For thousands of years spices have figured in most culinary dishes. They were discovered and exploited to bring out or enhance the flavours during the cooking process. To date there are hundreds if not thousands of different spices around the world.
But in this country spices are not as diverse as one would think, despite the Philippines being occupied by several colonists in the past millennium. Sure you get the common cinnamon, anise, vanilla, coriander and cumin seed, etc. But what about saffron? five spice? garam masala? whole tumeric? Can you imagine what Filipino chefs could do if they could get their knife-scarred hands on a vial of cardamon?
I would really like to know where to get spices without having to travel around the world for it.