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    Manila Central Post Office: For stamp collectors!

    by stamporama Written Mar 9, 2007

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    The Manila Central Post Office building was built and designed during the American colonial period. It was completely destroyed in WWII but was rebuilt with American aid after the war. As you'll note from the picture, it looks strikingly similar to the Post Office building in New York City, the one across Madison Square Garden.

    Should you wish to buy any stamps for collection, don't go to any of the window tellers at the main lobby. Ask the information desk where the Philatelic Division is (it's through a narrow hall on the right) and there are 2 desks where a couple of ladies will show and sell you whatever stamps are available.

    What to buy: All the latest stamp issues and first day covers of the Philippine postal service.

    What to pay: Buy a stamp at its face value. For FDCs, you may have to pay about 4 pesos more to cover the cost of the cacheted envelope.

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    Mall of Asia: A Shopper’s Paradise

    by Strikinsmile Written Jul 28, 2006

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    The newly constructed Mall of Asia is Manila’s biggest department store with over a hundred stores and several restaurants under one gigantic roof. What’s interesting is that it’s also the biggest mall in Asia, hence, the name. Local brands can be found in this shopping haven as well as international brands like Mango and Zara, which debuted in Manila through the Mall of Asia.

    One side of the Mall of Asia is dedicated to restaurants that give a breathtaking view of the sunset. This actually gives shoppers a feeling of relaxation after a tiring (yet enjoyable) day of retail exercise. Actually, one day is not enough to comb the place from end to end so I suggest you get there when it opens before 10am.

    What to buy: You can shop for clothing, appliances, grocery items, hardware, gadgets, jewelry and what-have-yous in the Mall of Asia. Even souvenirs can be bought from here as there are small shops that sell Manila or Philippine souvenirs. ShoeMart also has one section that is dedicated to native items.

    What to pay: Prices are reasonable in Manila. A nice shirt can only cost you USD 9.00. A decent meal is around the same price. If you intend to shop ‘til you drop, you may have to prepare a little more than that.

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    PowerBooks: Read to Lead

    by anne_vdns Written Mar 26, 2005

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    Powerbooks is the sister company of The National Bookstore. This shop offers a wide variety of books and is haven for book fanatics like me. They provide sitting areas for those who wants to read & linger and a cafe for those who fancies coffee and pastries to go with their reading.

    What to buy: - all types of books
    - greeting cards
    - magazines
    - some office supplies
    - some braches have a small cafe

    What to pay: books come as cheap as P70 to as expensive as P2800+++

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    Shopping at international airport (terminal 1)

    by victorwkf Updated Dec 11, 2007

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    If you need to do some last minute shopping of souvenirs at the terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, there are a dew handicrafts shops but the cheapest is Tesoro's Handicraft (see photo). This shop also have quite a big variety of souvenirs and the staff are friendly too.

    If you want to buy the famous dried mangoes of the Philippines, it is much cheaper to get in Manila than inside the airport. The airport is also a good place to buy ice-cream (which is famous in Philippines) back home. The shop will give you an insulated container packed with ice and this should be OK for the ice-cream for short flights of a few hours.

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    Various shops on Hidalgo Street: Camera and Photography Paraphernalia

    by dindo_m Updated Feb 29, 2008

    This is a street lined with a lot of shops that cater to the photography things

    What to buy: The street is lined with stores selling mostly cameras and every photography gadget you can think of from the latest models to museum-piece antique gadgets!

    What to pay: Everything is way below the prices that you would have to bear if you bought the same things from the malls or specialty stores!

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    robinsons place ermita: one stop shop

    by zephyrgurl108 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    robinsons place ermita is a haven for urban dwellers and travellers because, it lies in the center of the city, providing a cool respite from manila's hot weather or when it's raining, a dry haven. when you need something - from clothes to groceries, to internet cafes, or movies, just go to robinsons. you can leave me there for a day and i wouldn't complain.

    What to buy: anything you fancy - philippine brand clothes, or knicknacks like native hats or wood carvings.

    What to pay: P1,000-3,000

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    SM Manila: everything in SM

    by zephyrgurl108 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Behind the Manila City Hall is another big mall called SM. Here, find everything you want to buy from food to clothes to electronics. Eat anything you want to eat from Italian to Philippine dishes. Do anything you want to do - from foot massage to watching movies. The mall also has banks, ATMs and a money exchange. What more can you ask for?

    What to buy: Anything cheap and anything you fancy. How about a mini jeepney figurine?

    What to pay: from P1,000 to P5,000

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    Shoemart, Ayala Center, Robinson's etc.: Malls & more Malls

    by blackace Updated Feb 17, 2007

    When a nephew of mine visited us several years ago (grew up in Australia), he was amazed by the number and the sheer size of the malls located in Metro Manila, that he commented, "I thought the Philippines was poor!" Well, majority of Filipinos are poor, but that even makes the mall advantageous. During their free time, Filipino families go to the mall to avail of the air conditioning and wide space; which they may not have at home. So weekends or holidays are normally full of people.
    Shoemart is the most popular mall. In fact, one of the first letters a baby gets to learn is "SM", which refers to Shoemart. It has at least one mall located in all the major cities, not only in Metro Manila, but in the Philippines. Everything you need is available here and the prices, at least at the department store section, are very affordable. The best SM store, I believe, is the one located in Makati while the best SM mall is the Mall of Asia, located in Pasay City.
    Ayala Center is another mall; but mainly located in the business district of Makati City and the upscale residential area of Alabang and the Fort. Unlike the boxy structure of Shoemart, Ayala Center is proud of it's architecture. They also include a park to lend some greenery to the environment. I highly recommend Glorietta (my personal favorite) in Makati City.
    Robinson's is a direct competitor of Shoemart as it is always located next to it and offers almost the same merchandise. Unfortunately, it cannot match SM's wide range and the most successful one is not located next to a Shoemart (Robinson's Ermita in Manila City).
    There are higher end malls like Greenbelt (Ayala owned) and Power Plant both in Makati, the Podium (SM owned) in Mandaluyong City, and Gateway in Quezon City. So if you prefer luxury and quality brands, these malls are your best bet.

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    SM North Edsa: Biggest Shopping Mall in SEA

    by Sobe-A-Rush Written Oct 10, 2013

    It is known as the biggest shopping mall in South East Asia. The mall is a part of a complex which includes the City Center, Interior Zone, The Annex, The Block, the former Warehouse Club, Sky Garden, Northlink and the Grass Residences. It is a place for world class shopping and dining.

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    Glorietta Center: shopping

    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 15, 2006

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    What I learned in my short time in Manila is that if nothing else Filipinos enjoy a good mall. This is actually the combination of several malls all connected by walkways.

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    Robinson's place: Robinson's place

    by kemisteryoso Updated Jun 26, 2011

    If you are staying in the area of Malate. This is the place perfect for you because everything you need is already here. Restaurants, coffee shops, shopping etc. It's not far as well.

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