|Scenes at the Dapitan Arcade in Quezon City as Christmas shoppers scour stalls for decor.
MANILA - Shoppers seeking low-cost and locally-made Christmas decorations can find a wealth of these at the Dapitan Arcade in Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City.
The Dapitan Arcade, located at Kanlaon St. corner Dapitan St., has long been a favorite haunt for interior decorators and bargain-buyers alike. The place is not as crowded, compared to bargain hotspot Divisoria in Manila.
The small flat-slab shopping complex has everything from wrought iron accessories holders to hand-painted ceramic plates or wooden Buddha busts in various colors.
Now that Christmas is just a few weeks away, stalls at the Dapitan Arcade have started selling a myriad of Christmas decors.
The recent deluge has definitely not dampened the spirits of Christmas shoppers like Luz Francsico, who was seen scouring the arcade for decorations that she has been saving up for in previous months.
"Kahit na kami'y binaha pa, nagtsubi-tsubibo na ang mga sasakyan namin, eh okay pa rin kami, masaya pa rin kami. Alangan naman kalimutan mo ang Pasko. Gusto ko mag-ayos pa rin kami kahit na dinaanan ng delubyo [ang bahay namin sa Quezon City]," she said.
(Even if we were affected by floods, and our cars went topsy turvy like a Ferris Wheel, we're okay, we're happy. We can't forget Christmas [preparations]. I want to fix our house with Christmas decors even if our house in Quezon City was flooded.)
Featured finds include "parols" or lighted lanterns from Bicol made from dried Anahaw leaves and painted in cheery red and green paint.
Small ones cost P250, while larger ones cost P350 to P500 depending on the intricacy of the design.
Other "parols" made from Abaca fiber - and painted with stripes of yellow, green, and red - cost P75 for small lanterns and P150 to P200 for larger ones. Christmas lanterns studded with shells cost around P65.
A Christmas tree wall decor made with lush, painted Abaca leaves cost around P200 to P250, while fan-shaped wall decorations made with Capiz shells and embellished with ribbons and sprigs cost P150.
A synthetic 8-feet-high Christmas tree looped with flashing Christmas lights and tree hangings cost P5,000. Sellers insist this is cheap, considering Christmas trees at malls cost double the amount.
Small Christmas trees sculpted from styrofoam cost P50, and are sold at P100 when buyers buy 3 pieces. Trimmings like Capiz Christmas balls painted with gold swirls cost P70 each and P55 wholesale.
Small metallic-colored Christmas balls, the size of pingpong balls, cost P80 for 2 dozens.
Token gift items like angel figurine keychains and small jewelry boxes cost anywhere from P10 to P20.
Shop owners at the arcade advise shoppers to come early because prices can rise by as much as 30% as Christmas Day nears. Report by Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News.