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Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
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For shopaholics and regular holiday shopping needs alternatives to the much too crowded Divisoria (where it's really hard to squeeze yourself in to Tutuban Mall, 168 Shopping Mall, and 999 Mall): Christmas bazaars sprouting all over Metro Manila. Do your shopping now and send some to Tutubi :P
Before you "turn the page," did you know that the word bazaar came from the Persian word bazar with etymological origin meaning "place of prices"?
List of Christmas Bazaars in Metro Manila (you may add some if Tutubi missed any)
Buy Pinoy Exporters Fair Location: SM Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong Bazaar Hours: 9am-9pm (SM Mall Hours)
Greenhills Night Market Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan Open: 6:30 to 11:30pm
Mercato Centrale Location: Bonifacio High Street (inside those tents behind The Spa) Bazaar Hours: 7 am - 12nn
Other bazaars in town (got info from a Xend promo email):
1. Christmas Tinsel Bazaar at Nuvo City in Libis on December 3 to 5 2. Seolularis: A Grand Holiday Bazaar at the SMX Convention Center on December 4 to 5 3. SHOP N' CHOW Bazaar and Food Fair at the Alabang Town Center on December 3 to 5 4. Angel Sent Bazaar at the Enterprise Center Makati on December 6 to 7
Regular Weekend Markets in Manila that may pop surprises:
Sidcor Sunday Market at Centris Walk EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City Tiangge hours: 6am to 2pm
Lung Center Sunday Market Lung Center of the Philippines Quezon Avenue, Quezon City Tiagge open from 6am to 2pm
Salcedo Saturday Market Velzaquez Carpark, Salcedo Village, Makati open: 6am to 2pm
Legazpi Sunday Market Legazpi Carpark, Lorenzo Village, Makati open: 6am to 2pm
Note: some of the bazaars listed above chanrge entrance fees, admission price vary but very minimal if you have lots of shopping money and the energy hunting for good finds and bargains.