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Where to do Early Christmas Shopping in the Metro

  • Posted on October 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm
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September flew by so fast. We all know what happens when October hits. Filipinos get into this shopping frenzy—spotting bazaars, visiting depots, waiting for warehouse sales, and rushing to Divisoria. Everyone is waiting for Christmas whether for gift giving or receiving. And thus, a list of shopping haven is helpful. Below are certified places (in no particular order) where you can find really good deals:

1.    Divisoria

Need I say more? :)

2.    Greenhills Shopping Mall

Just like Divisoria, Greenhills is a one-stop shop. They have clothes, pieces of jewelry, gadgets, appliances, plants, restaurants. It is just an upgrade from Divisoria.

3.    Dapitan Arcade

Kanlaon Avenue, Quezon City

This place is a haven for those looking for home décor, furnishing, and furniture. From souvenir items up to cutleries, and rattan chairs, they have it. If you’re planning to go shopping, it is better if you have your own vehicle. Parking slots are limited though, but you can park in nearby establishments (ask politely).

4.    S&R Membership Shopping 

For branches, you may visit their website:

A great place in the Metro for shopping bottles of wine, hams, cheeses, chocolates, and other imported products. Comparison of their prices with local supermarkets reveals a good deal most especially on wine.

5.    Duty Free Clark or Subic/Marquee Mall in San Fernando, Pampanga

If you have the time and the means, you might as well spend it on going to Duty Free shopping in Clark or Subic. The toys are really cheap. You could buy a great doll for 250php. If you have a lot of godchildren, the trip up North (with gas and toll fee) could actually be worth it.

6.    World Trade Bazaar/Superb Bazaar

Bazaars are really fun, because most of the exhibitors just get together to participate in these events. But the downside is, bazaars happen occasionally. The Worlbex Bazaar is every December. While the Superb Bazaar will have an event on October 23-27, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center. For more details, check it here:

7.    Hole-in-the-wall (HIW) stalls

Who doesn’t like them? Other than the fact that they’re cheap, sometimes for clothes mostly overruns, you really get to buy unique items. No matter whether you’re thinking of buying for yourself or as a gift, hole-in-the-wall stalls are fun! But be ready to get lost, if you’re really not familiar with the places, you might

a. HIW along Domingo Guevara St., (formerly Libertad St.), Mandaluyong City

They have jackets, sports wear, under wear, shoes, pants, dresses, and other apparel. It’s worth a visit

b. HIW along Paraiso St. (route: From Del Monte Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue, take Paraiso St. and you will definitely pass by it.)

They sell underwear, corsets, girdles, and other lingerie.

c.    Galileo Enoteca Deli

                  Calbayog corner Libertad St., Mandaluyong City

It’s actually a restaurant but they sell Italian bread, cheeses, wine, and other Italian which are great on your table and for gift-giving. They also prepare gift-baskets.