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Top: unwrapped pastillas;
Bottom: a set of wrapped pastillas
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateSan Miguel, Bulacan, San Pedro, Laguna
Main ingredientsCarabao or cow milk

Pastillas, also known as pastillas de leche (lit: Milk Pills) or pastiyema, refer to a type of milk-based confections that originated in the town of San Miguel in Bulacan, Philippines. From San Miguel, pastillas-making spread to other Philippine provinces such as Cagayan and Masbate.[1]

Initially, pastillas de leche were primarily home-made by carabao-rearing farmers. A small-scale industry on the food product soon grew, with the pastillas made from either carabao or cow milk or both. Refined sugar and calamansi juice are also added during the pastillas-making process.[1]

In San Miguel, Bulacan, a Pastillas Festival has been celebrated every May since 2006. The pabalat tradition is also included in the festival, which involves the display of elaborate paper-cut designs using the pastillas' wrapper material.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "IV. OTHER MILK/MILK BASED PRODUCTS". The Technology of traditional milk products in developing countries. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 1990. ISBN 92-5-102899-0. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Mapanoo, Sherwin. "The Pastillas Paper Cut Tradition". Artes de las Filipinas. Retrieved October 2, 2015.