The shop is particularly memorable, because even if you don't buy anything you almost technically can take the whole store with you to your home,hotel or wherever you're staying at the time...hehehe... let the picture speak for itself... :))
What to buy: Danggit,pusit and even t-shirts for pasalubong or even local products such as bracelets necklaces or other accesories.
What to pay: 10$ would be enough for some but basically up to 50$ 0r 75$ defending on how many relatives you intend to give your pasalubong to. :)
Ayala Center Cebu is an upscale shopping center within Cebu Business Park, a prime business and financial center in Metro Cebu. Ayala Center Cebu has 4 theatres (Ayala Center Cebu).
Ayala Center Cebu also includes Cebu City Marriott Hotel, City Sports Club Cebu and Park Tower Condominiums. Future Ayala Center Cebu developments and expansions are ongoing. It is located in Cebu City.
Ayala Center Cebu is located in Barangay Luz in Cebu City, at the corner of Mindanao Avenue and Bohol in Cebu's central business district. Ayala Center Cebu is a recreational, shopping, dining and entertainment development located near the corner of Mindanao Avenue and Bohol and is serviced by an MRT station. The development originally started with the Ayala mall and the Greenbelt, an area of dining and recreation, before expanding itself to cover over 50 hectares of facilities.
What to buy: The mall has basically anything your looking for--several floors of shopping available.
Located at the ground floor of Shamrock Pensionne house, this pasalubong store is a treasure chest of great snackies to take home. Shamrock is located centrally at the Osmena circle in downtown Cebu City.
What to buy: Get lots of especially crunchy 'otap' that looks like an oval distorted, airy cookie :)
What to pay: P50 - P70, i guess, depending on how many in pack
SM is a very convenient place to shop because bus coming from the north intentionally drops their passengers here enroute to bus terminal. SM has got a traveler's lounge just outside the mall where travelers can leave their luggage for a certain fee. Now free from handcarries and luggage you can go inside the mall and do whatever you want at your own pace.
Although available in any mall or market around the country (although not all brands), dried mango and otap biscuits are probably the most notable delicacies to bring home from Cebu. And since dried mangoes and otap are manufactured in the city, expect to pay much less than when you get it outside Cebu. I'd like to announce that Guadalupe dried mango is the tastiest among the brands I have tried.
What to buy: On our last day in Cebu, we shopped up a storm in SM supermarket and here's what I got.
mangosteen- 3.472 kg (42/kg).......... 145.36
7D dried mango 100g.......................... 46.00
7D dried mango 200g ..........................88.00
Cebu Mango 200g ...............................77.50
Dried Mangorind 175........................... 36.00
Guadalupe Dried Mango 200g .............86.50
Otap d Cebu 120g ..............................19.50
Philbrand mango bal........................... 22.50
Shamrock otap 200g........................... 37.00
Tabagak dried fish ..............................45.00
had heard about this market before so I was prepared for the mountains of dried fish or daing that was displayed before my eyes. What I wasn't prepared for was how much we would reek of fish even hours after leaving the market with our purchases vacuum-sealed in plastic and wrapped in newspaper and packed into a box. Every fiber of my being carried the stench of the sea, my hair, my clothes, even my bra! Same thing with my friend, M. We showered and scrubbed and thought we were rid of it completely, when poof , a surprise puff of the now-too-familiar funky odor greeted me when I opened my bag, and then engulfed us when we got into my brother's car the next day.
For the benefit of my friends abroad, dried fish which was once the poor man's meal is now a Filipino breakfast favorite. It is fried to a crisp and served with a side of steamed or garlic-fried rice and vinegar for dipping. Like bagoong or ginamus (fermented shrimp paste), it is a nightmare for the uninitiated, especially when it is cooked in their homes because the smell has incredible staying power. My cousin's English husband banned it from their home (or at least banned them from cooking it while he was in town) after he was roused from bed one morning from the offensive (to him) aroma wafting up from the kitchen and permeating every corner of the house. Heehee. It's an acquired taste and smell for sure, but if you can get past the initial repulsion, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
What to buy: You'll find almost every imaginable sun-dried, salt-cured fish here, piled high in abaca baskets that line the entire length of Tres de Abril St. There were piles of dried dilis (anchovy), sapsap, pusit (squid), danggit, hibe (shrimp), all available to retail and wholesale buyers. Depending on type of fish, they sell for about P200 or $4.50 (dilis) to P480 or $10.00(pusit) per kg. The stalls also carry Cebuano and Visayan delicacies like otap, dried mangos, barquillos, sampaloc, biscocho etc. making it a one-stop shop for pasalubong shopping. The sales ladies will expertly pack everything for you in boxes ready for shipping.
A great tip I learned from my brother: pack all dried fish in large brown envelopes and seal with tape. The smell is contained within, so you could actually put it in your suitcase if you don't want to bother checking-in an extra box at the airport.
Exotic Fruits are readily available in the market place of Cebu City. You will be able to taste the best Mango in the country if you are in Cebu. This is so far what Cebu is famous for.
Papaya is also available but not too many.
I am posting here fruit trees. Unriped Papaya, Young Banana with Flowers, and Mango Trees with Coconut tree in the background along the road. This is to give you an idea on how these trees look like. They are actually supposed to be cultivated and grown in plantation. The pictures you will see are the ones I saw during my trip that attracts my attention.
What to buy: Aside from all the exotic fruits, a Guitar is a must.
What to pay: Very affordable
This is the store where to buy souvenirs in Cebu. I am sure you will like the style and quality of their products that can be found only in Cebu.
Purchase your souvenir t-shirts, caps, mugs, bags, preserved sweets of high quality. This store is a franchise as I also bought some souvenir items at their branch in Palawan. Branches have similar items, only that each store feature the city or place where they are at. It's kind of promoting the tourist attraction in each city.
The Islands Souvenir in Cebu should be the biggest. It occupies the whole building and I can see it in the picture I posted here. So, if you are in Cebu, look for this shop and buy the quality that is worth your money.
What to pay: Average Php200
If you're in a tight sked, shop at SM Cebu for pasalubong. Look for the aisle for local goods and shop till you drop. Plus you can pay via credit cards.
What to buy: Unsalted danggit, RNM dried mangoes, Titay's Rosquillos, Shamrock otap.
Local crafts located in the department store area.
What to pay: P30-50 bucks for each food item except for the danggit which costs P80-100/pack.
This Mall is located right next door to the Marriott which is the hotel i stayed in. This was really convenient. It is about 60 yards walking distance. When you go out the Marriott turn right, walk through a little park, where alot of people hang out at and you are at the mall. This is another huge mall in the PI. It has everything you need, from to Bench clothing to Tru Value hardware store to Big Mau's Chinese Restaurant. This mall was crowded during the weekend. On Sunday they hold a mass near one of the entrances. This mall is cool and a great place to shop..