Travel refreshes the soul. And when we find ourselves unable to get away, we often look back at memories through photos and souvenirs. Photos work great but more often than not, we’d like to take a little part of the place we visited when we get back to our normal lives.
There are as many souvenirs to take from the Philippines as there are islands. Each city or province has its own product or icon and it gets kind of hard to pick those that will really count. So to help you avoid hoarding and exceeding your baggage limits, I made a list of souvenirs from the Philippines that you can take home and hopefully someday lure you back to the islands.
Keychains/ Ref Magnets/ Coin Purses
A Sarong on the other hand is a piece of cloth made of lightweight material which can also be used the same way as a malong. They come in very bright colors and patterns too!
- Peanut brittle from Baguio
- Pinasugbo from Cebu City
- Calamay from Bohol (pick those in plastic containers, the coconut shells just too heavy)
- Durian candy from Davao City (airlines permit carrying them on board because they don’t smell)
- Shamrock otap from Cebu City
- Vjandep Pastel from Camiguin or Cagayan de Oro City
- Hopia from Eng Bee Tin Chinese deli in Binondo
- Peanut Kisses from Bohol
- Barako coffee beans from Batangas
- Buko Pie from Laguna
Just be extra careful when packing food for long flights. It would also help if make sure that your take-home treats are fresh and would not expire before you reach home.
There are other great souvenirs you can find all over the Philippines. There’s the barrel man from Baguio City, pinya cloth from Laguna, T’nalak from Lake Sebu, Capiz Shells from Capiz and a lot more. As you go around the Philippines, find something that strikes your fancy and take it home with you. Items you take home will make you remember your adventure more fondly than just staring at photos.
And here’s a piece of advice: don’t stick to souvenir shops, try the local market’s dry section; you’ll most likely find cheaper and more authentic souvenirs from there.