Shopping in Mactan Island can be quite a remarkable experience in its own right. In particular, the island has a good supply of guitar factories, some of which you can explore before making a purchase. They come in many colours and styles and make perfect gifts for people who like Asian arts and crafts.

    If you want bargains in international brand names for clothes, watches and such goods, try big malls around the island, of which there’s a pretty good selection. These places also have a huge range of international dining options and sometimes even some entertainment options like cinemas – perfect for killing a few hours on a rainy day or chilling out if the tropical heat’s getting to you.


    Alegre Guitar Factory

    Filipinos have an excellent reputation all around the world for their musical skills, so it makes sense that quality handcrafted musical instruments are easily found in the Philippines. Located just south of Cebu-Mactan Airport, Alegre Guitar Factory is a recognised company at which you can buy excellent acoustic guitars and ukuleles. The good point is that this guitar factory is open to the public, so you can visit it and see the instruments being crafted.

    Location: Pajac-Maribago Rd, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines

    Open: Daily from 7.30am to 5.30pm

    Phone: +63 (0)32 340 4492


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    Gaisano Mall Mactan Island

    Gaisano Mall Mactan Island is a 4-storey mall with lots of parking space and is the biggest mall in Mactan. The selection of stores is mostly around the mid-range part of the spectrum, with plenty of dining options and a large department store. The basement is home to a big supermarket (there’s a food court right next to it). For entertainment, check out their 3 cinemas on the 3rd floor.

    Location: M L Quezon Hwy, Lapu-Lapu City, Gaisano Mactan Parking, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines

    Open: Daily from 10am to 9pm

    Phone: +63 (0)32 340 5889


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    Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan

    Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan belongs to a national chain that hosts department stores all around the Philippines. Featuring a good choice of boutiques, restaurants and convenience stores, Gaisano has a great location right in the centre of Mactan Island, allowing residents and visitors alike to avoid a long trip to the larger shopping malls in Cebu City when they need something. It also offers a cool place to wander around on a rainy day.

    Location: Corner Basak, Ibabao - Gisi - Agus Rd, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu, Philippines

    Open: Daily from 9am to 9.30pm

    Phone: +63 (0)32 505 4365


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    Mactan Marina Mall

    Mactan Marina Mall is a strip mall by the airport with over 100 speciality shops selling discounted goods and products from Mactan Economic Zone. Stores include big names like Timex and Adidas. It also has a SaveMore Supermarket. The selections of food inside Marina Mall include seafood, Chinese, Korean, European and a patisserie.

    Location: MEPZ 1, M.L. Quezon National Highway, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines

    Open: Daily from 7am to 9pm

    Phone: +63 (0)32 340 3215


    photo by Marcelino Rapayla Jr. (CC BY 2.0) modified

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