• Divisoria Shoppers' Guide: Exploring the Markets (Part 4 of 5)

    You've been to the Divi Malls, now it's time to get into the markets.
    by Julian Vorpal .
  • Don’t forget to follow our pointers at these links: Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Have The Proper Mindset (Part 1of 5) and Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Be Prepared for the Trip (Part 2 of 5 ), before you set out to do some bargain hunting in Divisoria’s nooks and crannies. 
    Don’t forget to use this handy map to explore Divi: http://www.mapcentral.ph/mapcentral/index.cfm
     
    Exploring the Markets
     
    Fiesta Shopping Plaza Fronting
    C.M. Recto, this is home to mountains of shirts, slacks, jeans, socks, caps and other items of clothing that were once fashionable in the late 1980s. 
     
    KP Tower Commercial Center 
    Right beside Fiesta Shopping Plaza is KP Tower, a dingy but interesting cubbyhole full of raggedy video games for the Family Computer, PlayStation, Gameboy, Xbox, Wii and PC, interspersed with a sprinkling of herbal soap and health products.  You can also find cheap television sets and CD players.  Of course, getting them to work is another matter entirely…
     
    Roman St. 
    From cups to umbrellas, Christmas trees to scented candles, this street follows the trends of the season.  Some seasonal in-things are camouflage shorts and tank tops, mail carrier bags, and designer-style flowerpots in Dali-esque colors. 
     
    Soler St. 
    Very much like Roman St., Soler also follows the fashion trends and whatever comes out from the warehouses and piers.  One minute you will be looking at unusual handheld electric fans you think are an oddity, and a few blocks later, you will find another vendor selling the same handheld electric fans.  Good luck trying to find the same items next month—the seasons come and go faster than Paris Hilton’s boyfriends.
     
    Juan Luna 
    Originally considered as the heart of Divisoria, this leads to Binondo and Ongpin to the southeast.  This is very much like Mongkok with its air-conditioned boutiques, green grocers filled with Chinese exotica and jewelry stores awash in yellow gold.  To the northwest of Juan Luna are the more colorful and earthy sights and smells of sundries such as linoleum, dried fish and fishing supplies.  There are also specialty stores for mass-produced candles to arm whole armies of the faithful for the fiesta de La Naval.  If you’re searching for gold thread, buckles or cat shaped buttons, the dressmaking shops have a cornucopia of frivolities for you.
     
    Ylaya St. 
    For textile-based goods such as pillows and curtains, clothes from ready-to-wear items to gowns, sportswear and underwear, Ylaya is the place to go.  Beware though, a few of these items may end up midget-sized and wafer-thin after a second or third washing.
     
     
    Other Articles in this Series:
    Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Have The Proper Mindset (Part 1 of 5)
    Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Be Prepared for the Trip (Part 2 of 5)
    Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Exploring the Malls (Part 3 of 5)
    Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Exploring the Streets (Part 5 of 5)
      

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