Alegre Guitar Factory
Filipinos have an excellent reputation all around the world for their musical skills. Naturally, quality handcrafted musical instruments can easily be found in the Philippines. Located just south of Cebu-Mactan Airport, Alegre Guitar Factory is a recognised company at which you can purchase excellent acoustic guitars and ukuleles. The good point is that this guitar factory is opened to the public, so you can visit it and see the instruments being crafted. Price-wise, Alegre Guitar Factory has guitars ranging from PHP 2,800 to PHP 80,000.
- Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
- Location: On Pajac-Maribago Road in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island
- Tel: +63 32 340 4492
Gaisano Capital Mactan
Gaisano Capital Mactan is a four-storey mall with lots of parking space and is the biggest mall in Mactan. The basement is home to a big supermarket (there is a food court right next to it.) For entertainment, check out their three cinemas on the third floor.
- Location: Not far from the Lapu Lapu City Justice Hall
Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan
Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan belongs to a national chain that hosts department stores all around the Philippines. Featuring a fair 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.
- Opening Hours: 09:30-21:00
- Location: On Basak-Marigondon Road, in the centre of Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island
- Tel: +63 32 273 2888
Mactan Guitar Factories
Maribago – Buaya Road on Mactan is the main area where guitars are produced. The craftsmanship is so outstanding that the whole area and especially the island are renowned for it.
Many local families have been doing it for generations, using imported and local wood, producing not only handmade acoustic guitars but also banjos, ukuleles and Filipino mandolin-like chordophones called bandurrias. Several factories have small exhibits showing step by step how to make the instrumentals.
- Location: Along Maribago-Buaya Road and the main road to Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Marina Mall is a strip mall by the airport with over 100 specialty shops (with discounted goods and products from Mactan Economic Zone i.e. 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: Near the airport
Souvenir Shops at the Lapu Lapu Shrine (aka Liberty Shrine)
The park at Punta Engano, home of the Lapu Lapu Shrine, has become the most important landmark on the island with many visitors daily. As a result there are many local souvenir shops selling native trinkets, art and crafts inside the park.
- Location: At Punta Engano, Lapu Lapu City
‘Sutukil’ Restaurant at the Lapu Lapu Shrine
Sutukil is a very interesting idea. The concept is actually quite simple. First you go and buy seafood from the stands located near the shrine then bring it to any of the nearby restaurants for them to cook (in any style you prefer). The cost of all this is minimum. Fans of tropical seafood (fish, crabs, prawn, clams and squid, etc) should not miss this opportunity.
- Location: Lapu Lapu Shrine