Remember when #RuthGoestoGuam a few months ago? I had a FUUUUN time trying out different adventures and shopping - til we literally drop (because there's an outlet store near our hotel which is open until 10 am - and a Ross store which operates until 1 am!).
Well, it seems that Holidays came early in Guam as the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) brings back its signature-shopping event – the Shop Guam Festival (SGF). Recognized as the biggest shopping festival in the region, this year’s edition of the SGF is expected once again to thrill tourists visiting Guam once it kicks-off on November 1, 2015 to February 15, 2016.
As a highly anticipated event in Guam, it attracts thousands of tourists globally to take advantage of the extensive line-up of exclusive discounts and offerings from retail, dining, and optional tours establishments during this 107-day long festival.
It is interesting to know that Guam has transformed itself into a shopper’s haven with its growing number of international retailers that offer the latest in-season designs and all-year-round outlet store shopping.
Indeed, it is a favorite activity for Filipino travelers (who doesn't want shopping?) irresistible shopping deals are not hard to come by when visiting Guam as it offers a wide variety of outlet stores and international retailers at the Guam Premier Outlets, Agana Shopping Center, JP Superstore, and Micronesia Mall. Luxury shoppers, on the other hand, can also find their favorite brands, at lower prices, at the Tumon Sands Plaza, The Plaza, and T Galleria – all located along Tumon strip.
On top of it’s duty-free and outlet store shopping offering, Filipinos can also further maximize their retail therapy in Guam, during the festival period, with the SGF coupon booklets for hundreds of exclusive deals, which they can avail across the island. This year’s coupons include special offers for shopping, food, attraction and discounts for other on island establishments.
I remember during our trip, we got a discount card that entitled us to additional 20% off on our purchases.
After our visit at the Guam Micronesia Island Fair, we took advantage of the free time and we headed to the malls for more shopping. Well, they did a lot of shopping. I was just keen at buying myself a charm from Pandora to symbolize my travel in Guam. I bought myself a really nice passport charm with airplane design. It tells the story of my SkyDiving experience and my US VISA :)
I was super happy to find out that Jeff also wished to buy charms for her wife. I was also able to sway Myke to buy one for her wife and himself. I find that it is a good souvenir to collect whenever you travel. It is small, rare, and precious. Personally, I buy something that signifies my travel experience. I used to collect picture frames. But I found out some are just made in China and can be bought in Manila.
The other day, I visited a Pandora store in SM Megamall and asked about the passport charm. It costs around Php 2,500. I am happy to get a good deal at Guam. I got it for only $36 dollars with discount (which is roughly Php1,650). :)
A major part of Guam’s over-all experience, shopping truly complements the island’s neo-island lifestyle that offers the right mix of laid-back cultural island living with a modern luxurious feel – making it a perfect weekend and holiday getaway for tourists.
Located West of the Pacific, US island territory of Guam is only three-and-a-half hour away from Manila, via Philippine Airlines and United Airlines.
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