The Pinoy pasalubong means something which a traveler brings from a place on the way home as a gift to the welcomers. It could either be a long-standing memento, a consumable gustatory delight, or a keepsake for eternity. Pasalubong comes from the word salubong, which means to meet. While the practice goes beyond cultural boundaries, the Pinoy has found the word for it, which transcends arrival, gift, and affection â€” pasalubong.
I have just been the recipient of pasalubong, and undeservedly so, since I and my unbridled mouth had caused the giver much disappointment. If I had been in his position I wouldn’t have bothered at all, but then again I am one of the lucky ones. 🙂