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Duty Free opens up new stores, to continue Filipino ‘Pasalubong Shopping Tradition’

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By Victoria “NIKE” De Dios

As the holidays draw closer and the Christmas rush is here, Duty Free ensures that the balikbayans, OFWs and foreign travelers need not have to worry about what to give to their loved ones this Christmas.

Through the years, pasalubong shopping has become synonymous with Duty Free shopping, thanks to the country’s overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and balikbayans who have made homecoming gifts a Filipino tradition. 

For the Filipino traveler, no arrival from abroad or even departure from the country is complete without a pack of chocolates for the children, a bottle of the wife’s favorite perfume or the finest wines to share with friends. 

Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) was created to primarily meet the international traveler’s Duty Free shopping needs. As travel and tourism are now regaining its pre-pandemic state, DFPC is all set to expand its operations to recapture the market. 

Aside from the two Manila downtown malls, Fiestamall and Luxe, DFPC has arrival and departure outlets at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals and at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

Recently, DFPC has set up stores at some of the country’s top tourist destinations. Tourists can now shop at the Duty Free departure store at the Kalibo International Airport after their vacation in Boracay, while travelers to Iloilo can drop by the arrival Duty Free outlet at the Iloilo International Airport.  

This December 2022, Duty Free shopping will be available to tourists and guests at the 
Hilton Hotel in Clark, Pampanga. 

True to its newest tagline “Only the Best”, DFPC is determined to be the country’s BEST travel retailer by offering only the BEST products and service to its customers.  Despite the pandemic’s profound impact on the Tourism attached agency’s business, DFPC continues to enhance its merchandise mix, programs and services to meet the evolving consumer preferences and retail trends. All these efforts are geared for DFPC to regain profitability and hence be able to contribute to the government’s tourism projects.

To know more about DFPC and its latest offerings, visit or follow @dutyfreephils on Facebook and Instagram.

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