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6 Spots in Tiendesitas to Make Your Balikbayans Feel at Home

6 Spots in Tiendesitas to Make Your Balikbayans Feel at Home

Around the world, Filipinos are known for our brand of hospitality. When it comes to impressing balikbayans or making visiting foreigners feel at home, you can never go overboard. Every mealtime is a feast, every night a party and every day an excursion. On your next time playing host to balikbayans and visiting foreigners, save time and gas by staying within the Metro and visiting local treasures such as Tiendesitas.


Tiendesitas: A Cure for the Homesick

Located in Frontera Verde, Tiendesitas is a vibrant retail and lifestyle concept bursting with character as it celebrates the best of Philippine culture. It showcases what the Philippines has to offer, from food, pet and plant essentials to unique woodworks and locally native finds for souvenirs or home decor.

For our dear balikbayans? Paying a visit to Tiendesitas may just be the nostalgic trip that they need. Don’t forget to add these spots to your itinerary with the balikbayans!

Fill Up with Bicol’s Best at Harong by Kinurong

What goes perfectly with conversations about the good old days? Good food, cooked and prepared home style. And that’s just what Harong serves for you and your guests. Bicolano for ‘home’, Harong offers heartwarming Filipino dishes with Bicol’s best flavors: sweet and extra spicy. Expect no less than an abundance of chilies and coconut on your servings of Laing and Bicol Express.

Visit Harong at Level 2, Bldg. B, Food Village Tiendesitas, Frontera Verde, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City; Open Mondays to Sundays, from 09:00 AM to 12:00 MN.

It’s Always a Feast at Barrio Fiesta 

When someone says ‘fiesta’, you don’t expect simple, everyday Filipino meals. You come in hungry and ready for a beautiful spread of special recipes, prepared with fresh and choice ingredients. One of the earliest (if not the first) Filipino fine dining restaurants, Barrio Fiesta started with this concept and has established itself as the Filipino venue for festivities, celebrations and gatherings.

Impress your balikbayan guests with house specialties Crispy Pata, Kare-kare and their now famous bagoong!

Visit Barrio Fiesta at Ground Floor, Building B, Tiendesitas, Frontera Verde, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City; Open Mondays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 MN

A Taste of Pulutan at Paluto

If you’re after sharing an experience with your guests then Paluto may just be the place to be. Choose from fresh seafood or meat and decide what pinoy dish you’d like to have it cooked into. The crowd favorites? The salty, sour serving of Sinigang sa Miso or the Ilocano special Dinakdakan. All dishes are best paired with cool servings of beer, of course!

Visit Paluto at Ground floor, Building B, Tiendesitas, Frontera Verde, Pasig City; Open Mondays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 MN. 

Do a Mini Food Crawl at the Food Village

Now, if you’re with an adventurous crew, you might want to explore the variety of food, snacks and drinks at the Food Village. Tiendesitas also draws in the young, late night crowd with acoustic and live band performances every night at the Food Village.

Shop for Furniture & Filipino Finds at the Furniture Village

There’s more to Tiendesitas than just food, of course. The Furniture Village is where you’ll find locally-made furniture, handicrafts, antiques and native snacks. Furniture dealers such as La Casita Accent Decor offer rustic, colorful adornments that look great on wood and specific portions of a house. Specialty shops such as Upcycle Manila that offer customized wood and metal furniture. With a few furniture shopping hacks in mind, you’re sure to find the best deals.

Balikbayan friends and visiting foreigners may also find delight in small, souvenir items, crafted  by traders and entrepreneurs from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Drop by the Pet Village for Pet Essentials

One can’t talk about Tiendesitas without mentioning about its village for furbabies. The Pet Village is one whole section of quality pet stores and reliable grooming centers where pet toys, food down to summer essentials are in abundance. Especially when your balikbayan guests are animal lovers, paying a visit to the Pet Village is simply a must.


Tiendesitas is one of Ortigas & Company‘s destinations for shopping, dining and leisure. More activities and experiences await on your next visit to Tiendesitas.

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