My father’s usual pasalubong is peanuts / mani. He will always say to us that mani would sharpen our brain. Well, I don’t know whether this is true or not but surprisingly I have I never had a failing grade. Possible that it is genetic and enhanced by the tons of peanut I have engulfed.
We Filipino love mani in general, whether hubad na mani or not. Remember the commercial isang platitong mani by San Miguel beer? According to survey that time, mani is the best companion of beer, hence the “isang platitong mani commercial”.
Today, peanuts are being sold in the street, bus, terminals, and even malls. Few years back mani is exclusively a street food. But today, more and more business that is dealing with peanuts is sprouting in malls.