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5 Dependable Malls in Metro Manila for Last-Minute Christmas Shopping

It’s not too late to get something great in these stores!

By: Eunice Sheene Fulgencio | December 16, 2017

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We’ve all been there: being too busy with work, personal relationships, and actually getting some sleep that we completely forget about our Christmas shopping list. The fact that December is just flying by isn’t helping either. The days before the most wonderful time of the year are numbered, while the Christmas gifts you plan to give out remain to be listed down on a piece of paper you carry everywhere (because you keep telling yourself that you will get onto it eventually).

Fret not, though, because here are five stores where you can buy last-minute Christmas gifts to save you from failing at gift-giving.


1. Cubao Expo

Where: 3 General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Cubao Expo is brimming with unique finds. (Image: Jose Miguel Vazquez)


Cubao Expo is filled with one-of-a-kind collectibles and trinkets you won’t find anywhere else. From collector’s items to classic comics sold at three for PhP100 to vinyl records for as low as PhP10 each, the place is brimming with items that scream pop culture, novelty, and eccentricity. After you’re done Christmas shopping, you can also grab a bite at one of Cubao Expo’s hole-in-the-wall restaurants or even crack open an ice-cold beer and take in the chill, rustic vibe of the place.




2. Tutuban Center Mall

Where: Claro M. Recto Avenue corner Dagupan Street, Manila


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Tutuban Center Mall has both indoor and outdoor malls for all kinds of shoppers. (Image courtesy of Joy Doroteo)


Tutuban Center Mall, commonly referred to as “The Pinoy Shopping Experience” is a cluster of adjacent malls which offer bargain deals fit for the Filipino budget, especially this Christmas season. There are many indoor and outdoor stores to choose from which offer clothes, bags, and fashion accessories with negotiable prices. Shoes are also sold in prices starting at PhP100. Aside from those who want to accomplish some cheap last-minute Christmas shopping, the mall is also a place for those engrossed in Filipino culture as it stands on a part of an old railway station, and Andres Bonifacio’s shrine could also be seen across Tutuban Center Main Station’s entrance.


3. Tiendesitas

Where: Ortigas Avenue corner E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Pasig City


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Tiendesitas sits on a 30,000-square meter complex. (Image: Tiendesitas’ Facebook Page)


Literally meaning “a collection of little stores,” Tiendesitas is managed by the team behind Greenhills Shopping Center. Made up of twelve pavilions inspired by Maranao architecture, it is stylized to emulate an “urban retreat” where shoppers can walk around in wide-opened villages with hammocks scattered all over the area and old kalesa (carriage) wheels transformed into chandeliers are placed in the restrooms. For Christmas gift shopping, Tiendesitas offers native food, furniture, antiques, handicrafts, personal care and novelty items, pets, plants, and other Philippine-made products. Fashion wear and accessories are also available for PhP299.




4. Market! Market!

Where: Mabini Avenue corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Budget-shopping in BGC is possible at Market! Market! (Image: Ayala Malls Official Website)


Bonifacio Global City may be filled with upscale and expensive malls but Market! Market! is the diamond in the rough. This five-level mall offers budget Christmas shopping in an area where the choices are endless but the cost can sometimes be beyond our means. It offers a handful of lifestyle stores which sell affordable Christmas gifts and also cheap fashion finds starting at PhP75. You can also do the rest of your Christmas errands as Market! Market! also has a supermarket, a department store, and a dry market.




5. Metro Point Mall

Where: Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Pasay City


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Amidst the LRT Line 1 and MRT Line 3 commute transfer is the Metro Point Mall. (Image: Rubylyn Maik)


This seemingly ordinary walkway for commuters transferring from LRT Line 1 to MRT Line 3 and vice versa is a shopping spot not all know about. Fashion finds starting at PhP150 can be found at the tiangge (bazaar) in Metro Point Mall and cheap gadgets and accessories can also be found on the fourth floor. Metro Point Mall’s affordable supermarket, Wellcome Supermarket, can also be found on the ground floor for your noche buena needs.


Christmas shopping is already stressful on its own but last-minute Christmas shopping is a whole other story. But with a bit of luck, a lot of perseverance, and with the help of these places, you’ll get your Christmas shopping done in no time.

We’ve all been there: being too busy with work, personal relationships, and actually getting some sleep that we completely forget about our Christmas shopping list. The fact that December is just flying by isn’t helping either. The days before the most wonderful time of the year are numbered, while the Christmas gifts you plan to give out remain to be listed down on a piece of paper you carry everywhere (because you keep telling yourself that you will get onto it eventually).

Fret not, though, because here are five stores where you can buy last-minute Christmas gifts to save you from failing at gift-giving.


1. Cubao Expo

Where: 3 General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Cubao Expo is brimming with unique finds. (Image: Jose Miguel Vazquez)


Cubao Expo is filled with one-of-a-kind collectibles and trinkets you won’t find anywhere else. From collector’s items to classic comics sold at three for PhP100 to vinyl records for as low as PhP10 each, the place is brimming with items that scream pop culture, novelty, and eccentricity. After you’re done Christmas shopping, you can also grab a bite at one of Cubao Expo’s hole-in-the-wall restaurants or even crack open an ice-cold beer and take in the chill, rustic vibe of the place.




2. Tutuban Center Mall

Where: Claro M. Recto Avenue corner Dagupan Street, Manila


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Tutuban Center Mall has both indoor and outdoor malls for all kinds of shoppers. (Image courtesy of Joy Doroteo)


Tutuban Center Mall, commonly referred to as “The Pinoy Shopping Experience” is a cluster of adjacent malls which offer bargain deals fit for the Filipino budget, especially this Christmas season. There are many indoor and outdoor stores to choose from which offer clothes, bags, and fashion accessories with negotiable prices. Shoes are also sold in prices starting at PhP100. Aside from those who want to accomplish some cheap last-minute Christmas shopping, the mall is also a place for those engrossed in Filipino culture as it stands on a part of an old railway station, and Andres Bonifacio’s shrine could also be seen across Tutuban Center Main Station’s entrance.


3. Tiendesitas

Where: Ortigas Avenue corner E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Pasig City


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Tiendesitas sits on a 30,000-square meter complex. (Image: Tiendesitas’ Facebook Page)


Literally meaning “a collection of little stores,” Tiendesitas is managed by the team behind Greenhills Shopping Center. Made up of twelve pavilions inspired by Maranao architecture, it is stylized to emulate an “urban retreat” where shoppers can walk around in wide-opened villages with hammocks scattered all over the area and old kalesa (carriage) wheels transformed into chandeliers are placed in the restrooms. For Christmas gift shopping, Tiendesitas offers native food, furniture, antiques, handicrafts, personal care and novelty items, pets, plants, and other Philippine-made products. Fashion wear and accessories are also available for PhP299.




4. Market! Market!

Where: Mabini Avenue corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Budget-shopping in BGC is possible at Market! Market! (Image: Ayala Malls Official Website)


Bonifacio Global City may be filled with upscale and expensive malls but Market! Market! is the diamond in the rough. This five-level mall offers budget Christmas shopping in an area where the choices are endless but the cost can sometimes be beyond our means. It offers a handful of lifestyle stores which sell affordable Christmas gifts and also cheap fashion finds starting at PhP75. You can also do the rest of your Christmas errands as Market! Market! also has a supermarket, a department store, and a dry market.




5. Metro Point Mall

Where: Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Pasay City


last minute Christmas shopping Metro Manila

Amidst the LRT Line 1 and MRT Line 3 commute transfer is the Metro Point Mall. (Image: Rubylyn Maik)


This seemingly ordinary walkway for commuters transferring from LRT Line 1 to MRT Line 3 and vice versa is a shopping spot not all know about. Fashion finds starting at PhP150 can be found at the tiangge (bazaar) in Metro Point Mall and cheap gadgets and accessories can also be found on the fourth floor. Metro Point Mall’s affordable supermarket, Wellcome Supermarket, can also be found on the ground floor for your noche buena needs.


Christmas shopping is already stressful on its own but last-minute Christmas shopping is a whole other story. But with a bit of luck, a lot of perseverance, and with the help of these places, you’ll get your Christmas shopping done in no time.

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Eunice knew that she’d be writing for the rest of her life from a very young age. Naturally introverted, she is selective with how she uses her time and who she spends it with. Has a penchant for sweet treats, sentimental proses, and online personality quizzes. A true-blue INFJ.

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