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Friday, November 9, 2012

Where to Get Pasalubong in Cebu

A trip wouldn't be complete without buying pasalubong. It's a Filipino tradition that I both love and hate: I love it because I love buying food and other goodies. I hate it because it can cost me a bunch, haha.

Aside from wonderful restaurants, Cebu has a lot of goodies that you can bring home to family and friends. Popular pasalubong shops are Island Souvenirs at Mactan Marina Mall for shirts and other Cebuano products, but if you want to cut expenses, here's a list of the pasalubong spots around Cebu.

1. Tablea Chocolate Cafe



My friend and I had dessert at Tablea Chocolate Cafe. But more than the churros, they also sell chocolate covered cacao (Php 240 - 260 for 250 g). You can also buy Tablea Sampler Box for Php 350 or the Tablea Grand Collection for Php 1650.



Tablea Chocolate Cafe
Robinson's Cybergate
Fuente Osmeña Circle,
Cebu City


Other locations are Ayala Center Cebu, JY Square, J Centre, and SM Cebu Northwing


2. Montenegro Sylvanas


This popular homebaked sylvanas can be bought at Mrs. Montenegro's home near Ayala Mall. The house is near Islands Stay Hotel. A pack costs Php 310 for 15 pieces. These sylvanas are really good!

Mrs. Montenegro's home
Montenegro Sylvanas

Critical note:  
Sylvanas must be stored in the refrigerator. It would be advisable to buy these before dropping off to the airport if you don't have refrigerator at your hotel. Good thing our hotel was kind enough to keep our sylvanas in their fridge since the room we got didn't include one.

Montenegro Sylvanas
20 Dr. Tojong Street
Lahug, Cebu City


3. Tabo-an Market

Known as the dried fish market, this is where you can buy danggit, soriso and other dried seafood at affordable prices. We usually buy in Cindy & Nico, where they can seal and box your pasalubong. They also sell other Cebuano delicacies. I bought soriso at Php 180 per kilo and danggit at Php 480 per kilo.




To get there, ride a jeepney to Colon and walk a few blocks to Tres de Abril Street or you may just ride a cab.

Critical Note:
Tabo-an Market should be the last point in your city tour since the salty smell from the place will stick to your clothes. Seriously.

Tabo-an Market
Tres de Abril Street
Cebu City


4. Zubuchon

Cebu Lechon, 'nuff said. :)


Frozen Zubuchon

What I love about Zubuchon is the Frozen Zubuchon, aside from the Freshly Cooked Zubuchon, of course. :) A kilo costs Php 490, and comes with a box for every 2 kilo purchase. The Frozen Zubuchon comes with detailed reheating instructions. They also have Boneless Zubuchon (at Php 480 per kilo) and Chicharon.

We got Frozen Zubuchon at the Islands Stay Hotel Mactan branch on our way to the airport. However, our flight was delayed. The very friendly staff let us leave our Zubuchon while we pass time at the nearby mall.

Anyway, they also have a branch at the Mactan Airport pre-departure area, where you can buy Zubuchon at the same price.

5. Lapu-Lapu Shrine



For shirts, accessories, native bags and even home decors, Lapu-Lapu Shrine is where you should go. I love the bracelets which sell from Php 10 to Php 200, depending on the material (wood or mother of pearl). This is where you can also buy souvenir shirts, from Php 80 - 100 for children's shirts and Php 100 - 200 for adult shirts. Native bags can also be as cheap as Php 120.

Remember: practice your haggling skills here. :)

accessories

Do you know any other pasalubong places in Cebu? Feel free to share them here.

32 comments:

  1. Hi! You should've tried Shamrock pastries, their otap was great. :)
    The next time I went back to Cebu, I'll definitely try that Tablea and Montenegro Sylvanas. Thanks! :))

    www.justonebigman.blogspot.com

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    1. Tried it last time. It's everywhere naman that's why I didn't include it here na. :)

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  2. Those silvanas looks so delicious. I also would love to try out the Tablea variants as well.

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  3. I definitely want to visit Cebu not just for its beaches but for its extensive array of pasalubong too! The tableas & sylvanas make me hungry. :P

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  4. Hi Girl! :)
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    1. Will check it out. Thanks for sharing! ;)

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  5. sa amin naman, we go to La Fortuna.. ang rami ding masarap ipasalubong na baked foods and other sweets. and yung tikoy?? oh my! I'm a fan of tikoy :)

    lavinajampit.blogspot.com

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    1. I think I saw a La Fortuna Bakeshop at Cebu too. :)

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  6. Aww! We missed all these places!!! Maybe when we go back !

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  7. I love silvanas! If I bought those and the chocolates, I'm afraid they won't be pasalubong anymore and just end up in my stomach...

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    1. hahaha! :) We were really really tempted to do that with the sylvanas. :)

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  8. I miss tablea! Im my younger days in province...mom will always prepare this on rainy days and since I miss cebu! hello sinulog see yah!

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  9. Zubuchon :D !!!

    BTW, what is the difference of the Montenegro Silvanas with the ones from Dumaguete?

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    1. I'm not sure about the difference. I still have to try the Dumaguete Sylvanas. :)

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  10. nabasa ko palang yung word na chocolate and lechon nagutom na ako. hay cebu, one of the best places to hang out, travel and dine :)
    Rovie
    The Bargain Doll
    :)

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    1. Same here! I'd relocate to Cebu in a heartbeat! :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing this! We are planning to visit cebu and this is really helpful. What about a place in cebu where I can buy a good guitar? :)
    Thanks!

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    1. For guitar, they have a default place in Mactan, which I haven't visited yet (since I don't play guitar.hehe) Everyone knows the place, you can even ask the cab driver to bring you there. :)

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  12. Thanks for this post! Punta kasi kami Cebu this january. ;)

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  13. The sylvanas are probably really good for it have made it to your list!

    And to add to your list, don't forget the cebu guitars! You can go for the high-end and more expensive guitars from Alegre, or you can pick cheaper ones for starters. There are those that are made out of Narra or Jackfruit and you can get them for 1,500.

    http://ahintofsunlight.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hope you'll try the sylvanas, Ile. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

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  14. Nice...never tried yung Montenegro sylvanas,must try yun next time!!!

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  15. You should also try the sylvanas of Mrs U. It's in Banilad. The number is (032) 233 4348

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    1. Will do when I visit next time. Thanks Mustachio! :)

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  16. Checking out blogs for our cebu trip... Will definitely check these places out!

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