Discovering Baler: Hunting for the best deals in Pasalubong

Discovering Baler: Hunting for the best deals in Pasalubong My rating: 5 out of 5

No out of town trip is complete without finding the best deals in Pasalubong (souvenirs). So we asked Kuya Boyet to take us around downtown Baler to hunt for stores that offer the most affordable trinkets and souvenirs for our friends and family.

Here is a list of the stores where we found the best deals in Pasalubong at Baler:

1. LRT Store
Location: Quezon St, Baler, Aurora

We loved their affordable shirts and key chains. They also have an extensive collection of ballers, ref magnets, local alcoholic beverages, spiced vinegar and coffee.

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2. Mura Crafts, Gifts and Souvenirs
Location: Quezon St, Baler, Aurora

Among the shops in Baler, they offer the best deal in souvenir shirt at three for Php400. They also offer key chains, ballers, chips, coco jam and coffee. This is also where I saw a lexicon (Ak’kaw Poppo) of Baler’s many unique words. While the language spoken in Baler is Tagalog, I was surprised to discover that the people use many words that can only be found (or heard) in this town.

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Ak’kaw Poppo, a booklet containing words and expressions that are unique to Baler

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3. Giiiggles
Location; Brgy. Suklayin, Baler, Aurora

They also offer the usual shirts, key chains, bags, slippers, native products, purses and chips. Nothing really unique with their merchandise.

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4. Pasalubong Center
Location; Brgy. Suklayin, Baler, Aurora

Pasalubong Center is a cluster of many different stores. It serves as a one-stop-shop where you can canvass for products that fit your budget. They have the usual key chains, ballers, slippers, jams, peanut butter, coffee, vinegar, fans and accessories.

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Bul-ul statues

5. Nanay Pacing Store
Location: Brgy. 05, T. Molina Street, Baler, Aurora

This is one of the more famous souvenir shops in Baler. As such, one can always expect large groups of visitors in their store. Here, you can buy Nanay Pacing’s famous coco jam and peanut butter. You can also stop by here for Suman de Baler, native sweets, banana chips and turmeric tea.

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Coco jam and peanut butter

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Peanut butter

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Suman de Baler

6. Baler Public Market

Baler, being a coastal town, offers a variety of dried seafood produce. We made a special trip to Baler Public Market to find Biniklad na Dilis, which we loved so much when we tried it in Costa Pacifica. This is a small variety of fish that is butterflied, making it crispier than the regular dried dilis. Biniklad na Dilis is indeed special – it’s quite expensive at Php700 a kilo. We bought one-fourth of a kilo of this dried fish that can only be found in Baler.

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Biniklad na Dilis

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Dried seafood

Article written by Ivan Jose

Narrating stories from the perspective of two souls who are both devoid of pretensions or appetite for anything ostentatious. This blog is about living life, pursuing passions, realizing dreams, appreciating culture and history, and just being happy.

This Article Has 5 Comments
  1. Jess Wen Reply

    Looks like such a unique experience! The fish sound delicious too 🙂

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