Ilonggo Food Culture: Panaderia Ni Pa-a

The official name of the bakery is Jaro Bakery and Grocery. Yet, it is still better known as “Panaderia ni Pa-a (Pa-a’s Bakery),” after the late Uy Pa. Pa-a’s father, Chiquito Uy, opened the bakery.

panaderia ni pa-a

Exactly when no one knows, except that the oldest document found on the premises was a receipt dated 1896. The business continues under the management of Chiquito’s grandson, José Copayco Uy.

José Copayco Uy

Many consider Pa-a’s pan de sal as the best in the city. It is not sweet and its crust is an old-fashioned crisp golden-brown with a hint of smoke.

pandesal ni paa

Source: Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro and Vicente Roman Santos in Estilo Ilonggo: Philippine Southern Lifestyle published by KCC Innovations in cooperation with DOT (2009).

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