Few Pinoys start early Christmas shopping at Divisoria-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
WITH only 69 days to go before Christmas Day, few Filipinos start their early holiday shopping at Manila's popular market district, Divisoria.
"Mas pipiliin ko nang ipambili ng pagkain namin at gatas ng anak ko yung konting kinikita namin. Kesa naman kung saan saan mapunta yung pera. Yung mga damit at sapatos madali na 'yun. Pwede namang walang bagong sapatos at damit sa pasko. Mas mahalaga yung may nakahain sa mesa," said Rose Samonte, a mother of four children and wife of a police officer.
Samonte was buying fruits in Divisoria on Wednesday even as vendors said that compared to the past few years, the number of early Christmas shoppers during the same period decreased.
"Napakalaki ng kaibahan ngayon at noon. Dati sa ganitong panahon siksikan na dito. Ngayon napakatumal. Panay pa ang ulan. Lalong walang tao," said a vendor of ready-to-wear clothes.
Divisoria is a favorite destination for budget-conscious individuals who want to enjoy wholesale and retail shopping. It offers a wide array of cheap goods such as clothes, accessories, toys, novelties, decorations, electronics, fruits, dry goods, school, office and household supplies, fabrics, textiles, and crafts.
But despite the low prices of goods in Divisoria, people still choose to spend their hard-earned money on basic necessities.
According to another vendor, "Dapat marami nang tao dito. Dapat sana kahit papaano nakabawi-bawi na kami ng puhunan, kaso wala. Mahirap ang buhay. Tiyagaan na lang. May dalawang buwan pa naman bago ang Pasko. Baka naman magbago pa."
The National Statistics Office 2006 Family Income and Expenditure Survey showed Filipino families spend most of their income in food, 59.1 percent in the bottom income group and 39.3 percent in the upper income group. This is followed by house rentals and transportation and communication in both income groups. (Sunnex)