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One of the best things about living in the province is that small-scale entrepreneurs thrive and locals have greater liberty in negotiating the price of products. In contrast to the malling culture in Metro Manila, in Batangas shopping spots haggling is the more prominent and preferable means.
Taaleña’s Antique Shop is one of the places in Taal, Batangas where you can find a wide selection of wooden furniture and antique porcelain ceramics.
Image: Taaleña’s Antique Shop
The quaint historic town of Taal in Batangas is also dubbed as a heritage village, a well-known site where ancestral homes persist. These sites serve as windows to the rich history of the town and a showcase of ancient Philippine architecture. Now, most of the heritage structures have been transformed into museums, galleries, and shops where locals shop for rustic home furnishings and antique decor.
One such shop is Taaleña's Antique Shop on Calle Marcela Mariño Agoncillo, which sells solid wood furniture with intricately carved designs. Another is Nilo's Antique Shop on Calle Gliceria Marella, where you can find not only antique items but also creatively crafted industrial decor pieces.
Location:Palico-Balayan-Batangas Road, Barangay Calicanto, Batangas City
One shop at Caedo Commercial Center, Kakikayan Booth, that sells affordable ladies’ fashion and charming accessories.
Image: Kakikayan Booth
Found along a major road in Calicanto, Batangas City, Caedo Commercial Center houses fast food restaurants in Batangas and other convenient establishments like banks and drug stores. One area is occupied by bazaars where you can go on a shopping spree of cheap fashion and beauty items: from bags, shoes, and clothing articles to cosmetics and accessories. If you want to put your bargaining skills to your advantage, you can even shop for an entirely new wardrobe without hurting your wallet.
If you need to grab some groceries, a Puregold supermarket is also conveniently located next to Caedo Commercial Center.
Location:D. Silang Street, Poblacion, Batangas City
One shop at New Life Commercial Center, LovebyYou Shopp, sells various beauty and skincare products.
Image: LovebyYou Shopp
Found along D. Silang Street in Batangas City, New Life Commercial is a commercial building that consists of a number of fashion and cosmetic shops. If you want to explore more items, you can find rows of ukay-ukay (secondhand stores) on the same street, where you can go on a haggling adventure to get the cheapest price possible for your desired items. If you're good at bargaining and patient in digging through piles of clothes, you can hit the jackpot for less than PhP100 for a dress or shirt along the best grocery items in Batangas .
New Life Commercial is also near Lumang Palengke, a wet and dry market where you can shop for groceries.
4. Mabini Strip
Location:A. Mabini Street, Tanauan City, Batangas
If you bargain well, you can score great deals at the Mabini Strip in Tanauan City.
Mabini Street in Tanauan City is a great place to do your splurging as you will surely find yourself scouting the whole stretch lined with vendors of clothes, accessories, gadgets, and more. That’s why it is unofficially called the Mabini Strip, because of the wide variety of goods in one convenient lane. You can most likely score a full attire of a top, bottom, and footwear, for only PhP500 or even less, depending on how well you bargain with the persistent sellers.
One of the most prominent stores on Mabini Street is 668 Shopping Center, which also has branches in other parts of Batangas. They offer a wide variety of items in one fitting place, including toys, household goods, and novelty items.
Location:C.M. Recto Avenue, Poblacion Barangay 11, Lipa City, Batangas
J&C Lucky 99 Store is a practical one-stop shopping destination in Lipa City, Batangas.
Although the name rings similar to Lucky China Town and 999Mall in Divisoria, J&C Lucky 99 Store is actually a distinct outlet store that started out even way before the two Divisoria stores did. With two branches in Lipa City and several others around Batangas, the store is spacious and features different sections, almost looking like the department stores in big shopping malls, except that the majority of the products here do not exceed PhP99.
You can explore their section on men’s and women's fashion, a kids' section, bags and shoes, home items, and a whole lot more. Smaller items are cheaper and bigger items a bit more expensive but always, everything is cheaper than what they would usually go for anywhere else. For instance, you can buy tableware for PhP29.99 and pants for PhP199, which is already a steal.
There are lots of fashion finds from trusted online sellers at Zaril Lifestyle Store in Lipa City.
Fashionistas and avid online shoppers in Lipa City will find their shopping paradise in Zaril Lifestyle Store, a unique concept that unifies online and in-store shopping. It brings together well-loved online shops in one physical store, so that you can personally check and purchase the items you see online. Some of the online stores that set up shop at Zaril are Draft Clothing, Shy Shop, Thrift Apparel MNL, and Wasteland MNL & The Vanity Zone, just to name a few. There are not only fashion items but also cosmetics, mobile accessories, and novelty products too.
Zaril Lifestyle Store in Lipa City, near De La Salle Lipa, is currently the only branch in Southern Luzon. Their other branches are located in Maginhawa and Fairview, both in Quezon City.
PhP100 will surely go a long way at Novo in Batangas.
Image: Ponsio Zapaled Iya
When you want to splurge on many things for your home and self—clothes, office supplies, kitchenware, bathroom accessories, and even the littlest of things, you name it—Novo in Batangas City lets you do it without breaking the bank. With many branches in several provinces, Novo Department Store (also called Novo Jeans & Shirts) is a shopping wonderland for those with a tight budget. It's like the Philippines' very own Daiso, only much cheaper.
Inside, it's so easy to fill a shopping basket for only PhP500. And while PhP100 only buys you one or two items in other stores, you can even get at least five at Novo. You can find many useful items priced between PhP10 and PhP30 like pen holders, plates, and storage boxes.
8. Fiesta 888 Hypermart
Location:Marawoy, Lipa City, Batangas
There’s a wide range of toys to choose from at Fiesta 888 Hypermart in Lipa City.
Image: Fiesta 888 Hypermart
Although shopping mall giants like SM and Robinsons have long conquered Lipa City, one shopping center has persisted, providing locals with more options in order to maximize their budget. Fiesta World Mall houses Fiesta 888 Hypermart where you have a greater chance to haggle over a wide range of grocery items and general merchandise.
You can buy small items like toys and fashion accessories for as low as PhP20. It’s also not difficult to invest in a new outfit as you can buy dresses starting at PhP250. After exhausting your bargaining skills, you can immediately treat yourself to a nice meal and check out other establishments inside Fiesta World Mall.
September 2020 Update:Fiesta 888 Hypermart is open.
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Now that you know where to go, you can spend a whole day in Batangas shopping and your wallet won’t complain! Let us know which of these stores you’ll hit first in the comment section below!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on April 20, 2018.
About Rei L.
A writing major from UP Los Baños, Rei is currently pursuing a career in food and lifestyle writing. She is a self-indulgent, go-getting, independent twenty-something career girl who loves coffee, solitude, and hugs. A sentimental writer, she considers coffee shops her haven and writing her refuge.
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