January 25, 2018

10 Best Souvenirs from the Philippines

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  • The souvenir culture is embraced all over the world. Along with the rise of the “wanderlust generation” comes the boom of the souvenir industry. Everybody wants a remembrance of the place they visited. With a culturally colorful country like the Philippines, it is not at all difficult to find a good memento that you can take back home to your own country.

    In the Philippines, souvenirs are known locally as pasalubong.  You just can’t return to your home without a bunch of pasalubong not only to be fondly displayed in your room but also to give to your family and friends as a way to let them know that you remembered them while you were away.

    Check out these items that are worth taking back home as a remembrance of the Philippines!

    Philippine Statement Shirts

    Team Manila is one of the best shops to buy artistically designed souvenir statement shirts. /IMAGE Teammanila Lifestyle Facebook page

    When looking around local bazaars or shopping malls, you’ll definitely find a lot of shirts that express how much the Philippines is loved by everyone. As a tourist, you sure will love the country, too! Let your loved ones at home know how much you enjoyed your vacation in this beautiful tropical country by donning a shirt that says “I ❤ MNL” which stands for Manila, or “I ❤ PHILIPPINES!”

    Woven Clothing

    A gown stylishly made with hablon./IMAGE Cebu official website

    Many traditional fabrics in the Philippines are intricately and meaningfully designed, like the t‘nalak of Southern Mindanao made with abaca and the hablon of Visayas usually made with banana and pineapple fibers. These fabrics are made into fashionable clothing, with some even being considered as world-class!


    Hand-crafted masks from Palawan./IMAGE Palawan Philippines website

    Traditional industries like wooden handicrafts still persist in the country and still play a big role in boosting a town’s tourism industry. These products reflect the pure artistry of the Philippine townspeople who also depend on their craft to make a living.

    Miniature Jeepneys

    Image result for miniature jeepneyA miniature jeepney is a wonderful remembrance of your adventures traveling around the Philippines. /IMAGE My Philippines website

    Perhaps the best representation of the Philippine society is the jeepney, a unique and very popular means of public transport in the country. Remember the first time you rode a jeepney by bringing home a miniature version of this quirky vehicle!

    Pearl Jewelry

    Palawan is known to have a great abundance of pearls.

    As a tropical archipelago surrounded by rich waters, the Philippines is gifted by the ocean with precious gems. Pearls are relatively more expensive in other parts of the world; if you want fancy jewelry without breaking the bank, take home a few pieces of pearl accessories from the Philippines!



    The Philippines is truly blessed to have delicious tropical fruits like mangoes in abundance almost all year round. Such fruit can be exorbitantly priced in other countries, so take advantage of being in the Philippines and buy kilograms of ripe mangoes without feeling guilty about your budget. You can buy a piece for as low as Php 25—that’s less than a dollar!

    If you want to take a couple with you on your flight back, ditch the fresh ones and drop by the Duty-free counter for a bag of dried mangoes. They’re just as sweet yet won’t get you in trouble with airport authorities.

    Ref Magnets

    Fill your fridge door with colorful ref magnets from each Philippine town that you visited! /IMAGE I am Kaicee blog

    Make your refrigerator at home more pleasing by adorning it with decorative magnets that remind you of sweet traveling memories instead of wrinkled sheets that remind you of bills to pay (we know you have them on your fridge door!). You can easily find ref magnets that bear the name of the Philippines or the town that you visit and with different designs at local souvenir shops.

    Local snacks

    Choc Nuts are everybody’s favorite in the Philippines! /IMAGE Lizzy Bakes Things blog

    When in the Philippines, it’s not difficult to fill up with local snacks and sweet treats that are not only cheap but will also leave you craving for more. Bring home some for yourself and your loved ones! Some of the most popular souvenir snacks from the Philippines are dried mangoes, polvoron (powdered shortbread), ube (purple yam), and Choc Nut (a kind of nutty chocolate bar).


    No automatic alt text available.Lambanog is traditionally 90 proof. /IMAGE Philippine Lambanog Facebook page

    A locally famous alcoholic drink of the Philippines is lambanog, which is made from coconut nectar. Historically considered as a “poor man’s drink,” this highly potent drink has now been globally recognized as a high-class spirit. Brands of lambanog are already commercially distributed, but if you want something that would make you feel closer to the local community, buy a bottle from local vendors!


    The Philippines’ coffee scene is rich—with many third-wave coffee producers flourishing and being recognized not only locally but also globally. One of the best-known coffee variety in the Philippines is barako coffee, which has rich and bold flavors.

    Images from: Teammanila Lifestyle Facebook pagePalawan Philippines website, Cebu official website, I am Kaicee blog, Lizzy Bakes Things blog, Philippine Lambanog Facebook page,

    Recent Comments

    Nice list! Ref magnet souvenirs should also be part of the list. You can easily buy them in souvenir shops in the Philippines, and they are cheap too. Each region offers something distinct and creative.

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