Have you been to the Cultural Center of the Philippines lately? If you haven't, I would pop on by just to check out their great new Gift Shop. Open since late last year, the new CCP gift shop is eons away from the concept of what you think, well, the gift shop of a government run national theater would be. Full of cool stuff like T-shirts, sculptures, bags, puppets, housewares, books on National artists, and CDs on Philippine music, the CCP Gift Shop also has a really cool cafe where you can order a hot cup of Barako or Civet poo (yup, the RARE civet poo) coffee along with your ChocNut candies. It's now the starting point of all my Imelda tours. Props to OJ and Don Salubayba for bringing the place back to life.