Bacolod City boasts of many artisanal Bacolod pasalubong products that you can bring with you.
Home of Bacolod Pasalubong
Bacolod is known as “sugarland”, where the sweetest sugar cane produces the best sugar. The people also have the sweetest smiles, hence the monicker, “The City of Smiles”.
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The city is also filled with cafes with some of the best desserts in the country. We have a Bacolod hotel called Sugarland and a store called Sugarlandia.
We are located in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines.
What is pasalubong?
“Pasalubong is the Filipino tradition of travelers bringing home gifts from their destination. These can be any souvenir brought for people after you have traveled.”
Piaya is the most famous Bacolod pasalubong. It is a flat pastry filled with–what else–sugar called muscovado.
There are many things that you can bring home. These range from food, decors, t-shirts, fashion items, even jewelry.
Some of the food items, like Merzci napoleones, need to be consumed in a few days. But others can stay for a long time. Next time you come here for events, business, or the Bacolod Masskara Festival, you know what to buy.
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Bailon Foods specializes in homemade Ilonggo delicacies since the 1960s. Their specialties are fresh lumpia, empanada, and of course, piaya. Their piaya is the most expensive here in Bacolod today. They use only pure muscovado sugar, which makes thin crispy piaya. Meanwhile, it is coated with crystalline sugar inside.
At their store San Juan-San Sebastian Sts., snack on their fresh lumpia and empanada. If you like their empanada, you can bring home the frozen versions. Bailon Food products are also available at SM Supermarket and Pendy’s.
Bongbong’s Piaya and Barquillos Center
An old player in the Bacolod pasalubong business is Bongbong’s. From its name, you know these two products are their specialties.
They have many branches around the city, including two at the Bacolod-Silay Airport. Their store at 14th-Lacson Streets is open until 11pm daily.
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Merzci Pasalubong Treats
Merzci started as a bakeshop in the 90s then they just kept growing. They added a snack bar, a water station, and eventually a Bacolod pasalubong center.
If you are a tourist with a plane, bus, or ferry ticket or boarding pass, you get 10% off your purchases.
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Virgie’s is another specialty food store selling quality homemade Ilonggo delicacies. They have among the higher end Bacolod pasalubong products.
Special mention are galletas, napoleones, tarts, butterscotch, and mango bars.
Try their yummy angel cookies — made from the “retazos” of the communion bread. Their cheese muffins are by far the best for me. Check out their store at San Sebastian Street (near the Lacson corner).
Quan Native Delicacies
For those who cannot have sugar, Quan has sugar-free products. They use a natural sweetener so you can enjoy Bacolod pasalubong without sugar.
At their store, sample their native Ilonggo delicacies. Moreover, they have organic salad dressings made from natural ingredients.
Quan main store is at La Salle Avenue. They have branches at B.S. Aquino Drive (beside Doctor’s Hospital), and Robinsons Supermarket.
Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo
Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo is the glamorized version of the lowly tuyo. It is a dip, condiment, or pasta sauce. Or, it may be eaten with rice. Find Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo at Negros Showroom, Robinsons City Walk.
Margie’s Cakes and Pastries
Margie’s has long been in the Bacolod pasalubong business. They have an extensive line of Bacolod delicacies. But what made them famous is their hopia sebuyas dayon. It’s their signature pasalubong item.
Margie’s has a bustling restaurant, too. They serve breakfast and lunch daily until 6pm. Located at corner Burgos-Lopez Jaena Sts. Tel. No. 4349375
Jojo Vito Designs Gallery
Bacolod blogger Jojo Vito makes the world-famous Bacolod masks. Furthermore, he designs lighting fixtures, home decor, and furniture. He’s an ardent user of indigenous materials. Plus, he supports local livelihood projects. Visit his gallery at Kapitana Dicang-Alunan Avenue Sts. (behind Metrodome Bldg.)
Gallery is open from Monday to Saturday, 8:30am-5pm. For big tour groups on Sundays, special arrangements may be made. Tel. (034) 704-2378, Mobile: 0943-547-3609.
Azatri Souvenirs specializes on wearables and keepsakes, such as Bacolod shirts and key chains. Additionally, they make decorative fiberglass masks.
Their products are available at Bacolod pasalubong centers like Merzci, Bongbongs’s, Virgie’s, and ANP Showroom.
The Negros Showroom displays producs by the Association of Negros Producers. They sell food items, clothes, home decor, jewelry, furniture, among others. Their main showroom is located at Robinsons City Walk, Mandalagan.
Alter Trade Mascobado
The top product of Negros is still sugar. If you have friends who love coffee, consider gifting them with mascobado sugar. Altertrade Corporation makes them.
Mascobado sugar comes in individual sachets packed in boxes. Additionally, they have Masco Rocks that come in decorative bottles.
These are available in most Bacolod pasalubong stores.
Jarvis Gourmet Foods
Jarvis Gourmet Foods leveled up tastes and presentation of Ilonggo favorites. Bring home these beautifully bottled sauces to your loved ones. Available in Pesto Sauce, Tuna Tapenade, Puttanesca Sauce, and Gourmet Tuyo.
Occasionally, they have halaya ube, special baked ensaymada, and organic spreads. For Christmas, they have fruitcakes with muscovado and organic eggs.
Check their display at Pendy’s (Lacson St) and at Fresh Start at Robinsons Place Bacolod. Their shop is at AC Building Molave Street, Capitol Shopping. Mobile: 639189410568 or landline: +63344334076. Follow them on Facebook: jarvisgourmetfoods