There is no denying that Divisoria is THE shopping hub in Manila. And when in Divisoria, one of the best of quality bargain spots is Tutuban Center. And just before the holiday season, I had a shopping “dry run.”
I got Tutuban Center gift certificate worth Php 1,000 for me to try how many I can buy in preparation for Halloween and Christmas. And surprisingly, I got lots.
I went straight to the Prime Block that has lots of stalls offering different items. Featuring clothes for every occasion, footwear, bags and fashion accessories that can match your every need.
Also, there are loads of gift items you can choose from, for kids and kids-at-heart, like when I went to Anding’s Toys and Flowers Inc. where I found toys, party accessories and novelty items. Anding’s has been in business for over 20 years and counts large malls and merchants among its clients. Its merchandise is so wonderfully varied that the store takes up about 317 sqm. or about 18 stalls.
The Tutuban Center Prime Block also has general merchandise stores that offer an array of home and personal items ranging from hardware and cookware, to school supplies and bath accessories, houseware, linens and curtains and other stuff.
I was lucky to find some items even for my car, which are pretty good buys: the tool box for Php 380 and the back cushion for Php 58 only.
Party planners will find the Prime Block a one-stop shop for colourful gift items, wall and table decorations, toys and games, and costume accessories.
Whether it’s a wedding, a children’s party, a corporate launch, a get-together, or big events like Halloween and Christmas, the Prime Block offers the party needs for every occasion.
Tutuban Center Main Station, with the Bonifacio Shrine across its entrance, is a heritage building where the original train station built in the 18003 first stood. As a heritage building. steps were taken to preserve its history including repainting based on the heritage color palette, and improving lighting for its facade details.
The new and more spacious food court will soon to offer some of Divisoria and Binondo’s best food brands like El Presidente, Kikiam in llaya, King‘s Bakeshop and Eng Ho.
“We have introduced a cluster of stalls in level 3 of the Prime Block, which is now tagged as the Prime Block Clusters,” explained Norie U. Raniel, Tutuban Center Deputy General Manager/Operations Head. “Merchandise zoning has been improved in the Prime Block building so that shoppers will find everything they want and need in each area.”
Tutuban Center welcomes shoppers as early as 9:00 AM every day. Visitors will appreciate the enhanced pedestrian and vehicular circulation across the development. An additional 150 parking slots has been built into its CM Recto Avenue paid parking area.
I enjoyed shopping in Tutuban Center. Only, 1 hour of shopping is really too short. But the challenge of shopping for things I can buy for Php 1,000, I am still amazed up to now to find toys, tools, car accessories, kitchen items, souvenirs, clothing and food, at great bargain prices.