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What is good to buy in Philippines, Manila & Cebu?

Postby atlas_shrugged » Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:45 pm

Hi All,

I'll be traveling to Manila & Cebu in October. What do you recommend that I buy there, that I can't find or can only find expensive in Shanghai? Note: I am not Filipino, so not looking for Philippine-specific food. Things like good deodorant, hand sanitizer, etc.

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Re: What is good to buy in Philippines, Manila & Cebu?

Postby HAMLover » Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:23 pm

If you like to cook...I thought that cooking supplies were cheap. You know things like sauces, spices etc. They have a huge selection of what seems to be American brands (Im not American, so not entirely sure). I checked out a supermarket when I was in Cebu and was going to buy a heap of things, but thought I'd get it in Manila instead of lugging it with me...However, I only made it to one shopping mall in Manila and they didn't have as much of a range as the supermarket in Cebu. I also got a couple of packets of "adobo mix" so that I could cook it for myself when I returned to China.
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Re: What is good to buy in Philippines, Manila & Cebu?

Postby jzzzzzzz » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:23 pm

The only thing I buy in the Phillipines:
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Re: What is good to buy in Philippines, Manila & Cebu?

Postby emouvoir » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:16 pm

i seconded dry mango and the local beer. u can get both else where but the ones in philippines just taster fresher. which part of manila will u be staying? i used to stay at intercon and it's just next to the famous SM mall. I find that it's a great place for me to buy very reasonable things from shoes to clothes to beauty products. they are tons of big malls in manila, thus depending on where are you going to stay. What i will always buy when i am there is Johnson & Johnson's baby cologne as i can't get it in singapore or here. and they have fantastic fragrances. The locals are big fan on fragrances thus almost clothing stores will have their own brand of perfume. Try local brands like Bench, they have both ladies and man casual wear. Let me know if you need more info. oh,,, service in service is usually very good there, thus i will also go there for a good pedi/mani and massage, the philippine ways :)
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Re: What is good to buy in Philippines, Manila & Cebu?

Postby BuhayTsina » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:11 pm

jzzzzzzz wrote:The only thing I buy in the Phillipines:
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The best buy in the Philippines...
What can I say? So be it...
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Re: What is good to buy in Philippines, Manila & Cebu?

Postby atlas_shrugged » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:25 pm

prEttyNDistress wrote:1. DUTY FREE Mall/Supermarket - Once you arrive in Manila, you are given 48 hours to shop at the duty free there. And only travellers coming into Manila have the privilege to shop once within 48 hrs upon arrival. This is NOT a mall where anyone can shop at anytime they like. You are to bring your passport and plane ticket (the one you show to the flight attendant). The DUTY FREE Mall I'm pertaining to is not the one scattered at the airport like in Hong Kong and other place. It's a BIG building 3 floors all imported stuff from the US and around the world. Everything you find in there is cheap compared to Shanghai..way way cheaper...from food to shampoo, clothes and lots of stuff...Tell your taxi driver to bring you here:

- Duty Free (infront of Casino Filipino) near NAIA 1&2 (pronounce as nah-ee-yah) NAIA - Ninoy Aquino International Airport. All taxi drivers knows this...

Open Hours: Monday - Sunday 10AM - 8PM



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*note - when you say "Duty Free" to taxi drivers, don't pronounce "duty" like you normally do in America. Only to taxi drivers you pronounce DUTY as "jew-ty"...so just say "Jew-ty Free"..

I'll think of other stuff later on....


amazing, thank you!
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