Vigan is a great place to go shopping, as it has many unique and unusual items to commemorate your visit to the Philippines.
Buying Religious Items and Artifacts
There are several stores in Vigan that sell religious artifacts like the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or statues of saints, the First Family (Sagrado de Familia), crucifixes, etc. When you are buying these religious artifacts, be certain to bargain with the vendor and also be sure to get the receipts for your purchases. Also, have the owner of the store pack them carefully because these are fragile and could easily be broken. It is not recommended for visitors to buy the bigger religious statues as shipping is very expensive, and the possibility for breakage is high. If do you find a great deal, it is worth buying the artifacts as long as you request the store owner to pack them carefully with bubble wrap. You can then pay the fee for additional luggage as this will be less expensive than shipping.
Baluarte Souvenir Items
Directly adjacent to the butterfly garden entrance are Baluarte souvenir items for sale. The items have “Baluarte” printed on them and make for great mementos or gifts for friends at home. If you collect hats, ref magnets, mugs, key chains, you may want to pick up a few items here.
Camangaan has many loom weavers, with Cristy’s being one of the best known. In this area, the designs varies weaver to weaver, and family to family. There are different styles and designs and you are sure to find something that you love.
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