There are many malls in Metro Manila where you could shop until you drop (figuratively and literally speaking). We have featured one Ayala Mall and two SM Malls. Malls come in different sizes and designs. They differ in crowd and prizes. There are malls which appear to cater more to the rich, than to the lower economic segments. Then there are “malls” that are frequented both by the rich and the poor alike because of one unifying factor — constant low prices.
We’ve mentioned a little cluster of shops comprising the Dapitan Arcade, somewhere in Quezon City. We’ve been trying to snap some photos of Greenhills (San Juan), but somebody is yet to “force” me to go there. I prefer waiting, while my companions enjoy themselves in shopping heaven, in a coffee shop somewhere. Last weekend, I had no choice but to serve as the personal driver of a visiting dignitary: my mother.
So I taped my mouth shot and tried to enjoy the drive along Quezon Avenue, right turn at the block before Lacson Avenue, going straight and passing SM San Lazaro, hitting Yucheco Street in Manila, crossing Abad Santos Avenue and the old railroad track a block away, then turning left at the next block, which is Dagupan Street. If there’s a mistake somewhere in that sentence, my apologies in advance.
Many people go to Divisoria, in Manila, to shop (so better come prepared with your walking shoes and be ready to blend with the crowd). There are a number of shopping centers here, like the Tutuban Center (inset photo) and the 168 Mall. More shops sprout along the roads surrounding these shopping centers.
But there’s a couple of (possible) reasons why we did not encounter a breathing sea of buyers, which is the usual sight in Divisoria, when we went there recently. Maybe we could blame the recent economic crisis. Maybe people are just trying to save more. Maybe we were there too early. Maybe there’s no point of comparison because the second leg of our twice-a-year trip to Divisoria is usually during the pre-Christmas months — when people are expected to swamp the place to hunt for gift bargains.
How to go there? Let me collect my thoughts . . . ok, I really must admit I’m not that familiar with Divisoria. Let’s wait for others to step up to the task of giving directions on how to go to Divisoria (please use the comment section below). Thank you.