and relax.

Laguna has relaxing hot springs, water parks and world-class theme park for recreation. Laguna is known as the “Resort capital of Luzon” because of its famous hot springs and natural attractions like Pagsanjan Falls, Mount Makiling, Lake Caliraya and Japanese Garden. Aside from these natural tourist spots, Laguna is also known for recreational and amusement parks like Enchanted Kingdom and Splash Island.

Laguna is not only visited by tourist and locals from other provinces because of its beautiful and relaxing destinations, but also because of their food. Here are some of the regional delicacies of Laguna:

  1. Buko Pie – This is a famous regional delicacy of Los Baños, Laguna. Your visit to Laguna won’t be complete without eating or buying Buko Pie as pasalubong. This is a traditional Filipino pie with coconut custard filling. This delicious pastry with coconut and pudding is similar to a coconut cream pie, but has no whipped cream topping.
  2. Mer-Nel’s Cake –  Mer-Nel’s  cakes are the most popular cakes in Los Banos, Laguna and are made exclusively at Mer Nel’s Place. They are known for their decadent chocolate cakes, choco caramel cakes and ube cake with yema icing. It was reported that they usually sell 600 cakes a day. A long line of customers waiting to buy their cakes is not an unusual sight when you visit their shops.
  3. Cassave Cake – The cassava cake is a classic Filipino dessert, which is popular not only in Laguna but elsewhere in the country too. It is however a known fact that one of the more popular cassava cakes in the country come from Laguna. These are made from freshly grated cassava, coconut milk, eggs and sugar.
  4. Uraro (Arrowroot cookies) – Uraro or arrowroot cookie is another delectable local favorite and well-known delicacy from Laguna. Arrowroots are frequently found between coconut trees and are widely cultivated in Laguna. The starch extracted from arrowroots is the main ingredient of this delicacy. Uraro cookies are made from arrowroot starch, milk, pork lard, sugar and duck egg yolks.  These are usually shaped into flowers and are wrapped in thin paper called “papel de hapon”.



Davao City is a highly urbanized city in Mindanao and serves as its main trade, commerce, and industry hub. It is famous for the mighty Philippine Eagle, Mount Apo, Samal Island and its infamous Durian fruit. Not only it is known for its ecofriendly tourist attractions, Davao also cannot be measured when it comes to gastronomic experience. Davao is a haven for fruit lovers and is well known for its fresh and great tasting fruits. Dabawenyos’ modest way of daily life is reflected in their simple tastes and choices of food. While these delicacies without a doubt will excite your taste buds, some of them may also surprise your senses of sight and smell.

Davao is known as the Durian Capital of the Philippines because it is blessed to have an abundance of this exotic fruit. Durian is known for its thorny exterior and unique pungent aroma. It also has creamy flesh and bittersweet flavor. Davao is typhoon-free because of its location and has humid weather all year around. This climate and the land’s rich fertile volcanic soil make it most appropriate for the sustained production of the freshest and tastiest Durian. Durian is available almost all throughout the year and the locals generously infused this in their baked delicacies.

Here are some of the famous Durian-infused baked delicacies from Davao:

Durian Sans Rival – Sans rival is considered the Filipino Dacquiose. This is one the favourite durian-infused decadent dessert that many local and tourists love. It is made of layers of cashew meringue, buttercream and chopped cashews. The durian fruit is infused in the buttercream and blends well with the rest of the ingredients.

Durian Cheese cake – This popular dessert with its smooth and creamy texture is one of the must-try dessert in Davao. Topped with blueberry, it will definitely give your tastebuds a treat. Its cheesecake mixture perfectly blends with Durian and won’t overwhelm you with sweetness.

Durian Pie – People have been raving about how this pie is the best pie they tasted. Durian pies are made with the traditional technique and are filled with masterfully prepared Durian fruit mixture.

Durian Cream Puffs – These are made of choux pastry and are filled with whipped cream with durian bits.

Durian Muffin – These are delicious breakfast muffins with an exotic, tropical twist. Combined with sweet coconut milk and a bit of vanilla, the durian pulp makes the muffin extra flavourful.

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