Shopping in the Philippines

@mimico (3619)
Philippines
October 14, 2008 9:55pm CST
Many Asian countries such as Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore try to attract tourists by marketing their country as a shopping destination. Well, let me just say that the Philippines is also a haven for deals and steals, especially American brand overruns. You'll need to go to specific places in Manila though but once you're in the right place, you can buy branded shoes, bags, jeans, tops, coats, and everything else thinkable for a fraction of its original price. While fake goods abound, you will also be able to buy real overruns with the tags still intact. So if you want to shop (and eat cheap food), then come on over to Manila! :)
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6 responses
@andak2007 (3229)
• Philippines
17 Oct 08
so where can we find this specific place?i have been to divisoria but i find it too crowded..and not safe..especially for a provinciana like me, i hate crowds and i hate traffic..it is just a waste of time...i have to admit i can find lots of good cheap items in divisoria but can you tell me other places and shops?
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
21 Oct 08
Greenhills and Tiendesitas arefarther from the province than Divisioria is (I think!) and the items are probably more expensive but you'll like it for sure!! Just get directions from the bus driver or taxi driver. Be safe!! remember to keep your bag close and your wallet and cellphone even closer! :)
@alena824 (376)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
I have always wondered why the Philippines has never been marketed as a shopping destination. We don't even have to talk of overruns or surplus items because the price of even branded products are comparatively cheaper here than most places. That's why I appreciate the effort of the Department of Tourism to market RP as a shopping destination. In fact, last September they had that kind of promotion. How do you attract foreigners to come visit and shop around? You simply emphasize we have most of the boutique shops that they find elsewhere, but their money (usually dollars) will go a long, long way if they spend it here. We don't even have to put discounts on prices, because as Secretary Ace Durano has said, our prices are already competitive. It really is one way to boost our economy and help local retailers. Because let's face it, local retailers are already learning to develop and produce quality goods especially in apparel and accessories.
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
21 Oct 08
I know! I was so happy when I saw the SHopping posters in the malls! I think we have a chance to profit from marketing the Philippines as a shopping city if the DOT does a good job of it.
• United States
15 Oct 08
Hi! I love shopping in the Philippines and I really miss doing that. When I want imported branded items, I go to Greenhills because they are cheaper there. I have also learned to love Philippine-made clothes that are branded, like Kamiseta and Bayo. A lot of people here in the States have been asking me where I get my clothes and shoes from. You will be surprised but I see more "made in USA" brand items in the Philippines than here in the States!
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
21 Oct 08
I think there are less Made in USA clothes in the world now because manufactures outsource production to countries like the Philippines and China where labor is cheaper. I like Kamiseta and Bayo too they should branch out to other countries!
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
But what specific places in Manila?... if you are referring to Divisoria... the place is not really safe for tourist or locals alike because of the number of snatcher around... and we cannot consider the tiangges in San Juan or Market Market as cheap... because most are still quite expensive...
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Divisoria doesn't carry overruns at all. You can buy lots of China-made accessories there though. I actually like Greenhills tiangge very much. It's more expensive but they're half the price of the orignal items if you look for it online.
@Margarit (3677)
• Philippines
17 Oct 08
I've been in manila but sadly i havent done shopping for i spend only for a day during our leaders conference last febraury. Definitely i will come back sooner or later for another time, i wish i could go to the place you mention. happy mylotting
@iyah10 (4116)
• Kuwait
22 Oct 08
When I will go to other Country in my vacation time I always want to bought something that the place have their specialty like in Thailand I bought a small umbrella and I hung it up in our ceiling for one of our decoration and when I go to the Philippines with my wife place I always go to SM Cebu and Sm Manila is one of my favorite Shopping spree.