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Palawan Shopping Tips: Pearls, Souvenirs, Kasuy, Pasalubong in Puerto Princesa
Shopping for souvenirs in Palawan? Pasalubong family and friends? Authentic south sea pearls for loved ones? Kasuy (cashew nuts) and danggit at low prices?
there are two places in Puerto Princesa where shopping is fun and bargains are not hard to find:
San Jose New Public Market
San Jose, Puerto Princesa
(called New Market by the locals)
For cheap souvenir t-shirts, you can find them at PhP100.00 each at a stall near the dried fish section, unusual location but serendipity struck Tutubi when he was searching for cheap danggit and kasuy. A kilo of danggit only costs PhP400 (much, much cheaper than the touristy prices of Cebu, where it's identified)
cashew nuts (kasuy) pasalubong for Tutubi's officemates. You can also buy Cashew Wine and other kasuy products there
Tiangge Tiangge Souvenir Center
Address: Lacao near corner Rizal Avenue
GPS Coordinates: N9 44 26.7 E118 44 26.3
for other stuff like bags, key chains (key fob), handicrafts, native artworks, and authentic pearls, there's Tiangge Tiangge, sort of like "Greenhills Shopping Center" of Puerto Princesa
real south sea pearls are peddled here at about half the price from similar items found in Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan, and slightly lower thatn those sold in front of Baker's Hill.
What makes Puerto Princesa shopping fun is that merchants don't overcharge unknowing tourists, unlike in other places. They quote you the same price whether you're a local or a foreigner, an unwritten policy probably of Mayor Hagedorn, something worthy of emulation by other tourist destinations not to pounce on tourists.
I find Puerto Prinsesa unique in their policy of not gouging tourists. I'm sure visitors feel comfortable there knowing that they can shop, nose around and eat within feeling that they are a walking target. More power to Puerto Prinsesa!
mr.tutubi may i ask the name of the pearl store that you post here i find the quality of the pearls really nice .thank you for sharing this has been very helpful for us on our upcoming trip by 3rd week of this month.have a safe & wonderful adventure in the days to come.God be with you always
mr.tutubi i need to ask your personal opinion if you were to choose the safety ng water for swimming and spear fishing between talicud island in davao and palawan san vicente long beach which one would you recommend when it comes to safety .it will be our first to san vicente long beach kasi while in samal davao we know the area na.hope you had a great lent .looking forward to hear your suggestion.thanks
anonymous, as much as i want to help you, i've yet to visit san vicente long beach. for swimming, just don't forget safety equipment, don't go far beyond the marked waters and respect the waves, no matter how small. ask locals for dangerous areas to avoid before taking the plunge. take care