It’s been a common cultural habit among Filipinos to buy pasalubong or souvenir items for their loved ones from a destination they have recently traveled to. If you are a traveler visiting Manila, you might also want to bring pasalubong for your family and friends or keep it as a memento to remind you of your Philippine adventures.
Finding pieces of Manila to take home with you won’t be a problem. You can find souvenir destinations within the metro, and we have rounded them up in this list.
Ayala Museum Shop
Aside form its permanent diorama, the Ayala Museum also regularly updates its programs and exhibitions, making your art experience unique every time. Its museum shop can be found on the building’s third floor. In here, you’ll find exhibition catalogues, art books, Philippine-themed canvas totes, handmade items, woven fabrics, and tapis. These local items will surely remind you of the country’s rich culture and art.
Address: 3/F Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa St., Makati City
Business hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Kultura is one of the leading souvenir destinations within the metro because of its accessible location. Commonly seen in SM Supermalls all over the metro, this shop has everything you need from fashion products to home accessories and gift items. Kultura uses indigenous materials for their wide array of native clothing, travel must-haves and essentials, and other handicrafts.
Tesoro’s Philippine Handicrafts
Tesoro’s Philippine Handcrafts is known for its high-quality products and excellent service. Locals all over the world consider Tesoro’s as the “best and original” store for proudly Filipino products, which is why it is highly recommended for tourists visiting Manila. They sell authentic and uniquely Pinoy handicrafts, local apparel, giftware, tableware, embroidered shawls, and heritage crafts. They have various concept stores around the metro, but you can choose from an expansive range of locally-made items in their Makati store.
Address: Antonio Arnaiz Ave, Makati, 1223 Metro Manila, Philippines
Business hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Sunday, 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
The Manila Collectible Co. (TMCC)
Maximize your Intamuros trip by paying The Manila Collectible Co. a visit, too. They sell various unique items made by Filipino artists and indigenous groups. The store sells handwoven textile, local and organic delicacies, and ethnic attire among others. Aside from souvenir shopping, you can also join their in-house workshops. Yes, you can take home not just products, but learning too!
Address: Gen Luna St Cor Sta Clara St Fort Santiago Intramuros, 655 Zone 69, Manila, 1002
The CCP Shop by Archivo 1984
Archivo 1984 is originally situated along Chino Roces in Makati City, but it found a sister at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The CCP Shop by Archivo 1984 offers art and film memorabilia, rare Philippine vinyl, history titles, and literature. If you’re extra lucky, you can even watch a local production available during the time of your visit.
Address: Little Theater Lobby, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Business hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
You can wear Manila just the way you like it. Team Manila specializes in limited edition merchandise such as graphic shirts highlighting Filipino pop culture. Their stylish and fun statement shirts are totally wearable. Apart from their cool shirts, they are also selling mugs, caps, stationery items, and cigarette lighters, too! They have various branches within the metro, so finding a Team Manila merch will be a breeze.