Floor to ceiling Christmas ornaments. Photos by Raquel P. Gomez

The Dapitan Arcade, located at Dapitan corner Kanlaon Street in Quezon City, is a shopping area teeming with overruns of export-quality products consisting of home ornaments, plates and ceramics, mugs and glassware, wood crafts,  wrought-iron pieces and metal sculptures, capiz lanterns, kitchen accessories, garden ornaments, and tons of Christmas decorations. 

For years, it came to be known as the go-to place for consumers looking to find affordable decorative pieces for their home improvement or design project. Here’s one happy place for shoppers to get their fix of pretty colorful plates and ceramics for their kitchen, look for the perfect glass ornament to hang in their garden, or get the buri storage boxes as organizers to tidy up their rooms. 

But come Christmas season, the Dapitan Arcade is the place to be to look for Christmas trees and other festive trimmings to adorn and enliven one’s living spaces for a feel of Christmas spirit in our homes.

Getaway.ph went to the Dapitan Arcade recently to see how has the pandemic is affecting the sale of stores in the area. 

Christmas lantern shop owner Aira Serbiento said people still flock to the area in droves to shop for Christmas decorations, but many follow the minimum health standards, such as the wearing of face masks and face shields. 

She said shoppers still look forward to having a lively Christmas with their homes adorned with festive lights, Christmas trees, and all the works. 

Native baskets and boxes range from P350 up.

Christmas lanterns fill the roadside. The cheapest lanterns sell for P1,500 to P1,800.

Pretty ceramic plates, bowls, and saucers range from P40 up.

Colorful glassware as Christmas gifts.

Lanterns and decor made from Capiz shells.

Functional and decorative boxes.

Christmas trees range from P2,200 to P3,500.

People scour stores to look for good finds.

Shopping for the perfect Santa.

Even with the threat of the pandemic, people still flock to the Dapitan Arcade to shop for their Christmas decorations.

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