A trip to any place won’t be complete without shopping for some gifts for friends and family. In Puerto Princesa, Palawan, every tourist spot has its own souvenir section. However, I believe a visit to Tiangge Tiangge Pasalubong and Souvenir Center is a must!
It’s a pure pasalubong haven, literally!
I never thought that I actually spent more than 30 minutes in there! Tiangge Tiangge is a public market where you can buy pasalubong goodies. You can find everything in this place! It’s like a mini-mall for Puerto Princesa souvenirs.
I immediately entered the air-conditioned souvenir center. Oh my gosh! The place is really huge! I got myself a basket because I was sure I’d be getting so much stuff to bring back home to Manila.
There were clothes on display. T-shirts, sandos, skirts, shorts and even dresses! They are affordable too! Don’t forget to haggle especially if you’re getting a number of items. Also, you can’t try on white shirts 😛
Palawan is known to sell pretty cheap pearls. You don’t have to worry as they are real pearls. It’s just a cheaper version of it as they are freshwater pearls (saltwater pearls are the expensive ones). So go ahead and get some earrings, bracelets and necklaces there. I surely did!
Aside from pearls, they also sell other kinds of accessories. I spent the most time trying to figure out which style of accessory I should get. I ended up buying several necklaces and bracelets. One color for each design. I love to accessorize so I was really happy considering I got all of them at a very low price!
A common souvenir item in Palawan are wood carving creations and handicrafts. The most popular one being the rainmaker which is a musical instrument that produces sound when you turn the item upside and down.
My last stop in the air-conditioned area is the food section. I was sure that if I get some food to give to officemates, they will like it. We sure love to eat, don’t we? 🙂
The popular commodity in Palawan is cashew nuts. I was ecstatic when I saw that Tiangge Tiangge sell them. I got myself several big packs of ‘kasoy’ as the delicacy is pretty expensive in Manila.
Tiangge Tiangge Pasalubong and Souvenir Center is a popular place in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. I wasn’t surprised when I saw the line in the counter. I mean with the number of items being sold in the place, no one could ever resist not buying anything! I was pretty impressed with how fast the people at the counter works, they are so used to the long lines! By the way, haggling happens in the counter so get ready with your pitch when it’s your turn to pay.
I was pretty satisfied with my 3 shopping bags full of souvenirs. Then….. I saw that there’s actually a non-airconditioned section! Aha! I couldn’t stop myself so I shopped again (part 2, yeah!).
This time around, I concentrated on looking for accessories. There might be styles that I like. And yes, I got to buy several rings! You know what? I got each of them for less than Php100. I believe I got a very good deal! 🙂
There wasn’t much difference with the items that are being sold in the non-airconditioned area and the air-conditioned area. I guess we just need to exert more effort in finding souvenirs in the non-airconditioned area as they are not as organized as the air-conditioned one.
Whew! I super enjoyed my souvenir shopping at Tiangge Tiangge. Before you wrap up your trip to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, make sure you drop by Tiangge Tiangge Pasalubong and Souvenir Center. Believe me, it will complete your vacation. It’s the best place to get your Palawan memorabilia and gifts for your loved ones.
Tiangge Tiangge Pasalubong and Souvenir Center
Lacao corner Carandang St., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines