Stalls in Ilocos Norte: going gaga on miniature windmills and chichacorn
What to buy: Miniature Bangui windmills, native bracelets are souvenir items up for grabs in Pagudpud, Saud beach area. But when you opt to see and meet these gigantic turbines I suggest you go to Bangui Ilocos Norte. There you'll find these windmills in different sizes, the biggest cost about Php !,500
in Batac Ilocos Norte,to be exact, in Marcos Museum, there are also stalls where one can find the BEST chickacorn or "cornick"
What to pay: Php100 to 150.00
Saud Beach Souvenir Vendors' Cooperative: Handcrafted Souvenirs
The Saud Beach Souvenir Vendors' Cooperative is not a shop but an orderly row of vendors with local craft laid out on mats on one side of the beach. Known for their fair and cheaper costs (compared to Blue Lagoon vendors), the Saud souvenir vendor can customize the design of xouvenir items according to your preference.
What to buy: keychains, refrigerator magnets, headbands, bracelets and other faux jewelry, native bags and hats and other local craft
What to pay: You can buy a lot of trinkets with only P200, and handcrafted bags from P150-500
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Ambulant Souvenir Vendors: Haggle With Ambulant Vendors
As soon as you arrive at the Blue Lagoon area, ambulant vendors will approach you with their souvenir items. They usually have their items neatly laid out in folding wooden trays propped on top of their bikes or a sidecar attached to the bike. Most of them are glib talkers, and are capable of enticing you to buy with the promise of writing your name for free on the item, or giving you a bonus item.
What to buy: key chains, mobile phone tags, bracelets, pendants, etc
What to pay: Some small items can be bought for 3-4 pcs for P100. If you're going to Saud Beach, I suggest you postpone your shopping for pasalubongs in the Blue Lagoon. Souvenir items are cheaper in Saud beach.
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(direct-selling): Bargain at the shore!
At sunrise in Pagudpud, kids and other locals are busy selling their stuff. From bracelets, cellphone accesories made from shells, necklaces, and other souvenirs. The price is reasonable enough and buying an item or 2 helps those kids support their schooling. It is nice to know that their local government offers courses and trains them how to make those stuff which serves as their means of livelihood.
What to buy: bracelets made from shells, necklace, phone accessory.
What to pay: 100 - 200 pesos ( 3-6 USD)
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hile-hileragh.. tindahan .: burloloys.. and other souvenirs..
inside the resort were cottages, people taking great plunge into the water, good samaritan desk (for rescue), other amenities, and the hileragh cooperative souvenir stores.
What to buy: they sell all sorts of souvenirs from their native materials shells, corals, wood, and other stuff. their accessories were cheaper and betterER than the ones outside. I bought a pair of shell earrings for P20.00.
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Ala nga eh kaya may question mark!: Souvenirs??????????
What to buy: Nothing to buy in pagudpud, especially if you're looking for souvenir t-shirts all you can buy are necklaces, bracelets and earrings made from sea shells by the sea shore!
What to pay: bracelets- P 20-25, necklaces- P 50, earrings- P 20 for each ear.
Shellcraft: Footloose vendors along the shore
It's not really a shop but a group of kids and women who display their wares along the beach.
These are handcrafted souvenir items made from shells, beads and local materials. Items range from religious articles to fashion accessories.
What to buy: Try their set of necklace and bracelet made from rice beads. They come in different colors - from earth to pastel.
What to pay: Really cheap! The necklace-bracelet set cost me P55. Well, the original price was P60 but because I bought 2 sets, I haggled (for the sake of haggling, now I feel guilty) and the lady gave it to me at a lesser price.
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