January 20, 2018, 5:34 pm
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A paradise for bargain hunters

Photos taken with OPPO F5

In the Philippines, we say Mabuhay. But in Guam, one must always remember to say hafa adai (read: half a day).

But you need more than half-a-day if you your purpose of going to Guam is shopping.

Guam may be a remote island and rich in history, but it certainly doesn’t lag when it comes to shopping and high-end retail options. 

And to top it all off, shopping in Guam is duty-free.

Regina Nedlic, Marketing Manager for Philippines & Russia of the Guam Vistors Bureau (GVB) said shopping is best enjoyed in Guam.

“There’s variety—from luxury to bargain. We are tax free and most main brands are here,” Nedlic said, adding that they want to entice more businesses and bring in more brands.

Nedlic said the best time to go to Guam to shop in November, specifically the Thanksgiving weekend.

And if Guam is where America’s day starts, shopping in Guam, at times, is endless. (read: 24 hours)

Shopaholics will find a haven in Tumon, dubbed as Guam’s center of shopping and fashion. 

Along Pale San Vitores Road are branded shops—Louis Vuitton, Mark Jacobs, Rimowa, Tory Burch, Gucci, Prada, Hermes, Balenciaga. Name it, Guam has it.

Better check out the DFS Guam Galleria and Tumon Sands Plaza, where all the popular designer brands are. All-time favorite American brands are also available at marked down prices.

Established in Hong Kong in 1960, DFS’ network consists of duty free stores located in 18 major global airports, 14 downtown Galleria stores, as well as affiliate and resort locations. 

The Group is privately held and majority owned by the luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), alongside DFS co-founder and shareholder Robert Miller. DFS Group employs over 9,000 people. In 2012, over 200 million travellers visited DFS stores. DFS is headquartered in Hong Kong and has offices in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

In 1995, DFS opened the first downtown T Galleria in Guam.

Micronesia Mall, known to locals as Micro Mall, is Guam’s largest American style mall. Locals and tourists alike enjoy spending the day at Micro Mall—owned by tycoon Lucio Tan—whether hanging out in the coffee shops, like Coffee Beanery, Port of Mocha and Honolulu Coffee Shop or browsing the latest fashion trends. 

There is a wealth of American brand clothing stores available, including Macy’s.  There is also a large Pay-Less Supermarket attached to the mall which offers a good selection of organic, gluten-free, and other allergen-free foods.  

By the way, there’s also a Bench shop in Micronesia Mall.

Lucio Tan isn’t the only Filipino tycoon present in Guam.  Henry Sy of the SM brand also built Agana Shopping Center.  

Altough smaller compared to Micronesia Mall, Agana also has famous brands and 20 specialty stores including an SM outlet.

But if bargain is what you are looking for, then head off to Guam Premier Outlets.

Since 1997, GPO has offered with a fantastic selection of shopping, restaurants and entertainment for the entire family. With stores like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, GPO helps you keep up with the latest fashions without breaking the bank. 

Put you best foot forward with the island’s largest selection of shoes for the whole family from Nine West and Famous Footwear. 

Shop for great deals on family clothing and housewares at GPO’s  anchor store, Ross Dress for Less, which also has a smaller branch at Micro Mall.

Since 1982, Ross’ focus has been on bringing customers a constant stream of high quality department and specialty store brands at extraordinary savings—20 to 60 percent lower than department stores—while providing an easy, fun and organized shopping experience.

So what’s their secret?  As USA’s largest off-price retail chain, Ross has a great deal of purchasing power.  Also, their buyers search the globe for the best brands and latest styles.  They work directly with manufacturers to negotiate the best deals.

What’s more surprising, Ross doesn’t believe in window displays or decorations in their stores.  This means they can pass more savings to the shoppers.

Ross Dress for Less has1,342 locations in 36 states in mainland US and 2 in Guam.  The GPO branch is open up to 2 in the morning.

Guam also has Kmart, the pioneer in five-and-dime concept and has changed the shopping landscape of US.  

The store that Sebastian Spering Kresge built a hundred years ago has evolved into an empire of more than 1,500 stores and an Internet presence that reaches millions of customers. The Kmart name has become a symbol of Americana, standing for quality products at low prices.

Kmart Guam is open 24 hours.  Yes, 24 hours.

Hungry from all the shopping? Guam also offers one-of-a-kind dining experiences.

Try to catch Tao Tao Tasi, a brand new Beach BBQ, dinner show and restaurant that opened in 2015. 

This incredible optional tour is set directly on the beach in Tumon next to the Nikko Hotel Guam and adjacent to the Beach Bar & Grill, Guam’s most popular and most highly recommended beach restaurant and nightspot for travelers, families, adults and children or all ages. 

Created by the world’s leading show creators including those who have worked with Cirque du Soleil in cooperation with Guam’s leading cultural experts, this dinner show presents Guam’s ancient Chamorro warriors and beautiful dancers from the islands of Tahiti and the exciting fire dancing of Samoa. 

Tao Tao Tasi is by far the largest dinner show on Guam with a cast of over thirty performers in an entirely original large production. 

At Churrasco, enjoy a classic Brazilian steakhouse experience, prepared the gaucho way:  simply seasoned to preserve the natural, bold flavor of their specialty cuts. 

A place of all you can eat meat, salad, soup and hot sides, Churrasco (barbecue in Portuguese) has its roots from the early 1800’s when cattle-herding cowboys, or “gauchos” in the Pampas of southern Brazil would gather after butchering a cow to cook large portions of meat over a wood burning fire in the open field. 

The meat was seasoned simply with coarse salt and slow-cooked in its own juices. Then, small slices were passed around until everyone was full, a tradition that led to “rodizio”, a dining style of continuous service.

At Churrasco, they’ve kept the gaucho tradition alive. 

Cuts of meat, seasoned with sea salt, are grilled over an open flame and served as in centuries of old, preserving the natural, rich flavor of each tender cut.

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Cebu Pacific Air flies between Guam and Manila thrice weekly—every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays—using the Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 seating capacity.  The lowest all-in year round fare is at P7,370.84 for Manila to Guam and P6,558.85 for Guam to Manila.  All-in fare per passenger, inclusive of terminal fee, web admin fee and country specific taxes (does not include PH tax).  Quoted rates may be different from the time of purchase due to currency fluctuation.

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OPPO’s very first full-screen display smartphone is priced at P15,990 and is now available in all OPPO authorized dealers nationwide. 
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