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Travel It's More Fun Philippines Shopping

Bags from Aranaz
Why you should visit: This local designer bag brand popular among the stylish set in Manila uses indigenous materials like mother-of-pearl, coconut shell, wood and mixes it with other materials to create high-quality, stylish bags with a distinct Filipino aesthetic. In the recent Fashion Access in Hong Kong, which gathered fashion suppliers and buyers from around the globe, Aranaz won the award for Best in Fashion Accessories. (Photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/AranazPH)
Address: 2/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati; 2/F Greenbelt 5, Makati; URL: www.aranaz.ph

Bringing home Manila

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.