The Philippines used to be an old Asian shopping emporium, going back to those days when its coastal township sold pearls, tortoise shells, beeswax and trading vessels from as far as Arabia. Today, the attraction of shopping is centered more on handicrafts, woodcarving and articles made of shells. Shopping in the cities of Philippines like Manila, Cebu, Baguio and Zamboanga can be fairly a sensible experience and is bound to yield booty. The Philippines is well-known by many as a great handicraft hub. There is a wide multiplicity of handicrafts to wish from such as place mats, abaca hats, coasters, shell wind chimes, bamboo trays and ceramic pots. These handicrafts make great souvenirs for friends and relatives or even just as a souvenir of your holiday to the country.