What We’re Loving Now: VjAndep’s Pastel From Camiguin

August 23, 2019

My first brush with the Pastel was a couple years back—my sweet tooth kicking in on the bus from Camiguin to the airport. I’d ordered a box to take home to Manila, but what was meant to be an edible souvenir from the white island made its way to my belly in less than a minute.


A deceptively boring pandesal greets you as you lift the box’s cover. What lies inside the soft bread however, is a milky, golden treasure of pastillas de leche filling that’s dense and sticky. It’s the kind that gets stuck on the roof of your mouth and in between your teeth like a soft taffy. The bread is soft and pillow-like, and upon breaking it you expect a bit of disappointment, hoping there is no sight of hollow, un-filled spaces. But the makers of VjAndep’s version seem to have perfected the filling to bread ratio of this pastry.


This is a diabetic’s forbidden fruit, best enjoyed with a strong, robust cup of black. Best news? No need to go to Camiguin or Cagayan de Oro to retrieve a box of these addictive buns. You can find a crop of them nestled in one of the provincial booths outside Market Market (near the food court area).

Have you tried VjAndep’s pastel of Camiguin? What are your other recommended food finds from the province? Make us hungry in the comments area below.

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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9 responses to “What We’re Loving Now: VjAndep’s Pastel From Camiguin”

  1. bernadette says:

    i used to but this in sm supermarket in megamall since i haven’t been to cdo :9

  2. There are other varieties aside from the custard/yema filled ones, right? I think I remember having durian-flavored ones that made me hit the roof. These are so good! And yes, I always get a box or two in Market Market when I’m in the area.

  3. Volts Sanchez says:

    Last time I went to Camiguin I brought several boxes (small and large) back as pasalubong for the office. Sadly, only a quarter actually reached their intended destination (the rest stayed home and were subsequently consumed).

  4. Victoria Castillo says:

    The perfect bread-to-filling ratio is when I save the yema center for last.

  5. Dennis Vergara says:

    My favorite! Some Rustan’s Supermarket and Shopwise branches are also selling Pastel.

  6. Addi dela Cruz says:

    I LOVE THESE. Super laugh trip, if you look at the packaging, the ingredients for the ‘Original’ reads “milk and sugar,” while for the ‘Special’ it’s “Milk and sugar” (with a capital M). LOLOLOL

  7. Mei says:

    Ohmygooooosh! I so love these! Even the Malunggay Bread version of this one is really good but I still stick with the original 🙂 Im always asking for these whenever I’m in CDO. Much love 🙂

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