Shopping & Services

6 Important Tips To Remember When Shopping in Divisoria

Make your trip easy, safe and hassle-free

Original Article: Kathleen Valle and Hannah Dormido Photography: and Jun Pinzon (Main Photo)

Everyone loves a good bargain—whether you're frugal or you love to splurge, no one could say no to beautiful pieces at reasonable prices and every seasoned shopper knows these can be found in Divisoria. However, shopping in this spot can be a little tricky. Aside from being ready to brave the crowds and face sweltering heat, here's how to prepare for a trip this weekend: 

  • Make sure to dress down and bring only the essentials. The goal is to look “normal” in order to afford more haggling privileges.
  • Anticipate a lot of walking; wear comfy and waterproof flats. Remember that most streets in Divisoria can easily turn into a mud party when it rains. Bring a small umbrella as well.
  • Tote a small shoulder or belt bag with closures where you can stash your cash (don’t put all in your wallet). Swing the bag in front of you at all times, and avoid fumbling at it while walking. It’ll make you look distracted and thus, an easy target for pickpockets. Bring a foldable canvas tote for your purchases.

  • Haggling is encouraged, but know when to stop. Some temperamental stall owners might get miffed if you offer to buy their products for ridiculously low prices.
  • While ATMs are aplenty around Divisoria, it’s better to bring enough cash, broken into smaller bills. If you must withdraw, choose a machine that’s enclosed in a mall.
  • Thoroughly inspect your desired items before buying them. Unless they’re your suki, most stores in Divisoria don’t observe actual return and exchange policies.

Read the original article ("My Divine Divi") in the March 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details. 

More on

The Ultimate Divisoria Home Shopping Guide

RL Picks: Shopping in Divisoria, Dangwa, Dapitan Arcade, and more

10 Budget-Friendly Ideas from Real Living Editors


Latest Stories

Would You Live Inside This 9sqm Water Pipe?

This modern designer studio unit (inside a water pipe!) in Hong Kong may be the home of the future

Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray Is An Awesome Artist

We discovered the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe winner has some mad painting skills!

8 Properties That Will Make You Want to Move to Pampanga ASAP

When it comes to investing in real estate, Pampanga is the place to be right now

Team Kramer Gives A Tour of Their New Home

The house will have an elevator, an infinity pool, and a classroom for the kids

17 Important Loan Terms That You Should Know

Buying a house? Here’s an A-to-T glossary of financial terms that won’t leave you in the dark.

A Loft-Type Bachelor Pad Found Inside a Family Home

The owner worked with interior designer Erika Uichanco to transform an ordinary bedroom into a remarkable, condo-like personal space

This Hostel in Makati Has Calming Bedrooms Perfect for Staycations

The bonus? You get design ideas for the different rooms in your house, too!

Lazada Plans to Launch an Online Grocery This Year

Shopping for the home will be easier as the e-commerce startup aims to build cold storage hubs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

What Kind of Furniture Do Millennials Look For?

Are they all about aesthetics or do they care about functionality, too?

The Ultimate Kamuning Shopping Guide

Once the go-to place for affordable fabric and tailoring, this Quezon City district is now a happening place and a treasure trove of hip vintage stores, cool furniture shops, and more

14 Baguio And Ilocos Destinations To Visit On a Summer Weekend

The beginning of summer vacation is the perfect time to head up north! Here are fun and easy places to visit and shop at.

Beautiful And Functional Ways To Decorate A Bi-Level Home

Maximize every nook and cranny of your humble abode with these ideas
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!