Information about Divisoria
Divisoria is widely known for its low-cost market place. Located in the commercial center of Tondo, Divisoria’s diverse manufacturing and retailing activities has attracted customers and tourists to give its products a try.
What to See
There are plenty of places to visit within Divisoria, one of which is the Andres Bonifacio Monument that is erected right in front of the Tutuban Center, by the National Historical Institute in 1971.
The label scripted in the monument says that Andres Bonifacio was born on the same site on the 30th of November 1869. This inscription was eventually debunked by historians as Andres was said to be originally born in Binondo, in a house along Calle Alvarado.
The Tutuban Center Mall is also a must visit. Aside from its bazaars that offer cheap goods, its air-conditioned facility allows its customers to shop without having to worry about heat and sweat. The entire mall is composed of 7 buildings, all of which are mainly dedicated to satisfy its customers’ shopping experience.
On the other hand, one famous mall is the Divisoria Mall. Inside the shopping center are varieties of food stores and gift shops. In the year 1909, the area where the Divisoria Mall stands was a former market that is historically said to be the earliest and the largest Market in Manila.
Business in Divisoria started during the Spanish Colonization in the Philippines. When the Chinese traders were not allowed to transact inside the walled city of Intramuros, they built their own trade and commerce industry in Binondo and eventually built stores around the area which eventually became Divisoria.
The businesses in the area continued to grow as a commercial center, having the Tutuban Train Station near the businesses. Divisoria, even up to this day, has blossomed and became a main drop-off point of trading goods coming from different countries and provinces