This store filled with sparkling Christmas ornaments show just how colorful Divisoria can get.
Manila’s sultry weather aside, Divisoria
looks like a place somewhere in the near future when Christmas is only days away. Everywhere one goes, there is at least one stall with colorful blinking Christmas lights or a Christmas tree strategically placed in a spot where most people pass by.
Inside the air-conditioned malls, several stalls have already started selling Christmas decors to shoppers. One shop even adorned its entire place with garlands, possibly to attract more customers.
In the famous 168 Mall
, a stretch of stalls selling Christmas ornaments offer almost everything one needs in decorating. Christmas balls
that come in sets of 20s are priced anywhere from PhP120 to PhP300 depending on the size and design, while traditional Christmas lights
sell for PhP80 to PhP700 depending on the length and on the size of the bulbs.
Aside from artificial pine trees, most stores are also filled with poinsettias this season.
These Santas are ready to ride the sleigh again.
For your Santa Claus needs, the nearby Cityplace Square Mall
is a must visit. Here, one can take home a climbing or dancing Santa door decor for PhP250 upwards or surprise guests on Christmas day with a life-size Santa Claus starting at PhP3,000. For those looking to give the traditional Christmas tree
a twist, multi-colored LED Cherry Blossom Trees priced at PhP3,500 above are also available in most stores.
Handle these Christmas village pieces with care.
Another nearby establishment in the area which does not fall short of budget-friendly Christmas decor is good old Tutuban Center Mall
, another famous place in Divisoria. This shopping spot is home to Anding’s Toys and Flowers
, a local’s favorite when it comes to affordable Christmas shopping.
Christmas wreath arrangements
are displayed around its store and are sold for PhP500 to PhP1,200. Various Yuletide decors
such as Christmas village pieces
which range from PhP50 to PhP144 are also found inside. In addition to these, Anding’s also sells Belen (nativity scene) decors
for PhP380 to PhP660 depending on the size and design.
Your 10-peso coin could do a trick in this store.
For people with a tighter budget, resorting to the stores outside these air-conditioned malls is the best way to score cheaper bargains in Divisoria
. Cherry Berry Flower and Decor
, which is located near 168 Mall, offers Christmas ornaments at lower rates. With only PhP10, one can already take home a glittery mistletoe
for his/her Christmas tree, while PhP30 would net one a faux poinsettia
. The place is also filled with tall sparkling Christmas plants
pretty enough to replace one’s house plants for the Yuletide season. They range in prices from PhP40 to PhP160.
Everywhere you go, you’ll see a line of Christmas trees in Divisoria.
It would not be hard to look for Christmas trees as both the malls and stores outside are full of this famous holiday decor. By paying anywhere from Ph480 to PhP8,000, one can take home a four to eight-foot Christmas tree. Haggling is welcome so customers can try to lower the price to have enough cash for the tree’s decorations.
Although these decors already signal that Christmas is indeed here, a Filipino Christmas would not be complete without a parol (Christmas lantern) hanging outside the home. For PhP150, one can get either two small lanterns or a medium-sized one in the lines of stalls outside 168 Mall. A traditional capiz (windowpane oyster shell) lantern is also available for sale for PhP1,500 to PhP3,000.