Divisoria is big and chaotic, but it is unparalleled for goods and prices. Name it and chances are you will find it here. ... More
Divisoria is big and chaotic, but it is unparalleled for goods and prices. Name it and chances are you will find it here. More than anything else, Divisoria is known for textiles. Prices are generally wholesale, and you can haggle to the last peso. However, if you are new to Manila, do not venture here on your own. Aside from the possibility of getting lost or finding the place too bewildering, you would not be able to strike as good a deal with stall owners. A local guide is a must.
I love the place and the new malls. Whenever I visit the philippines I always make sure I stop by and try my bartering skills. You can get really good deals here although the brands are repilcas and imitations they are affordable. I always go for the off-brands or asian brands since knock-offs are easily seen as such. The food court is similar to the one in SM city but the food is priced low and tasty. I will be going back next year for some more stuff. I hardly bought a suitcase full this time. Next year be ready, I will be buying a ton of shoes and jeans. Can't wait.
when my mom had a toy business we used to visit divisoria to buy stuff every week.. its too crowded but theres nothing you cannot find in Divisoria.. whenever i want to buy a branded jeans in a cheaper price, i would fit the jeans i want in department store,check if it fts well, and i would buy the same brand, syle in divisoria at 30-50% off the original price. My mom and i would just grab watermelon in some carts, and would eat it while walking around.. you can also get corn, coconut, etc so you would never get hungry while shopping...
one thing a shopper should remember is to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, dont wear any jewlery, if possible bring bodybag.. eat breakfast before shopping, and make sure you have the energy! shopping in divisoria is also our way of exercising, it is soooo challenging..
Christmas is past approching, Divisoria is the best place to shop!
you might want to visit the dry market just in the basemebt of divisoria mall, where you can buy the cheapest toys..
enjoy shopping! :)
I have been frequenting Divisoria since I was a child. My grandmother used to take me there and indirectly, through her way of buying items, taught me a how to make a good bargain from sellers of different products. I never grew tired of touring the place for the entire day because they offer the best and real shopping deals. I also love the food being offered in different Chinese restaurants. And, who could forget Eng Bee Tin? I was introduced to their products when I was still pregnant with my eldest child. I loved their hopia - all of it! Whenever I travel to Saudi Arabia, I used to give it to my Filipino expat friends there as "pasalubong," even to other nationalities.
My daughter ten years old likes to go back there, we've been there 2x and she still wants to go back for the cheap goods
By A Yahoo Contributor, 10/29/07
I like this place . I advise anyonwe who goes there to take public transport as taking your car is not practical. Once the jeepney drops you ff in Divisoria you are free to roam without worrying where to part your car. If you're somewhere from taft Avenue ( hotels etc0 you can take the Jeepney its very near and I tell you you will be delighted with the experience everything is cheap.It's not hard to roam around. Just be there at 7 ama and leave before ten a.m.
Being the OC shopper that I am,I have been to alot of shopping havens in and out of my country. Still,when it comes to big-time bargain hunting,there's no reason to look any further than Divisoria.
The first time that I visited,I only had 1000php (18us$).I was really worried as I sulk over things that I can't buy on shopping sprees due to budget shortage.But after a day of rack-crashing,street barging,and of course a lot of haggling,I can't believe my eyes when I laid my finds as I arrived home.
Divisoria is downright inexpensive so you don't need a fortune to splurge.But be wary as wrongdoers abound on this crazy part of Manila because they are aware of the daily shopping frenzy going about.
Overall,Divisoria is worth visiting. Just don't forget to don comfortable footwear as Divisoria is a huge criss-cross of streets, requiring you to stretch your tippytoes!
I've buying stuff there for years and I trully loved it. People is friendly and efficient. It's a massive mess where you can't hardly move (watch your pockets BTW) but overall it's fun. You can find everything from cloth to toys via beads and meat. Sometimes it stinks badly but there is no place like this anywhere else. If coming with your car, park it before you reach the crowd. Pay someone to keep an eye on it and don't carry to much stuff at the same time. Beware of your pockets and wallets. I met some snatchers and pickpockets around there but nothing too harsh. Price are really good and I never paid more because I was foreigner. Some store have a bunch of cute filipina salesladies in uniforms working and always ready for joking with you. Most of the owners are chinese and they are easy to recognise: they don't laugh at all!
I miss Divisoria more than anything else in the Philippines...
"We usually go to Divisoria on the day before we depart manila to come back to Australia. It's a good place to pick up some bargains, especially DVDs if that's what you want. Yeah the standard price for a DVD is 75 pesos, but if you are buying a lot usually they will drop the price to 70 pesos. Who knows what the locals pay? I have no idea."
Well my friend, when I go there with my girlfriend, who grew up in Philippines, we get dvds for 50-60 pesos. I'm not trying to rub it in but they probably are overcharging you. If its the two of us, the price will be 60. If its just her, she can make "tawad" and get them for 50 each. I wouldn't take it personally though. Locals will stick it to foreigners no matter where you go. This practice, however annoying, is not exclusive to the Philippines.
I LOVE DIVI SO MUCH! I always go there... so many bargains at OH so CHEAP prices! But they're so nice and excellent! You couldn't find any place in the Philippines for a better shopping place...but be ready for lots of walking! It's worth it, though
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