Divisoria Christmas shopping rush

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This is a multimedia post Soak into this rich multimedia slideshow to have a better feel of what’s it like to be in Divisoria! 40 images, a short commentary, ambient sounds and a Christmas carol all in one interesting package.

This is the third Christmas feature for 2008. The other three are Bibingka, puto bumbong and simbang gabi, Bright and colorful parols lighting the holidays and Cordova pabuto.

During the holiday season, it’s not only about the Christmas spirit, parols and misa de gallo or simbang gabi, most of all, unfortunately, it’s about shopping. The best place to go for cheap and affordable goods is no other than Divisoria in Manila. Think of this as one giant marketplace for such goods like original or bootleg, local and imported items from food, clothes to decors and other bric-a-brac that overwhelms in terms of variety. “prepare to haggle and wade through the throng…” All at almost rock bottom prices. Shops and stalls can be found inside the malls like the popular 168, sidestreets, and just every space available overtaken by vendors and shoppers alike.

A fun wig vendor at one of the stalls along the road in Divisoria, Manila
A fun wig vendor at one of the stalls along the road in Divisoria, Manila

On the weekends before Christmas week,  prepare to haggle and wade through the throng as the path gets narrower and narrower with people walking shoulder to shoulder amidst the cacophony of blaring disco music, microphone handling barkers and the probing questions of bargain hunters, all hoping to make a profit or buy that present for the holidays.

Note: The above slideshow originally appeared in my portfolio blog, my initial attempts of making a multimedia slideshow.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London).

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. Open for work, collaborations and inquiries for site features.

12 thoughts on “Divisoria Christmas shopping rush

  1. ganda talaga ng mga kuha mo. ikaw ba narrator bro? pwedeng-pwede ka sa radio, medyo lakasan mo lang ng konti pa pero ayos na ayos to. bago. happy holidays bro.

  2. Very nice Estan! Including the commentary. I miss Divisoria. Pagtanggap ng 13th month pay…diretso na ako dyan to buy all the pamaskong regalo. Pag talggang in a tight budget, Divisoria is the place to be. Ingat lang talaga sa mga mandurukot.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. good job estan siguro next time something about the philippines as a tourist destination. dahil sa dami mo nang napuntahan na lugar, siguradong eligible ka na talaga na gumawa nun.

  4. wow!!!kung sa makakatipid lang naman talga ang paguusapan..DIVI ka na..
    dami mo na mabibili sa 1k mo…
    for sure lahat ng inaanak mo mabibigyan mo
    keep it up Mr. AUTHOR..Great Job!!!

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