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Manila Shopping
Manila Shopping Guide - TravelPuppy.com
There are a wide variety of high quality shopping malls to explore. The intersection of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue in Quezon City is a main area, and all the shopping malls of – Robinson’s Galleria, Shangri-La Plaza and the Shoemart (SM) Megamall, with Greenhills, are nearby. Another Robinson’s Mall is at Adriatico Street, in Ermita, located right in the main tourist and entertainment area. The Ayala Centre super-mall in Makati also houses the Glorietta Centre and the Greenbelt Square Mall. All shopping malls sell designer goods and Western products far cheaper than back home. Makati is known for being the most classy. The malls are open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm or 11.00 pm.

The local markets are a totally opposite world, selling unique products from many of the Philippines’ islands. Popular buys include carved wooden plates, bowls and utensils and the crafts of the tribal villages in the more isolated regions of the archipelago. Some favourite items are souvenirs made from seashells like the hanging lamps glazed with shell panels and butterfly knives. Buyers should remember the environmental and legal issues attached to these products. High quality paintings are also provided. Divisoria Market, near Ilalim ng Tulay near Quiapo, has many handicrafts in stock. Chinatown is one of the most best known markets, specialising in fabrics and clothing bargains. It is located at the Central Market in Santa Cruz. Opening hours are from dawn until well into the evening.

For those that don't like to bargain for souvenirs, try the Museum of The Pilipino People or the handicrafts section of the main shopping malls.

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