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Travel It's More Fun Philippines Shopping

Necklaces and toys from Balikbayan Handicrafts

Why you should visit: For many years, this has been the go-to store for a dizzying selection of intricately made traditional handicrafts from all over the country. Its store in the business district of Makati is the customary stop of many visitors who want to find (from left to right) locally made accessories (necklaces made from mother of pearl), home décor, toys (trumpo or top), and more. (Photo courtesy of www.balikbayanhandicrafts.com)

Address: 1010 A. Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Road), Makati City

Bringing home Manila

7 April 2013

Filipinos love bringing home souvenirs from their travels, and they don't keep them for themselves either. The concept of giving gifts from trips is known in the country as "pasalubong", quite similar to the Japanese custom of bringing home "omiyage" for friends and co-workers. If you want to adopt the tradition of giving "pasalubong", or simply bring home a memorable piece from your adventure in that part of Asia, check out these shops full of homegrown treasures.

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