RP: A Shopping Mecca for tourists, balikbayans

GoodNews Pilipinas

The Philippines’ is now rivalling many Asian countries such as Thailand and Hong Kong as “The” Shopping hub in the region, as prices here of goods and products from food, to garments and electronics are far more reasonably priced compared to their neighbors in the region.

Here are just some of the reasons why tourists consider the country as a “must-see” destination in Southeast Asia.

Apart from a quality shopping experience, the Philippines is also well-known a health and medical services, eco-tourism mecca, with thousands of cultural and historical landmarks, world-class beaches in Boracay, Palawan, Mindoro, La Union, Batangas, Cebu and Bohol.

On top of all these is shopping! As a result of this wonderful and hospitable shopping experience, the Department of Tourism (DoT) launched the Mabuhay Shopping Spree to project the Philippines as a shopping and entertainment destination.

The DoT partnered with major shopping centers in Metro Manila as part of the campaign in providing tourists shopping privileges such as special discounts and freebies.

“Shopping was never formally promoted in the past but now, the DoT is promoting it because many foreigners find shopping in the Philippines an interesting experience,” said Tourism Secretary Ace Durano.

Durano pointed to the number of shopping malls, tiangges, flea and night markets that abounds in the metro offering affordable and quality products.

Among the DoT’s partners is the Greenhills Shopping Complex that prides itself in being ready and prepared for the influx of tourists and foreign guests. Ongoing is the 17th National Furniture, Furnishing & Fashion Festival back-to-back with the 5th Philippine Folk Arts & Crafts until April 8, 2010.

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