Saturday, July 14, 2012

Where to Shop for Cheaper Prices in Manila

Frugal or expense-conscious people are always on the lookout for "bagsakan" or cheaper sources of products. Buying from the source is usually cheaper, like if you buy from farmers or fishermen in case of fresh produce. For consumer goods, factory outlets are popular among buyers, like the Citygate mall in Hong Kong.

In Metro Manila and neighboring provinces, there are places known and becoming popular bargain havens. From my professional and personal buying experiences, I compiled below a list of such places per product category. Prices become a lot cheaper when buying in bulk, and when you've canvassed first before haggling for lowest or last price.

Food & Beverage Items
Fruits  -  Carmen Planas St. in Divisoria, Manila
Vegetables  -  night markets in Divisoria and Cloverleaf, Balintawak
Mangoes  -  near PNR Blumentritt station at Antipolo St. in Manila
Seafoods  -  night market in Malabon fish port
Prawns  -  "consignacions" in Hagonoy, Bulacan
Beef  -  Mahogany market in Tagaytay
Live Cattle – auction markets in Pedro Garcia (Batangas) and Urdaneta (Pangasinan)
Lechon  -  Retiro St. in La Loma district of Quezon City
Grocery products  -  Carlos Palanca Sr. St. in Quiapo, Manila
Chinese ingredients  -  Arranque market in Manila
Chinese delicacies  -  Carvajal St. in Binondo, Manila
Liquors & Spirits  -  Gil Puyat (Buendia) Ave. from Taft to Roxas Blvd.

Art Supplies  -  CM Recto and Avenida streets in Manila
Birds and Pets  -  Arranque market (Manila) and Cartimar (Pasay)

Books (Used)  -  CM Recto Avenue from Mendiola in Manila
Camera & Photography Accessories  -  Hidalgo St. in Quiapo

Caps (Baseball)  -  Platero, Binan, Laguna along national highway 

Car Parts & Accessories - Banaue St. (QC) & Evangelista St. (Makati)

Cards (Invitations) & Certificates - CM Recto in Manila, from Mendiola

Chinese medicines  -  Ongpin St. in Binondo, Manila

Computers & Accessories - Gilmore St. (QC) and Virra Mall (San Juan)
Electronic & Communication Parts  -  Gonzalo Puyat (Raon), Quiapo

Eyeglasses  -  Paterno St. in Quiapo, Manila

Fabrics, Curtains, Etc.  -  Ylaya St. in Divisoria & CM Recto, Manila

Fake Products/Knock Offs - Greenhills (San Juan) and Divisoria (Manila)

Flowers  -  Dos Castillas St. near Dangwa bus station in Manila

Gold Jewelries  -  Ongpin St. in Binondo, Manila

Guitars & Musical Instruments, Trophies  -  V. Mapa St. in Manila 

Handicrafts and Wood Carvings  -  Dapitan & Quinta markets in Manila

Herbal medicine products  -  Quiapo, Manila

Imported surplus stuffs  -  HMR and S.O.S outlets

Kitchen & Restaurant Supplies  -  Carlos Palanca St., Quiapo, Manila

Light Bulbs & Fixtures  -  Soler St. in Sta. Cruz, Manila

Medical supplies and equipment  -  Bambang and Avenida streets in Manila

Factory outlet of Levi's, Nike, etc.  -  Paseo Sta. Rosa in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Nike shoes and Products  -  factory outlet in Mamplasan, Binan, Laguna

Oil Seals, Bearings, etc.  -  Masangkay St. in Sta. Cruz, Manila

Picture Frames  -  Andalucia St. near Central Market, north of Quiapo, Manila

Plastic Bags & Containers  -  Ylaya St. in Divisoria, Manila

School and Office supplies  -  Yuchengco or Nueva St. in Binondo, Manila

T-Shirts & Clothes  -  Juan Luna St. in Divisoria, Manila

Tools & Industrial supplies  -  T. Alonzo St. in Sta. Cruz, Manila

Toys  -  Tabora St. in Divisoria, Manila

Uniforms (Military, Jerseys) and Jeans  -  Quezon Blvd. from Quiapo, Manila

Vintage & Antique items  -  Bangkal, Makati

Various consumer items  -  168 Mall and nearby shops in Divisoria, Manila

Feel free to add products and their wholesale areas under the comments section. You can use "google map" to learn how to get to your chosen location.
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  1. Very informative! It was a great help! :)


  2. Thanks for visiting the blog.

  3. Very helpful, thank you!

  4. are these still upadated Mx. neolizm? thanks