Bueno, Bonito, Barrato!!!

Where does one think Manila’s richest and most influential ladies shop?  The obvious answers are Rustan’s Makati, Glorietta, Greenbelt IV and V, Serendra, Bonifacio High Street, and even the far-off Alabang Town Center.  OK, Greenhills Shopping Center for the pearls — cultured, Chinese freshwater, and frankly fake plastic.  After all, if the Queen of Spain herself, Sofia de Grecia, deigned to shop there… 

WRONG.  And that’s according to their “Royal Highnesses”…

Just like the rest of Juan de la Cruz, it’s the 168 Mall in Divisoria.  With the world economy in doldrums, there has never been a better time to shop “bueno, bonito, barrato” in the Philippines than NOW.

“It’s good for the conscience, you know, and for the economy too.  We indulge but not too much.  And Everybody has fun in the process.”


  1. latPlubale said,

    August 3, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks !

  2. LCIN said,

    July 30, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Jules said:

    “IR-M does,
    but will all histrionism:
    ‘She’d pick a small purse,
    and would ask the peddler:
    Magkano ito? And mahal naman!…
    Wala bang tawad?”



    IR-M: “Magkano ‘to” (pointing to a bracelet)

    Peddler: “50 pesos po, ma’am”

    IR-M: “50? (pauses) o sige, bigyan mo ako ng 50 piraso!”

    (conversation caught on national t.v.)



  3. Jules said,

    July 14, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Jules’ erratum:

    “but WITH all histrionism…


    Apparently, one former presidential daugther
    has this story in the family-owned bldg in Makati,
    she refuses taking the lift, if and when someone else
    is sharing it with her – she wants an exclusive trip up to the floor,
    can’t blame her after all, the family indeed owns the building.”


  4. Jules said,

    July 14, 2008 at 3:51 am

    LCIN said:
    “Don’t IRM and IM-M shop at 168 too?”

    I said:
    “IR-M does,
    but will all histrionism:
    ‘She’d pick a small purse,
    and would ask the peddler:
    Magkano ito? And mahal naman!…
    Wala bang tawad?”



  5. Juancho L. Baylon said,

    July 11, 2008 at 1:20 am

    When the land was given to the peasants in the name of land reform, the recipients could not sustain the land, more so pay taxes, which in turn, affected the collection rate of the local government revenue offices in small cities and towns in the provinces in the Philippines, thus forcing the local government to lay-off longtime employees. It affected everyone. I feel for the families of those government employees who were laid off. It rattles me how we glorify tax evaders, thieves, scammers and the kins of people who stole us blind through monopolies in “society pages” and “society magazines.”

  6. Babblefish said,

    July 10, 2008 at 3:25 am

    You’re absolutely right, Toto! There’s a lot of blame to spread around. : )

    Except, if I may, about the uberrich TO the uberpoor not paying their correct dues. The pinakakawawa in the Philippines is the middle class. They bear the brunt of the taxes. It sucks to be poor in the Philippines, but it sure ain’t a party being in the middle class!

  7. eva said,

    July 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    When my husband was working for this “firm,” he handled the cases of the scions of the T****** — mostly about smuggled luxury cars — dozens of them in the then “very in” Subic Freeport.

  8. LCIN said,

    July 8, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Don’t IRM and IM-M shop at 168 too?

  9. July 7, 2008 at 9:00 pm


    Oh, let’s not point a finger there. This is the Philippines, after all. Everybody — from the uberrichest to the uberpoorest — is doing it!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  10. Babblefish said,

    July 7, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Not sure about shopping at the 168 Mall being good for the economy. Them are smugglers, ergo, not taxpayers. But then, how is that different from R*****’*, which under-declares its merchandise and therefore does not pay the correct taxes?

    Oh well. Whatever makes them feel better about shopping…

  11. eva said,

    July 7, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Toto, you left out ‘e-bay’. That’s a good place to shop too especially if you are a believer of this car company’s sales pitch – sometimes brand is better than new!

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