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    RA's souvenir shop at Aldevinco's;Rosario's Durian: Davao Must Buys!

    by ainemesor Updated Feb 21, 2009

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    We have relatives in Davao so we paid them a visit. (We just arrived last night.) I remember my niece used to bring home durian candy for me (which I love!)

    Locals would say the best tasting durian candy has to be Lola Abon's. But according to one vendor at the Phil. Eagle Conservation Center, she has a brand similar to Lola Abons. For those who like not so sweet candies, a contrast huh! Try Rosario's durian candy.

    Rosario's (DOST Assisted product according to the label) the best durian candy I have tasted. Not too sweet but rich in flavor.

    I only bought one pack (50 pcs) for Php20.00 because I thought I could easily find the same brand at Aldevinco's at a cheaper price.I couldn't find any I need to tell my niece to buy me at least 2 dozens when she spends her vacation here in Laguna next month. Of course, I'll send her the money. Below is the contact details of Rosario's, I bet it's a lot cheaper when you buy it straight from them:

    Rosario's Fruit Stop
    Calinan, Davao City
    (082)295-0255

    Beware of cheap durian candy about Php 10-15 per pack, they taste like only flour and sugar. I was a victim, bought 16 packs at Aldevincos because we were in a hurry to catch our flight. Remember to ask for a FREE SAMPLE. Over at Phil. Eagle Conservation Center, vendors are prepared with their FREE TASTE whether it be fresh durian, marang, pomelo, or durian delicacies.

    Rosario's Durian Candy (I am brand-specific, not all durian candies taste the same.) found at the tiangge near Phil. Eagle Conservation center or Rosario's Fruit Stop in Calinan.

    * Malong. Price varies from Php150- 180 depending on cloth and size. I got the Php180 Malong (double size) only for Php165 each because one of the stall owners at Aldevinco's was a family friend (R.A.'s souvenir shoppe). We were given discount for all the items we bought; we didn't need to go to other stalls anymore (except for the durian candies which they don't have)

    *Magic Wallet. A fascinating wallet, I haven't seen this in other places such as Baguio and Bicol but my mom says it was popular during her "years." I don't know about that, because my Dad was quite fascinated too. Haha. I bought one for Php50 and still contemplating whether to give it to my bestfriend or my niece. How does it work, you may ask? Put in a folded paper/ bill inside the wallet WITHOUT placing them inside the ribbons, open it on the other side and it is snapped in between the horizontal ribbons. Open the other side, and it is snapped onto the cross-shaped ribbon. You can open either sides endlessly and still works like "Magic." Haha!

    * Davao T-shirts. White ones go around Php90. Colored ones at Php120. I love Davao Tshirts. The cloth is made up of 65% cotton and 35% polyester which is not bad for its price. When I was in Cebu, the white t-shirts are around Php75-100 but I wouldn't be happy wearing Cebu cheap tshirts because they're "almost see-through". Davao T-shirts are comfortably thick and soft enough.

    *Batik Shawls. Got mine at Php75 each. Davao trip wouldn't be complete without getting something in "Batik."

    What to buy: Malong, "Batik" Shawls, Tshirts, and Magic Wallet bought at discounted prices from:

    R.A. Souvenir Shoppe, Aldevinco's (082) 227-2494.
    Thanks to Atty. C****** for the referral!

    For Durian Candies, try:

    Rosario's Fruit Stop
    Calinan, Davao City
    (082)295-0255

    or if you have limited time:

    at the Tiangges at Phil. Eagle Conservation Center
    just ask for free sample first.

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    Apo ni Lola: Durian Delicacies

    by Rastarigo Written Feb 20, 2009

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    What to buy: durian yema with butter
    durian delight with cream
    durian nuggets with peanuts
    durian candy jam with durian pulp
    durian buko pandan
    durian royal with raisins
    durian mocha
    durian cookie cream
    yema mangosteen
    durian mallows
    yema langka

    creamy durian

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    Citra Mina Seafood Shop

    by worknplay Written Nov 5, 2008

    What to buy: Vacuum-packed tuna and other processed seafood products. Their staff will pack the stuff you buy to make it easy for you to lug it back to Manila.

    What to pay: Prices are very cheap compared to the groceries back in Manila. I was able to get Gindara slices for 23 pesos each!

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    Aldevinco Shopping Center: Aldevinco Shopping Center

    by worknplay Written Nov 5, 2008

    A perfect place to get most of your "pasalubongs". The center is comprised of small shops that sell a lot of stuff from freshwater to south sea pearls, native handbags, home decor to woven cloths from the local tribes in Mindanao.

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  • Bargains in Wet Markets

    by sardine123 Written Nov 30, 2007

    It will be easier to get the better prices if you have a Filipino friend that comes along to bargain for you. If there are no prices listed on the items you want to buy, or if there are prices, it will be much easier to get a really good price if foreigners don't show their face with the person that is bargaining.

    The foreigner should peruse about to find the items that he or she wants, then the Filipino friend should go bargain for these items. Many times, the salesperson will be fair to everyone but in many cases there will see the foreigner as having more capacity to pay higher prices and therefore will attempt to get a higher price for the item.

    If you are a foreigner by yourself it will be helpful just to let vendors compete against each other in order for you to get a lower price. Keep in mind that sometimes vendors within these markets don't speak English as well as other Filipinos so it might be a little difficult bargaining.

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    Aldevinco Shopping Center: Malongs and Tinalak

    by billbing Updated May 24, 2007

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    A souvenier shop

    What to buy: This is where you can find locally made products made out of "tinalak". It is a material woven by the T'boli which they usually use for their marriage rituals. This has become their means of livelihood today and they wove the abaca fiber manually. You will appreciate the artistry of the natives when you see the "tinalak". Nowadays, they are made into bags, shoes, slippers and decors. This is where you can find also malongs and batik. You can also find woodworks by the inmates of Davao Penal Colony.

    What to pay: You need to bargain so that you will not feel cheated. You can find a lot of money changer here also.

    Aldevinco Shopping Center The shop's facade Tinalak cloth
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    Aldevinco: shopping galore

    by tsokoholic Written Sep 15, 2006

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    Aldevinco is comprised of many shops in one building selling, native goods, clothes, batiks, jewelry like pearls and other wonderful stuff.

    What to buy: Native Products like beads & tinalak. batik. davao T-shirt, souvenir items.

    What to pay: with women, we always never have enough to spend!

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    Magsaysay Park Fruit Stalls: Cheap Durian and Davao Pomelo

    by bike_packer Written Nov 21, 2005

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    At Magsaysay Park, a string of fruit stalls sell local fruits. The most visible is the sweet local citrus Davao pomelo and the creamiest fruit, King>>durian. The place is where jeeploads of these fruits from the plantations are unloaded. And since a good number of stalls in one place, the selling price here are competetively low, and considering a lot to choose from. Haggle is the name of the game.

    What to buy: basically Davao Pomelo and Durian

    What to pay: cheapest in town

    Fruit Stalls at Magsaysay Park

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    Virgie's Fruit Cart: Fresh fruits from fruit carts

    by asianbelle Updated Aug 5, 2005

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    What to buy: Davao has the sweetest and juiciest pink pomelos I have tasted. My visit to this city is not complete if I don't buy crates of them to take home. Normally, one piece is equivalent to one kilo and if you want to buy several pieces, the seller is more than willing to pack them in wooden crate. A crate can accommodate 10 kilos and comes free of charge.

    What to pay: Pomelos are priced according to size. The oversize fetches a price of P60/kilo, while the export quality overrun is P70/kilo.

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    Shiela's: Aldevinco

    by angel_catbee Written Jul 6, 2007

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    You can buy Tshirts (85-100php), Bags (50-250php), malongs and other novelty products of mindanao.

    What to buy: Malongs and Bags,

    What to pay: Phil Peso

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    Puentespina Garden: Orchids Galore

    by joysweet Written May 29, 2007

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    One of the major flower farms in Davao. They have branches in the city (near the temple) and one right across Malagos Garden Resort

    What to buy: Orchids

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    SM City Davao: SM City Davao

    by joysweet Updated Oct 6, 2006

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    What makes SM City Davao special? Well, I always make it a point to visit any SM branch where ever in the country I go to! :)

    What to buy: Anything and everything.

    SM city Davao SM city Davao
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