Shopping for clothing and fashion in the Philippines

Filipinas are very fashionable

Filipinas are very fashionable

Shopping is a way of life for women in the Philippine and fashion comes top of the pile when Filipinas hit the high street. People in the Philippines are very fashion-conscious and great finds can be made both in the gargantuan shopping complexes of the metropolises and also the quaint marketplaces of smaller towns.

Manila is the heart of fashion shopping in the Philippines with every European designer represented here in the chic malls of the city. There are boutiques around every corner in the capital and much fun can be had browsing through the endless racks of stylish garments for an afternoon.

Shopping for Philippines fashion in Manila

Manila is packed full of great clothing stores with some of the best found in Greenbelt Shopping Complex (Open: 10:00-22:00 (daily); Paseo de Roxas, cnr Legaspi and Esperanza Streets, hotline: +63 2 757 4853, website: www.ayalamalls.com.ph). Luxury brands, such as Hermes, Prada, Gucci, Patel Philippe and many more, compete for space amidst air-conditioned opulence.

Another top choice for Philippines fashion shopping is Shangri-La Plaza (Open: 11:00-21:00 (Monday-Thursday), 11:00-22:00 (Friday), 10:00-22:00 (Saturday), 10:00-21:00 (Sunday); EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, tel: +63 2 370 2500, fax: +63 2 633 4474, email: laureentecson@shangrila-plaza.com.ph, website: www.shangrila-plaza.com), which is home to some of the chicest boutiques that Manila has to offer. Homme et Femme boasts haut couture Continental brands such as Lanvin, Balenciaga and Comme des Garcon, while Escada rents out its own floorspace here as well.

Power Plant Mall (Open: 11:00-21:00 (Monday-Thursday), 11:00-22:00 (Friday), 10:00-22:00 (Saturday), 10:00-21:00 (Sunday); Rockwell Drive, Makati, tel: +63 2 898 1702, Cinema: +63 2 898 1440-41 website: www.powerplantmall.com) is a smart Manila fashion mall popular with expats, while top-end Podium (Open: 11:00-22:00 (Monday-Thursday), 10:00-22:00 (Friday-Sunday); 12 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, tel: +63 2 638 9782, fax: +63 2 687 1686) features top designer names without the hugely-inflated price tags.

But it is not just the shopping malls of the Philippines which house fashion stores, the markets of the country are also teeming with trendy bargains. Bother Manila’s two main markets of Baclaran Market (Roxas Blvd, Paranaque City) and Divisoria Market (Claro M. Recto Avenue, Manila, tel: +63 2 525 6322) have racks upon racks of both cheap-and-cheerful bargains and up-and-coming designer originals which will impressive even the most dedicated follower of fashion in the Philippines.

Shopping for fashion elsewhere in the Philippines

There are large shopping malls in many of the large towns of the Philippines that boast great international high street brand stores. SM Malls have outlets in Manila, Baguio, Angeles, Cebu and many more besides, and is a great choice if you’ve run out of smart clothes on your travels and need to spruce up for that special occasion.

The beach resorts of the country can also provide tourists with a range of stylish apparel, with the backstreet of Boracay’s White Beach behind station 3 filled with inexpensive market stalls selling boarding shorts and t-shirts galore. And more trendy attire can be bought in D’Mall Shopping Centre by Station 2 with fashion sandals, bikinis and beachwear outlets such as No Fear and Billabong.

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