Buho Bakery: The Ilonggo’s “Iconic Hole”

Buho is a bakery in Iloilo and the city’s iconic hole in wall. It started in 1940s wherein Ilonggos are literally buying freshly baked breads through the small square hole. From the outside, you need to inquire from the staff what are available through shouting from the small hole and they will respond immediately what was freshly baked.

buho iloilo

Through the time, Buho has already opened a small dine in area where you can sit, enjoy the bread from their display stall paired with cold softdrinks. The buho (hole) remained in their wall up until this time.

Buho Bakery Menu

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This bakery serves varieties of bread which pancho would top the list. Buho suki knows there are two kinds of pancho – gamay (small) and dako (big). When buying, tell the staff the specific if you want to have pacho gamay or pacho dako. You can refer to the photo what other breads you can buy.

buho menu

What You Can Have

Breads. Variety of breads. Pancho and ube bar are my personal favorite. The staff told me that they only make ube bar in a lang-at lang-at manner (only by schedule and not daily). That is why sometimes, it is not available because they were sold out already in the previous days before the schedule.

ube bar

buho bread

buho breads

How to Get There

Buho is in an alley between Mapa and Ortiz Street. If you choose to pass via Ortiz, the entrance is beside Grace Building (the heritage site where Joe-liciosso was located) and in Mapa, the entrance is across Sky City Tower by Bombo Radyo.

Almost all jeepneys are passing by the corners of the street so commute would not be a problem.

To learn more about the other route, please see: Iloilo City New Jeepney Routes

When people hears “Buho” memories would start  to flow especially those who finish their education from University of Iloilo and narratives how the breads would keep their energy going through attending their lessons; stories of families whom after attending the Sunday mass from San Jose would choose to eat here; stories of lovers whom after their date at Fort San Pedro would eat here and even stories of then little children who would share that Buho breads are the pasalubong their parents could get them.

Buho on the wall started so they could discreetly continue serving breads even during the second world war. Buho continues to serve bread as we battle during the war against pandemic.

Read also: Ilonggo Food Culture: Buho Bakery


Sheila is a legal editor and a digital marketing enthusiast. She is a kdrama fan, a dog person and a certified foodie!

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