April 19, 2007
When it comes to shopping for souvenir items or delicacies to take home with you, Islands Souvenirs in the Philippines would have something available for you. It was founded by the young entrepreneur Jay Aldeguer, who is a native of Cebu. His little shop has blossomed and can now be found in major cities and malls throughout the Philippines. So successful was the concept that it has now its Islands Souvenirs shops in Singapore, Macau, Japan, and the USA. Islands Souvenirs’ bright and neon-colored shops are very attractive to tourists. Its Pasalubong Center in Mactan must be the largest there is. A big colored drawing of a girl in Hawaiian skirt greets visitors to the shop.
Main souvenir items found were shirts and shorts and other stuff you use in the island, like slippers and bags. There were also little desk decors, home trimmings, and fashion accessories like necklaces and bangles made of shells or native materials. You can also buy key chains, magnets with Cebu landmarks and Cebu travel guides. The other half of the store was dedicated to native delicacies. From dried mangoes to dried fishes, you name it, you can find all kinds of local food products of Cebu in Islands Souvenirs. Their stores in the malls don’t have these products but the big Pasalubong Center in Mactan has everything.
From journal Mactan Getaway