Manila is not known for high quality jewelry. However good deals can
be had for south sea pearls. Most of the dark golden pearls there are
dyed - although they will tell you they’re natural, but generally the
lighter golden pearls are natural.
To see a lot of pearls at once, check out the pearl market at
Greenbelt mall in Manila - its about 30 minutes from Makati in
traffic (99% of the time) - go in time for opening so you can
negotiate special “first customer” prices. And really push for the
price and they will be sure to give y ou the tourist price!
They also have some gemstones in the same market, but don’t bother
with those, they’re either complete shite or fakes.
If you get the chance, check out a restaurant called Peoples Palace
in Greenbelt 3 in Makati - the best asian fusion food ever - and
very reasonably priced!
Have fun, wish I was heading back there