Filipinos are natural gift-givers. Whenever we go someplace else, even if its only for a weekend vacation, we tend to buy souvenirs and small gifts for family and friends who were unable to go on vacation with us. And those of us who are now working or living abroad would spend months packing gifts into huge boxes that they bring with them when they come home for a visit. And we fondly call these gifts, pasalubong.
Northern Mindanaos Favorite Pasalubong
In the Philippines, every region has at least one pasalubong the people are very proud ofa pasalubong thats known in various parts of the country and is a must-buy for anyone who ever goes on vacation in that particular region. Since I have just spent a few glorious days in Northern Mindanao, let me tell you about one of their favorite pasalubongsVjANDEP Pastel.
Regardless of where youre from in the Philippines, if you tell your family and friends that youre off to Northern Mindanao for a few days, most of them will likely ask for pastel as pasalubongeven if you dont bring them anything else, theyll be happy as long as you have pastel for them. And indeed, there is good reason for that.
When you open a box of pastel, your first impression may be that it is nothing but a boring box of buns, as it doesnt look extraordinary at all. But when you get a taste of the deliciously soft bun and its sticky, milky, golden filling, youll understand why its not just a Northern Mindanao favorite, but a national favorite when it comes to Pinoy pasalubong. Your sweet tooth will definitely be satisfied by these humble buns!
And heres a bit of news youll surely be happy to receive: It isnt that difficult to find VjANDEP pastel for sale in different parts of the country! Yes, you read that right. You dont have to travel all the way to Camiguin (where this heavenly bread originated) or Cagayan de Oro to enjoy a bite of VjANDEP pastel. The humble buns have become so popular that they are now distributed in various malls and stalls all over the country.
Where to Buy
When youre in Camiguin, youll find VjANDEP pastel at their main plant in Plaridel Street, Mambajao (right within the market area) and in GASA (Rizal cor. E. Neri Streets, Mambajao), which is VjANDEPs new pasalubong center in Camiguin. If you cant make it to Camiguin, but you happen to be in Cagayan de Oro, dont worry, there are five VjANDEP branches from where you can buy the delicious pastel:
- 078 Tiano Street, CDO
- Angel Chaves Street, Cogon, CDO
- Agora Market City
- Bulua National Highway
- Passengers Terminal Complex, Port Area, Macabalan, CDO
Other than VjANDEP branches, youll also find pastel in the following Mindanao locations:
CAGAYAN DE ORO
– Save More (SM City, Agora)
– Gaisano Mall
– Gaisano Carmen
– Robinsons Supermarket
– Ororama Cogon
– Gaisano Mall
– Gaisano Malaybalay
GENERAL SANTOS CITY
– KCC Mall
– Save More (SM City)
– NCCC Mall
– Gaisano Mall
Youll also find VjANDEP pastel across the Visayas. If youre on a Visayas island-hopping adventure, you may want to visit the following locations for a pastel fix:
– Island City Mall, Tagbilaran City
– Save More (SM City Cebu, Park Mall, Elizabeth Mall, Marina Mall, Mactan)
– Rustans Supermarket, Paseo Banawa
– Gaisano Country Mall
– JY Square Mall
– FOODA Savers Mart (Guadalupe, Mango)
What if youre in Metro Manila and are craving VjANDEP pastel, like, NOW? Will you just have to cry in a corner, find a cheap substitute, and wait for your next trip to Mindanao where you can enjoy the luscious buns? Nope! You definitely wont have to do that. There are now several distributors of VjANDEP pastel all over the metro. When that craving hits you, go to any of these locations:
- Market! Market! (This is the best place to look for VjANDEP pastel, as the buns are most often available in the morning. So if youre anywhere near Taguig, you should definitely start your search here.)
- Shopwise (Alabang, Araneta, Harrison Plaza, Vito Cruz)
- Rustans Supermarket (Corinthians, Gateway, Katipunan, Makati, Rockwell)
- Save More (SM North EDSA, Nagtahan, SM Manila, SM San Lorenzo, SM South Mall, SM Marikina, Cubao, SM Megamall, SM MOA, Hypermarket-Bicutan)
- SM Hypermarket (MOA, Makati, Pasig)
You can also find VjANDEP pastel in most airport pasalubong shops and in all SM Supermarkets, but if youre in Metro Manila, youll have to shop at SM early because these buns are usually sold out by the afternoon. Yes, theyre THAT delicious! Happy munching!