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Dapitan Arcade turned an enormous a part of my movie and TV manufacturing days in addition to my visible merchandising stint. It served as my ever-reliable wingman and finest buddy after I wanted to supply props, set decorations, and window show components with a restricted finances.

However this decor paradise isn’t only for skilled stylists and interior designers. In case you are into adorning and designing your dwelling area, I wager you might be aware of it. Anybody in search of cheap high quality gadgets is welcome! All you want is an effective eye and a number of time! Good eye, since you’ll be bombarded by a gazillion choices. And a number of time, as a result of, effectively, it’s simple to not discover what number of hours you’ve burned hopping from one stall to a different!

Dapitan Arcade is likely one of the hottest locations to supply ornament, furnishings items, and different crafts in Metro Manila. But it surely’s mainly identified for its overflowing choices for Christmas ornaments. After all, there are different merchandise together with lighting or lamps, kitchen instruments and utensils, vintage-looking gadgets, image frames, trinkets, and whatnot. However what attracts loyal clients and curious folks is the comparatively low worth, cheaper than the typical market charges.

In case you are one of many curious peeps and it’s your first time going right here, listed here are among the stuff you’ll discover and what to anticipate if you go to Dapitan Arcade.


Dapitan Arcade is situated at #39 Dapitan Avenue nook Kanlaon Avenue, Barangay Sta. Teresita, Quezon Metropolis.

Dapitan Arcade Facade

That is strategically situated close to the border of Manila and Quezon Metropolis, marked by the Welcome Rotonda marble monument. That is the realm the place producers unload huge bulk of their manufacturing facility extra, export overruns, or surplus. Therefore, it’s typically referred to as bagsakan.

The retailers will then promote these export-quality gadgets for a worth decrease than the market common. Win-win!

Initially, Dapitan Arcade primarily refers back to the previous constructing on the nook of Dapitan Avenue and Kanlaon Avenue. However it will definitely advanced into an inclusive surplus store neighborhood that covers the primary constructing and the encompassing tents, stalls, and even different buildings within the space.

Another shopping center behind Dapitan Arcade

Dapitan Arcade may be very accessible whether or not you’re taking the general public mode of transportation or if you’re driving your individual automotive.

In the event you’re coming from anyplace close to EDSA or quick access to any MRT Station:

  1. Take the MRT to Quezon Avenue Station.
  2. Experience a jeepney sure for Quiapo.
  3. Get off at Burger King on the nook of Quezon Avenue and Kanlaon Avenue, simply earlier than you attain Welcome Rotonda.
  4. From Burger King, you possibly can attain Dapitan Arcade on foot in 7-10 minutes.

From many components of Manila Metropolis, merely trip a jeepney sure for DAPITAN.

In case you are driving your individual automotive, you possibly can simply use your Waze or Google Maps for instructions. This may also let the reside visitors state of affairs.

For these bringing their very own vehicles, designated parking slots can be found, however it is advisable be there actually early to get a slot.

In any other case, you possibly can simply discover a spot on the aspect of the street. There are locals who will provide to seek out you a parking spot and take care of your automotive for a charge.

Predominant Dapitan Arcade Constructing
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Monday – Sunday

Outdoors Tents/Stalls
7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Monday – Sunday

Observe: That is simply the same old opening hours. The opening time and shutting time might fluctuate per tent/stall.

Dapitan Arcade Outside Stalls

Early morning. As a lot as attainable, go there early within the morning when the crowds are small and the solar isn’t too harsh.

We arrived there at round 11 AM and there have been fairly lots of people already. The amount of the gang was steadily growing close to lunchtime. The height hours or the busiest time is within the afternoon.

Previously, you simply enter and exit the primary Dapitan Arcade constructing anyplace. Nonetheless, throughout these extraordinary instances, the designated entrance to the primary constructing is on the Dapitan Avenue aspect.

Dapitan Arcade Entrance

  1. Register first. Higher when you’ve got your individual pen.
  2. Subsequent, the guard will verify your temperature.
  3. Begin exploring! Don’t overlook to observe correct social distancing.

In the event you exit and it is advisable reenter, simply return to the identical entrance and inform the guard you’ve already signed up earlier than so that you gained’t must register once more.

From the second you arrive, you can be bombarded with varied varieties of things. It’s an amazing expertise. Gadgets bought fluctuate. There are stalls that promote the identical stuff through the years, however there are additionally people who change gadgets or modify their shows relying on the season. Others simply add seasonal gadgets to their common merchandise.

Listed below are among the stuff you’ll see whereas exploring. For the costs, you could go to Dapitan Arcade’s official website.

Ceramic Plates
Ceramic Plates (P200-350)
Ceramic Pieces (dinnerware, dishware, tableware, tea sets, Nordic, Chinese, etc.)
Ceramic Items (dinnerware, dishware, tableware, tea units, Nordic, Chinese language, and so on.)
Christmas Lights and Lanterns
Christmas Lanterns (from P1700 for less complicated designs to as a lot as P9000 for extra elaborate ones)
Christmas Decors (Snowballs, Santa Claus figures, etc.)
Christmas Decors (Snowballs, Santa Claus figures, and so on.)
Christmas Trees
Christmas Timber value P2500 (small) to as a lot as P13500 (10 ft, gold)
Wooden Crates and Plates
Picket crates (P180-P550) and wood plates (P170-P320)
Basketware (P200-P1000, relying on measurement and design)
Synthetic Grass (P1000-P1200)
Christmas Snow Globes
Christmas Snow Globes (P1200-P2000)
Nordic minimalist plates and baking plates with handle
Nordic minimalist plates and baking plates with deal with (P200-P230)
Jewelry Boxes
Jewellery Containers (begins at P800)
Wooden Signages
Picket Signages (P150-P350)
Buddha Statues
Buddha Statues (P600-P3200, relying on type and design)
Flower decorations
Flower decorations (P150-P350)
World landmark table decors
World landmark desk decors (P450-P600)

Different gadgets embody:

  • Backyard Gadgets (pots, instruments, and so on.)
  • Glassware (goblet, beer mugs, specialty glasses, and so on.)
  • Kitchenware
  • Lightings and Lamps
  • Vases
  • Spiritual Shows
  • Wall Decors (clocks, image frames, artistic signage and posters, and so on.)
  • Ornamental Jars
  • Toys
  • Classic-looking Gadgets
  • Collectible figurines
  • Wind Chimes
  • Idea Decors (music containers, bells, keyholders, collectibles, and so on.)

Planning to go to Dapitan quickly? Listed below are some ideas that is likely to be useful to you:

Inside Dapitan Arcade

  1. Go there early to keep away from the gang. We’re nonetheless in a pandemic, so should you actually wish to go right here, take some time to get up early. Actually, there have been moments when folks did not observe social distancing, notably on slim paths and at crowded locations throughout busy hours.
  2. You’ll be able to negotiate the value, particularly if you’re shopping for in bulk. However do not forget that the costs are already low-cost, so don’t haggle an excessive amount of. The companies must survive too. Let’s assist one another, particularly throughout these arduous instances.
  3. Store round. When you have time, canvass gadgets and examine costs first earlier than you do your remaining buy. Don’t purchase on the spot. Most of the time, you will discover the identical gadgets in different stalls/retailers.
  4. EXPLORE! Once more, there are many different stalls and retailers except for the primary indoor market. In actual fact, there’s a brand new greater constructing adjoining to it. The doorway is alongside Kanlaon Avenue. There are additionally stalls and tents lining the aspect streets across the space.
  5. Earlier than leaving, ensure that to verify the gadgets for scratches or defects. We noticed gadgets that had some minor hits however they had been rapidly changed once we requested.
  6. Please deal with the gadgets with care when checking them out. Put them again precisely the place you picked them up.
  7. In case you are bringing your automotive, don’t depart your valuables and devices inside. Place them within the trunk or carry them with you. However …
  8. Safe your valuables. All the time regulate them.
  9. Convey solar safety like shades, a hat or an umbrella should you plan to discover the stalls and retailers exterior the primary constructing. The solar could be brutal within the afternoon.
  10. When you have your individual reusable procuring luggage, carry them to reduce the consumption of plastic luggage.

2021 • 12 • 05


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