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    How to Get to 168 Mall in Divisoria, Binondo, Manila

    168 Mall is a popular ladies mall near the sprawling budget shopping paradise of Divisoria. It's there where you can buys cheap bags, shoes, accessories, dresses, makeup kits, shirts, mp3 players, tools and electronic items at very low prices, most of them are made in China though. Such unbelievably low prices was so controversial that the mall was raided at least twice due to allegations of smuggling.

    You may practice your haggling or bargaining skills here to get a lower price

    One example is when Tutubi bought a genuine unbranded leather jacket for my 30GB iPod video for P300. An original one costs somewhere around P1800.

    This is a cash-only mall, much like Divisoria, so have cash on hand. There are ATMs at the 3rd floor: Security Bank, BDO, BPI and Chinabank.

    On the 3rd floor also is the food court where several stalls can be found. Not so usual finds there is Chariyas Authentic Thai Kitchen (a generous serving of Tom Yum costs P75), Quan Yin Chay Vegetarian Food Garden (veggie spaghetti is P40), Aldrinos Bibingka Espesyal, Lola Ines Halo-halo and Pancit Luglug, Namit Gid (Ilonggo) and Lami Gyud (Cebuano)

    A question often asked of Tutubi is the reason why Chinese love the number 168. Asked around from Chinese friends, one said that 168 in Chinese means "road to prosperity" or "continue being prosperous." The number 8 sounds similar to the word which means "wealth," "fortune," or "prosper." Another Chinese friend also said "In Cantonese, 168 is “Yat-Luk-Pat” sounding like “Yat-Low-Fat” that's translated as 'road to luck'"

    another trivia: Arrticle 168 of the Revised Penal Code deals with illegal possession and use of false treasury or bank notes and other instruments of credit, used by people to be on the "road to luck" or prison :P

    How to get to 168 Mall, Binondo, Manila:

    Commute to 168 Mall:

    take the LRT and get off at Doroteo Jose station (alternatively, take LRT 2 and get off at the last station Recto/Arranque), take a jeep bound for Divisoria then alight in front of Tutuban Mall. 168 Mall is accessible by a narrow alley across C.M. Recto (Azcarraga).

    Commuting from Taft Avenue, Manila to Divisoria is a breeze, just take the Divisoria-bound jeepneys or FX, and walk towards Tutuban Mall and 168 Mall.

    The Divisoria-Gastambide jeep, with terminal at the corner of Espana and Lerma/Morayta (Nicanor Reyes) passes near the Caltex station near 168 Shopping Mall

    Directions to 168 Mall from Quezon City, take Rizal Avenue (Avenida) then Abad Santos (near Chinese Cemetery). After crossing C.M. Recto avenue, turn right at Caltex at the corner of Soler and Reina Regente then right again Felipe II street (opposite corner is Meisic Mall)

    By car from Taft Avenue/Lawton, take Jones Bridge going to Binondo passing through Paredes, and Binondo church. Right turn at the end of Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz (Reina Regente)then left turn Felipe II street (Caltex and Meisic Mall)

    Parking is scarce there, you may consider parking in front of Meisic Mall and nearby places

    Related post:
    How to get to Divisoria

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    posted by GingGoy @ 8:08 AM,


    At Aug 30, 2009, 9:04:00 PM, Anonymous Pinoy Jokes said...

    maganda talaga sa 168 dami mapagpipilian..

    At Nov 15, 2009, 4:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i saw one wearing a nike fiipino jersey during manny's fight with you know where can i buy that nike team filipino jersey??and how much will it cost??

    At Nov 15, 2009, 9:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    btw,do u know where i can buy them nike team filipino jersey's?

    At Dec 30, 2009, 9:45:00 AM, Anonymous my said...

    Hi! I am a female and I went to 168 mall yesterday. This was what I bought (the price in parenthesis is the price of branded items in usual malls): office blouses P100 (vs P250-350); black slacks P350 (vs P550); adidas shirt P100; stylish black belt P220; brush works shirts P140; kids jeans P100; pedal pants P180; a nice decent white office blouse P240;

    apples P10@; oranges P5@; seedless grapes P160/kl

    At Dec 30, 2009, 11:18:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    my, thanks for the price updates on 168 shopping mall :P

    At Feb 2, 2011, 2:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    really want to go and shop there but its too sad!

    At Aug 21, 2011, 10:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i hope i can find mountaineering stuff there

    At Sep 2, 2011, 5:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I really wanna shop here, but its to far from our place :(


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