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    Alegre Guitars: The Best Guitars

    by freddie18 Updated Dec 15, 2009

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    Cebu City is made famous because it is a city of guitars. I highly recommend you to come visit this factory to appreciate and most probably buy a couple of guitars.

    I had the chance to visit Alegre and see the best guitars. I really want to buy as they are cheap and of the best quality. The only reason why I didn't is because the factory don't ship. They recommend to hand carry the guitar for safety reasons. It is unfortunate that it was not possible at that time because I was on a continuing journey to another country.

    I have posted here pictures of the guitars for sale on the spot. You will also experience the friendliness and hospitality of the sales staff. I even had the chance to speak to the owner and manager of the establishment. Very pleasant business people.

    What to buy: Different kinds of guitar with different colours and shapes. You can also buy souvenir items made of guitars.

    What to pay: $100 & Up

    Display Area at Alegre Guitar Entrance of Alegre Guitar Factory Trying the Guitars at Alegre Other Mini Guitar Souvenirs
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    SM Shoe Mart: Shopping Centre

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    SM-Cebu is a shopping centre where you can purchase almost anything that you will need, from Beauty, Health and Fitness, Clothing & Fashion, Food & Dining, Sports & Recreation, Parties & gifts, Travel & Travel Guide, and a lot more.

    Let me remind you that this is the mall where you can buy souvenir items if you are in Cebu as a tourist. Items that you may want to purchase because you can only find them in Cebu.

    There is SM Shopping Mall in almost every city in the Philippines. So, wherever your shopping destination is, SM got it all for you!

    Enjoy shopping!

    Entrance of SM Shopping Mall in Cebu City Hush Puppies Shoe Store at SM-Cebu
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    Cebu Islands Souvenir: Souvenir's Haven

    by freddie18 Updated Aug 8, 2007

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    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

    Front View of Cebu Islands Souvenir Giant Guitar at Cebu Islands Souvenir Shop Take your pick at Cebu Islands Souvenir
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    Market Place: Exotic Fruits in Cebu City

    by freddie18 Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    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

    Young Coconut Mango & Coconut Tree Banana Tree Papaya Tree
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    Shamrock: great pasalubongs!

    by Yla Written Oct 11, 2007

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    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

    resting in Shamrock with Diet Coke
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    Ayala Center, Cebu, Philippines

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 25, 2013

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    Ayala Center Cebu is a large shopping mall at the Cebu Business Park in Cebu City. It is the first Ayala Shopping Center located outside Metro Manila. It is said that on an average day, more than 85,000 people visit Ayala Center ....

    Besides just for shopping w all kinds of wellknown brands, also an area to socialize, as locals and foreigners get together, dine and have fun, w several bars, restaurants, movies etc ...

    What I like most is the design and the so called "Terraces" w full of green and garden, as more like a park rather then just a mall .... :) Location is perfect, several high rise condos and ranked Hotels, its a premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

    Everytime am there, its always an occacion, a live band makes music, or a fashion show or whatever, as described above, more a place to socialize then just a mall ... Strongly recommended ...

    What to buy: Many well known brands, local and international, also several shops of Philippines handcrafts etc ... Just dont forget to check electronic shops for less priced cellphones, netbooks, tablets etc ...

    Ayala Center, Cebu, Philippines Ayala Center, Cebu, Philippines Ayala Center, Cebu, Philippines Ayala Center, Cebu, Philippines Ayala Center, Cebu, Philippines
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    Shops around the Fuente Osmena: Shopping

    by monina_c Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    If you need pasalubong and other presents for people back home, you can easily get then in the shops lining the Fuente Osmena Rotonda. Most shops (e.g. Shamrock) selling local products have outlets here.

    What to buy: Otap, Dried mangoes, crispy pork rind. :)

    Fuente Osmena
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    Pasalubong

    by Brycekenshin Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    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. :)

    Me in the Dried Seafoods Market... Check out the goods.
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    Tabo-an Market: Something smells fishy

    by gypsysoul73 Written Aug 31, 2007

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    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.

    Danggit Dried fish galore Dried squid Fish tocino Dilis
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    Tabuan Market: Dried Fish Galore!

    by monina_c Updated Oct 17, 2014

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    Tabuan Market is where you'll find a large variety of dried foodstuff. They only used to sell dried fish but nowadays they have, pork rinds, chorizo, dried mangoes, etc. Something for everybody. But of course the main item on sale is still the dried fish (danggit, tuyo, dilis, etc), the street is lined with stores vying for customers. You have to be good at haggling to get a good price.

    Warning: after going through the stores in Tabuan, be sure to go back to your hotel room to shower and change first before going anywhere else. The special smells of the market clings stubbornly to the body and clothes!

    I found out that it is a good idea to go to the market at around 6 a.m. when the market is just opening up. For one, the sellers give you good price because you are "buena mano" (literally good hand - lucky) and second, the smell is not so bad yet. So you will not be so smelly when you are done with your shopping! :)

    What to buy: Danggit, dried pusit, otap, dried mangoes, meat products (esp. pork longganisa which the locals call chorizo).

    What to pay: You will always end up spending more than your budget! There is just too many choices and prices are reasonable!!!

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    Ayala mall: Malling, a local past time

    by visitcebu Written Mar 21, 2009

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    Ayala mall has almost everything you need, from food, restaurants, cafes, bars, spas, salons, stores, etc.
    It is centrally located and a very pleasurable experience to be in and around the mall as well.

    What to buy: Go to the supermarket and get some dried mangoes and some fresh ones too.

    What to pay: A small pack of dried mangoes can be as cheap as 25 Pesos (tiny one).

    Ayala Mall (outside)

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    Ayala Center Cebu: Another big mall

    by DJ_Rolo Written Sep 28, 2005

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    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..

    Ayala Center Cebu Ayala Center Cebu
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    tabo-an market: local market of cebu city

    by winzkie_d_pooh Written Sep 4, 2009

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    local market...very accesible and the items are cheap just know how to haggle...learn to speak cebuano...if you ask for the price and you find it expensive just tell "mahala uy" then ask for a discounts and tell " pwde hangyo"

    i also notice kalesa is still in use...you may tride to ride kalesa after shopping ;-)

    What to buy: i love to buy dried mango for pasalubong and love to buy mangorind for personal eating ;-)
    and also dont forget to buy and taste dried fish esp. "danggit"

    i am overwhelmed in their dried fish. Selling variety of dried fish and also pusit...so many that if only i have so much money to buy more =)

    What to pay: depend on how many items you will buy and how many kilos...

    try kalesa
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    shamrock: yummy otap

    by winzkie_d_pooh Written Sep 4, 2009

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    where else can you buy a very yummylicous otap in cebu city?...only @ shamrock...

    What to buy: shamrock specialty - otap, and also rosquillos and finger foods. i also buy bong-bong piaya here. you can also buy packed dried mango and mangorind and other cebu food pastry products...

    What to pay: depends on the quantity...

    otap otap for pasalubong
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    Gaisano Country Mall: Gaisano Country mall

    by travelingcebuano Written Dec 10, 2009

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    Aside from the two major malls in Cebu, why not drop by a 3rd one which might surprise you with a great bargain or two. Gaisano Country mall in Banilad area has a department store, a huge supermarket, restaurants and several shops as well. Drop by the Banilad area to see what finds you may discover.

    What to buy: Dried Mango

    What to pay: A small pack of dried mangoes can cost as little as 50 US cents.

    Gaisano Country mall Gaisano Country mall

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