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    What not to buy in Divisoria

    The place is known to be a shopping haven for budget shoppers. Still, here are don'ts you have to take heed.

    Read more: http://www.rappler.com/life-and-styl...e-to-divisoria
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    Our house in Manila is only a few minutes away from Divisoria. I hated going there because it's too crowded and the place is prone to robbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raynaputi View Post
    Our house in Manila is only a few minutes away from Divisoria. I hated going there because it's too crowded and the place is prone to robbers.
    Would it be safe for westerners to go there ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by cheekee View Post
    Would it be safe for westerners to go there ?

    In my experience, NO. There's no reason for a westerner to go there really. They have malls there though, Tutuban Mall, 168 and 999. They sell cheap and mostly fake stuff there. If that's your thing, it's a nice place to shop. If not, then just look elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raynaputi View Post

    In my experience, NO. There's no reason for a westerner to go there really. They have malls there though, Tutuban Mall, 168 and 999. They sell cheap and mostly fake stuff there. If that's your thing, it's a nice place to shop. If not, then just look elsewhere.

    Sounds a little like carbon market in Cebu city but a lot worse.


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    I always ask but my wife always refuses to take me there because of her fear of being robbed


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmarco View Post
    I always ask but my wife always refuses to take me there because of her fear of being robbed
    I had a bracelet (made of fake pearls and gold plated chain) which got snatched one time I was there. I was in a jeep on my way to a friend's house. I didn't realised that even fake jewelries will be snatched as well! I was annoyed at that time because it was one of my favourite accesories. The last time I went there (I had no choice) was when I had to get my measurements for the gown I need to wear for a friend's wedding (that was in 2009). I didn't bring anything with me, just a few change for jeepney rides going to and back to our house.
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    I visited Divisoria within the past 5 years, travelling by jeepney, accompanied by three trustworthy Filipino friends who watched me and my camera, so no problems !












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    Been there 100`s of times..Never had a problem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raynaputi View Post

    In my experience, NO. There's no reason for a westerner to go there really.
    I will have to disagree, as I think most westerners should at least enjoy the experience once. Going to the Mall of Asia or some other posh mall is very nice, however its not where your average Filipino shops for clothing and other goods. You also have Chinatown nearby if you fancy some great Chinese grub.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fred View Post
    Been there 100`s of times..Never had a problem.
    Ditto Fred. The Divisoria is getting a bit posh theses days with air con malls. If people want a real Filipino shopping experience they should head to Baclaran on a rainy day!!


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    I have to go to Divisoria on my next visit to Manila. It's up near Tondo/Quiapo way, yup?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jake View Post
    Ditto Fred. The Divisoria is getting a bit posh theses days with air con malls. If people want a real Filipino shopping experience they should head to Baclaran on a rainy day!!
    Baclaran used to be a fantastic place for people watching,i remember walking past some DVD sellers,they had small TV's so buyers could see the quality of the movie they wanted to purchase,one guy shouted for me to watch a hard-core porno he was showing in broad daylight in ful view of pedestrians strolling past



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ako Si Jamie View Post
    I have to go to Divisoria on my next visit to Manila. It's up near Tondo/Quiapo way, yup?
    Yep......its within walking distance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Alan View Post
    I visited Divisoria within the past 5 years, travelling by jeepney, accompanied by three trustworthy Filipino friends who watched me and my camera, so no problems !










    Interesting, also nice photo's, thank you


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tawi2 View Post
    Baclaran used to be a fantastic place for people watching,i remember walking past some DVD sellers,they had small TV's so buyers could see the quality of the movie they wanted to purchase,one guy shouted for me to watch a hard-core porno he was showing in broad daylight in ful view of pedestrians strolling past
    Did you peek?

    One of my original rackets here in the Philippines, was to buy DVD's in Manila and send them to my brother in law in the UK. The quality was hit-or-miss at the best of times but we made a few bucks


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