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“Best Money Changer”

Aldevinco Shopping Center
Ranked #11 of 74 things to do in Davao City
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

If you want to have the best money changer in Davao, go to Aldevinco and look for "Singapore" money changer and see Aida Yuson. Very honest and a lovely lady - always the best rate!!!!

87  Thank Xanerin
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed at the ALU Hotel Davao at the Central district of this metropolis. Aldevinco shopping center is just three blocks away from our hotel at the corner of Claveria Street and Roxas Boulevard a triangular area with more than a hundred stores.

This shopping center carries a wide variety of merchandise ranging from souvenir items, leather and weaved bags, clothing items or materials, scarf, shirts and T-shirts to carved or plain chest box (baul) to fresh or south-sea pearls.

If you are tagged as a "tourist" expect to be quoted 3-4x the regular selling price. This is the place to hone in ones "haggling" skills. Interestingly, there are more items that appeals to women shoppers. So if you are accompanying your "significant partner", be prepared for a long wait.

Inside the center is Dreambuck coffee shop, an air-conditioned facility where you can "cool your heels", read a magazine or order coffee or a light snack while waiting. (Sorry no Wi-Fi). Later carrying shopping bags will be a good exercise for your biceps at anytime of day.

3  Thank RolandoB219
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

I like Aldevinco because the batik, bags, pearls, etc. are cheaper there. Because it's a cluster of stores, the place will give shoppers a wide selection of Davao souvenir items like shirts, fridge magnets, coin purses, etc. Don't leave Davao without checking this place out.

2  Thank Jie-E
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

This was probably my third time at Aldevinco. The last time was a number of years ago. I'm not sure but there seem to be more options of stuff one can buy this time. But I was a bit sad to have not been able to find the native jewelry store I once went to.
The most common items found here are pearls (and pearl jewelry), souvenir shirts, batik, malong, ethnic crafts, souvenir trinkets like magnets and keychains, and other local items ideal for "pasalubong."
The price is pretty okay considering these are souvenir items. But you might want to haggle first before purchasing something because the first price store salespeople give is usually much higher than the "real" or "lowest" possible retail price for the item.
It is also conveniently located near other establishments. There is a market right beside it. You can buy there fruits, candies and other delicacies.

3  Thank Riza O
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

You name it, you can get everything in this place. Hold on, check that. What I meant to say is you can get batik cloths, jewelry made of pearls and gemstones, copper ware, various types of wood work, ancient swords, shields and other handicrafts. The prices are higher than expected but cheaper compared to the traveler's home country. You are. however, expected to barter and this system could be fun for others while a pain for some :) Additionally, if you run out of the local currency, they have a few money exchangers who offer better rates than banks. In closing, all I have to say is to enjoy and have fun!

3  Thank MrEdnWilbur
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