One of the interesting shopping experiences that my friends and family from other countries would be at the Tiangge. Tiangge means bazaar or market.
Traditionally, tiangges would consist of temporary stalls selling all sort of goods, and sometimes even unique finds or surplus or overruns at really good prices. That is why even the locals love to go to the Tiangge every so often.
One of the most popular tiangge's in Manila is Greenhills Shopping Center where you can find a rather large all-year round tiangge with airconditioning :-) The tiangge is set up in the middle plaza as well as in the hallways leading to it. You can find all sorts of things like sports shoes, ladies bags, wallets, clothes, shirts, watches, hair accessories, native clothes like the local Barong tops, souvenirs, native home decors, wooden furnitures, local delicacies and snacks from the provinces, and of course, rows and rows of our famous pearls.
Everyday, the tiangge is really crowded so it would be advisable to go in the morning when it opens, around 10 to 11am for most stalls.
If you come in late November to December, you'll also find a very large 3D moving holiday display in the main entrance. This is set up every year during the holiday season.
The photo above that I captured during a visit to the tiangge, shows a funny label from a stall selling scarves, what it meant to say was "pashmina" :-)
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