Shop for less at Dapitan Arcade

Dapitan Arcade, QC

Soul and character is the drawing power of the unobtrusive Dapitan Arcade, tucked in an area in Quezon City (within eyeshot from the peopled streets of Manila). The swift travel through a Roxas-Dapitan jeepney from Malate was painless. I walked a few meters to the corner, leaving me more opportunities for street photos.


The window shopping was supposed to be a date with my friend Alma, but time was not on her side. Characterized by a tiangge-type of setup, Dapitan Arcade has everything under one roof, making it much more conducive for busy housewives and budget-conscious decorators and event stylists. The variety of wares is amazing. I caught sight of chic decor like fabric lanterns and votive lamps, and recognized similar colorful Byzantine-inspired lamps I photographed at Greeka Kouzina recently. Christmas adornments and props made me maniacal. Santa comes in every imaginable expression. Organizers, candelabrums, jars of all sizes, indigenous art, Filipiniana accents, local materials (like jute fabric and ropes), one of a kind pieces, wedding ornaments, artsy ceramic figurines, tableware, kitschy clocks, among others, will satiate the The Selby kind of artist in you. Prices are insanely low as compared to those in malls. Most of the items at handicraft stalls are made by the artisan owners themselves.

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Stall # 29-31
Mylene for lighting fixtures and home decor
0919 9439330

Stall # 59
For made-to-order lampshades
Lito 0927 3991588
Jhing 0915 1308944

Stall # 10
Joyce Saraos
Specialty home decor
9048379 / 0998 3925408

Dapitan Arcade
39 Dapitan cor. Kanlaon Sts., Brgy, Sta. Teresita, Quezon City, Philippines

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2014

Christmas Zen

A most soft and serene backdrop for a lovely Christmas reunion with Manila-based friends that you don’t get to see pretty often is a home. We celebrated the season kind-of early with the hubby’s close high school friends at this Zen-inspired residence situated in West Greenhills. Designed by Albert Yu, the contemporary 2-storey home with 5 bedrooms and a spacious convertible attic, where we had a delectable dinner, was so tastefully decorated by the lady of the house. I just had to take a few shots to share with you.I regret not taking good shots of the dreamy, well-manicured lawn, complete with coveted bonsai trees and a soothing Japanese gazebo. The (sturgeon) caviar pie prepared by Emy is to die for. Refreshing my memory of blue corn nachos. It had that odd-but-pleasing farm taste, at least for me.Do you see what I see? A Filipino Christmas dinner is more complete with lechon (roast pig) around. The delicious apple cake (top right in photo) was baked by one of the friends. You can order her excellent Kutchi Kookies cakes through this CP number: 0918 9161869 (Gurami’s own CP).

The magic of Christmas! So beautiful that it summons up tender childhood memories and brings people together in a more intimate way.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2011