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Manila jewelry attractions


#1

I will be heading over to Manila for a short stay. Does anyone have
any advice for jewelry type things to see, do, or buy there? Or any
"you must see/do this" advise?

Thanks.
Lee


#2

There is a pearl/jewelry market that has some nice things. The
Metropolitan Museum of Manila is lovely and has great art books.
Look for the gold ancient jewelry “Art of a Golden Age”, from various
places around the Philippines. They had a display when I was there
last which might not still be on display but the small book about it
is worth trying to buy. Enjoy the friendly people.


#3

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