Same with other commercial areas in cities, there will be areas that sell the same items or have the same services offered like the meatpacking district in New York before the Civil War. Same here in Manila, there’s a street where they sell almost the same items, this is Juan Luna St in Manila.
Juan Luna, which previously named Calle Anloague, has stores on general merchandising clothes all lined up on store fronts. Located in the Binondo and Divisoria area of Manila, clothes that are sold here are up for commercial use like logo branding, giveaways and the like. Clothes available include plain and colored T-shirts, short and long sleeve shirts, caps and tank tops. Others even offer variations of different clothing materials like silk and pure cotton. Some shops even offer branding printing services other than clothing, they go on to school supplies and lanyards.
More than the commercial shirts sold around, the street also sells wholesale items on school supplies, general merchandise like socks and underwear, gift items, fishing materials, canvass and other linen materials, kitchen supplies and a whole lot more. It’s the mecca of wholesale goods and even retail items.
The place also has shopping malls that sell variety of goods. Malls near the area are Divisoria Mall, the famous 168 Mall, 999 Mall, City Place and Lucky Chinatown Mall which sells a more branded and upscale items. The street is also near the Tutuban Mall complex where more choices are offered.
If one is unfamiliar with the chaos in the area, one can say it’s a one hell of an experience. The street is quite untidy and a lot of shirtless muscled men are all running around delivering goods to other places. Due to traffic in the area, store owners opt to just send messengers to deliver goods by means of push-carts. There are also street vendors and street children that may run around. It’s best to dress appropriately so as not to catch so much attention and be attentive on your things. Traffic is more tolerable in weekdays than weekends since bargain hunters come by all over manila to purchase goods.
After visiting this place, you’ll definitely appreciate the dynamic culture Manila has to offer in terms of doing business with different types of people. You’ll also definitely appreciate the value you’ll be saving from purchasing the same goods in malls. It’s one of the few places you need to visit to complete your Manila experience.