13 Nov2005

Divisoria is the mother of all markets in Manila. divi1Attempting to do it justice in one post is sheer lunacy but I thought I would do a quick rundown of my most recent visit to give you all a feel of pre-Christmas Divisoria. I go to Divisoria when I need to buy in bulk. This year, I am seriously behind on our two-page, double-column, single-spaced, 9-font Christmas list that is heavily weighted by gifts to service personnel, market sukis, etc. For the most part, I get very modest token gifts that are really just there to say “thanks” for providing me with food the rest of the year… I may have 100-150 wrapped presents for folks ranging from the rice guy, water delivery person, security guards, etc. At any rate, it’s not the value but the thought that counts…

First stop is a store called Commoners’ Commercial. divi2A tiny storefront on 725 Ilaya Street, just off Juan Luna, this is the motherload of food packaging material. In this tiny space are dozens of different cellophane bags, styrofoam containers, plastic food containers, garbage bags, food service gloves, string, straw, etc. This is where everyone gets their packaging material for their home cooked baked goods, bazaar specials, take away items. I go there for the clear cellophane that isn’t cellophane. It is water resistant and perfect for wrapping food gifts or flowers. At PHP250 or so for a hefty roll, it is 1/3 or 1/4th the prices they charge at large malls or wrap shops. I also get my ensaimada containers there, pre-made cello bags for giveaways, garbage bags in bulk, etc. Across the street from Commoners’is my favorite paper supplier (can’t remember the name, but I know the storefront); it is on a street corner and you can’t miss the thousands of sheets of wrapping paper they have on offer. At this store I buy 200+ cardboard boxes, several hundred sheets of wrapping paper (ever wonder why Filipino sheets are SO BLOODY SMALL you can barely wrap a t-shirt box?), papel de japon, gift cards, etc. If you buy in bulk, the wrapping paper comes out to PHP4 a sheet compared to say PHP10-15 in the malls!

Go down this side street and over a bridge that keeps you above divi3one of the filthiest esteros you have seen lately, and voila, this amazing new mall called simply “168”. What is the big deal, you say? How can one spanking new mall be so great and the talk of Makati, Alabang, Greenhills and QC housewives? Well, it is simply packed to the gills with very reasonably priced stuff. A friend of mine hypothesizes that Manila is getting flooded with cheap imported goods because nefarious characters must smuggle in contraband materials in the vans stuffed with fake Gucci handbags or cheap vinyl slippers… who knows if that is the reason but 168 is incredibly cheap. For a certain segment of your Christmas list, this is in fact the motherload of modestly priced finds. I got fairly good-looking leatherette handbags, men’s rain jackets, dozens of t-shirts, wallets, messenger bags, caps, toys, shoes, etc. for incredibly low prices. There wasn’t much stuff for men, however, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for that. Thank goodness most of my suki’s at the market are female.

After another trip to the car to store stuff… I decided to divi4double back to the heart of Divisoria, passing the building that has several floors of toys. I bought dozens of Christmas gifts and stuff for pabitins at our annual staff Christmas party… again the selection was amazing and the prices superb. Of course there are no high-end Play Stations here, but for volume, this is the place to go. Radio-controlled cars for as little as PHP200 and manner of other toys and games are on offer. This building is across from my suki paper store… I don’t know what it is called. You have to go with eyes open, there is a lot of crap, but some decent finds as well.

From there I ventured to Tabora Street, where the ribbon shops, fabric alleys, etc. are located. I have enough ribbon for another 10 years so I didn’t buy any. divi6I was looking for boxes, baskets and trays to put my Christmas food presents on. After striking a deal with a lady who had been selling on the street for over 40 years, I got 48 bilaos and I moved on to the Christmas décor guys where I got 3 dozen sets of white Christmas lights for just PHP25 a set. I would never use these indoors or anywhere they might start a fire but for outdoors, these were an incredible bargain when compared to the lousy sets of lights I got at a big mall for PHP59 a set just a month ago! I am also gearing up for Christmas so I purchased 3 dozen leche flan pans and 3 dozen ensaimada pans right from a streetside vendor. Ensaimada pans were PHP6 each compared to nearly PHP10 at Shoemart Makati. I also got miniature vegetables and wine bottles for my annual Gingerbread House…this year’s theme… a produce stall and wine shop!

Also in Divisoria are a tremendous volume of fruits and vegetables for sale and there is a street that houses at least 20 fruit importers and distributors in case you need to buy fruit such as apples, oranges or grapes by the box. I am a little put out by the quality of fruit in Manila at the moment so I didn’t even bother to get any fruit on this trip to Divisoria. The streets, alleyways and malls were bursting at the seams with all the pre-Christmas frenzy! I have never seen so many people packed into so little a shopping space. Anyone with claustrophobia would be panicking! That was my last visit until after the Holiday season, but I did cross a lot from our Christmas list with just 6 hours of shopping!



  1. belle says:

    Your’re right marketman, Divisoria is the mother of all malls combined for the extra cheap prices they have.With our economy right now its really the best way to get thru Christmas without making a big hole in your pocket and making everybody happy pa. You haven’t gone to the wet market in Divisoria Mall where they sell all candies, whatever things you needed in a childs bday party.
    Cant get enough of it.Have been there 4x for xmas shopping.A piece of advice for people going there,make sure you’re not wearing any bling-blings so you can make tawad to the salesgirls and please do try to distribute your money so just in case somebody tries to pickpocket you, there’s still enough left for your transport or food.Btw we had lunch at the food court of 168 for P90 for 3 persons, 1 big plate of of pansit and 3 sago gulaman.

    Nov 13, 2005 | 4:20 pm


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  3. lori says:

    My husband, who is usually a 21st century kind of guy, and who will do almost anything to please me, refuses to bring me to Divisoria. He hates how it’s so muddy and crowded. He’s traumatized from the time I had to buy 100 cake boxes and we had to carry it ourselves through the rain and mud. So, if I want to buy anything from “Divi,” I have to solicit help from friends, since I drive but don’t know how to get there. You’re right though, MM, that it’s a good place to go to buy in bulk. Quality of some of the items (clothes, toys, etc) are questionable, however.

    Nov 13, 2005 | 5:42 pm

  4. Hchie says:

    I heard there’s a place at 168 that serves good bibingka. My mom chanced upon Imelda Marcos a few weeks back having some there.

    Nov 13, 2005 | 6:15 pm

  5. Gialogy says:

    This is definetely one of the place I miss the most and no matter how short the visit to Manila is, this is always one of the places to go. Am so ingit.

    Nov 13, 2005 | 11:28 pm

  6. oscar says:

    I usually go there on a Monday when the population density is very thin. And yes, never dress up to the nines. I don’t even carry a cell phone! Just a small container to slide in some credit cards and cash.

    Nov 14, 2005 | 9:17 am

  7. Gigi says:

    I’ve been to 168 a couple of times and can’t get enough of it. With a sharp eye, you’ll be able to weed out the real finds from those that can vie for a spot in tackyville catalogue. From cotton buds to gap and old navy export overruns to those reliable chamois kitchen counter rags, be sure to bring a vehicle that you can load up.

    Talk about bang for your buck. You’ll find great quality “I-can’t-believe-it’s-dirt-cheap” goods to get for yourself and for friends. The hotel quality wooden hangers make good Christmas presents — tie with a nice thick satin red bow which you can also buy there — and you’ll do Martha Stewart proud.

    Just prepare to wake up extra early but I tell you, the pay-off is great. It’s airconditioned too so it’s comfortable. Open market Divi and Tutuban are much cheaper but I don’t mind paying more for the comfort and promise of clean toilets. My tip — go with friends who have the stamina for elbow-to-elbow shopping. This is not the time and place to take prisoners. Wear your reliable battered sneakers for battle.

    Nov 14, 2005 | 2:07 pm

  8. Kai says:

    Ohhh, I have to go to Divi for my Christmas shopping and I’m already so late, I know, I’m dreading the day that I would have to do it. I’m sure it is already packed tight with shoppers that it would be difficult to move from one street to the next.

    My husband also refuses to drive me there. When I had to go there to buy things for his birthday, he just told me to take the yaya.

    Nov 14, 2005 | 3:37 pm

  9. Marketman says:

    Hchie, good grief, Imelda at 168!, I know times are changing but really, are no shopping malls sacred from spouses of previous despots? I once ran into her at Rustan’s grocery looking at towels in a two for one promotion… with about 5 security folks right near her… a bit much. A wise person once said that the only thing worse than a poor person trying to look rich is a rich person trying to look poor… Beware Imelda hangers on about the gucci bag she hands you this holiday season…we know where it came from!

    Nov 14, 2005 | 8:43 pm

  10. stefoodie says:

    LOL, this is funny because kai and lori’s hubbies refuse to bring them to Divi, and my hubby refuses to bring me to NYC (too much like Divi?). or at least, he refuses to drive me there, but parking somewhere and taking the subway is fine with him. is there somewhere shoppers could park and take the LRT (?) to Divi?

    Nov 14, 2005 | 11:10 pm

  11. Marketman says:

    stefoodie, you need a car to load all your stuff in! The last time I was there I got at least 30+ kilos worth of stuff! If you don’t want to go all the way to divi, park just before hitting Ongpin street Chinatown and walk or jeepney it to divi… frankly, if you get there early and park near 168 that is the best option for me…

    Nov 15, 2005 | 6:25 am

  12. IvanM says:


    Going to Divi on November and on a saturday and Im 101% sure you’d be walking like a Japanese Geisha! Its literally human traffic out there!

    As a general rule, I would only buy food, clothing as well as non-electrical stuff there.

    Divisoria is best visited on a weekdays (monday-thurs) and sundays (first thing in the morning) if you dont want to get sucked in all the human whirlpool!

    Nov 15, 2005 | 9:48 am

  13. Nathan Perry says:


    Divisoria is really the center of all trades. 168 mall is such a great mall where you can find cheap imported goods, MM, there’s a shop along Tutuban Prime Block Mall named Michelle’s Ribbon & Lace Center, I’m so fascinated with this shop, if you are looking for raw materials, fashion accessories, christmas decors, beads, swarovski crystals, its all in this shop, not that I’m promoting it, try to visit it and you too will be fascinated. The shop is open from Monday to Sunday 9am till 7 pm….

    Nov 15, 2005 | 10:14 pm

  14. manuy says:

    putcha naman puro nman kayo ingles wala pang spanish lol grabe mga tao talaga dyan sa divisoria puro inchick hehehe made in china mura na mura pa kaya lang mapapamura ka sa ibang product kase mahuna, madalas ako dyan sa divisoria dami ko ngang nakuhang pitaka dyan eh lol….

    Nov 16, 2005 | 10:37 am

  15. melissa says:

    You really are something, MM! I think my heart just about stopped at the “3 dozen leche flan pans.” Wow.

    Nov 16, 2005 | 6:50 pm

  16. kiks says:

    hi! i am going to be one of the participants in a bazaar in December. I would just like to know if you can give me a tip on where in Divisoria can i buy foodstuff like mallows, bizcuits, lengua de gatos and other chichiria. I am planning to sell these kind of items since cooking is prohibited in the said bazaar am joining. They said food that i will sell should be packed or pre-packed for example cornik, chicharon, etc.. Like the ones common in a tiangge. I wanna know if i can get these items fr Divi in a cheaper price.

    Thanks and hope to get a reply from anyone soon. Have a nice day..

    Nov 21, 2005 | 9:58 am

  17. larry says:

    great place to shop sana, but the traffic is horrible! maybe not at this time of the year.

    Nov 21, 2005 | 12:54 pm

  18. kim says:

    Hi there,

    I haven’t been to Divisoria but I’m dying to go there. Can anyone please give me a sketch or probably directions going to 168 mall from Sucat? Thanks!

    Dec 1, 2005 | 9:55 am

  19. Rampau says:

    Haven’t been back to Divi in years. I only went because I was dating a fashion designer who bought fabric in Divi. It stunk, it’s a cespool! Parking is atrocious too. Best to bring a driver or a boy to help carry stuff too. But I guess you’re right, it can be cheap. But it’s not Rustan’s.

    Dec 2, 2005 | 8:56 am

  20. Conrado says:

    Divisoria is really the place for bargain hunters even during the good old days more than 40 years ago. I will definitely visit Divisoria when I visit RP not necessarily for cheap buys but also to reminicent those years living in Tondo.

    Dec 3, 2005 | 5:35 am

  21. Kirk says:

    I always go here every week. Great buys as in. But you really have to go there as early as you could like 630am. You also need to canvas first before buying. Before you go to divisoria you have to have a shopping list already so that you could save time when shopping. Toys are more cheaper at Andings toy store located at Tabora St and at the bodega sale mall. Some goods are more cheaper at the old divisoria mall than 168mall, but the ambiance is more better than divi mall

    Dec 4, 2005 | 10:41 pm

  22. Kim says:

    How were you able to bring all the stuff back to your car?

    Jan 26, 2006 | 10:53 am

  23. Mel says:

    Im looking for barong and also raw material to make barong? where can i buy, good price n good quality for bulk purchase?
    Thank you…

    Mar 18, 2006 | 2:04 am

  24. Marketman says:

    Mel Divisoria is a good place to start…there is a section that is all barong material. Alternatively, a lot of barong material comes from Batangas or Laguna or thereabouts so finding the real source is probably best…

    Mar 18, 2006 | 5:54 am

  25. Abdulkareem says:

    Thanks for u r information’s ,, i will be in Philipin after 2 days ,,, and Divisoria was one of the recomanded market for me ,, I have gifts shop ,so I would like to have market for that ,,, gifts paper ,, gifts box ,,, candles ,,, toys like tady bear ,, gifts accessories ,,, basket and only i want to know how i can get guide if there is any advie or name for that and how is the shipment procedure there ,,, thanks alot

    Apr 11, 2006 | 5:04 pm

  26. Jovie says:

    Hi, there’s a really good flow of ideas here. I’m going to Divi two weeks from now. I wanted to buy stuff for my wedding. DO they have good selections for wedding gowns, is the quality good? Where in Divi is the best place to shop for it. Also for giveaways, fabric, etc

    May 25, 2006 | 9:32 am

  27. Marketman says:

    Jovie, there are several sections of wedding related things in Divi. I am not a clothing person so hopefully others will chime in or you can ask around when you are there. Hit the fabric section and trimmings if you are making your own gown or having it made to order. Hit the Tutuban mall if you want ready made but quality is weak but prices are really cheap… there are also giveaways, etc. on offer. Good luck!

    May 25, 2006 | 1:08 pm

  28. Kiki says:

    Hello, I will be in the Philippines in 2 weeks. i have heard 168 is dirt cheap. But I just read someowhere that it was closed. Is that true? How far from Quezon City? Thanks

    May 25, 2006 | 4:38 pm

  29. Marketman says:

    Hi Kiki, 168 has since re-opened and prices remain attractive. It’s near the heart of Divisoria, quite a ways from Quezon City I would imagine. But worth the visit if you are a serious shopper!

    May 25, 2006 | 4:40 pm

  30. Kiki says:

    Great to know…I was told by 2 people that this is the place to shop when I get in…what are the store hours? And which day is the best day to go with least crowd?

    May 27, 2006 | 5:17 pm

  31. Marketman says:

    I suspect the mall is open from 9am to early evening. Probably Wednesday or Thursday is a good day to go. Avoid Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Watch out for pickpockets.

    May 29, 2006 | 1:31 pm

  32. cake says:

    You really don’t have to carry the big bulk you buy there since most stores. Just ask the store if they can send it to your house via what they call “trucking”. Divi has been very convenient for me because the stores where I buy usually have this service or if not I just ask the other stores to insert it with what I bought at their store.

    May 29, 2006 | 8:53 pm

  33. Marketman says:

    cake, geez, first I have heard of trucking…not sure it is good that I know this…will have to buy more to check out this service…thanks for the info.

    May 30, 2006 | 5:48 am

  34. krish says:

    hi! im planning to sell candles para s all saints day.. hope u can give me stores that offer different kinds of candles (like scented, colored.. etc) thanks..

    Sep 16, 2006 | 5:39 pm

  35. Marketman says:

    krish, sorry, I don’t know any candle stores that wholesale all saints day candles.

    Sep 16, 2006 | 6:18 pm

  36. elaine says:

    where can i possibly buy cheap plain t-shirt in different colors and sizes? i need this for our forthcoming sportsfest…about 100 pcs.is this available at the 168?

    Sep 27, 2006 | 12:49 pm

  37. Marketman says:

    elaine, there are several t-shirt shops on Juan Luna Street, on the way to 168, you can buy in bulk, plain and colored roughly PHP60-80 each if you get several dozen. Happy shopping…

    Sep 27, 2006 | 1:09 pm

  38. trisha says:

    just wanna ask for directions going to tabaora st. ang ilaya from tutuban mall, un lang kase tanda ko puntahan. medyo matagal na un last visit ko dun… planning to have a visit there… can you recommend toy shops? dami kase bibigyan ng gifts, kelangan un medyo mura lang… thnx..

    Oct 5, 2006 | 2:50 pm

  39. Marketman says:

    trisha, just ask when you are on Juan Luna…Tabora is parallel to it, but I can’t explain in detail how to get there…I just do it when I am in Divisoria. On the corner of Juan Luna and the street going to 168, beside the estero, is a WHOLE building filled with toys that are very cheaply priced. Look for that building. Good luck.

    Oct 5, 2006 | 4:29 pm

  40. Susan says:

    I am looking for a 6-inch lace which I bought from Carolina’s. They call it “Dubai Rose”. Wala na silang stock. It has flowers colored yellow alternating with lime green. I need some 4 yards. Can you help me find the store in Divisoria where I can buy that Dubai Rose/lace? Please provide me the phone number if possible.

    Nov 1, 2006 | 2:26 pm

  41. cheri says:

    My sister and i had been to Divi last sunday. Aside from christmas shopping, we were looking for paper suppliers for wedding invitations and other events…im planning to start an ‘invitation’ business. We didn’t find any. U know their location in Divi? tnx

    Nov 16, 2006 | 4:24 pm

  42. Marketman says:

    cheri, as far as I know, the good papers for invitations are imported. And unfortunately, I don’t know who supplies it. Susan, lace is definitely not my thing. Sorry.

    Nov 16, 2006 | 4:34 pm

  43. mark gil says:

    i want to start a grocery in our province.can you give me a contact no. in divisoria so i can buy to them.

    Dec 1, 2006 | 10:44 am

  44. Barbie says:

    Can you name the stores in divisoria that sell(wholesale/retail)beads.

    May 2, 2007 | 11:20 pm

  45. cherie says:

    hi everyone! can someone tell me where carolina’s is in divisoria? i was there just last week but couldn’t find it. please lead me in the right direction! thanks. :D

    Jun 5, 2007 | 3:50 pm

  46. Fe Ambatali says:

    Good day. Can you please advise me where to buy curtains in Divisoria.

    Jun 22, 2007 | 8:21 am

  47. cherie says:

    ^ Tutuban and 168 (2nd floor) have wide varieties of curtains.

    Jun 26, 2007 | 7:26 am

  48. Rick says:

    Can you tell me the price range for ladies casual shirts and sun dresses. Can you recommend a vendor,also will they deliver purchases to my hotel in Makati. THANK YOU ! ! ! ! !

    Jun 30, 2007 | 10:59 pm

  49. Aca says:

    hi! can u name some stores in which I can get the cheapest toys & party giveaways? My niece is having a Bratz bday party next month. Thanks!

    Jul 10, 2007 | 12:00 pm

  50. dienne and fred says:

    hi can u name some stores in which i can get the blouses and accessories

    Jul 11, 2007 | 8:58 pm

  51. Pinky says:

    Hi Gals,

    I seldom go to Divisoria and SM prices are so high during Xmas. I want to change my old curtain rods and curtains, pillows,etc, plus some little home furnishing at home. Anybody knows any shop there? Or any suggestion is most welcome. I’ll be doing this by Dec. when I visit Manila again.

    Thanks in advance.



    Aug 2, 2007 | 4:00 pm

  52. Kittie says:

    Where can I buy wholesale of Imported Clothes, Blouses, Pants etc.

    Sep 18, 2007 | 11:35 pm

  53. domeng says:

    hi! gud day i’m planning to put up business in wholesale & retailer of assorted fruits. Can you please advice me where can i buy whole sale assorted fruits? thank you very much

    Sep 29, 2007 | 9:36 am

  54. bianx says:

    hi there my niece will be having her birthday party..do you remember the name of the building that sells toys?we are planning to buy different stuff for the loot bags..thanks!

    Oct 14, 2007 | 11:04 pm

  55. rocky says:

    hi there,

    just want to know the location of the dealer of leche flan of chowking. i want to sell leche flan this holiday season.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 8:08 am

  56. mika says:

    Hi! Did you spot christmas trees while you were in Divi? If you did, where exactly there and would you know how much?!


    Nov 14, 2007 | 4:37 pm

  57. Elcee says:

    hi marketman, can you give me an idea how much food boxes cost each at divisoria and which store sells this? I plan to purchase boxes for pastillas and polvoron. What about baking ingredients? where in divisoria can i get this at wholesale price? I need chocolate, white chocolate, Cocoa Butter Substitute, et.al.


    Nov 17, 2007 | 5:58 pm

  58. Heni says:

    Hello guys, we’re planning to start some kind of business and we visited divisoria today to canvass some goodies, here’s what i found:

    2.) Canvas first before buying and take note of the lowest price and the name of the store or landmark near the store (if you like, you may want to ask for their business card.) Next time you visit Divi, try to look for that store again or if you cant find that store, look for other stores that offer the same lowest price.
    2.) If you happen to go there by car, be sure that you have some security system, et al installed in the car.
    3.) Parking lots are soo limited, fortunately, we parked near tutuban mall in front of the mega supermarket i think, for 40 pesos.
    4.) I realized, it is better to take public transportation if you’re only there to canvass products. If you’re going there to buy products, with a car is more useful and practical, especially when buying in bulks.
    5.) First go to STO. CRISTO STREET. Most likely, products are cheaper there such as bags, packaging products, etc..

    a. If you’re looking for a dealer of disposable plastic cups, spoon and fork, plates, table napkins, toilet paper, straw, plastic bags, garbage bags, microwave containers, food boxes, styros lunch boxex and other packaging products, visit E.B.E GEN MERCHANDISE at 829 Sto. Cristo St.

    6.) If you’re looking for xmas decors, carton boxes, tin canisters, sinamay/abaca products, twigs, kitchenwares, capiz lamps and other lamps THAT ARE NOT IN STO. CRISTO STREET, GO TO TABORA STREET.

    a. Visit GEORGE ENTERPRISES (GE) there for wrappers, school supplies, and packaging products that are NOT FOUND IN E.B.E GEN. MERCH. because GE is one in a notch epensive than the E.B.E GEN. MERCH..

    say, the plastic stretch (transparent ones that we can use to cover foods, etc) is 320 per roll in GE and that same plastic stretch roll is only about 270 in EBE. The micorwavable container by 5s is only 50p in EBE while it is 70p in GE.. stuff like that.


    Nov 18, 2007 | 12:56 am

  59. marie says:

    I just want to ask where i can find 501 in 168 mall? thanks

    Nov 21, 2007 | 1:49 pm

  60. janice says:

    where i can find a cheap wedding gown or a designer in divisoria….

    Dec 5, 2007 | 6:21 pm

  61. Darryl says:

    Help needed and fast im coming to the philippiens on the 19/12/07 and will have about 4 days in manila from the 4/01/08 and i want to go shopping for clothing mens it can be fake i dont care as long as i can get lots of it all for my self. All so need a place were i can get stuff for gym tops and pants for guys and girls. Can i find the kind of stuff im looking for at the 168 mall or is there somewere else im going to have to go to if so can you please leave the names of them and were abouts they are so i can try and fit them in with my shopping.

    Regrads Darryl

    Dec 5, 2007 | 7:45 pm

  62. Len says:

    Hi there! I’m looking for really cheap plastic containers for cakes and I was wondering if anyone here knows how much they are in Commoners Commercial? I’ve been to Divisoria too but I haven’t seen a store which sells nuts like walnuts and pecans. Are there stores there like that? Thank you in advance!

    Jan 8, 2008 | 8:03 pm

  63. Angie says:


    Just want to know where in Divi I could possibly buy a duvet (comforter’s cover)?????

    Jan 20, 2008 | 9:52 pm

  64. king dasma says:

    pls. tell me where can i buy” pokemon pocket monster” in divisoria i want to buy wholesale a box i mean i want to fill up a van i want to sell in the province i want to know where is the distributor .pls reply

    Jan 25, 2008 | 2:50 am

  65. pia says:

    hi,i’m planning to start a business in the province and i’m thinking of selling different types of plastic ware produts.or plactic products in general.can you tell me where to buy wholesale?

    Feb 1, 2008 | 9:57 am

  66. Junar G. Halog says:

    I’ve been to divisoria last january 19, 2008. I found it an interesting place – an alive market I should say where entrepreneurial activities actively taking into process. Everything goes with the tawaran system. wherein the bilky you purchase the more discount you could avail…It must be a starting place for a starting entrepreneur.

    If I will be given a million to start a business? I will rather choose to put up a small stall at Divi!!!

    Feb 6, 2008 | 6:12 pm

  67. Reggs says:

    I will be leaving for the Philippines, (for the first time) this week. Can anyone give me the names and locations of shops where I can purchase upscale, WIRED, Christmas Ribbon? The wider stuff at least 2 inches wide or more. I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks, Reggs

    Apr 4, 2008 | 8:33 am

  68. Nathen Perry says:


    Try asking at Michelle’s Ribbon and Lace Center along Tutuban Prime Block…

    Apr 28, 2008 | 11:12 pm

  69. Jing says:

    Hi, does anyone know the contact number of Commoners in Divisoria? Do they ship outside Luzon? Thanks!

    Apr 29, 2008 | 5:56 pm

  70. JJ says:

    Hi! I’m planning to put up a small business. I love designing knee-high dresses in soft fabric with accents like ribbons or laces. Can you help me where i could possibly get materials for these in Divisoris for cheap prices only? Thanks.

    May 30, 2008 | 3:17 pm

  71. michiko says:

    JJ, tabora st. in divi is the place to be. have fun!

    Jun 1, 2008 | 11:00 pm

  72. Lhynne says:

    pls tell me where can i find a whoilesale bead shop in divisoria. thank you very much

    Jun 4, 2008 | 11:25 am

  73. 2008SAHM says:

    Fabulous write up of Divisoria! Was just there yesterday and had a blast. It’s my 3rd or 4th time but each time it is an enjoyable experience.

    Arrived on a Monday morning, 10 a.m. when traffic started to build up. Glad to have brough a car and driver for the first time — he could carry all the purchases and stash them in the car so I could shop for more!

    Plan your trip well and you could cover nearly everything in a full morning.

    Ilaya for fabrics;

    Tabora for ribbons, buttons, beads, crafts, other notions;

    both streets have street vendors selling native products, houseware, some clothes but note these street vendors are selling exactly what you might find inside shops behind them;

    behind the vendors are more shops and behind the shops are “pasilyos” or passageways that sell lots of cheap wedding gowns and barongs;

    New Divi Mall along Tabora for airconditioned comfort with various products including fashion, houseware, balloons by the 100s (DNK) and a basement with a wet market and dark corridors selling the cheapest party toys and giveaways that don’t last 5 minutes in a kid’s hand;

    Divi Shopping Center across New Divi Mall for toys from floor to ceiling, wall to wall, ANDINGS being the most popular – mostly cheap plastics, and a few with good packaging (wonder about the quality inside), some nice wooden toys that might last longer, lots of plastic flowers and leaves;

    streets between Divi Shopping Center and New Divi Mall for fruits by the kilo;

    168 for all the stuff more expensive than any of the above yet still cheap;

    Juan Luna is lined with t-shirt wholesalers;

    Gody Wax & Candle store on CM Recto across Tutuban Mall has all the candles and wax to fill a cemetery for centuries;

    Q. Paredes Street (closer to Binondo church) for school and office supplies

    Google for a map of the area, then plan your walking route. Bring a car if you plan to buy a lot, preferably a driver too to watch the car and carry the stuff. Arrive early enough and you can park along one of the streets.

    I would still buy most of my stuff in the major shopping malls to make sure of quality, but Divisoria is certainly a wonderful experience one must do at least once in a lifetime.

    Jul 9, 2008 | 12:10 am

  74. josh says:

    hello poh where i can buy polymer clay or cheaper beads in divisoria…

    Aug 1, 2008 | 11:32 pm

  75. still_water says:

    Hi! I’m planning to buy baking supplies and Christmas decors(specifically snowman with light inside it)

    If I remember it right, they are located in Tabora and Ilaya for curtains?

    Are they selling xmas decors this early? When can I buy them cheaper, now or on xmas season?

    Please help. I might go there this weekend.

    Aug 26, 2008 | 8:51 am

  76. Luwee says:

    Hi! I have a dance boutique in Baguio, and i would like to buy bulk spandex (stretchable) fabrics, beads, stones, and sequins for my students’ costumes. Where could I buy by bulk with of course the cheapest price? Thanks…..

    Aug 26, 2008 | 4:16 pm

  77. Tricia says:

    If you can please help direct me to the street where chinese or japanese lanterns are? It’s those round rice paper type balls with ribs.

    Also, is there anyone in Divi that sells LED lights for decor, maybe the balloons with led lighting?

    Thanks for the help.

    Aug 28, 2008 | 5:15 am

  78. grascia13 says:

    hello everyone! i’ve read all your comments and yah Divisoria always offers new things to be amazed to…grabee been there several times and a whole day is still “bitin” for me to go around the shops and malls. Unfortunately i dnt have a car but another system is to go there with relatives…wen we can’t carry the stuffs anymore we make one of us “tambay” with the stuffs out and wait for others to finish shopping…heheheh…unfair for that one pero that’s the only way we think..then we go home by taxi.

    by the way…i’m getting married soon…are there shops for wedding gowns who prepare “ad personam”? with the style i want? for the whole entourage? plz help me!


    Sep 5, 2008 | 8:51 pm

  79. karen go says:

    hi. where in divisoria can i buy the following:

    1. costumes for adults (i.e. spiderman, batman, etc.)
    2. wedding essentials and accesories (candles, cord, veil, souvenirs, etc.)

    Sep 9, 2008 | 5:44 pm

  80. vangge says:

    hi, i want to buy christmas tree n decors.. can u help me?

    Sep 11, 2008 | 2:47 pm

  81. vhil says:

    just want to ask po f were me mkakabili ng mga murang wedding souvenirs

    Sep 15, 2008 | 4:16 pm

  82. jenie says:

    halu der…just want to ask wer in divisoria can i buy murang mga toys, kz ive store here in dasma and gusto ko sna mga toys, kz u know mlpit na xmas. ung nbebenta ko in fair price…ty.

    Sep 20, 2008 | 2:24 pm

  83. majelyn says:

    hi,i want to buy christmas tree at low price katamtaman lang ang laki…can u help me kung saan ako bibili?

    Sep 23, 2008 | 3:50 pm

  84. mary says:

    hi were planning my pamangkins 1sy bday party and his theme is DISNEY Cars can u tell me where in divisoria we can buy disney cars stuff…were going to div. on oct. 06..

    Sep 27, 2008 | 1:12 pm

  85. jean says:

    halu po… san po ba makakabili ng mga mura at magagandang rtw at mge footwear sa divisoria… ung wholesale po…??tnx po

    Oct 1, 2008 | 2:03 pm

  86. vhil says:


    Oct 2, 2008 | 5:55 pm

  87. diane says:

    Hello! Tanong ko lang po kung may nabibiling polymer clay sa divisoria or saan sa malls nakakabili nito na pinakamalapit sa cavite

    Oct 6, 2008 | 12:25 am

  88. Nice says:

    hi! Well i’ve been to Divisoria several times or even during weekends so somehow, i know where to find some of the items that you need.. about beads, you can find them all around divisoria, usually kc ang mga bead store dun, nasa bungad lang.. ung footwear, you can find them anywhere din tapos cguro pinakamababang price is P20.00/pair kapag 6 pairs and above ung binili mo.. basta wholesale dun, mas mura..kung mga toys naman or plastic items, mas makakamura kayo kung dun kayo sa Tabora pupunta… enjoy shopping.. just take care of your things lang, dami po kc loko dun and always count your change..

    Oct 8, 2008 | 2:49 pm

  89. ahnne says:

    hi..ask q lng kung meron sa divisoria nabibiling polymer clay?anung store?magkano?thanks

    Oct 8, 2008 | 5:09 pm

  90. jho2x says:

    hi po! san po ba makakabili ng mura at whole saler ng swarovski beads sa divisoria.

    Oct 21, 2008 | 4:15 pm

  91. ebong says:

    if someone knows where i can buy 2nd hand ice cube or ice tube machine in divisoria. kindly email me at norielkasilag@yahoo.com thanks alot! god bless

    Nov 2, 2008 | 11:10 pm

  92. Dona says:

    hello… ask ko lng kung san ba sa divisoria makakabili ng mga hair accesories para sa teens and kids yun wholesale..yun may nga design din na cartoons character.thanks

    Nov 20, 2008 | 7:16 pm

  93. Marketman says:

    dona, sorry, I don’t know anything about hair accessories.

    Nov 20, 2008 | 7:32 pm

  94. Vivienne says:

    Hello everyone!

    Your posts are very helpful. I would like to ask if anyone of you knows where I can buy wholesale generic slippers? Thank you very much!!!

    Dec 3, 2008 | 6:17 pm

  95. yahtheih says:

    hey mr. mm, do you know how to go to divi from bulacan? thanks..

    Dec 3, 2008 | 6:32 pm

  96. Anton says:

    Any one know if Divisoria Market was open this year Wednesday the 24 of December 2008?
    Is Divisoria closed at night?
    When did they close on Wednesday december 2008? Or they stay open all over XMass Night.

    Dec 27, 2008 | 10:01 pm

  97. erin says:

    hi people! ive been looking for these japanese lanterns that malls use to decorate some of their stalls. ung malalaking bilog na foldable lanterns. i heard they also come in assorted colors. some magazine told me its cheaper sa divi. and a store in a mall even, though they had it on display didnt actually had them for sale. so forthe longest time ive been scouting kung saan sa divi. any ideas kung saan ba talaga sa divi meron nun? kakaloka

    thnaks, this blog is a saver!

    Dec 29, 2008 | 10:07 pm

  98. Shelly says:

    Great post, I’m definitely checking out Commoners’ Commercial when I go to Divisoria :D

    I don’t suppose you know where I can find plastic lip balm twist tubes in Divisoria? Just like Chapstick’s container. I can’t seem to find them here in Makati. Much thanks.

    Jan 17, 2009 | 11:39 am

  99. Marketman says:

    Shelly, I have never looked for lip balm twist tubes, but Commoner’s might have them or know where to find them.

    Jan 17, 2009 | 11:49 am

  100. Shelly says:

    Ok, thank you for your time :-) You’ve got a great blog!

    Jan 30, 2009 | 2:39 pm

  101. Girlie says:

    hi. i’m looking for wedding favors, accessories…etc… is there a wedding store that sells all kinds of wedding stuff in 168?txs much.do email me pls.

    Feb 4, 2009 | 11:46 pm

  102. cherie says:

    Hi, I would like to ask where can I find polymer clay and cute perfume bottles in divisoria? Hope you can help me. :)

    Feb 18, 2009 | 2:49 pm

  103. Kaye says:

    Hi! I would like to ask where can I buy cake boxes in divisoria? If you have contact numbers, Pls help. Thank you very much. please email me back.

    Feb 21, 2009 | 11:02 am

  104. virna says:

    hi i m coming after a week to manila if u can help me to find beach bags swimwear and tongs hats wholesale thank you

    Feb 25, 2009 | 6:29 am

  105. Annabelle Federico says:

    Where can I buy wedding gowns made of barong and barong tagalog and wedding accessories in Divisoria. Please also give me their contact numbers and website.

    Thank you

    Mar 31, 2009 | 8:27 am

  106. dits says:

    hello guys ask q lang how can i get to sto. cristo street sa divisoria if im coming from tutuban mall? kc i heard na theres lots of baking utensils like bking tray,ramekins, etc…there na sobrang mura talaga.. hope u can give me sketch thanks..

    Apr 2, 2009 | 5:53 pm

  107. dits says:

    email me the sketch papunta dun please… love to buy baking utensils talaga asap..

    Apr 2, 2009 | 5:55 pm

  108. armilyn luna says:

    hi marketman,
    now i know already where to buy about the party needs,etc.bec. someday i am planning to make a business for this kind of product thank you so much,& have a nice day!


    May 15, 2009 | 5:29 pm

  109. nikki says:

    Hi Marketman!

    Do you know where in DV we can buy plastic food baskets? Like the kind they use in fastfood restaurants :) And where in 168 area can we park? :)

    Jun 30, 2009 | 11:02 am

  110. fatima sandra ong says:

    will someone point me in the direction of a t-shirt manufacturer? need good quality but cheap t-shirts for school uniform of 600 elementary pupils of lawm tabawan elementary school in tawi-tawi. affordable, as in 3pcs for P100 would be fine since the kids are mostly from needy families. thanks supply needed before july 20, 2009….

    Jul 13, 2009 | 9:21 pm

  111. Carrie says:

    Hi po ask ko lang san exact place pwedeng bumili ng raw materials for perfume making? please help Marketman!

    Jul 17, 2009 | 9:23 pm

  112. mishel says:

    Where can i buy nice colored face and handtowels for towel craft business? thanks

    Jul 23, 2009 | 7:35 am

  113. rhodora says:


    Does anybody knows where we can spend the night in Divisoria? Any nearby hotels that is walking distance from the market? Any suggestions is very much appreciated.

    Aug 1, 2009 | 3:35 am

  114. charmaine says:

    Hi Marketman, Where in Divisoria can I buy the cheapest wedding gown and fashmina (sheoul). Please email me. thanks!

    Aug 1, 2009 | 11:48 pm

  115. annie sia says:

    im looking for a supplier o rtw, bags, shoes, apparels. cab you please email me so i can purchase stocks from you.


    annie sia

    Aug 2, 2009 | 7:59 pm

  116. cassiopeia says:

    where in Divisoria can I find paperball lanterns?? do you have any idea ??please email me asap thanks!!

    Aug 7, 2009 | 5:17 pm

  117. Jerry Chua says:

    Hello, Friends, next time when you visit here at Divisoria Mall, Welcome to visit my Stores..!!!

    Wondermade (Phil) Trading Company was founded in October, 2003, a privately-owned distributor engaged in the Philippines’ wholesale and retail distribution industry. Our business primarily focuses on our competitive products which serve in wholesale and retail distribution of Toys, Fashion Accessories, Craftwork and other daily needs.

    “Doing business is making a good society…”

    Contact person :Jerry Chua
    T e l :+63-2- 245-5877 2577737
    F a x : +63-2-245-5992
    Mobi : +63-917-2520666
    Email : wondermade@live.cn
    Websit : http://www.wondermade.co.cc
    Add : KS 36-37 (2nd floor) New Divisoria Mall, Binundo, Manila, Philippines

    Aug 8, 2009 | 5:51 am

  118. beth says:

    Hi.., Just wanna ask where can i buy baking materials in Divisoria? Please I need help, Thanks in advance.

    Aug 8, 2009 | 10:58 pm

  119. Rita says:

    Where in Divisoria can I find magnets?
    Different types of magnets: the undecorated ones.

    Aug 12, 2009 | 1:52 pm

  120. ceres says:

    i need information where can i find paper ball lanterns in divisoria.. can u please please please email me. thank you

    Aug 17, 2009 | 3:20 pm

  121. haidee says:

    Marketman or anyone,

    I would like top know sana if the goods in DIVI sa month ng September & October is the same pag NOvember & DEcember? Are the prices the same also or cheaper? To avoid the hassles sana I am planning to go there around September or October? What do you recommend ba? Hope you’ll reply…Thanks

    Aug 19, 2009 | 7:47 pm

  122. Marketman says:

    haidee, in my minimal experience (I only go a few times a year), the Christmas goods seem to start coming in October and peak around November and early December. Divisoria is so reasonably priced compared to malls or other outlets that I don’t think it makes much difference if you shop early… if you want to avoid hassle, do it early I think.

    Aug 19, 2009 | 8:58 pm

  123. Didith says:

    Hi MM

    I’m living here in NZ but I go home (Phils) every two years well I just love my country to matter what other say DB is haven for me. I know every nook and places, dry good, wet market, name it I know where to find things I need practically I thought I was born there he he he. I bake different bread (self made baker) pandesal, loaf breads, coco buns, brioche etc,thru recipes from bread books, internet all thru bread machine (I’m too lazy or tired easily kneading dough) well most turn out good, some palpak, well we learn from our mistake – I used high grade flours for all bread making, and APF for cakes or pastries. If you use APF for bread be sure to use “dough enhancer”. What I want to know is I how will I make a bake bread last longer without getting mould any help??? Thanks for information for those commercial shops for baking supplies. I wrote down the add.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:52 pm

  124. jen says:

    hi marketman. i have the same question as Rita… where can i buy magnets in bulk, those used for DIY crafts such as refrigerator magnets or what have you?

    i’ve been to national bookstore, sm stationery sections, sm hardware, etc. i can’t seem to find those magnets! darn!.

    thanks! hope to read your reply soon.

    Aug 25, 2009 | 1:15 am

  125. perla says:

    hello mm, where in divisoria part can I find silicone mols for soap making?please anybody can suggest?

    Sep 2, 2009 | 1:23 am

  126. chinchin says:

    Hi there, can anybody tell me where i can find some cheap wedding dresses? cheap wedding designer?thanks

    Sep 9, 2009 | 10:15 am

  127. jen chan says:

    I want to buy plastic plates design with leaves…

    Sep 15, 2009 | 11:54 am


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