By Ria Fernandez
Prices of Christmas decorations sold along Dapitan Street in Manila remain the same with last year, vendors said.
However, expect rates to climb up starting next week as more bargain hunters of Christmas ornaments are expected to flock the shopping center.
Various designs of trinkets for Christmas trees such as ice cream, cupcake, doughnut, and candy can be bought at P35 per piece or P100 for three.
Six to 24 pieces of Christmas balls are sold at P100 to P600.
A bundle of artificial poinsettia flowers costs P85 to P100.
A pack of cherry with or without pine cones is P250 – P350.
Christmas lights with 100 LED light bulbs are worth P150 to P500.
Moreover, buyers can find five to eight feet Christmas trees worth P1300 to P7500.
Meanwhile, different sizes of Santa Claus, moose, nutcracker, and, most importantly, the nativity, are pegged at P300 to P25000.
Then Christmas lanterns are P1000 – P2000.
Based on experience, Sophia Bagsic, a storekeeper, said that this is the best time to buy and haul Christmas decors given the relatively low rates and less congested stalls.
“A minimal price hike will start by next week. But it will most likely be felt by October,” she said in Filipino.
Come December, Michael Mutuc, stall owner, said some items may have “up to P200 increase”.
Sharina Santiago said she allocated P2500 for a seven feet Christmas Tree and was lucky to buy it at Dapitan Arcade for only P2200.
“It’s almost 50 percent less because it is P4000 (at the mall),” she said in Filipino.
Meanwhile, Bro. Sonny Dagsi of the Franciscan Order, who was window shopping, was glad to see the excitement of some Filipinos for Christmas as early as now given that “ber” months have just kicked in.