For many years, even before the biggest and modern malls mushroomed in the metropolis, Tutuban Center in Divisoria is one of the shopping haven of Filipinos. Tutuban Center became more of a convenient place to shop as it sits in the main train station of the Philippine National Railway (PNR), the Tutuban station most commonly known as Manila station or Divisoria train station.
Tutuban is a hunter’s paradise for those who loves shopping on a budget and bargain commodities from personal to home improvement needs. Shopping could go so well even if you only have a P1000 budget in your purse or pocket.
Tutuban Center recently underwent a number of renovation work and building improvements and with the holiday season coming, shoppers will make a beeline for the great deals in Tutuban Center’s Main Station and Prime Block.
We made a visit to Tutuban Center a few days ago and we challenged ourselves what our P1000 could do to our shopping list. We made rounds inside the Main Station and Prime Block and visited some stalls to see what they can offer. Since we love to eat, we bought 3 pieces of egg-pies at King’s Bakeshop worth P40. We spent P120 already for this snacks already.
We went around the mall and walked in at Pherica, Asi Novelties, and Anding’s – both sells novelty and gift items, toys, and other merchandise for home needs. Since Halloween is already near, we decided to buy some Halloween stuff like a scary mask worth P200 and other novelty items like Pokemon Balls and Pikachu miniatures. We also bought a vampire cloak costume for P216. And while we’re already in this section, we also bought some Christmas balls and decors, at around P100. We also found and bought a kitchenware, a shoe rack and handy tools that might come in handy when fixing things in the house.
We spent all of our P1000 in just an hour hopping from one retail shops and service stores. The Main Station connects to the Prime Block where you can find three shopping levels of pure bargain buying pleasure.
“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.”
A Little Bit of History
Tutuban Center Main Station, with the Bonifacio Shrine across its entrance, is a heritage building where the original train station built in the 1800s 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 building has also retained features like brick walls and century-old wrought iron pillars that lead all the way to the food court.
The new and spacious food court is set to offer some of Divisoria and Binondo’s best food brands like El Presidente, Kikiam in Ilaya, and Eng Ho.
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 welcomes shoppers as early as 9 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.
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