How to make Camiguin’s famous Pastel pastry

How to make Camiguin’s famous Pastel pastry

We unearthed the secret to making the country-famous pastry—heavenly soft buns with irresistible custard filling only found in the “Island Borne of Fire.”

If there’s one thing you cannot leave Camiguin without, it’s pastel, a local bun filled with melt-in-your-mouth yema (custard) filling, and there’s only one name that’s synonymous with this treat: Vjandep.

Here’s how they make the treat that no one, not even a machine from the Department of Science and Technology, can replicate.

The ingredients (sorry; the measurements cannot be disclosed)

  • Flour
  • eggs
  • milk
  • sugar
  • butter
  • shortening
  • yeast

Fillings may vary, but here’s the list for the original yema filling:

  • Milk
  • egg
  • butter

The process

Mix all the ingredients by hand in a bowl until they come together into a consistency akin to toy slime. Pastel dough isn’t as hard as regular bread dough so stop working it once you reach that consistency.

This is one part of the process that not even machines can replicate.

Break off pieces big enough to fit the palm of your hand and place a spoonful of yema. Wrap the yema within the dough before placing it into a short cylindrical mold. Set the dough aside and let it rise until it doubles in size.

Pastel always tastes the best when you get them (almost) fresh from the oven.

Once the dough has risen, place the mold in a 180-degree heated oven for 10 minutes. Take them out; let them cool for at least two minutes (hot yema is no joke), and chow down!

The basics
Buy pastel for Php165 (USD3.30) a dozen. Vjandep is at 57 Plaridel Street, Mambajao, Camiguin—very close to the airport.

Get there
SkyJet Airlines flies daily to Camiguin except on Wednesday and Thursdays.

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Wizards, costumes, and heated rivalries

Wizards, costumes, and heated rivalries

September, the first official month of the Philippine Christmas season, has come! And here are events on this merry month to mark on your calendars.

Christmas has officially started in the Philippines! Preparations are well underway, but that doesn’t mean it should be your focus. We still have other events to look at and attend for the month of September. Here’s five that we feel should be on your wish list:

Manila International Book Fair

September 11-15, 2019
SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

40 years on and the country’s largest book fair is still chugging gleefully along! The 40th Manila International Book Fair brings together all of the country’s top publishers, distributors, authors, and talents under one roof. The five-day event comes packed with seminars, workshops, and book signings from some of the country’s up-and-coming authors, as well as massive discounts on your favorite titles! Get to cleaning your bookshelves, ASAP!

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

September 14-15, 2019
The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Ave., Parañaque City

Experience the music from the first installment of this widely popular film series as the ABS-CBN Philharmonic, under the baton of Gerard Salonga, give you a deeper sense of John William’s musical score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Watch the movie in high definition at The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque City on September 14 and 15 and hear the orchestra perform the musical score live!

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Cosplay Mania 2019

September 28-29, 2019
SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

The country’s largest and premier Japanese pop culture event is back for its 11th year! Cosplay Mania, happening on September 28 to 29 at the SMX Convention Center, gives you a taste of Japanese pop culture by bringing in world-class cosplayers alongside popular actors, voice actors, and anime musicians from the Land of the Rising Sun! Experience Japanese pop culture on a scale you’ve never seen with merch, games, fan meets, and a concert at the end of each day! for more info; buy tickets on

UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball

All Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays of September

Season 82 of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has just begun, and no sport will be as watched in the Philippines as men’s basketball. This year’s tournament will feature some of the biggest names in collegiate basketball, with reigning champions The Ateneo looking to defend their crown against a field of re-tooled teams, including rivals De La Salle (September 8, Araneta Coliseum) and The University of the Philippines Diliman (September 29, Araneta Coliseum). Will The Ateneo get their three-peat, or will their impending dynasty be stopped in its tracks?

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Peñafrancia Festival

Peñafrancia Festival - Fluvial Procession
The Fluvial Procession in 2010. Photo by Edgar Allan Zeta-Yap via flickr

September 22, 2019
Naga City, Camarines Sur

It’s one of the most anticipated events in the Bicol Region: the annual Peñafrancia Festival, commemorated every third Sunday of September, with events lined up throughout the weeks leading up to the mass. The spotlight is on the Fluvial Procession, which happens on the Saturday before the big mass. Expect colorful barges and boats carrying an image of the Virgin, a copy of the Madonna in Peñafrancia, Spain, to make its trip from the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine to the Naga Cathedral by way of the Naga River.

Featured photo by Wendy Wei from Pexels

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