Alternatively Local

It’s great browsing the net for hours for interesting international posts on products, formulas, recipes, and procedures, of just about anything. Now, if I could only find that “Orris Root” in my supposed neighbourhood craft store.

Going local however, is a minefield of headaches. The search is bloody, tantamount to trade secrets. Websites are hardly updated, e-mails unanswered, listed phone numbers disconnected, and finally, the pièce de résistance – the unavailability of stock. So before you start smashing your laptop or tearing out that hand-carried book of instructions, I’ve put together a basic list of alternative staples for your Pantry or Medicine Cabinet and where to get them.

This is by no means a comprehensive list; it’s a shortlisted one. I’ll put in some more detailed reviews as we go along.


Raw Local Honey

  • Palengke (Wet Market) – especially in the provinces.
  • Bee Blessing – available in QC Circle in the Horticulture area. Contact Info:
  • Mutya’s Raw Honey – +63929.846.2675

Online Purchase

I get these items from Cocowonder and contact them mainly via e-mail. It can be challenging as they can change personnel e-mail addresses without updating it on their website. You can however give them a call or visit their office and warehouse in Makati.

  • Coconut Flour
  • Coconut Cider

Major Supermarkets

  • Coconut Sugar – you can find larger sizes in Unimart
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) – I order mine online mostly from Milea Bath and Body Wellness
  • Grass-fed Beef – I get mine from Rustan’s Supermarket but it you can source it locally. Landmark Trinoma carries The Farm fresh produce, and you can also check Down To Earth in Makati.

Healthy Options

  • Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar – also occasionally available in SM Hypermart and Rustan’s Supermarket
  • Bragg’s Amino Soy Sauce – also occasionally available in SM Hypermart and Rustan’s Supermarket