"Tinapayan" in Ilonggo means bakeshop, bakery, pastry shop or a store that makes and sells bread.
Tinapayan is one of the best known bakeshops in Iloilo. It offers baked goodies and even customizes their products every during holiday seasons. The bakeshop is managed and owned by Ms. Evelyn Que.
We were privileged to talk to Ms. Evelyn personally about Tinapayan. She gladly shared the story how it started in the old Iloilo Supermarket by her father. That it was the dream of her father to have a bread business.
For the past decades (since 1978), Tinapayan has been serving the Ilonggos with quality baked products, bread, cakes, cookies and pastries at reasonable prices. Its baked goodies are perfect gift ideas to give during special occasions or just on normal days to your colleagues, friends and relatives.
We were fond of the sweet potato buns. It is just made from sweet potatoes and flour with banana leaf packaging. Ms. Evelyn's grandmother started the recipe and today it has passed on to its third generation. Her grandmother got an idea to make the sweet potato buns because during her time, there are many sweet potatoes and to pass time as a housewife made these now known Sweet Potato Buns (Php11 each). Up to now they continue making these tasty buns. Ms. Evelyn added that it is nutritious, very good for dieting and as a healthy option for customers.
Other available healthy breads are Garlic Herb Roast (Php35 per pack), Bran Roll (Php15), Whole Wheat French Bread (Php32), Bran Loaf (Php43), Oat Bran Bread (Php52) and Rye Bread (Php52).
Its best sellers are ensaymada and ube (where the ube itself came from Bohol). They have varieties of breads, cakes, cookies and other pastries. My personal favorite is Mazapan de Pili (one of its best sellers also), it made me love pili nuts!
When asked about putting branches outside and away from Iloilo, Ms. Evelyn firmly said that she has no plans of doing so.
Tinapayan is the pride of Iloilo, you better go to Iloilo to try and buy it. So for those who plan to visit Iloilo, grab a piece of bread at Tinapayan before leaving the city. It is a perfect pasalubong for your loved ones!
How to Get There:
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of Php875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 17 hours plus).
You can see Tinapayan stores at Iloilo Supermart. Tinapayan now got 5 branches while the Iloilo Supermart got 6 branches. The main bakeshop is located at The Atrium, Bonificio Drive, Iloilo City.
Mazapan de Pili