Christmas Shopping Discoveries in Dapitan (

(This excerpt was taken from my article, “Christmas Shopping Discoveries in Dapitan,” which was published in last November 17, 2010)

The days are shorter, the nights are longer, and there’s a certain chill in the air. It could only mean one thing—Christmas is coming. The Philippines is known for having the longest Christmas celebration and it would not come as a surprise to hear Christmas carols on the radio and see people begin to bring out their holiday décors at the onset of the ‘-ber’ months.

Being the practical person I am, I do my best every year to start my Christmas shopping early so I can avoid the holiday rush and crowd. Aside from going to the usual mall, I scout for other nice shopping haunts in the hope of coming across good buys. Recently, my sisters, my mom, and I decided to check out Dapitan where one can find all things Christmas and more.

A treasure trove of holiday décor

You’ll know you’re in Dapitan Street already when you see a row of stalls with Christmas goodies on display. It is the perfect place to purchase Santa Claus figurines, Christmas tree ornaments, Capiz shell lanterns, and other festive decorations. You’ll find all of these along the street stalls and inside the Dapitan Arcade.

Although it is mid-November already, it is not too late to start adorning your house with Christmas décors or add more to it. When we went there, we didn’t expect that we’ll buy so much, but we fell in love with the cool items and their affordable prices. My sister was able to purchase a three-foot Santa figurine for P2,400. It is of good quality, lightweight, and it comes in other designs and sizes. There’s a cute Santa on a parachute, a Santa going up a ladder, a life-size Santa, and other creative concepts. I’m pretty sure there’s one that will suit your style and budget.

We saw even more eye-catching goodies when we went inside the Dapitan Arcade. There’s a stall that has a whole wall of miniature houses on display and I could just imagine how it would look like if everything were lighted, but at that time, only one was and it was still pretty.

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