Even the most seasoned shopper and bargain-hunter
would find shopping in the Philippines a delightful surprise.
Anywhere a traveler might wander - from the northernmost tip of
Luzon to the southern bottom of Mindanao quality items can be
bought for a bargain.
Philippine products include handicraft items
such as carved statues and religious icons; household items such
as the Tiffany lamps made of Capiz; jewelry made from gold, silver,
brass and pearl; baskets, jars, vases. They include ready-to-wear
dresses in the most modern fashions as well as knitwear and traditional
clothes such as the Barong Tagalog, the national costume made
cloth woven from banana fiber (jusi) or pineapple fiber (pina).
World-famous Philippine furniture made from
bamboo, rattan or exquisitely carved wood can be priceless. Other
items include snake or crocodile skin leather products, antiques
and shell products.
Department stores in all the major cities also
carry an array of imported goods such as perfumery, clothes, jewelry,
toys and electronic items, often at cheaper prices than in other
Virtually everything in the Philippines can
be bought in Metro Manila. Just along the Tourist Belt (on Mabini
Street in Manila proper), a tourist can acquire a wide variety
of items from rows of specialty shops. For incoming tourist wishing
to go on a hassle-free-shopping expedition there is the duty-free
Fiesta Shopping Complex near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
For extreme shopping expedition, dont forget the bargains at Greenhills
Shopping Center, Quiapo, and of course, for the daring, Divisoria.
Makati is the financial capital of the Philippines and the hub
of the country's most affluent and hip-hpo community. The stores
here carry the best of signature shopping as well as mix of latest
bargains. The shopping center in this city is clustered in the
area of Manila Peninsula Hotel, Shangrilla Makati, Hotel Intercontinental,
New World Hotel, BSA Towers and Mansions. and Oakwood Hotel.
Greenhills Shopping Center is the mecca for
bargain shoppers. Located close to Holiday Inn Galleria Hotel,
EDSA Shangrilla, and Richmonde Hotel, the area is in the center
of the Metropolis. The place is known for bargain furnitures,
clothes, childrens items, automotive, electronics and computer
Tutuban in Divisoria
Divisoria is only for the daring shoppers. It
is full of marvelous discounts with out the frills and convenience
of mall shopping. The Tutuban Mall is located in Divisoria with
the convenience of mall shopping at a great bargain. This is close
to some Manila Hotels along Roxas Boulevard.
Subic Free Port
The Former US Naval facility has been turned
into a giant Free Trade Zone that offers the best in duty free
shopping. It offers the best bargain from products coming from
the USA, Europe, and Asia. They also offer auctions of imported
products, vehicles, furnitures, and machineries.
Shopping in the Philippines is not limited to
Metro-Manila. Cebu as an International Port is teeming with bargains
from local handicraft to the latest fashion from Hong Kong. Ayala
Mall which is close to the airport is one of the latest addition
to the city's hip hop shopping experience. Hotels nearby are Cebu
Shangrilla and Cebu Waterfront.
Davao City is known for their pearls and other
handicarfts. A visit to Pearl Farm and the Florendo Plantation
is a must if you are in the city. Muslim Barters abound in the
area offering bargain Discounts that is only available in Davao.
Marco Polo Hotel is in the center of the city.