Where to buy fabric in Laoag

Fabric Store in Laoag

A reader asks, “Where can I buy pretty linen fabric in Laoag?”

Happy to have found time to answer the question. There are more or less 5 fabric stores in Laoag, but the one that satisfies my creative tendencies is One.O.5ive on Rizal St. (east of the Laoag Supermarket). The fabric and accessories place is just a portion of the department store that used to be the Laoag Specialty Shop. If the name One.O.5ive makes you wonder, it is because it is the second generation advancement of the family that co-managed for decades the old 5 Sisters Superstore on the same street. Some of the wonderful staff at the old superstore moved with them. Manang Celia, for instance, is positioned at the tela area just like in the past. There’s no one as patient as her when it comes to customer service and relations. You know, women are born fickle. Stacks on stacks of beautiful fabric can be dizzying. But the store also carries hard to find embellishments, rhinestones, Spanish lace, imported appliques, ribbons, buttons, a wide range of zippers (and not just the basic colors), accessories such as long gloves, brooches, crowns, jeweled bibs, corsages, curtain fabric and really so much more for your crafts and sewing needs.

FabricDraped FabricLaceRhinestonesAppliquesFabric FlowersOne O.5ivePrintsSpandexStretch jersey in many colors.A Million ButtonsRibbonsTelaTela for dusters.FilipinianaI saw these ready-made Filipiniana on my way down.

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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

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My mom was a Divisoria zombie. She’d find excuses to travel to Manila to shop at this paradise for virtually anything. Topping her list would be tela (fabric). Though she’d also snatch up cheap talangka-rich alimango (crabs) and suahe (prawns). I’d tag along and we would find ourselves savoring fresh native ube halaya-laden halo-halo and the yummiest palabok in a random stand on grungy Ilaya Street. Everything, except the wares, was crude back then. I got my Sanrio from Japan from a hidden stall long before they were even available at National Bookstore. Pedicabs were still imaginary. We’d often go home on a calesa, passing Quiricada and I would start thinking Indian pana kakana kaka.

Today, Divisoria is still The Shopping Destination in the Philippines. Specialty items are harder to find, but there’s nothing one can’t find in this shopper’s haven unless you’re dreaming real luxury.

Divisoria Street FoodRainbow BandsDalandanDivisoria 2Suha
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