Bazaars are the go-to shopping places for budget-conscious Filipinos. Most shoppers go to Divisoria for their Christmas shopping but for some, especially people living in the northern part of Metro Manila, a drive there is not as practical as before.
Luckily for people in Quezon City, Caloocan, Valenzuela, and Bulacan, there's a bazaar or "tiangge" in their area that they can always go to this Christmas season.
Described as the "Divisoria of the North," Robinsons Novaliches Christmas Bazaar offers items that have the same -- if not lower --price points.
"Regularly, it has become a habit of the people in the area to shop here every Christmas. We get a lot of customers at night, especially during 'ber' months," said Robinsons Malls operations director Cathy Alejandro.
Robinsons Novaliches started its Christmas bazaar in 2007. This year it opened on October 15, occupying outdoor parking lots in front of the main mall.
It features 248 stalls that sell a variety of items, from clothing and shoes to Christmas decor.
The bazaar opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 12 midnight every day. It will run until January 5, 2020.
It is not only the outdoor bazaar that is patterned after Divisoria because the main mall itself mostly houses micro retailers. This Robinsons branch is unlike any other mall in the group as it mainly caters to growing businesses.
“The branding of this mall is we cater to the micro retailers, bazaars. The Christmas Bazaar supports the brand. It's really for the budget-conscious Filipinos," explained Robinsons Malls group marketing manager Vicente Mallapre III.
The Robinsons Novaliches Christmas Bazaar has been one of the mall's most successful projects, and the organizers make it special every year with festive Christmas decorations and a bibingka and puto bumbong stall to complete the holiday vibe.
For those looking for gifts, here are some of the items being sold at the bazaar at P150 or less:
1. MARIKINA-MADE SANDALS (P180 FOR TWO PAIRS)
These women's sandals are made in Marikina and only sell for P180 for two pairs. The designs are varied, so there's a lot of options for shoppers. Angelo G. Garcia
2. T-SHIRTS (P100 EACH)
These shirts are made in Bangladesh and are made with a soft material. Selling at only P100, it's a very good steal. Angelo G. Garcia
3. BASEBALL CAP (P50)
There is no other place in the metro that sells P50 baseball caps. Angelo G. Garcia
4. OPEN KNIT SWEATERS (P100 EACH)
Trendy open knit sweaters are perfect for the cool weather or as an office cover-up. Angelo G. Garcia
5. PASHMINA SCARF (P100)
Scarves are always a good gift option for mommies and grandmothers. Angelo G. Garcia
6. GIRLS' DRESS (P100)
The bazaar has cute, frilly, dresses any kikay girl would love. Angelo G. Garcia
7. MEN'S SHORTS (P150)
This is a steal considering the quality of the fabric. Angelo G. Garcia
8. COIN PURSES (P50 EACH)
Coin purses are a necessity and maybe buying in bulk can get shoppers a discount. Angelo G. Garcia