Great Places for Holiday Gifts

Image courtesy of Mister GC at
Image courtesy of Mister GC at

by Jason Alarva (Guest Blogger)

During Christmas or Pasko, people tend to buy lots of thingamajigs for their relatives, kaanak, apos, and the like. And can’t quite decide what to buy specifically for that makulit na pamangkin, that maarte na pinsan, or that magarbo na binata. But there is a place in Metro Manila where you can find something so fast and so cheap that every category for those people mentioned will be filled in, and with just a little walk to the corner.

Surely Divisoria comes to mind when people are looking for that little something that is hard to find in any supermall or supermarket? Well, so are a lot of people. Divisoria has become a staple for blue-collar citizens with a fixed budget and a lot of creativity, which is why the streets of Binondo, Manila are packed that even a needle falling from the sky has a 90% chance of not touching the ground in this part of the city.

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Can you see the floor? Yeah, me neither. Photo from:

168 Divisoria Mall

The iconic three numbered mall. Photo from:
The iconic three numbered mall. Photo from:

This is by far, the most famous of all malls in Binondo, as it has everything from accessories to hardware, even toys for the little ones, not to mention two food courts that serve up a lot of varieties from Authentic Chinese, to Modern Filipino.

50% of the people here are hungry, and 50% are just resting.
50% of the people here are hungry, and 50% are just resting.

Parking here is also innovative and fun as Manila opted to have an automated parking system to accommodate all the cars coming in non-stop.

Ooooh. Mechanical.
Ooooh. Mechanical. Photo from:

You can find almost anything here. Accessories for that little girl who is going to her 1st Christmas Party, a T-shirt for that boy who’s trying to impress the ladies, an mp3 player for that kid who just wants to hear Christmas Carols all day long or a set of cookware for Mom to use to prepare her Noche Buena, even a toolkit for Dad to fix the house when guests are coming in.

Yes, name it, 168 Divisoria mall has it.

And if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, step outside of 168 and look around. There are countless number of rolling stalls selling everything and anything for a cheap price. From shoes, to fruits even pets.

Just be careful when you walk the streets as with Christmas season comes, also the threat of petty crimes such as theft comes with.

Want an interesting type of Christmas shopping? Then Divisoria is the place for you.

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a headache. You just have to know what, where and when to buy in order to save money.

Happy Christmas shopping!


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