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When I was a kid we used to live in this neighborhood

1oth St cor. Hemady

This was our house

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This was our gate

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We used to spend afternoons playing patintero and going up and down this slide—well, not me, because I had vertigo. I used to love the swing, which isn’t there anymore.

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It was the ’70s. We had a simple life and we were happy. Well, we still are, but I can’t help but think of those days.

Where we used to play

There was no such thing as food delivery or fast food. Even french fries were unheard of.
What we did have was the Magnolia ice cream cart that passed everyday, whose arrival was made known by a bell.
And there was the guy who sold bread on a bicycle that had two large tin drums attached on either side. We would run out as soon as we heard his horn or “potpot”.
So we called the bread he sold “potpot.” It was a soft yellow bread with margarine slathered on top, and a sprinkle of white sugar. It used to cost five centavos a pop. I remember my cousin Ricky loved food and would buy one peso worth—for 20 pieces of bread. They were delish.
And this is where we stood and bought potpot.

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When our family moved to Greenhills in 1974, there was no more potpot.

Our old house

But I never forgot the taste. It would haunt me sometimes. I tried to look for it in bakeries everywhere—including the Baguio market—to no success.
The most amazing thing—Jay and I met up at Trinoma earlier to attend a media launch and were on our way to Megamall to buy balloons. Traffic was so bad. We ended up crawling somewhere in Kamuning.
I saw an interesting sign

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Jay mentioned he had seen this bakery featured on TV as one of the country’s oldest existing bakeries.
Established in 1939—it made me think, what if they still had their old recipes? Could they have potpot inside?
We took advantage of the stalled traffic, got down from the car and walked over to this charming little store

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I actually saw something that looks like it could be potpot and costs five pesos each! I asked Jay to buy two.

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There was a girl behind the counter manually assembling these paper bags and stamping them in green ink. So nostalgic!

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Just like the cold bottles of Coke in the chiller

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There’s the bread. It’s 5-peso ensaymada.

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Which I took in the car and bit into with my eyes closed. I was once again in the ’70s.

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And I loved it. Jay is too young to know, but he said the bread was remarkably soft. We are so coming back.
Kamuning Bakery is at 43-A Judge Jimenez St. corner K-1st Kamuning, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel. 929-2216
You can read about it here.

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Ann

I live near kamuning bakery.i can send u some of this “potpot”

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Guest

Hello! I hope it’s ok to link this article to the Kamuning Bakery Facebook page 🙂 Thanks!

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CVS Reply:

yes of course!

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Also living in the same area (13th Street) – where my dad also grew up. Too bad people here cant really jog without the fear of getting mugged. Makes me wish I lived in a gated subdivision.

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that bakery is just near our place. gotta try some one of these days. 🙂

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Ella Carlos

Hi Cecille, this post left me teary-eyed.  I grew up in Kamuning, lived in K-2nd since birth and remember going to Kamuning Bakery in my red bike to get bread for my family.  Of course, our maids could do it but I’d always volunteer kasi my bike had a basket, tapos I’d bring my Minnie Mouse radio with Oh Lori playing in the background– basag ang audio (feeling US suburbs lang, haha!)…You used to live in 9th St? Funny, but I live around that area naman now. I pass this street every single day and always witness the long lines… Read more »

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Anonymous

i remember back in legazpi city, we had a bread called pan de nora. i actually forgot the details why it was called that…  but i think its a pan de coco bread with a red dot on top much like nora’s mole on her cheeks 🙂  nostalgic.

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gab

wow yummy ensaymada, u sould try also TINAPAYAN bakery in dapitan ,near ust,sarap ng cheese roll mila n kabayan n ensaymada

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SW

such a comforting blog =)

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Ria Javier

thank you for such an uplifting post on Kamuning Bakery! my grandmother managed this bakery for many years and i myself got the chance to manage it for a year. glad you liked the wall sticker and the green inked stamp on the brown paper bags! 

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great piece. we also grew up with the same bread. the original recipes though came from my lola’s bakery, Los Banos Bakery in F. Munoz, Singalong. they are sister bakeries, same bread products. Kamuning Bakery was better managed, by my late aunt Letty Javier. they re-invented themselves, added more bread products and diversified. Los Banos Bakery closed shop in the late 80s.

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Cybele Javier

Thank you so much for your heartwarming post about Kamuning Bakery. Brought back really great memories. Can’t wait to go back and buy cheese bread, egg pie, Spanish bread and pan de putok. 

I hope you don’t mind but I shared this link with my family who’d really appreciate it.  They’d get a real kick seeing their kiddie photos on the web! 

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CVS Reply:

oh! hi :)) thanks for the potpot

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Cayenne168

I used to walk up and down Wilson Street to loose weight.  Is your house #7 Wilson St?

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Bei_red27

i love the greenhills house, sana you can post pa more pictures of it and tour us inside =)

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Mauricia

we call it ensaymada! it was my favorite bread as a kid! the soft and gooey dough, the margarine and the white sugar sprinkle, im back in the 80’s!

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You said “We had a simple life and we were happy. ” Hindi po simple life ang may 3 yaya na naka uniform 🙂

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i cud imagine u teary-eyed after having the first bite…lakas mka senti ng post na toh madam chuva,ah..lakas din maka-gutom….

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f1andf2

thanks for sharing. went there this afternoon. my girls love the ensaymada! at least they have a better alternative to chips & fast food.

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Lithesomeice

Hello… I can’t help my curiosity… I seem to recall passing this house almost every Sunday on the way home from Mt. Carmel… if my memory serves me right, this is in the New Manila area, right?  Either in 11th Street or 10th Street?  *grin*… 

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steph

I love local bakeries! Thanks for this post, will definitely check it out. 🙂

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Bam

I  miss living in NM too….lots of memories.

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We used to live on the same street (9th street in New Manila, in the middle of Victoria and Gilmore Avenues)! What a small world. My family lived a few houses away from Senator Guingona’s home. I’m definitely missing the old New Manila where large flamboyant mansions, large mature mango trees and rustic lamp posts  used to dot the place. Everything’s so different now. The mansions are being torn down one by one and being turned into multi-million pesos townhouses. The mango trees are being chopped off because QC officials think that they’re destroying the roads of New Manila. Although… Read more »

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my father’s favorite pan de sal was from Kamuning Bakery. He would stop to buy some between work in Caloocan where he was a judge  and Marikina where we lived. Thanks for the memory:)

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lover010178

Does it taste just like an ensaymada?

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tina

I love it when you post something like this! this is the main reason why I read your blog! 🙂

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Acibig

is it just me? parang nahirapan ako intindihin,  parang ang daming grammatical error or  those are just typo?

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we used to live in K-2nd, I remember our fave was their egg-pie you can have it in round pie and that is were Pepe Smith and Mike Hanopol buy their dairy dose of pan de sal. 🙂 The history of JEPROKS came from Project area, the likes of Project 2,3 and so on. 🙂 Missing the Kamuning Bakery!!!

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Tinapa

I don’t remember potpot, but I remember that bakery. My yaya and I used to walk from school when I was in kindergarten to that bakery before riding the jeep to Cubao. That’s around 15 years ago. 

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Awww I miss this! We used to call it ‘tingting’ back in the province, because of the little bell he has. Sadly, when I flew back home last year, the old man who makes rounds in our area was already dead.

I miss the taste of it though! Thanks for this post. *Memories

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So that’s YOUR house in Greenhills? I’ve been crushing on it for yearsssss! Parang landmark na kasi din ng GH yan. 🙂 

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Browneyedgirl Reply:

Oo nga looks familiar… Wilson St.?

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Browneyedgirl

Oo nga looks familiar… Wilson St.?

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Chris Laclos

Food memories make me cry. Thank you for this post.

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foodtripper

I love this entry. I can relate to the nostalgia. When we were kids we also had to wait for our street’s own Mang Potpot . We also had Mamang sorbetero (this was before Celeste recorded the song), sometimes Mang Magno (yes that was his name, and he sells Magnolia “frozen delights” (when that phrase has no other negative meaning). We had to wait for our parents to treat us to drumsticks or twin popsicles, my favorite was orange flavor.  There was Mamang kuchinta and Aleng binatog too.

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About a decade ago, we were all back in Legazpi City (Bicol) for a family reunion and 1 of our uncles (now based in QC) just wouldn’t stop raving about this bread called Marka Sotes that he would have for merienda as a child. So we all traveled about an hour and a half to this other town so we could try the bread. It was nothing special 😀 So now we tease him about the Marka Sotes when he would make food recommendations. I think the bread is special for him because of the memories+ feelings associated with eating… Read more »

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Hi Cecile!  I laughed out loud coz you were really looking for a balloon supplier pala…  Funny coincidence! Btw, I enjoyed your personal history of potpot.  It brought me back to my own childhood when we used to buy this bread called “lipstick” from our bakery. 

I guess you can say na bata pa lang, mahilig na sa lipstick!  Hahaha!  Great post!

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this is the best timing ever ! my mom sold her house after living there for 30 years. we still have the house in qc but this house in canada is where I grew up. lucky you, the new owner preserved the house. our 50s house will be demolished and replaced with a huge monster home built by a wealthy chinese family from the mainland.

love the nostalgia. parang ang lambot nga ng potpot bread!

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Anonymous

Looks like a local Ensaymada.  🙂

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The_Sung_Empress Reply:

It does actually. 🙂

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Anonymous Reply:

waaaaaah,  my tongue is looking for the taste and texture of margarine and sugar right now.

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CVS Reply:

it is!

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It does actually. 🙂

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Anonymous

waaaaaah,  my tongue is looking for the taste and texture of margarine and sugar right now.

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Vinquel

They have the best tasting egg pie!

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karen

the bread that tastes like soft ensaymada! 🙂

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Ate, I love your posts like these. More pa they’re the cutest eh

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So uhm, I think I’m on love with that place + I really wanna try na  [Reply]CVS Reply:October 6th, 2011 at 1:09 AMok we’re going!! [Reply]Sungit Reply:October 6th, 2011 at 9:42 AMuy the bakery is not too far from where I live, will try to check it out. the bread does look like ensaymada [Reply]CVS Reply:October 6th, 2011 at 11:54 AMit is actually ensaymada Ishsycotio Reply:October 6th, 2011 at 12:21 PMI’m very positive in the province we used to call it as “bicho-bicho”  😀 I swear same gimik din may potpot! Jing Panganiban-M. Reply:October 6th, 2011 at 3:35 PMI just… Read more »