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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Jess learn something! : Cool Pasalubong from the Philippines

Happy New Year to those of you who've already crossed over into 2014 and Happy coming New Year to those of you, who still have a few hours to go, like me.

So, in case you don't know what Pasalubong is; here is a link to the wiki article on pasalubong, but generally they are gifts that you bring/give to people who haven't seen in a while or like souvenirs when you come back from your trip, usually for other people, but you can get them for yourself as well.

So, I said I'd try to get at least 2 entries posted before the end of the year; so here is a little show and tell of some things that I got from the Philippines from the last 2 trips. This is not everything, just a smattering, but it's something interesting to share for those of you curious as to what 'cool' souvenirs from the Philippines, can be ;)

There may be future plans to expand on this, but for now, please enjoy this mini show and tell of Pasalubong from the Philippines.

Carved wood items: tiny spoons and caribao (Philippine water buffalo) sitting atop a native fabric purse. I bought these in Intramuros and all of the money goes to a craft cooperative/collective.

Various wooden bracelets, some made from coconut shells. My favorites is the one on the far left of the photo. I got these in Subic, from a vendor on the beach.

Little souvenirs from Bohol. I bought these after visiting the real Tarsiers of Bohol. 
Serving ladles/spoons made from coconut shell and tiny trinkets made of various layered wood. The shell necklaces were given to me free as a welcoming gift at their studio in Cebu.

The 2 beaded bracelets in the back were purchased from the Kultura collection in Cebu and the one in the front was bought at the Cebu airport.

Tablea! Chocolate tablets made from Filipino cacao beans. This roll of tablea was purchased in Tagaytay.

The jar of chocolate was purchased at the Sabel Cafe at the Ben Cab museum in Baguio.

Close up of the 2 kinds of chocolate. You use them to brew an indulgent hot chocolate or can use them to make  Champorado or any other baked good requiring chocolate.

I  bought this jar of  Peter Pinder's Dalandan (a type of Philippine citrus fruit, close to an orange) at the Sabel Cafe at the Ben Cab museum in Baguio.

Peter Pinder is originally from Scotland, but moved to Baguio and started making marmalade with native fruits.
Both of these I bought from the Bagasakan in Villasis, Pangasinan

This is a little cake of  coconut sugar. My Dad tells me that they just eat these like a candy. It has a sweet, but complex taste to it. It may be compared with a cross between a light maple candy and a molassesy brown sugar. It's good. There is a name for this, but I don't want to type it here because it sound too similar to something else ;)

This is one of many different kinds of Bocayo. It's a coconut candy/cluster. This version they scrape the coconut into strings and then cook it down with coconut milk and coconut sugar until it's all caramelized together. This version had sesame seeds on top. This is my favorite kind of Bocayo.

Also purchased from the Bagsakan (fresh fruit and vegetable market) in Villasis, Pangasinan, these are banana chips. They are cut lengthwise and lightly coated with sugar. 

They are very crisp and crunchy. Not too sweet, either. Wonderful for a little merienda or on a road trip.

There is so much to share with you all! I hope that you've enjoyed this installment and I will look forward to posting more about pasalubong in the coming new year.

Wishing you all good health, love and happiness!

Jessica <3 <3 <3

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