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10 Best Pasalubong from Baguio and Baguio Souvenir Items to Bring Back Home

Please your family and peers with these pasalubong from Baguio, the City of Pines

By: Liezl Formilleza-Dunuan | August 27, 2020

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Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


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Anyone who’s ever gone to Baguio knows that this is the gold standard when it comes to strawberry jams.

Image: Good Shepherd Baguio Online Shop

When you tell a friend or a family member that you are going to Baguio, how often do they tell you to “bring home some strawberries pasalubong from Baguio?” Admit it: you hear it quite often. The famous Baguio souvenir fruit has long been associated with Baguio City because of its proximity to Benguet province, where the berries are grown. Strawberries however are a seasonal fruit and are abundant and cheap during the months of November to March. Outside this season, they may be difficult and pricey to get these souvenir from Baguio.

Good thing that there are other pasalubong from Baguio that you can buy. So, when you go up to the City of Pines at other times of the year, you can check out these other Baguio souvenir items.


1. Ube Jam



pasalubong from Baguio

Good Shepherd’s best-selling ube jam.

Image: Good Shepherd Facebook Page

Because of the abundance of purple yam in the Cordilleras, the Good Shepherd sisters decided to turn them into this delectable dessert which is a perfect souvenir from Baguio to bring home. The Good Shepherd Convent on Gibraltar Road near Mines View Park has been making heavenly ube (purple yam) jam through the Mountain Maid Livelihood and Training Center since they started business and the product has been a bestseller ever since.



One additional good thing about buying pasalubong from Baguio from these center is that you get to contribute to their scholarship program for young Cordilleran women. The ube jam has a definite shelf life though, so make sure you transport the Baguio souvenir food properly and consume immediately.


2. Strawberry Jam



Baguio souvenir

If you can’t have them fresh, get them preserved instead.


The best souvenir from Baguio next to fresh strawberries is strawberry jam or preserve. If you prefer your strawberries cooked, mashed, and concocted into this wonderfully sweet, pulpy goodness, get the strawberry jam pasalubong from Baguio. However, if you want your strawberries whole, buy the strawberry preserve. A note though: since preserves have whole strawberries in them, they are generally pricier than the Baguio souvenir bottled jams.



There are different types and brands of jams and preserves, but the most popular brand of jam is Good Shepherd Convent. You can get these souvenir from Baguio at the convent and at the public market, where some stalls have them available.


3. Sundot Kulangot



souvenir from Baguio

Sundot kulangot brings out the child in everyone.

Image: @chelfondevilla

Don’t get turned off by these pasalubong from Baguio just hearing its name. Sundot kulangot is actually a dessert made from coconut milk, glutinous rice, and brown sugar. The name of these Baguio souvenir dessert comes from the way you would eat the dessert; since the kalamay or the sticky sweet dessert made from glutinous rice and coconut milk, is placed inside small wooden orbs, the only way to eat them would be to use your finger or a small spoon.

The name itself is intriguing, but so is its packaging—imagine seeing this delicacy in Baguio’s public markets, and see if you could stop yourself from buying a pair or more souvenir from Baguio to bring home.



5. Peanut and Cashew Brittle



Baguio souvenir

Nutty and caramelly goodness of peanut brittle packed in Image: Wheng Tayag


When it comes to pasalubong from Baguio nothing beats the classic peanut brittle! If you can, get them from Good Shepherd brand or from Baguio Paradise, as they really know how to make a good jar of these sweet, glassy goodness. Romana’s has a version that uses whole peanuts instead of crushed nuts. For a different take on the classic dessert, get the cashew brittle.



6. Choco Flakes



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Crunch and chocolatey goodness you will surely love.

Image: Mika'san Sweetshop (Official) Facebook Page

One of the first companies to make and sell chocolate covered corn flakes Baguio souvenir food in Baguio is Mika’san. To this day, it is still the brand preferred by many. They have a milk chocolate version and a white chocolate version of choco flakes, and both are equally good and decadent. If you don’t want to line up in Mikasan’s shop with the rest of the crowd craving for it, their choco flakes are also made available at Baguio’s public marketsand pasalubong centers.


7. Honey



pasalubong from Baguio

Honey is a healthy alternative to sugar


Real honey is difficult to come by, but if you know where to buy them in Baguio, then you are in for a real treat. Avoid buying honey from the random ambulant Baguio souvenir vendors that roam the markets, or else you might take home honey packed with additives that don’t really help the taste. Just to be safe, buy from reputable stores such as the Mountain Grown Cooperative Store at Porta Vaga Skyzone, Cathedral level.


8. Fruit Wines



Baguio souvenir

Perhaps you’d like to bring home a more “spirited” pasalubong.


If you are buying pasalubong for someone who’s had their fill of Baguio’s sweet delicacies, maybe fruit wines are a good alternative. In Baguio, you can buy strawberry wine and Bignay wine. There are stalls at the public market that sell local wines, while specialty shops such as Vincent’s Place on Loakan Road carry exotic wines made from rambutan, guava, guyabano, and coffee!


9. Fresh Vegetables



souvenir from Baguio

Nothing beats the prices of fresh greens at the public market.

Image: Dondon’s Fruits and Vegetables Supplier Facebook Page

Here is another option for those of you who do not have a sweet tooth: fresh vegetables pasalubong from Baguio. Aside from the usual chopsuey ingredients—cauliflower, carrots, baby corn, sweet peas—you can also bring home different kinds of lettuces for salads, cucumbers and fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, and parsley. Salad vegetables are best bought from organic producers such as the La Trinidad Organic Producers (LATOP) in the public market, or the Mountain Grown Cooperative.

10. Handcrafted Accessories



pasalubong from Baguio

Keychains sell for as low as 5 pieces for PhP100.


If your trip back home doesn’t advise that you bring along perishable pasalubong from Baguio, then maybe something solid and memorable will serve as your souvenir from Baguio instead, like Baguio’s handcrafted products perhaps? The public market is a treasure trove of Baguio souvenir items such as keychains made of wood, coin purses made of Cordillera weaves, and Baguio souvenir t-shirts. For practical folks, there is also the walis tambo (broom) and the back scratcher.


There is so much to choose from in Baguio, and the only limit to the pasalubong from Baguio that you can bring is how heavy a baggage you can carry and how much money you’d want to spend.

Make sure to visit Yoorekka's magazine to see more of Baguio souvenir pasalubong choices!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on January 21, 2019.


Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


pasalubong from Baguio, Baguio souvenir, souvenir from Baguio

Anyone who’s ever gone to Baguio knows that this is the gold standard when it comes to strawberry jams.

Image: Good Shepherd Baguio Online Shop

When you tell a friend or a family member that you are going to Baguio, how often do they tell you to “bring home some strawberries pasalubong from Baguio?” Admit it: you hear it quite often. The famous Baguio souvenir fruit has long been associated with Baguio City because of its proximity to Benguet province, where the berries are grown. Strawberries however are a seasonal fruit and are abundant and cheap during the months of November to March. Outside this season, they may be difficult and pricey to get these souvenir from Baguio.

Good thing that there are other pasalubong from Baguio that you can buy. So, when you go up to the City of Pines at other times of the year, you can check out these other Baguio souvenir items.


1. Ube Jam



pasalubong from Baguio

Good Shepherd’s best-selling ube jam.

Image: Good Shepherd Facebook Page

Because of the abundance of purple yam in the Cordilleras, the Good Shepherd sisters decided to turn them into this delectable dessert which is a perfect souvenir from Baguio to bring home. The Good Shepherd Convent on Gibraltar Road near Mines View Park has been making heavenly ube (purple yam) jam through the Mountain Maid Livelihood and Training Center since they started business and the product has been a bestseller ever since.



One additional good thing about buying pasalubong from Baguio from these center is that you get to contribute to their scholarship program for young Cordilleran women. The ube jam has a definite shelf life though, so make sure you transport the Baguio souvenir food properly and consume immediately.


2. Strawberry Jam



Baguio souvenir

If you can’t have them fresh, get them preserved instead.


The best souvenir from Baguio next to fresh strawberries is strawberry jam or preserve. If you prefer your strawberries cooked, mashed, and concocted into this wonderfully sweet, pulpy goodness, get the strawberry jam pasalubong from Baguio. However, if you want your strawberries whole, buy the strawberry preserve. A note though: since preserves have whole strawberries in them, they are generally pricier than the Baguio souvenir bottled jams.



There are different types and brands of jams and preserves, but the most popular brand of jam is Good Shepherd Convent. You can get these souvenir from Baguio at the convent and at the public market, where some stalls have them available.


3. Sundot Kulangot



souvenir from Baguio

Sundot kulangot brings out the child in everyone.

Image: @chelfondevilla

Don’t get turned off by these pasalubong from Baguio just hearing its name. Sundot kulangot is actually a dessert made from coconut milk, glutinous rice, and brown sugar. The name of these Baguio souvenir dessert comes from the way you would eat the dessert; since the kalamay or the sticky sweet dessert made from glutinous rice and coconut milk, is placed inside small wooden orbs, the only way to eat them would be to use your finger or a small spoon.

The name itself is intriguing, but so is its packaging—imagine seeing this delicacy in Baguio’s public markets, and see if you could stop yourself from buying a pair or more souvenir from Baguio to bring home.



5. Peanut and Cashew Brittle



Baguio souvenir

Nutty and caramelly goodness of peanut brittle packed in Image: Wheng Tayag


When it comes to pasalubong from Baguio nothing beats the classic peanut brittle! If you can, get them from Good Shepherd brand or from Baguio Paradise, as they really know how to make a good jar of these sweet, glassy goodness. Romana’s has a version that uses whole peanuts instead of crushed nuts. For a different take on the classic dessert, get the cashew brittle.



6. Choco Flakes



souvenir from Baguio

Crunch and chocolatey goodness you will surely love.

Image: Mika'san Sweetshop (Official) Facebook Page

One of the first companies to make and sell chocolate covered corn flakes Baguio souvenir food in Baguio is Mika’san. To this day, it is still the brand preferred by many. They have a milk chocolate version and a white chocolate version of choco flakes, and both are equally good and decadent. If you don’t want to line up in Mikasan’s shop with the rest of the crowd craving for it, their choco flakes are also made available at Baguio’s public marketsand pasalubong centers.


7. Honey



pasalubong from Baguio

Honey is a healthy alternative to sugar


Real honey is difficult to come by, but if you know where to buy them in Baguio, then you are in for a real treat. Avoid buying honey from the random ambulant Baguio souvenir vendors that roam the markets, or else you might take home honey packed with additives that don’t really help the taste. Just to be safe, buy from reputable stores such as the Mountain Grown Cooperative Store at Porta Vaga Skyzone, Cathedral level.


8. Fruit Wines



Baguio souvenir

Perhaps you’d like to bring home a more “spirited” pasalubong.


If you are buying pasalubong for someone who’s had their fill of Baguio’s sweet delicacies, maybe fruit wines are a good alternative. In Baguio, you can buy strawberry wine and Bignay wine. There are stalls at the public market that sell local wines, while specialty shops such as Vincent’s Place on Loakan Road carry exotic wines made from rambutan, guava, guyabano, and coffee!


9. Fresh Vegetables



souvenir from Baguio

Nothing beats the prices of fresh greens at the public market.

Image: Dondon’s Fruits and Vegetables Supplier Facebook Page

Here is another option for those of you who do not have a sweet tooth: fresh vegetables pasalubong from Baguio. Aside from the usual chopsuey ingredients—cauliflower, carrots, baby corn, sweet peas—you can also bring home different kinds of lettuces for salads, cucumbers and fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, and parsley. Salad vegetables are best bought from organic producers such as the La Trinidad Organic Producers (LATOP) in the public market, or the Mountain Grown Cooperative.

10. Handcrafted Accessories



pasalubong from Baguio

Keychains sell for as low as 5 pieces for PhP100.


If your trip back home doesn’t advise that you bring along perishable pasalubong from Baguio, then maybe something solid and memorable will serve as your souvenir from Baguio instead, like Baguio’s handcrafted products perhaps? The public market is a treasure trove of Baguio souvenir items such as keychains made of wood, coin purses made of Cordillera weaves, and Baguio souvenir t-shirts. For practical folks, there is also the walis tambo (broom) and the back scratcher.


There is so much to choose from in Baguio, and the only limit to the pasalubong from Baguio that you can bring is how heavy a baggage you can carry and how much money you’d want to spend.

Make sure to visit Yoorekka's magazine to see more of Baguio souvenir pasalubong choices!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on January 21, 2019.



author

Liezl is a freelance writer based in Baguio. With a background in Journalism, her love for the written word goes beyond news and feature writing, as she writes for several online lifestyle publications. Local culture, food, and travel are her favorite themes.

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