Products of Rizal Province

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Where to Buy Food Products in Rizal Province

After visiting those beautiful sites in Rizal, probably the last thing you want to do is to buy popular food products to take home. Kakanin and other rice puddings are among of those favorite pasalubong from Rizal. These native delicacies are available in most places in the province like shopping centers, public markets, restaurants and delicacy shops.

Here’s a list of selected stores where you can buy your favorite pasalubong in Rizal:

Aling Kika’s Food Products
101 A. Bonifacio Ave., Cainta, Rizal

Clarita’s Bibingka Ko
37 Ortigas Ave., Ext., Antipolo City

Antipolo Pasalubong Center
Antipolo City

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One Town, One Product of Rizal Province

OTOP - one town one product of rizal provinceHere are the products contributing to the growth of the people and the economy of each of the following towns. This is Rizal province’s One Town, One Product.

Angono – artworks
Antipolo City – gifts, toys, housewares, holiday decors
Baras – organic vegetables, grains, fruits
Binangonan – fish primarily bangus
Cainta – call centers – ICT (information communications technology)
Cardona – Arko ng Kaluskos Kawayan
Jala Jala – dairy products
Pililla – pineapples
Tanay – ginger ale
Taytay – wood works

The Goodness of Cashew Nuts

In 2010, the Philippines is the sixth among the top producers of cashew nuts (or kasoy) worldwide. And in the country, Rizal province is known to produce large amount of cashew nuts, specifically Antipolo City.

And don’t underestimate this C-shaped nuts as eating this every week can do wonders to your health. Let me share to you the 7 benefits of cashew nuts as featured on

Cashew content: proanthocyanidins (a flavonol)
What it does: stops cancer cells from dividing, reduces risk of colon cancer

cashew nuts - Rizal province - health benefitsCashew content: oleic acid
What it does: reduces triglyceride levels – high level of which may lead to increased risk for heart disease

Cashew content: mineral copper
What it does: copper-containing enzyme, tyrosinase, converts tyrosine to melanin, which is the pigment that gives hair and skin its color

Cashew content: magnesium
What it does:(1) helps maintain bones in good condition and (2) relaxes our nerves, blood vessels, and the muscles too

Cashew content: good fat
What it does: manages weight gain

Cashews are also known to prevent developing gallstones.

Cashew nuts are available almost everywhere in the country (because they’re commercially sold in supermarkets) but it’s good to know that
we produce our own here in Rizal.

The Straightforward Yumminess of Suman sa Ibos

Suman sa Ibos - ingredients and how to cookJust the other night, I was able to eat suman sa ibos again. Of all the suman there are in the Philippines, this one is my favorite.

You just can’t get enough of its firm form, its cute wrapping, and how it can be so good just by dipping on sugar or whatever sweet add-ons you think of. And oh, I’m sure you know suman sa ibos is best paired with ripe mangoes.

Suman sa ibos is easy to make and the ingredients won’t give you a hard time in looking for them in your local market.


4 cups malagkit rice (glutinous rice)
1 & 1/2 tbsp salt
3 cups thick coconut milk
Buli leaves (wrapper)

How to cook suman sa ibos:

1. Wash rice and soak with water until the grains become bigger than its original form. Mix with 2 cups of coconut milk and salt.

2. Wrap mixture in prepared buli leaves without putting too much so the rice can have enough space inside the wrapper when it’s cooked.

3. Place suman in a large container filled with water and the remaining cup of coconut milk. Make sure the sumans are completely soaked in the mixture.

4. The suman is already cooked once it boils.

5. Let it cool for a bit and serve with sugar and ripe mangoes.


Freshly-Picked in Rizal: Duhat and Its Health Benefits

health benefits of duhatAside from cashew nuts, Rizal province is also a popular producer of another summer season fruit.

You may often notice that during summer, duhat (Syzygium cumini) are abundantly sold in public markets. Some call it ‘Philippine summer grape’, or ‘jambul’, while others call it the local ‘blueberry’. Contrary to these categorizations, duhat is a plum, for that matter, a black plum.

The color, the taste, and the sticky feeling on the teeth – these are what you would immediately notice once you take a bite of this little shiny soft plum that also grows in ample volume in other parts of Southern Luzon like in Laguna, Batangas, and Lucena City in Quezon Province.

Have you ever thought of the health benefits of duhat? Notice that stain it leaves in your teeth and the rest of your mouth? It’s because of anthocyanin, the antioxidant responsible for giving bright pigments to natural crops like the deep purple color of duhat.

Studies say that of anthocyanin is the strongest of all the antioxidants. In a study conducted by Naglaa M. Nazif in Cairo, Egypt (The Anthocyanin Components and Cytotoxic Activity of Syzygium cumini [L.] Fruits Growing in Egypt), it reflected that in 3kg of duhat, contains 0.03 g % anthocyanins.

Duhat also has anti-diabetes properties and is also known to be diuretic as it can cleanse and detoxify your system. As for the tree bark, its concoction can cure asthma, gingivitis, indigestion, sore throat, and even ulcer. If you want to know more about these things, turn to Google. 🙂

I heard there’s also a duhat wine but I haven’t tried. So how do you enjoy duhat? Put it in a container, sprinkle salt, shake the container and voila! You can snack on this small yet healthy fruit with benefits that can go a long way.