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    Posted November 20, 2012 by
    Manila, Philippines
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    Imagine in Divisoria


    People are currently more practical. By this time of the year, most already have a long list of Christmas gifts for their 'inaanak' or godchildren, family and friends.

    Bazaars or what is famously known as 'tiangge' in the Philippines, fill the cities. Just like mushrooms,  they spring out of villages, parishes, open grounds and even streets which they sometimes close only for that reason - booths and make shift stores.

    A range and series of goods by enterprisers and well known brands are displayed and sold at very low prices.

    Many Filipinos are haggle enthusiasts. Regardless the societal group - upper, middle or lower income class, people are always interested at what is low priced.

    Now, the most famous of all bazaars is what we call the 'shopping mecca' of Manila - Divisoria. It is a place where many people visit or people from outside the city or country hope to see. This is where the famous 'tiangges' get their merchandise. So you could imagine that this is where the goods are at their cheapest price.

    From gowns, textile fabrics, fresh fruits and vegatables, trinkets, office and school supplies, you will se everything there.

    But you just don't go there at your sudden whim. You need planning. Go there early in the morning to beat the traffic. Most people there walk in the middle of the streets and the booths fill the side of the road.

    Bring a fanny pack instead of your regulary bag. It is so difficult to carry a regular bag while holding all the shopping bags and being pressed against the densed - filled with people streets.

    Dress comfortably even if you look like you just came out of your bedroom. All the effort you'll make to look good won't matter.

    On Sunday, my son and I were there. It was our first time to visit Divisoria. While walking in the streets with the multitude of people, he, a parkour fanatic, said "Mom, this is too much. I can't move. I can't imagine how a traceuse or free runner can move here."

    "Oh come on." I replied. "Where's your imagination?" I continued. "Traceurs can easily run on the heads of the people here." teehee.

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