Where to Get Your Favorite Provincial Desserts in Metro Manila

October 20, 2019

The second best part of any out-of-town trip is coming home with bags of treats for both your home and for your friends. But bringing home or receiving pasalubong only happens occasionally—what happens when you’re craving for your favorite sweets from Cebu or Bacolod? In this directory, we round up some local businesses and restaurants that curb such nostalgic cravings.

1. Cebu’s Budbud Kabog

  • Maribel Van Hoven serves budbud kabog fresh at the Legaspi and Salcedo markets. Her options include the plain budbud kabog at PHP 35 each or millet seeds cooked with coconut milk and sugar, plus a variation of the budbud kabog with coconut sugar at PHP 40 each. They also sell budbud mangga, budbud langka, budbud ube-langka, among others.
  • Where to buy it: Maribel Van Hoven’s Budbud Gourmet Suman at the Legaspi Sunday Market (Herrera St. cor Legazpi and Salcedo V.A. Rufino St, Makati, Metro Manila) and at the Salcedo Saturday Market (Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila).

2. Bacolod’s Piaya, Napoleones, and Barquillos


  • You can order one pack from Polland Hopia and have one order at Milkyway at the price range of PHP 100.
  • Where to buy it: Polland Hopia (209 Escola Corner T. Yuchengco Streets, Binondo) and Milkyway’s branches at Power Plant Mall and Greenhills Shopping Center.


  • No need to hoard packs of Napoleones as Roli’s sells half dozen orders at PHP 100 and one dozen at PHP 200; per piece orders are at PHP 17.
  • Where to buy it: Roli’s Napoleones (Main Building Food Court, Lower Ground Level, SM North EDSA and at the Upper Ground Level, Building A, SM Megamall).


  • Piaya is available in packs at most supermarkets, but you can have them fresh at the Salcedo Saturday Market.
  • For those who live in the Manila area, stalls along Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila (beside BPI) and under the LRT Central Station, Taft Avenue prepare the piaya hot as well.

3. Laguna and Cavite’s Espasol de Leche

  • Espasol is usually found in the nearby provinces of Laguna and Cavite, but you can also order a box from Dolor’s Kakanin’s Metro Manila branches in (1) Congressional Avenue, Bahay Toro, Quezon City (2) KM18 West Service Road, Sucat, Parañaque City (3) G/F Unimart Supermarket, Greenhills, San Juan City

4. Quezon’s Yema Cake


Yema Cream Cake

  • For a creamier take on an already decadent dessert, head over to Las Paellas and have their Yema Cream Cake at PHP 118.
  • Las Paellas Café has 3 branches: (1) Second Floor, Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City (2) Second Floor, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City (3) Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City

Rodilla’s Yema Cake

  • You can have the authentic Yema Cake fresh from Quezon itself by ordering from Rodilla’s, a supplier that’s based directly in the dessert’s province of origin.
  • Visit their Facebook page for more information, but you can also contact 0926-576-6794 for inquiries.

5. Pampanga’s Tibok-Tibok or Maja Blanca

  • Abe serves maja blanca in sweet coconut cream at PHP 90. The restaurant has several branches across Metro Manila: (1) GF, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (2) 3rd Floor, Trinoma Mall, North Triangle, Quezon City (3) 3rd Floor, SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas (4) GF, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa (5) 2nd Floor, North Wing, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
  • You can also grab an order of maja blanca from Dolor’s Kakanin’s Metro Manila branches in (1) Congressional Avenue, Bahay Toro, Quezon City (2) KM18 West Service Road, Sucat, Parañaque City (3) G/F Unimart Supermarket, Greenhills, San Juan City

6. Davao’s Durian Ice Cream

  • Durian may not be a favorite fruit among Filipinos, but you can have its more appetizing form in Fruits in Ice Cream‘s durian-flavored ice cream. Their store locations range from Makati, Muntinlupa, Pasay, Pasig, Taguig to San Juan.

7. Baguio’s Ube Halaya

  • The Blue Kitchen sells ube halaya at PHP 245. (Level P1 Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City and Level 6 Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City)
  • Café de Bonifacio serves Palitaw ni Islaw with Ube Halaya for just PHP 70. (5th Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas)

8. Batangas’ Buñuelos

  • Aracama serves Buñuelos with Dulce Gatas at PHP 240, which adds a sweeter take to those warm fried pastry puffs. (The Fort Strip, 26th Street, Bonifactio Global City, Taguig City)

What are your favorite desserts from other provinces in the Philippines? Where do you get them in Metro Manila? Let us know in the comments section below!

Gela Velasco Gela Velasco

Gela is a young adult slowly settling into her late twenties. She likes to make a mess in the kitchen when no one’s looking, dance till dawn on long weekends, and dream about beef on lazy afternoons. On some days she learns how to write good in graduate school. Her life goals include sashaying somewhat like Beyonce and to write a cover story on Leonardo di Caprio.

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21 responses to “Where to Get Your Favorite Provincial Desserts in Metro Manila”

  1. Anna says:

    Sally’s Homemade Kakainin also has the BEST nilupak (mashed cassava) in town!

  2. Noni Cabrera says:

    Camiguin and CDO’s Pastel buns can be found in the bazaar/native delicacies market at the back of Market Market! Everything is there.

  3. Iza Mantalaba says:

    Dumaguete’s Silvanas have a distributor in 999 Mall in Divisoria

  4. Mike Aquino says:

    “Durian may not be a favorite fruit among Filipinos”? This sentence could only have been written by someone outside Mindanao.

  5. Katrina says:

    One of the weekend stalls at the Glorietta 4 ground floor sells Rodilla’s Yema Cake.

  6. manilamommy says:

    Nathaniel’s also sells Tibok-TIbok 🙂 They have branches in Molito Alabang, Katipunan and Timog 🙂

  7. kaoko says:

    Awesome tibok-tibok from Nathaniel’s at Molito in Alabang. (Plus other Kapampangan yummies, too!)

  8. bernadette says:

    Rodilla’s yema cake is also sold in a food stall (near the food court) at rob magnolia on weekends

  9. Tricia says:

    Imho, durian ice cream by ECJ Farms is better than FIC.

  10. Alma says:

    Maja blanca and tibok-tibok are NOT the same! Maja blanca is made from ground corn flour and coconut milk while tibok-tibok is made from fresh carabao’s milk.

  11. Whitealien says:

    I was so excited when I read this but apparently there are no Rolis any more at either of the SM malls mentioned. Do you happen to know of any other places to get them please? They are delicious and I miss them!

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