'Tis the season of giving and receiving gifts!
It's few weeks to go before Christmas! Have you bought your Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones? Not yet? Oh, you better hurry up! Everyone's already hitting the shops searching for the best bargains and perfect gifts and presents this Christmas. Well, I did an early Christmas shopping last week in Tutuban Center. I bought some gifts for friends, family members and for myself. Hahaha!
Tutuban Center, the bargain hunter's paradise in the heart of historic City of Manila has unveiled new and exciting features to pump up your shopping experience. The center recently underwent a series of renovations and building improvements to enhance the total shopping experience of its valued clients. With the holiday season coming, shoppers will surely lining up for the great deals in Tutuban Center's Main Station and Prime Block.
Tutuban Center Main Station, with the Bonifacio Shrine across its entrance, is a heritage building where the original train station built in the 1800s first stood. I was truly amazed when I saw how they implemented "adaptive re-use" of this historical building by converting it into a shopping center. As a heritage building, steps were taken to preserve its history including repainting based on the heritage color palette, and improving lighting for its facade details. The building has also retained features like brick walls and century-old wrought iron pillars that lead all the way to the food court.
We also got to dine at the new and more spacious food court which will soon offer some of Divisoria and Binondo's best food brands like El Presidente, Kikiam in Ilaya, King's Bakeshop and Eng Ho. Refreshing drinks and snacks from several food carts are also available. Picnic tables can comfortably seat shoppers taking a break. During our visit, we had a sumptuous "dimsum overload" specially prepared for us by El Presidente. Their Chicken Feet and Siomai are really good!
Tutuban Center's Main Station holds the mall's retail shops, restaurants, and service stores. This connects to the Prime Block, which offers revitalized shopping experience. Three shopping levels of pure bargain buying pleasure await visitors.
"We have introduced a cluster of stalls in level 3 of the Prime Block, which is now tagged as the Prime Block Clusters," explained Norie U. Raniel, Tutuban Center Deputy General Manager/Operations Head. "Merchandise zoning has been improved in the Prime Block building so that shoppers will find everything they want and need in each area."
We also got to explore the Prime Block Clusters which is anchored by Anding's Toys and Flowers, Inc. It offers so much more than its name. Everything from party favors, garden accessories and holiday decor is offered by the establishment. Anding's has been in business for over 20 years and counts large malls and merchants among its clients. Its merchandise is so wonderfully varied that the store takes up about 317 sqm. or about 18 stalls.
The Prime Block offers a shopper's dream of choices, while seeing to their comfort and security. Clothes for every occasion, the latest RTW, even costumes and sleepwear are organized. Footwear, bags and fashion accessories are there to match the outfit of the day. Fabrics, patches, beads and other trimmings are available for people who prefer DIY fashion projects.
General merchandise stores offer an array of home and personal items ranging from hardware and cookware, to school supplies and bath accessories. Houseware, linens and curtains also abound.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners will find their supplies of cosmetics, personal care, grooming kits, spa and salon supplies available here.
Party planners will find the Prime Block a one-stop shop for colourful gift items, wall and table decorations, toys and games, and costume accessories.
So, whether it's a wedding, a children's party, a corporate launch, a get-together, or big events like Halloween and Christmas, the Prime Block offers the party needs for every occasion.
Tutuban Center welcomes shoppers as early as 9:00 AM every day. Visitors will appreciate the enhanced pedestrian and vehicular circulation across the development. An additional 150 parking slots has been built into its CM Recto Avenue paid parking area.
With all these improvements, it's not hard to see why Tutuban Center is still Divisoria's top shopping destination.
Don't wait for the Christmas rush. Go shopping now, so you can spend the rest of the holidays relaxing, eating good food and enjoying the Yuletide season! Happy shopping!
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