Top Five Shopping Destinations in the Philippines

1. Divisoria
From food to clothes, from party supplies to school supplies, this place has it all. Located right in the heart of old Manila, Divisoria’s draw is its multitude of air-conditioned malls and street markets, all offering products at very, very low prices. Divisoria is always crowded, but more so before school starts (late May-early June) and during the -ber months (September-December) in preparation for the Christmas season.

2. Quiapo
Also situated in Manila is Quiapo, a shopping hotspot for electronics, photography needs, arts and crafts, and DVDs. The streets surrounding the popular Quiapo Church are also famous for their unique combination of wares. Where else can one find herbs and candles rooted in folkloric belief being sold right alongside religious images and novena pamphlets?

3. Greenhills
Buyers flock to this shopping center in the city of San Juan for the latest looks in fashion—from clothes and shoes, to bags and accessories—without burning a hole in the pocket. Greenhills is truly a fashionista’s paradise.

4. Baguio
Aside from being the Philippines’s summer capital, Baguio is also considered the country’s flower and produce capital. A visit to Baguio’s city market will get you the freshest fruits and vegetables and the most colorful flowers from La Trinidad Valley, fragrant coffee from Benguet and Kalinga, and unique handcrafted items, such as warm knits and wood sculptures, by communities in the North at reasonable prices.

5. Aldovinco
This market in Davao City offers everything in good quality at a bargain. Here, shoppers can get multicolored sarongs, intricately designed malongs, well-crafted jewelry and accessories, trendy clothes, fresh food items, and other pasalubong special to Southern Philippines at wholesale prices.

By Ria Santos Natividad

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