It is natural for us Filipinos to be thoughtful and always eager to share to our loved ones the joy of our travels. That is why, aside from great memories and awesome photos of our travels, we always want to bring home "something" from that memorable trips we had. Travelers often find it easy to load up on the usual and common "pasalubongs," like ref magnets of tourist destinations or key chains with the name of the city in cursive font. But that has always been the "usual pasalubong," that someone might already given to an office-mate, a friend or relative.
Pasaluong shopping can get a bit tricky nowadays and to find something that is not the "usual pasalubong" to bring home can be a bit stressful. So, to make it easier for you to think of what pasalubong to bring home, I'm sharing to you this awesome list of alternative pasalubong options, gathered from Cebu Pacific Air passengers in key cities in the Philippines.
Alternative Pasalubong Options from Key Cities in the Philippines
Naga and Legazpi CityA quick trip to Naga or Legazpi in Bicol can bring travelers face-to-face with the beautiful and almost-perfect cone of Mt. Mayon, the jaw-dropping beaches of Caramoan, or a once-in-a-lifetime moment of swimming with whale sharks in Donsol. Sharing the Bicol experience can also best be done with the Toasted Siopao from 3N Bakery, a jar of pili nuts, or maybe a bag-full of pili tarts and marzipan.
Puerto Princesa, PalawanFor those traveling to Puerto Princesa in Palawan, its beaches and world-renowned Underground River are the main draw for tourists to visit. Share not only the stories of Palawan but also its flavors with cashew nuts and French bread from Vietville. Or share the culture of the country’s last frontier with the locally-made rainmakers and silk products.
Iloilo and GuimarasIn the historical province of Iloilo, the centuries-old mansions, the old churches, and the pristine white sand beaches can be awe-inspiring for any traveler. Share the sense of awe and wonder that the province has to offer with the freshest and most succulent mangoes from the island of Guimaras.
CebuThe neighboring island of Cebu, best known for its guitars, world-class furniture and fashion houses, and its powdery white sand beaches, is also home to the most exotic tourist spots. Diving into the coral colonies of the Olango Wildlife Sanctuary and lounging on the beaches of Nalusuan Island are just some of the few. Bring home the sense of adventure of Cebu with its crisp pork skin with flavorful crunchy fat version of chicharon. The best in the island can be found in the mercado, or market, of the town of Carcar.
Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin and BukidnonBest known as a gateway to white water rafting adventures or to the vast ranches and pineapple plantations in Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro is a pleasant surprise to first-time visitors. Give your family and friends a taste of what Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental has to offer with pineapple crumble from Mercedes Breads, the tasty ham of Slers or Pine, the all-time favorite Chedeng’s Peanuts, made-to-order tarts from Persimoon, or the unique Malunggay Pastel – a great alternative to the widely available yema Pastel.
Zamboanga CityMeanwhile, when in Zamboanga City, drop by the famous Alavar’s Restaurant for a dinner of curacha or spanner crab, and a bottle of their Alavar’s Sauce to bring home to family and friends. Don’t forget to visit the barter area for Apollo Wafers from Malaysia, among other food products.
With such a beautiful country as the Philippines, there are more places to explore and discover that are made more affordable and accessible by Cebu Pacific! So, book a flight, pack your bags and travel! It is now easier to discover and share with loved ones the must-haves from some of the country’s key cities! Visit www.cebupacificair.com now!
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