Philippines’s Best Pasalubong and Souvenir Items


Filipinos love to travel, and they always want to take something from their travels back with them. No wonder there are lot of Pasalubong Centers and Souvenir Shops near airports and around popular Philippine tourist spots.

Pasalubong or Souvenirs can be anything from T-shirts, Handicrafts made from shells and other indigenous materials to food items like native fruits and kakanin. It is almost a sin if you don’t buy Pasalubong to your friends and office mates after your trip or vacation.

Here are some of the best Pasalubong and Souvenir Items from the Philippines.

Luzon Island

Let’s start our Pasalubong shopping with Luzon, the biggest island in the Philippines. You can find Baguio, Ilocos, Pampanga, Bicol, Laguna and a lot of provinces and beautiful tourist spots in this island. Metro Manila is also found in Luzon Island.

Ilocos Region– Ilocos is a famous tourist destination in North Luzon. The main cities here are Vigan in Ilocos Sur and Laoag in Ilocos Norte. Famous Pasalubong from this region are Burnay pottery and antiques from the Heritage City of 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. The cold weather brings a lot of tourist especially during summer and long weekends. Baguio and La Trinidad, Benguet are famous for their strawberry and strawberry based products like strawberry jam, preserves and wine. Other local delicacies from Baguio are ube jam, sundot kulangot peanut brittle and chocolate crispies.

Do not leave Baguio with buying silver accessories from Ibays and cardigans and chaleco from the public market. Walis tambo made from tiger grass is also a must buy Pasalubong from Baguio City.

Laguna– Laguna is just a 1 hour away from Metro Manila. It is a popular weekend get away vacation spot because it has a lot of resorts and hot springs. Popular Pasalubong from Laguna are Buko Pie from the Tropical Original Buko Pie and Marnel’s Chocolate Cakes (both from Los Banos), Liliw Slippers and Espadrilles, espasol, and woodcarvings from Paete. Also go to Luisiana for the best Pandan woven mats or Banig.

Bicol– The Bicol Region is the southern most part of Luzon. It is the home of the Mayon Volcano, one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines. When in Bicol, it is a must to buy Pili Nuts and abaca bags and other native handicrafts.

Other Popular Pasalubong from Luzon

• Bonuan Bangus and Puto Calasio from Dagupan, Pangasinan.
• Kiping, Broas, and Lucban Longanisa from Lucban Quezon
• Pastillas and Ensaymada from Bulacan
• Kapeng Barako, Barong Tagalog and Balisong from Batangas


Visayas Region

Cebu– Cebu is the most popular destination in the Visayas Region. It is famous for its white sand beaches. When in Cebu, you must try out their local delicacies like Lechon Cebu. For a one stop shop Pasalubong shopping experience, go to Taboan Market. Taboan is the best place to buy Cebu Danggit and Pusit, dried mangoes, Otap and Cebu Chorizo.

Do not leave Cebu without buying Cebu Guitars made in Mactan and the popular “I Love Cebu” T-shirts. For affordable Cebu Souvenirs and Pasalubong, you can also go to the Mactan Shrine in Lapu-lapu city.

Bohol- Bohol is famous for its Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier. When going for a Bohol countryside tour or swimming at Alona Beach, don’t for get to buy Bohol’s best Pasalubong items like the Kalamay sa Bao and the Peanut Kisses. Bohol is also known for their Ube products.

Boracay Island– Boracay is one of the best beaches in the world. We DO NOT suggest buying souvenir items with sand as the medium, for the beach might ran out of their white sand in the future. For affordable souvenirs, you can go for key chains, puka bracelets and necklace, Boracay T shirts and others.

Other Popular Pasalubong items from the Visayas Region

• Napoleones and Biscocho from Bacolod
• Sans Rival from Dumaguete
• Marble products from Romblon
• Mangoes from Guimaras
• Kalamay sa Bao and Pastillas de Leche that was made from fresh caraobao’s milk from Tacloban

Mindanao Region

Mindanao is the 2nd larget island in the Philippines. You can find here the cities of Davao , Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Butuan, Iligan and a lot more.

Davao– Davao is the home of Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. It is also the home of some of the best fruits of in the Philippines like the Pomelo and Durian.

Camiguin Island– Camiguin has some of the best beaches in the Philippines. It is also blessed with other natural wonders like waterfalls and the Bura Soda Water Spring. When in Camiguin, it is best to buy lots and lots of their sweet pasty called Pastel as well as their best known produce, the Lanzones.

Cagayan de Oro– Cdo is one of the largest cities in Mindanao. Best Pasalubong from CDO is their special ham called Hamon de Cagayan. Pastel is also popular in Cagayan de Oro.

Bukidnon– Just a few hours away from CDO is Bukidnon. Some of the best tasting and sweetest pineapples are grown in this region.

Zamboanga– Do not leave Zamboanga without buying their very affordable dried pusit and danggit. Also try to going to the market and see local metal crafts, brass gongs, and woven mats and blankets.

Other favorite Pasalubong from Mindanao
• Palagsing and the Golden Tara from Butuan.
• Peanut Kisses from Surigao City

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