My brother's girlfriend was in NCR last weekend attending a seminar, and while she didn't visit us here anymore (due to schedule constraints), she did give us a present:
A box of Malunggay Pastel Bread!
Before, when one speaks of Cagayan de Oro, it's quite automatic that the food "Pastel" is associated with it. I haven't been to Cagayan de Oro, but my brother told me almost everyone boarding the plane from Cagayan de Oro to Manila would have at least one box of Pastel to take home. It is quite funny, though, that the famous Pastel actually originated from Camiguin.
In 2010, a group of students from Xavier University came up with a feasibility study of adding bits of Malunggay leaves into the soft bun and now it is considered Cagayan de Oro's own delicacy.
I love it more than the more popular brand, really. The filling wasn't overly sweet and the bits of the malunggay leaves did give it a nice interesting twist to the taste. Priced at 60 to 70 pesos per box (6 buns inside), it sure is a great pasalubong that everyone will enjoy.
Brother said the Malunggay Pastel Bread is available at Limketkai Mall, Divisioria (CDO's Divisoria, not the one in Manila), and at the Cagayan de Oro Airport.
Lami Jud Kaayo!
Thanks for the gift, Ms. Emmy.
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