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Located alongside the Quiapo Church, Quiapo Market Manila is another good and cheap place to enjoy shopping in Manila. Quiapo, district of old Manila, is well known for its markets and stalls that are good place to pick up traditional Filipino handicrafts. Besides, this place also offers cheap prices on items including electronics to clothing. Quiapo Market Manila is the best place for shoppers seeking Philippine handicrafts, such as carvings, lamps made of shells, and canework. If you are looking for some locally made high quality home decors, this market has good bargains and displays. The area is filled with all sorts of crowd. Not only this one can also buy all kinds of pirated products here, as it is the largest area of selling pirated movies and software.
Manila Quiapo Market consists of two distinct markets; one is the famous outdoor market named Ilalim ng Tulay meaning " under the bridge" and other one is Quinta Market. In Ilalim ng Tulay market offers all kinds of shopping items while Quinta market offers garden-fresh fruits and newly picked vegetables. One can also shop for fine-looking secondhand clothes from chain of stalls that lined this market. For handicrafts and wooden furniture, there are nice items that can be easily spotted at Ilalim ng Tulay market.
Quiapo is also famous for the Black Nazarene. Thousands of people parade through the streets to touch the statue where it is supposed to produce miraculous effects. A number of faithful usually collapse in a faint during the ritual, and some have even died. The Feast Day of the Black Nazarene (also known as Quiapo Day) is celebrated every January 9th. Plaza Miranda is the heart of Quiapo District. It is a square or a public plaza in front of the St. John the Baptist Church or Quiapo Church as it is widely known. It is also a popular site of political rallies.
The Quiapo district is also home to a sizable Muslim population in Manila, and The Golden Mosque is located there.
What to buy: The largest area where you can buy pirated DVD movies, software and pornographic videos can be found in Quiapo where the stores sprawl over four public streets. immediately abutting the Quiapo church, there is the commerce for the devotees and the dabblers in the alternative. Rows of palm readers and fortune tellers. Flower vendors hawking stringed sampaguitas foraltar offerings. Make-do stalls with their dizzying array of wares for the faithful. Candles in a variety of colors for specific spells and counterspells. Incense, alum, lotion and snake oils. Colorful Icons of the Sto. Niño and the Virgin Mary in laminates, wood or plaster. Amulets, pendants and talismans. Rosaries in all sizes and prices. A profusion of leaves, twigs, sprigs, seeds and roots of herbal medicinal plants, fresh, dried, powdered, bottled or decocted. A veritable army of fortune tellers and stores offering herbal products surround the Quiapo church. The biggest problem underlying the district is piracy and bandits.
What to pay: Pirated DVD's cost 30 pesos (0.65US$) a piece, 3 for 100 pesos (2.20 US$). Fortune telling at 100 pesos. Philippine Handicrafts start at 100 pesos. Counterfeit Shirts start at 300 Pesos. Lots of Other Stuffs to Buy, You can even Buy a Counterfeit College Diploma of your Choice for 700 Pesos.
Updated Mar 21, 2012
Address: Plaza Miranda and Quezon Blvd, Quiapo, Manila
Phone: (632) 834-3000
the Fiesta Mall in the Largest Duty Free Shopping Mall in the philippines and is owned by the government. It has a wide selection of foreign and local stuffs (unfortunately, it doesn't measure up to other duty free shops in the region). his is their showpiece mall in Paranaque City, just a stone's throw away from the NAIA Airport.
Caveat: You Have to Be A foreign tourist w/ passport, or local who returned abroad from a trip, and OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker), or a "Balikbayan" (filipino expatriate) to be able to shop here and for foreigners and balikbayans and OFW's, the limit is $ 2,000 and for locals, the limit is S 1,000.
You are given up to 2 days after arrival to shop here (a weird thought since in other countries, you can shop duty free anytime as long as you present your passports to the counters)
it has a modest food court for shoppers (but i suggest to go to La Copa Restaurant which is nearby for the food fix).
What to buy: for OFW's, Locals and Balikbayans, Pasalubong (gifts) for the whole village (pun intended), for foreigners, Liqours, Cigarettes, Perfumeries, and other stuff.
What to pay: you can maxx out your credit card
Updated Mar 19, 2012
Address: Duty Free Fiestamall, Ninoy Aquino Avenue
Phone: (632) 879-4222 / 879-3504
Conveniently tucked away in the verdant "city within a city" that is the Rockwell Center, Power Plant Mall provides a unique and leisurely experience for the discerning shopper.
Power Plant Mall. Where Fashionable Manila shops.
Mon to Thurs 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
What to buy: Its four-level complex incorporates a mix of specialty brands, both international and local, a supermarket, lifestyle retailers, specialty boutiques, themed restaurants and state-of-the-art cinemas.
What to pay: Expect a bit expensive price to pay.
Written Sep 22, 2011
Address: Rockwell Drive cr Estrella St, Makati City
Phone: +632 - 898 1702
SM Mall of Asia - "No Other Mall Comes Close!"
SM Mall of Asia or 'MOA" as popularly called by the locals, is the biggest mall in the Philippines.
Regular Operating Hours are from 10am to 10pm
HOW TO GET TO MOA?
You can get to MOA via taxi, bus or jeepney. If you get confused or lost, mention the word 'MOA' or 'Mall Of Asia' and most drivers will understand where you want to go.
* From the Airport - We suggest a taxi. Estimated time of arrival is 15 to 30 minutes.
* Any Manila Hotel - Most Manila hotels have special shuttle services going to MOA.
* From Makati Central Business District -
By Taxi - ETA from Makati is 30 minutes to an hour.
By Bus - Hop on any bus heading South on Edsa displaying 'MOA' or 'Mall of Asia' and you will get there within an hour to an hour and a half.
The quickest way to get to MOA. Get on the MRT either via the Buendia or Ayala Station and get off at Taft Avenue Station, the last and Southernmost station. From there, you can take any jeepney or bus marked 'MOA' or 'Mall of Asia'. ETA is 20 to 30 minutes. %v*
What to buy: At SM Mall of Asia, sky is the limit! You can FIND and EXPERIENCE everything under one roof.
Updated Sep 22, 2011
Address: Seaside Bay Blvd. SM Central Bus. Park, Pasay City
Phone: 632 + 832-2968; 632 + 832-5746
Tiendesitas is a one-stop shop that proudly and exclusively sells AUTHENTIC PHILIPPINE PRODUCTS.
If you want to shop for authentic Philippine products, then Tiendesitas is the place to go. It caters to foreign and domestic shoppers looking for the best Philippine products. Tiendesitas is situated within Frontera Verde, which houses Maranao architecture-inspired pavilions called "villages." Indigenous materials used in creative ways adorn these villages using cogon grass for roof, old kalesa wheels into chandelier frames to light the restrooms, and duyans (hammock) scattered around to allow shortbreaks amidst frenzied shopping activities. It's a unique way to experience Pinoy ambiance.
At night, shoppers can be treated to acoustic and live band performances. There is also an area dedicated to special shows, exhibits, and unique Filipino presentations. Kids and adults can also enjoy riding the kalesa, which goes around Tiendesitas. My husband & I had fun riding the Kalesa and eating locally made ice cream.
Shopping hours are from 12 noon to 12 midnight.
What to buy: It showcases the best that the Philippines can offer - native food, fashion wear and accessories, furniture, antiques, handicrafts, personal care and novelty items, pets, plants, and other locally made products.
What to pay: You can find items as cheap as Php 50.00, and items as expensive as Php 1,000.00 and up.
Updated Sep 22, 2011
Address: Ortigas Ave. cor. E. Rodriguez Ave (C5), Manila
What to buy: I found most local made footwear largest size is about US size 11,i am a US size 13.So i had to find imported US brands for my size.These were still inexpensive, example "Merrel"and "Keen" brand shoes retail for approx:$230 au and $200 au.I paid 5200 peso's and 1900 peso's respectively.I found they had a very good selection of sports wear compared to other stores.
Updated Sep 20, 2011
Address: Robinsons Department Store
When looking for a dentist on my trip to Manila,i came across this newly opened dental practice.I found Dr Tin Garcia and Dr Roevane Gonzaga and their staff to be very professional,polite, attentive and caring.The equipment and rooms were modern and clean.I would honestly say that the service here was twice as good as what i have experienced in my own country.I would strongly recommend that if you are seeking dental work in Manila to contact this practice.
What to buy: The procedure i required was for my teeth to be cleaned and then light activated teeth whitening.
What to pay: The cost of dental work here in Manila is remarkably less expensive than in my own country.I had seen other dentists in Manila advertising around 25000-27000 peso's for this procedure.The price i paid was 15000 peso's. and i was extremely happy with the service and outcome.On my second visit here i paid 2000 peso's for my teeth to be cleaned.
Updated Sep 20, 2011
Address: Level 4,Midtown Wing,Robinsons Place, Manila
The 3rd biggest mall in the world,manila bay views,ice skating rink,entertainment, shopping, etc etc....The currency exchanges are located at the SM department store business desk and also when you come in the main entrance behind the globe, go up the escalator, turn right and at the front of the philippine handcrafts store.No trip to manila can go with-out visiting the MOA.
Written Sep 14, 2011
What to buy: Airport Duty Free cigarettes are around $17 U.S per carton at Manila Airport at terminal 2.Beware that they ONLY accept $U.S at Manila Airport for cigarettes in the large duty free shop at terminal 1 but there are two smaller shops which take peso's and are cheaper but dont have as good of selection.
Updated Sep 13, 2011
The SM Mall of Asia is the largest shopping mall in the Philippines and the 7th largest shopping mall in the world. It is owned and operated by SM Prime Holdings, under the management of Henry Sy, a Chinese-Filipino business tycoon. There are future expansion plans for a 16,000-capacity multi-purpose coliseum/arena for sporting events, concerts and entertainment shows as well as a deluxe hotel and a convention center that will be built within the Mall of Asia complex.
What to buy: You can buy almost anything in this huge shopping complex.
What to pay: Maybe thousands of pesos.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: SM Central Business Park, Bay City, Pasay City
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