The whole "It's More Fun in the Philippines" hype has gotten to us. Apart from having interesting places to go to, beautiful women, and delicious food, the Philippines has got only the best to offer when it comes to its local roster of products. In case you haven't explored the provincial shopping scene, it's a must that you check out the following places if you wish to score the succeeding quality finds, or to at least find out where they've come from.
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Your Travel-Shop Bucket List
Location #1: Cebu
Featured Product: Guitars
Lapu-Lapu City is the center of the guitar-making industry in Cebu, wherein the most popular guitar makers, the Alegre and Malingin families, can be found.
How it Began: Cebu's guitar-making industry had all started when there came a need for the Spanish friars' guitars to be repaired. Instead of sending over their guitars to Mexico, they assigned the townspeople of Mactan Island to make new ones, alongside repairing the old.
Why Cebu guitars are special: All the guitars made in Lapu-Lapu are 100% hand-made with love. If you're dreaming of a customized guitar, then Cebu is the place to go. From colors, to your desired shape, and design: your guitar wish is their command!
Location #2: Palawan
Featured Product: Golden Pearls
Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best-friend clearly hasn't seen our national (and natural) treasures. So if you do decide to put a ring on it, choose only the best: an exquisitely rare South Sea golden pearl!
Jewels that tell a story: Pearls can only thrive in an environment wherein the sunlight is abundant, the air is clean, and the water, pristine; which clearly indicates how Palawan, among our many beautiful islands, should be treated with extra TLC.
Location #3: Bohol
Featured Product: Buri
Bohol's Tree of Life: Buri is a palm from which two kinds of fibers, the raffia and buntal, are obtained. The Department of Trade and Industry-Bohol records a total of 1, 910 individuals engaged in home-based raffia loom weaving, which is spread over 40 out of the 50 barangays within its municipality. What started as a household industry has progressed into Bohol's full- fledged employment source and income provider.
The Buri Lifestyle: Products that are made of Buri can range from personal accessories to home accents; Take your pick--from placemats, to table runners, pillow cases, customized hand bags, fashion accessories, and the like.
Location #4: Paete, Laguna
Featured Product: Wooden Sculptures
The Art of Ukit: Paete is known to be the "Wood Carving Capital of the Philippines". Its name even stems from the Tagalog root word "paet", which means chisel. The superb sculptural creations of the Paetenos are recognized worldwide. What could be a better compliment as to having your meticulously crafted religious sculptures displayed at the Vatican? Now that's something to be proud of!
TIP: If you're one who's into art, you'll surely appreciate the works of master woodcarver Felix Vadellon. Although having begun as an apprentice to a senior woodcarver, Felix slowly began to develop his own style and technique when it came to carving. His craftsmanship and skills are certainly manifested in his detailed art pieces, which are most commonly sought after by art collectors themselves.
Location #5: Marikina
Featured Product: Shoes
The capital of Imelda: If you're a shoe addict yourself, then make sure you visit the City of Marikina which boasts of its multitude of shoe manufacturers producing only the best quality footwear. You can't go wrong when your pair says made in Marikina.
TIP: If you're going to have custom-made shoes done, make sure that you've seen a sample of the supplier's work, or at least consult someone who's had a pair done--better safe than sorry.