There are thousands of weavers from Antequera working in the basket-making industry. If you’re interested in getting some basketware – perhaps as a unique and useful souvenir – be sure to drive about 30 minutes west from Tagbilaran City to where Anteqeura lies. This is considered the basket capital of Bohol, which is no small claim. The island itself is renowned for its weaving skills, that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Bohol Quality Mall
One of the largest shopping centres in Tagbilaran City, BQ Mall is packed with restaurants, clothing boutiques, used and unused books and much more. There aren’t too many big brand stores, but you can find plenty of bargain outlets with good-quality wares.
Air conditioned and relatively modern, Bohol Quality Mall (to give it its full name) can definitely entertain for an hour or 2, if you are want to escape the midday sun. There’s a cinema, plenty of dining options and occasional special events throughout the year.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 8.30pm
- Location: North 6300, Carlos P. Garcia East Avenue, Dakabayan sa Tagbilaran, 6300 Lalawigan ng Bohol, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)38 411 3164
Island City Mall
Island City Mall is one of the biggest shopping malls on Bohol Island, with a huge and diverse selection of goods on sale. It’s also rich in recreation and food choices. The food hall is a popular hangout with families, who choose to eat and socialise in the air-conditioned basement.
This mall is the place to head to for summer clothes at a good price. You’ll also find used and new books and a great range of gadgets. It’s worth noting that not all of the ATMs here accept foreign cards, so be sure to bring plenty of cash.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 9pm
- Location: Rajah Sikatuna Ave, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)38 501 6255
Plaza Marcela is considered one of Bohol Island's more attractive malls. Despite its age (it opened in 1997), both the exterior and interior are still looking quite flash. Bohol locals are drawn to the mall by the special events often hosted here, including live performances and competitions. There are many specialty stores and the reasonably priced restaurants also add to its appeal. Its location in a busy part of the capital makes it probably the most accessible of all Bohol's malls.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 7.30pm
- Location: Pamaong Corner Belderol, Tagbilaran City, 6300 Bohol, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)38 411 5425