In my previous entry, I showcased products of Albay Pilinut Candy, the store that “started it all” in terms of promoting pilinut as the go-to pasalubong from Legazpi City. However, I wanted to buy other pasalubong items from Legazpi City other than pilinuts (but ended up buying more of it), so my companion, a local, decided to drive me to the port area to visit Ibalong Pasalubong Center. Let me say that ohemghee, that place was teeming with boxed, bottled, and packed food from Albay, local craft, and a lot of rowdy but helpful salesladies. The short trip from Old District was worth it.
It is disappointing that I still prided myself with decent memory and refused to jot down any of the prices of the items I bought, so here are some of the pasalubong I bought from Legazpi City, with and without prices. 🙂
For more pasalubong from Legazpi City, please read Part I and Part II of this series.
Ibalong Pasalubong Center
One of the shelves at Ibalong Pasalubong Center
Pilinuts, P250.00 (US $5.00) per pack. As much as I wanted to buy this, I did not. The saleslady showed me how to peel the pilinut and eat it, which made me realize that the process was a pain in the butt and that I was better off buying processed pilinuts.
Sweet Experience Wrapsody Pilinut-filled Pastries
Mayon Treats Pilinut Brownies
Mayon Treats Pilinut Hopia
Cozytops Chocogems Chocolate Coated Mazapan de Pili Chocolatey Pilinut Goodies
Bicol’s Best Laing, Bicol’s Best Bicol Chili Paste, E & A Morano Pilinut Candies, Santan (Cocojam) with Pilinut
Bicol’s Best Bicol Express Tinapa and Pork
Bicol’s Best Gulay na Santol Spicy. I have not opened this bottle yet. It cost me around P100.00 (US $2.00)
Cozytops Chicoli Dark Bittersweet Chocolate with Spicy Pilinuts, P90.00 (US $1.80). This product confused my mind. The sweetness of the dark chocolate was the first thing I tasted and as the chocolate melted, the pilinut in the center made itself known, and simultaneously, there is a spicy kick of sili. It was a rollercoaster experience for a tiny chocolate, but it was something I would like to try again, so I did.
The House of Pili Mazapan de Pili, 3 packs, P150.00 (US $3.00)
RPM Mixed Pili Tart and Yema, P120.00 (US $2.40). This was one of my favorites. The tart and the yema were so sticky and yummy, with each bite overflowing with pilinut goodness. My only regret was not buying of these.
RPM Mixed Pili Tart and Yema, back portion