by Venus Zoleta, on category "Lifestyle"
December 8, 2018
The holiday season for the typical Pinoy isn’t complete without a trip to tiangges or flea markets that offer bagsak presyo to shoppers on a budget. Even if online shopping sites provide an easy alternative to those who have no time to shop, nothing beats the experience of window shopping and testing or fitting an item before buying it.
Looking for a new tiangge to visit for your holiday shopping? Consider these value-for-money tiangges in the Philippines.
The Philippines’ garment capital, Taytay is home to the perfect budget shopping destination for Pinoy fashionistas: Taytay Tiangge.
Cheap meets good quality in this popular fashion flea market. Designed and manufactured locally, product selections in Taytay Tiangge include shirts, blouses, dresses, shorts, pants, skirts, sportswear, sleepwear, bags, and more.
Best time to shop at Taytay Tiangge: Although shopping stalls open daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., the best days to visit are Mondays and Thursdays when new stocks arrive. Early morning shopping on Tuesdays or Fridays is also great because all the stalls are open.
Taytay Tiangge Address: Manila East Rd., Taytay, Rizal
Flea markets along Roxas Blvd. in Baclaran sell affordable items in good condition. Haggling is the norm there, so don’t hesitate to negotiate prices with vendors. Beware of pickpockets when shopping in Baclaran.
Best time to shop at Baclaran Market: Anytime is a good time to go to tiangges in Baclaran, except on Wednesdays (Baclaran Day) and Sundays when people go to Baclaran Church.
Address: Roxas Blvd., Baclaran, Parañaque
Divisoria is the ultimate bargain shopping destination for all seasons, brimming with tiangges that offer wide selections of wholesale and retail products. The Philippines’ budget shopping mecca can get jampacked during the holidays, so if you want to avoid the crowd, head over to the stalls outside the Tutuban Commercial Center. Tutuban Night Market is a great option when you can shop only after mall hours.
Compared to other tiangges in Manila, shopping at the Tutuban Night Market is safe. CCTVs are installed around the area, and security guards roam around.
Best time to shop at Tutuban Night Market: Tiangge stalls open daily from 5 pm to 3 am.
Address: Tutuban Center, Claro M. Recto Ave., Tondo, Manila
The streets of Quiapo—particularly around the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene—are bustling with vendors peddling cheap goods. Shoppers won’t run out of affordable choices. You can even haggle a cheaper price. Again, beware of snatchers lurking in the area.
Best time to shop at Quiapo Market: Fridays and weekends are busy days, as churchgoers flock to Quiapo, so avoid shopping on those days.
Address: Quezon Blvd., Quiapo, Manila
If a cheap and pleasant shopping experience is what you’re after, then Greenhills is the place to be. Tiangge stalls have an organized layout housed in an air-conditioned shopping complex, so it’s easy and comfortable to shop around.
Address: Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, San Juan
The Dapitan Arcade is quite popular as a home decor shopping haven for bargain-hunters. Not many know that a few steps away from it is a two-storey warehouse—aka the Dapitan Tiangge—with different stalls that sell cheap Christmas decorations.
At the tiangge, you’ll find all sorts of Christmas tree ornaments, wreaths, Santa Claus statues, music boxes, and mini Christmas villages. Their prices are much more affordable than those sold in malls.
Best time to shop at Dapitan Tiangge: Most tiangge stalls open in the afternoon, so it’s best to go there after lunchtime.
Address: 39 Dapitan St., Brgy. Sta. Teresita, Quezon City
The Salcedo Community Market—better known as the Salcedo Saturday Market—is one of the biggest weekend markets in the Philippines. Foodies on a budget can enjoy cuisines from around the world, such as Korean, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, and Turkish.
Vegetarians and vegans will like the variety of organic food products and meals at affordable prices. Fresh vegetables are sold at about half the price of those in supermarkets.
Best time to shop at Salcedo Saturday Market: The Salcedo Market opens on Saturdays from 7 am to 2 pm. It’s best to visit early in the morning to take advantage of fresh products sold there.
Address: Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati
Take the MRT and get off at Buendia station. Ride a jeep bound for Bel-Air Washington and ask to drop you off at Reposo/Nicanor Garcia St. (Alternatively, get off at MRT Guadalupe station and ride a jeep bound for Cartimar). Cross the street and walk straight ahead to Sanchez St. Turn left onto Tordesillas St. and you’ll see the Jaime C. Velasquez Park where the tiangge is located.
What’s your go-to tiangge for your holiday shopping needs? Any favorite flea market that should be on the list? Share your recommendations here!