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.

Byzantine-Inspired LampsDapitan ShoppingParolParol star lanterns are ubiquitous in the country, signalling the Christmas season — to Filipinos as early as September to January the next year.Christmas DecorationsPeaceThanksgivingChristmas Decorations 2RedsDapitan ArcadeSanta ClausDapitan ArcadeHomelanternsManggang HilawFish StandChicksDyed in the wool live chicksDapitan ArcadeDapitanParolChristmas BallsSurfer SantaSurfer Santa

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

Reminiscing the good old Magnolia days


Back in high school, as a student of St. Joseph’s College, (Q.C,) I was able to tour the Aurora Boulevard Magnolia dairy plant. The entire class ogled the mounds of butter, saw how ice cream was made, after which Twin Popsies and Drumstick by the boxes were distributed for us to enjoy,. The huge ice cream parlor on the other end was so popular to bring the kids for a happy time with an Ernie and Bert or a peach Melba, and a jar of barquillos to take out. I always had my favorite Lover’s Delight or strawberry parfait.

Magnolia House

The ice cream place soon faded away. In 2012, however, the new owners of the huge property (which is now a Robinsons mall) brought back the Magnolia ice cream parlor as a fitting tribute to Magnolia House. Now known as the Magnolia Flavor House, it doesn’t look quite the same, but the same old fresh ice cream flavors delight the kid in us all. I’ve never had it that good! My ice kacang aka halo-halo was exquisite. The vanilla ice cream in Brandon’s Red Velvet was just so perfect. There must be that certain temperature that keeps Magnolia Ice Cream faultless, as it is BEST enjoyed at its own parlor.

Magnolia House 2Lolo and Apo

Grandpas and grandmas are loving the nostalgia. Beyond ice cream sundaes and shakes, Magnolia Flavor House is also a restaurant for kids’ favorites such as clubhouse sandwich, nachos, pastas, etc..

Cones and TopingsMagnolia Peach MelbaStill a bestseller, Peach Melba with the best mango, ube and strawberry ice creams by Magnolia..Magnolia Red Velvet and Ice KacangMagnolia Red VelvetColorsMAgnolia House 3

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