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Jan 20, 2009

THE FAMOUS PASTEL OF CAMIGUIN

I first saw Camiguin Island in the movie of Gelli de Belen and Jomari Yllana sometime in 1990's as Camiguin the title itself of the movie. In July 2007, Quija movie starring Judy Ann Santos and Jolina Magdangal was primarily shot in the Camiguin Island. This island is famous for it's underwater sunken cemetery, submerged after a volcanic eruption of the Daan in 1871. The place is marked by a huge cross installed in 1982. Each year there is a Lanzones festival held in October. The festival is one of the more colorful events in the Philippines with a week of activities. 2009 will be the 30th Anniversary of the said festival.

My best friend Marigold had 5 day Christmas vacation in Camiguin Island with her husband. They just came back last December 29, 2008 and handed me some pasalubong. She always bring home some souvenir items for me wherever she goes.


I was surprised to see the famous Pastel of Camiguin which I just read from the travel mag that Dong Ho gave to me when he dropped by here in Iloilo City. I can't share you its sweetest instead I want to share to you the history of Pastel.





From prayers for just a hobby in December 1989 with Christmas bonus excess of her military husband's of 120 php only, Ella started the 3 dozens on January 8, 1990, peddled in the neighborhood until 1993, with only 1 helper.

The success grew unnoticed and gov't agencies' assistance like SAIL, DTI, DOST, DOT, DOLE came to sustain and strengthen the momentum. From primitive-like processing (manual), baking (using empty drum, coconut husk), molding (using empty milk cans) and so forth, gradually it has been mechanized to be the Camiguin's pride with 153 personnel, 4 branches and quite a number of dealers and outlets scattered in Manila, Davao, Cebu, Cotabato, Butuan, Iligan, Bukidnon and Bohol.

At present the once cottage industry is now a medium enterprise properly read with silent "J" (from Virgilio Jose AND Eleanor Poper), VjANDEP!

Now, I am waiting and excited at the same time to see the perfect shots of Lawstude during his stay in Camiguin.

19 comments:

RJ said...

I've eaten Pastel from Camiguin before, and it's beautiful!



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BEAUTIFUL - Australians use this adjective for their food, as well!

Bry said...

Gelli de Belen ba yun or Aiko? hahahaha

I'd love to taste pastel from Camiguin and of course visit it sometime :)

Ayel said...

The best talaga ang Vjandep Pastel! Now I know the history of the name. Api Yu Yir! :D

.::. Vanny .:. said...

pahingi ng pastel! elementary pa yata ako last na nakakain ng pastel from camiguin. haha

the donG said...

favorite ko yan. naalala ko nung pumunta kami ng cagayan! sarap talaga.

binaggit mo pa ako dito. hehehe...

harmonie said...

hindi pa ako nakakatikim ng pastel from Camiguin, pano hindi pa ako nakakapunta dun...hehe

meron ba nabibili nyan dito Manila? :-)

REDLAN said...

Parang TV commercial ni Marian at teleserye ni Bea Alonzo- yung line nila beautiful and bettyful.

Thanks for the info @ RJ

REDLAN said...

Si Gelli yun @ Bry. Kasi hindi ko yun makakalimutan dahil yung laway nila looked elastic. hehehe. Merong pastel dyan sa Manila.

REDLAN said...

Happy New Year @ Ayel. Kinopya ko lang ang history nyan sa box mismo. hehehe

REDLAN said...

Ako first time ko matikman @ Vanny

REDLAN said...

Kasi nabasa ko ang pastel na famous pasalubong from camiguin sa travel mag na binigay mo kaya na appreciate ko siya at na surprise na yan ang isa sa pasalubong ng best friend ko @ Dong.

REDLAN said...

Meron pastel dyan sa Manila kasi nakalagay sa label ng box @ Harmonie. At nabasa ko sa travel mag ni Dong Ho, tag 50 ang isang box na 6 pieces ang laman.

jeanny said...

naka tikim na ko ng pastel from CDO. sarap nya. Gusto ko pa nga eh hehehe. Penge!!!!

Blue Rose said...

oh! i love pastel. sarap!

thanks for sharing its history.

REDLAN said...

Ako first time ko @ Jeanny.

REDLAN said...

Hinahanap ko nga @ Blue Rose. hehehe

MeL said...

Masarap ang pastel dito. Natikman ko na! :) Penge ako ulit!

""rare*jonRez"" said...

Vjandep pastel... hmm yum yum!!! hehe... there's one and only huge outlet store of it in CDO red and it's what it most commonly bought by people who visit CDO.

:)buti at best friend mo nakapunta na sa camiguin. ikaw red? kailan naman ang trip mo? :)

nuts said...

naku, favorite namin yan ng mga kids, pastel. Pero di ko pa ata natikman pastel from camiguin. I'll try to find that pastel here in manila sa mga balikbayan store.