Been a regular visitor to Boracay since 1991, but after late 2003, it took me another 3 years to visit again in August '06, and since I have more free time, am going again in a few days.
One thing that confused me during my last trip was searching for the talipapa for souvenirs, since that was a place where we always bought souvenirs before. I heard the news I think a year ago when fire struck the talipapa. Prior to my trip last August, I remember there was the talipapa and portion of D'Mall and ongoing constructions. Then last August, according to a tricycle driver, there's D'Mall, D'Talipapa, and a talipapa. He can't describe to me the difference between D'Talipapa and the "talipapa" which I think was in station 3. D'Talipapa according to him was between D'Mall and the talipapa, but what they sell in both places, he can't say. Ended up shopping in D'Mall since we planned to go at night and didn't want to wander around anywhere that seemed unclear even to a tricycle driver.
Will be going again in a few days with friends who will be visiting the island for the first time. Ad for sure they'd like to get souvenirs. Would like to take them to D'Mall to sample some restos, and hopefuly to a talipapa but which talipapa?! Or should we scrap the talipapa experience all together?