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Souvenirs and Travel Memorabilia - Scouting a Perfect Souvenir Shop

Updated on January 6, 2012

If you're a collector of souvenirs and travel memorabilia, you don't have to spend too much money from your credit card if you are a tourist. I urge you to spend it wisely by considering the following suggestions first. You just have to contemplate before plunging into a buying spree just for the heck of it.

  1. Is it worth it or you just have to brag about your travel experiences that's why you're buying some souvenir items from a particular country you've visited?
  2. If it will not be too much of an excess baggage and you have a budget for its extra payment, then go buy it.
  3. Choose the most affordable item that is unique from that country. Aside from the flag, you can buy the most indigenous product from the said tourist spot. It may range from collector's items, food preserves, and the like.
  4. Souvenir items that are environment-friendly or products from recycled materials are the in-thing these days. You can look for those handmade items that are the source of living of the people there. Items like native bags, paper mache are things you can or might consider.
  5. If you consider giving those items as gifts to your friends and family, then you can budget your money for that items you might consider end buying.


The signage of The Papier Tole Shop (Photo by Travel Man)
The signage of The Papier Tole Shop (Photo by Travel Man)

Travel Man's Find: Intramuros and The Papier Tole Shop

If you happen to travel in Metro Manila, Philippines, you must include Intramuros in your itinerary. There are lots of souvenir shops that are still existing and thriving money-wise because of the tourist influx in this walled city in the metro.

It's Hispanic influences are well-preserved, from the sentries or guards with its 18th century uniforms and the existence of caretelas or horse-driven carriage that fetches tourists to tour the very small city.

The baroque-styled church at Beaterio street is often photographed by the tourists and city dwellers as well due to its grandiose presence.

Since Intramuros is also the place where my manning agency (for my work overseas) is located, I used to take photos of what interest me inside the walled city.

The souvenir shop where I used to visit is The Papier Tole Shop, established in 1668 as major hub for recycled paper products. The Spanish regime left a very important contribution to the Filipino people by utilizing their artistic talent and skills as it leave unique masterpieces for the unique paintings in 3D or in watercolor, paper dolls, necklaces and other paper products.



All photos by Travel Man
All photos by Travel Man
WIndow display
WIndow display
Paper dolls
Paper dolls
3D Paper Tole watercolored painting
3D Paper Tole watercolored painting
Other souvenir items
Other souvenir items
Paper boxes
Paper boxes
Secret books, etc.
Secret books, etc.
Eiffel Tower on paper
Eiffel Tower on paper
Paper covers
Paper covers
Japanese dolls
Japanese dolls
Ethnic dolls
Ethnic dolls
Tourist browsing at the store
Tourist browsing at the store

Paper products for Souvenirs

The influence of European art in paper recycling is noted with the products that I've seen and bought from the souvenir shop that I've visited.

Papier Tole or Paper tole is an art technique in which part or all of an image is raised from the surface to give a 3 dimensional effect which enhances the natural shape of the image.

From the products that I've seen at the Papier Tole Shop, I was engrossed by the 3D effects on the building art and related works.

It's like a duplicate image of a photograph, although the technique is to raise or separate each object from one another.

I blurted a lot of praises and talked with the shop's attendant-worker who also revealed to me he local artists who are engrossed with the manually-made 3D art or painting.

Although the shop is now incorporated with other indigenous art, paper products are still the highlights of the souvenir store.

You may drop by at the shop if you travel here in the Philippines.

And don't forget to buy items that you can afford for souvenirs.


All photos by Travel Man (taken Oct. 21, 2011)
All photos by Travel Man (taken Oct. 21, 2011)
The Stature of Liberty and the Human Skeleton
The Stature of Liberty and the Human Skeleton
Star Lantern made from recycled paper
Star Lantern made from recycled paper
One corner of the shop
One corner of the shop
The Clock and The Mas
The Clock and The Mas
Paper Bags
Paper Bags
Lampshade made from recycled paper
Lampshade made from recycled paper
Necklaces made from recycled paper
Necklaces made from recycled paper
The shop attendant-worker
The shop attendant-worker
3D artwork
3D artwork
Swan-holder made from recycled paper
Swan-holder made from recycled paper

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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Donna Lautingco: Hi, there! I don't know if they're selling paper tole materials. I've seen their finished products but not the raw materials.

      You can visit the shop at the Intramuros, Manila. It's so easy to locate.

      Best regards!

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      Donna Lautingco 

      6 years ago

      Hi! How do I get to this shop? I used to do paper tole back in 2004, unfortunately very few shops offer sell paper tole materials.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      OMG! I kept on forgetting to reply on your comments. I've been busy job hunting that's why. LOL!

      Anyway....

      @kikalina: It's been a pleasure having you here. :D

      @Arian Rey: Yap, the government should really promote this.

      @thesailor: Papier Tole is a very distinctive paper art. Let's keep our fingers crossed that government will take notice as they read this write-up.

      @Romano Arnesto: Thanks. Paying a visit at this shop will surely take you back in time. It's kind of nostalgic when you enter the store.

    • Romano Arnesto profile image

      Romano Arnesto 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Awesome souvenir photos! I like those on picture frames as souvenir.

    • thesailor profile image

      thesailor 

      6 years ago from Seven Seas

      Nice showcase of photos regarding Papier Tole(to-lee). It's a diminishing art that should be given support and attention by our government.

    • Arian Rey profile image

      Arian Rey 

      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      Nice pics, travel man. Thanks for giving tribute to this unique art that should be given support by our government.

    • kikalina profile image

      kikalina 

      6 years ago from Europe

      I enjoyed viewing those photos. Thanks nice work!

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