Tiendesitas is a huge flea market type of shopping area in Pasig City located at the busy C5 highway. It is owned by the owners of the Greenhills Commercial Center who envisioned to have a mini greenhills type of flea market style of shopping where you can find local and international arts and crafts, a big pet selling and grooming area and budget clothes and other accesories. It is patterned after the Chatuchak market of Bangkok, Thailand. Like in any other flea markets, Haggling is the norm here.
Shopping hours are
from 12 noon to 12 midnight
according to their website:
Tiendesitas is Pasig City's newest shopping and family entertainment destination owned by Ortigas & Company. Tiendesitas caters to foreign and domestic shoppers looking for the best Philippine products. 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. More than 450 traders, mostly entrepreneurs from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are offering specialty merchandise.
Tiendesitas sits on a 30,000 square meter area within Frontera Verde, which houses 12 Maranao architecture-inspired pavilions called "villages." Indigenous materials used in creative ways adorn these villages using chemically-treated 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. The result is a stylized and unique Filipino architecture. The design of the complex also gives attention to the needs of the disabled and the elderly.
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.
What to buy: Tiendesitas offerings include native food, fashion wear and accessories, furniture, antiques, handicrafts, personal care and novelty items, pets, plants, and other Philippine–made products.
What to pay: depends on your haggling skills
If you are looking for a place where you can stretch your budget, you might want to try the Tiangge day of the Pasig City Market. It is located on the third floor. You can buy a lot of things here. From clothes and accessories (men, women, childrens), to home needs like curtains, pillows and etc. You can find ready made costumes as well! This place is like the Divisoria of Pasig city. Tiangge day starts in the morning and ends at 12 noon.
If you are planning to go there, it is better to be there early like 5-6am. Later than that, expect a lot of people and heavy traffic. Please take note that traffic is heavier on special occasions like the Christmas seasons.
What to pay: On a budget of Php 500, you can buy a lot. You can even ask for a discount.
St. Francis Square Mall is a mall strategically located in the heart of Ortigas Center, just at the back of SM Megamall Bldg A and behind The Podium. The mall is owned and managed by Mr.Luke C. Roxas, founder of the ASB Realty.
Ground Floor: Cellphones, Music Player, DVDs, every 2nd hand and brand new gadgets are here.
Second Floor: shoes, slippers, sandals and alot of bags.
What to buy: Trade your old cellphone to a new model just paying a negotiated fare difference on the price. DVDs peddled at 3 for 100php which includes the movies which are not yet out on the theathers.
variety of not so expensive shoes and bags which are half the price that you can buy at the dept. store. Yes, it's true a shoulder bag that cost as low as 200php with a sleek design. sandals 200php wow. Definitely, you can buy alot of fashion gadgets with your 1,000php at this dept. store like tiangge.
What to pay: Prices are all negotiable. Why not?
Tiendesitas means 'little stores.' This shopping complex along C5 highway is segregated into several villages to make it easier for shoppers to find what they are looking for (e.g. Novelty, Food, Delicacies, Fashion, etc.). I was excited and giddy the first time I went there, especially in the handicrafts and home furnishings area. My favorite things...
It has a very relaxing, homey shopping atmosphere.
What to buy: Delicacies
The group of JohnGokongwei, a Chinese self-made businessman, influentially operating in the background, has made it again.
With his sense for business he established also in this new business area a skyscraper with department stores in the lower floors (as he did in all major cities in competition with the SM-Group, also Chinese (Sy)
What to buy: From Household goods to fashion. All is there.Cheap and expensive!
What to pay: Average