Coca Cola is the most popular soft drink in the Philippines. Other popular soft drinks they have are called Royal Orange, Sarsi (Filipino equivalent to Root beer), and Sparkle (kind of tastes like Squirt).
Soft drinks come in glass bottles. You usually buy them from “sari-sari stores,” and you usually have to return the bottle. A very common practice is pouring the beverage into a clear plastic bag and drinking it with a straw.
Tang is very popular in the Philippines and they have some really great flavors. I like the Mango best. One of my favorite kinds of juice is Guyabano. Sometimes I was even lucky enough to find it in Sari-sari stores.
They also drink coconut juice (usually with soft coconut strips in it). Yum!
When you go to someone’s house, they often will offer you a “meryenda” – usually a soft drink or juice with some type of cookie or cracker.
Milo (chocolate milk drink mix) is also very popular there. Filipinos usually don’t drink milk, but they do sell it, in shelf-safe cartons, in the malls. Though it’s not exactly the same taste, it’s pretty close.
(Contributed by Rebecca, Philippines Baguio Mission, 2009-2011)
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