Gorillapod for Php180?

I love my Gorillapod. When people see me using it, they all look at it in amazement and it always end up with them asking me where I bought it and for how much. I bought my Gorillapod locally, at the 5th Avenue store for Php1,400. I always say that it’s a great value for a great product. Honestly, I didn’t mind shelling out 1,400 for it.

Not surprisingly, it pains me to see this inside Cebu Pacific’s latest Smile, their inflight magazine on my flight back to Manila yesterday:

Php180 Gorillapod from Cebu Pacific
What the hell?

Labeled as the CEB Camera Flexi Tripod in Pouch, this technically isn’t THE Gorillapod, but looks surprisingly close to one.

I wonder how it would compare to the original though. Is it as sturdy? As flexible? As stable? Does it grip as well as the original Gorillapod? I made the huge mistake of being cheap and not buying it so I can compare the two. Anybody have Cebu Pacific’s version of the Gorillapod? I would love to hear your reviews about it!

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 8 Comments
  1. dyanie says:

    Hi Nina! Hmmm, you have seen another Smile Mag ha so meaning galing ka isang flight ;) Ito na ba yung Donsol trip mo? ;) Wee! looking forward for your pics! :)

  2. Anna says:


    PhP180 is peanuts compared to the PhP1k+++ ones!

    I wonder who among the people I know are flying CebuPac soon…

  3. gita says:

    nothing to worry sis, im sure youve got the real deal here. gorillapod is the best deal i think. nothing compares to the original diba. besides, we all get what we pay for. if you get something cheap, then chances are, it really is. ;-)

  4. davidd says:

    Four dollars (U.S.) for a Gorillapod? I certainly hope not!

    (Even 1800 pesos is a good deal; mine cost a bit more than that. Then again, I got the SLR Zoom version.)

    A quick Google search for “flexi tripod” turns up a number of knock-offs, including the Monkey Pod, the Jacobs Mini Flexi Tripod, the PIK mini flexi tripod, and the (no, I’m not making this up) Goofy Flexi Tripod (http://www.lensamalaysia.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4729), a cheap knock-off from Malaysia that appears to be the same as the one you picture here.

    Just like Pinky Street figures, it’s hard to tell the difference between the “real thing” and a “cheap fake” from a photograph, but I’m sure the difference is significant.

  5. nina says:

    Dyanie: Hehe, yup, ito na nga yung Donsol trip ko :D

    Anna: Gomen, gomen! My brain was really fried that weekend, so yeah…

    Ate Gita: Hehe, thanks for that reassurance! I’m sure there’s a difference in the quality, but I would love to hear from the owners of that “flexi-tripod”

    Davidd: Wow. I am speechless. That Goofy pod is a perfect clone. But hmm, where do yo think the difference lies? In the quality of the material? the flexibility?

  6. davidd says:

    “… where do you think the difference lies? In the quality of the material? The flexibility?”

    Dunno. A REAL travel blogger woulda coughed up the five bucks to find out! ;)

  7. davidd says:

    ((Just kidding! A REAL travel blogger doesn’t have money to waste on stuff like that, when it can be used toward the next plane ticket!))

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