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It  gives me that feeling of  deja vu.

Hubby and I were having  breakfast of  (you guess it)  hot pan de sal this morning  when the  TV newsflash  caught my attention. The price of the lowly pan de sal which is preferred by many for breakfast will  jack up again.  The rising cost of flour, sugar and fuel  clearly affects the production of bread and bread products.   The size of  the pan de sal has definitely gotten smaller.  As the hubby says, “dalawang kagat na lang.” I made a blog on this two years ago and it seems that things haven’t changed.

Pan de Sal at Kape Sep 19, ’08 6:38 AM
for everyone

Your lowly pan de sal aptly dubbed as “almusal ng masang Filipino” might soon be out of reach to ordinary Juan.

Hot pan de sal at kape, pair them together,  maybe with scrambled eggs, a slice of ham, cheese or Spanish sardines and it becomes gourmet breakfast. But to ordinary folks in the neighborhood, “isawsaw na lang sa malabnaw na kape” and it would be okay.  Or put a little coconut jam and mantikilya and it would even be better.  To us Filipinos, pan de sal is something we all enjoy, rich or poor, we crave for it. Your neighborhood panadero would soon be scratching his head if they still have to raise its price from the present P2.00/P2.50 per piece.  Come to think of it, it is becoming smaller and smaller nowadays. My son says, ‘isang kagat lang, ubos na”.  I don’t normally serve pan de sal for breakfast because I rise up early to prepare a more substantial meal for my two kids who leave the house early for work.  But during weekends, we usually buy them from our neighborhood bakery.

In some well-know establishments like Le Coeur de France or French Baker, the price of pan de sal  is a staggering P6.00 each if I am not mistaken . Pan de Manila sells them at P5.50.

According to news report this morning, bakers and flour millers continue to fail to come up with a compromise on the prices of raw materials for bread production.  They have yet to come up with an arrangement that would accommodate DTI’s request not to raise bread prices.

I do hope that whatever decisions they would agree on, they would make bread more affordable for all Filipinos, rich or poor.  And I just wish, pan de sal would not be out of reach to the poor sector of our country.


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