The Island City Mall Department Store has much to be desired in the way of service and a quality product. When purchasing a guitar recently, I could not even buy a case nor ask for the original box. After asking for over 30 minutes being told there is not any boxes, while making the purchase, one store associate was nice enough to actually go into the back and get me a box. Thank you.
The items in the store are priced much higher than items in the Mall of Asia in Manila or surrounding provinces.
For example a Charbroil stainless steel grill cost about 26,000 Php at Ace Hardware in Manila's Mall of Asia, it cost 42,000 php in ICM department store in Bohol, and it is damaged like many of the products being sold in the ICM Department store. It is cheaper to get on a daily ferry and purchase items in Cebu City. I live in Bohol and it is tiresome, but there is no need to pay such high prices for items that are almost half as cheap in Cebu City.
I will not recommend places in Cebu City to shop to maintain some integrity of this posting.
What to buy: ICM Department Store is good for purchasing some souvenirs (2nd Floor) and basic need items, plastic storage bins for keeping leftover food (3rd floor).
What to pay: Expect to pay double for major items (BBQ Grill, Guitar, Bed Sheets) compared to the cost in other place of the Philippines like Manila or Cebu City.
The souvenirs in Hinagdanan cave and in Hanging bridge are much more cheaper than the other souvenir shops. Tiangge in Hinagdanan cave is known for selling tee shirts with printed designs of Bohol trademarks and in Hanging bridge there are lots of local crafts, local foods and other pasalubong. :)
Island City Mall houses a supermarket, department store, food plaza & restaurants, bread shops, indoor playground, bookstore.
What to buy: Before going to Panglao Island or your tours, buy lots of mineral water & drinks, cookies, chips & other snacks at supermarket of Island City Mall. These items are very expensive at the tourist destinations.
Buy your pasalubongs also at the supermarket; you'll be surprised that peanut kisses are much cheaper there.
What to pay: Your P100-200 will enable you to bring lots of drinks and snack to your hotel or tour destinations.
ICM or Island City Mall is the biggest and newest mall to rise from Tagbilaran City. It was inaugurated last June 2005. It houses the popular brands of clothing, accessories, restaurants and fastfood chains. it has a department store and supermarket. It has big parking space.
It is near the city transport central terminal, thus, it is very useful for those going to the other towns of Bohol.
What to buy: For visitors, necessities, basic provision, additional clothing.
What to buy:
Based on the reactions on the Tarsier souvenir items, the item that is most worthwhile buying is the Tarsier face coin purse. Although quite pricey at about $2 per piece, compared to other items this is one of the cutest and useable items there is. Key chains cost 3 pieces for $2 at the shop near the Tarsier sanctuaries. Other items include purses for mobile phones and the usual bags and t-shirts. T-shirts might be cheaper in local stores but those offered at Islands Souvenir shops have better designs and better fabrics.
What to pay: It depends on the quantity of the items or the number of people you want to give gifts. :-) Local souvenir shops offer discounts for bulk orders while specialty shops like Island Souvenirs have fixed prices. Items range from $0.66-$6 per piece.
Bohol Quality or more popularly known as BQ mall is the best place to shop for some provisions you need in Bohol. It has a supermarket, pharmacy, department store, specialty shops, video arcade, cinema and restaurants.
What to buy: Basic provisions, additional clothing, souvenir and pasalubong
What to pay: Depending on your needs and i guess the supermarket will take much of your budget
Lou Square, J.C. Borja cnr M. Parras Sts., Tagbilaran City, Philippines
Good for: Business