Bohol is a province blessed with a rich history and wonderful tourist spots. But other than visiting every single famed destination for vacationers, some tourists opt to blend in with the locals and see how they live their daily lives. The perfect activity to indulge in the Boholano lifestyle will certainly be shopping in Bohol.
Shopping is generally the same as anywhere in the world. But things may be a little different in certain provinces in the Philippines, which is why we provided you a list of what to expect and what not to do when vacation shopping.
1. Bohol is a province located in the Visayan region of the country. It is neither a huge metropolis nor is it an urban jungle. Stores in the Bohol malls are pretty much the same around the country, only not as large and with a limited choice of goods.
2. Before you go on your shopping spree, make sure to change your money into local currency at banks or credible money changers. Check the currency exchange rate and compare rates to avoid being over-charged.
3. The use of credit cards is widely accepted and highly encouraged to those traveling to Bohol. This way, tourists will have less cash on hand to carry with them. You may be required to present an ID to confirm your identity, however, and that may cause a slight delay in your purchase.
4. It’s but normal for security guards to check the contents of your bags as you enter any mall or public establishment not only in Bohol but anywhere in the Philippines. Somehow, though, the guards seem to be more interested in your personal belongings rather than searching for firearms, knives or bombs.
5. Shopping in Bohol is a favorite pastime of the locals so expect the malls to have a bit of a crowd. Strolling and window-shopping is typical for locals even on weekdays to avoid the heat during the hot summer days.
6. Department stores usually don’t allow shopping bags to be carried inside the store premises. These should be deposited in the check-in counter upon entering the store. This is believed to be an anti-theft precaution. However, know that bags and packages left at the counter should be left there at your own risk. Do not leave anything you consider irreplaceable or valuable at the check-in counter.
7. When buying things in Bohol, your purchased items will often be packed in plastic bags called cellophane, which will then be enclosed with staples or cellotape. Supermarket purchases are typically packed in boxes and enclosed with plastic rope. Attendants often help the buyer up until the exit with their purchases. Tips are not required but are encouraged.
Now that you already know what to keep in mind when shopping, here are some of the best commercial establishments around the province of Bohol:
1. Island City Mall
2. Plaza Marcela
3. Bohol Quality Mall
4. Alturas Supermarket Corporation
5. Shoppers Mart
Although Bohol may not have the biggest shopping malls in the Philippines, travelers will be able to find everything they need when shopping in Bohol. Make sure to buy souvenir items to mark your unforgettable Bohol trip.