We’ve been scouring the small town of Coron for something to bring home to our friends and families back in Manila but we’re really unable to find anything. We finally gave up and asked some locals where we can get some pasalubong. We were directed to The Souvenir Shop, as the locals called it, and rightly so, as it is indeed The souvenir shop.
The place is huge as trinkets shops goes, I’d say its about 15 regular souvenir shops combined. And they’ve got everything here; mugs, shirts, keychains, wood carvings (which I’d have to say are really really good), necklaces, woven bags, bracelets, tapestries, basket weavings, and of course ref magnets (call me corny but before I became addicted in collecting the local Starbucks mugs, ref magnets were my first love haha).
Foodstuffs to bring home were pretty much limited to cashew nuts, banana chips, danggit (crunchy small dried fishes) and dilis (less crunchier smaller dried fish or anchovies if you must).
I’m also a sucker for local shirts, but I wasn’t able to find one that was to my liking so all I got were a couple of ref magnets.
These magnets though were one of the best I’ve seen during my travels, at par with those I’ve got from Vigan. In the tradition of the woodcarvings made by the original inhabitants of Coron, the Tagbanuas, they’re made from darkened wood materials and delicately carved to expose the lighter feature of the wood (ref magnet connoisseur in the house haha). I’m just not sure if these magnets along with the many wooden sculptures being sold in the store area made by the Tagbanuas themselves.
Those magnets unfortunately were the only things I bought back to Manila to show that I’ve really been to Coron, and oops yeah, the thousand or so images I took from my cameras too which really were the best souvenirs anyone can have apart from memories (but memories do fade, so do take pictures and take a few notes to keep it from fading and yes buy ref magnets too while you’re at it).
Coron Souvenir & Gift Shop
Address: Barangay Polacion 5, Coron, Palawan
Contact Number: (0920) 203-0302 | (0918) 562-6314