Oh pandesal! It's a staple food during breakfast for most Filipino families but I know little about its history and origin.
That's what I realized when I went to Kamuning Bakery, a 76 year old bakery in Quezon City that's famous for their pugon-baked pandesal. I had a little chat with its new owner Mr.Wilson Lee Flores, a columnist in Philippine Star.
There are many things I still have to discover about pandesal especially after seeing the 2 antique pugon (brick-oven) where they bake the bread until today. Listening to the sharing of Wilson on several interesting stories about this iconic bakery founded by the late Atty. Leticia Bonifacio Javier and her husband Marcelo Javier in 1939 made it even special. It's somewhat tasting a bit of history literally!
76 years after, it remains to be one of the most loved bakery in the community frequently visited by people from all walks of life including celebrities and big names in the society. It is located at No. 43 Judge Jimenez Street corner K-1st Street, Kamuning, Quezon City. Here's a photo for reference.
According to Wilson, pandesal is the historic and unique national bread of the Philippines. It is bread eaten by the masses, middle-class and by all... just like rice, pandesal is a basic necessity of the people. The humble pandesal bread represents the people’s simple wish for liberation from hunger. Hot freshly pugon-baked pandesal also represents happiness. This is the reason why as the rest of the world celebrates Bread Day on October 16, Kamuning Bakery is promoting World Pandesal Day...
What will happen on WORLD PANDESAL DAY?
For more information or inquiries, please call Wilson Lee Flores 09178481818, 09228321888, 09188077777 or Office Tels: 4151692, 4112311, 4126685, 3326066 Christine Conanan or Mela Ubalde.