Tuesday, December 23, 2008

How to get to Villalobos Street

My other post was just waaaay too long. So its better to discuss this separately- how do I get to Villalobos Street?

More importantly, what's the quickest way?

The fastest, easiest way to get in and quickly out of Quiapo is to take the LRT. Wherever you're from in Manila or the province just get to any LRT station and make your stop at Carriedo station.

From the station, go to the last staircase near Isetann area. When you get down the steps walk towards C. Palanca Sr. St. (you'll see a Scott's Burger mascot). Walk straight down the whole stretch of C. Palanca Sr. St. alongside SM carriedo until you reach the vegetable market then the fish market. The street will eventually intersect with Villalobos street. Then turn left inside Villalobos street to go to Wellmansons or DIY Beadshop which is beside a Tambunting pawnshop.

This is the most efficient route if you are avoiding crowds during holidays like Christmas, Easter or First Friday Mass.

The other parallel street, Carriedo Street is clogged with ambulant vendors and crowds during the holidays. C. Palanca Sr. is a street for the buses and motorized pedicabs, there's hardly a stampede-like crowd here unless its the Black Nazareno parade.

Another route from the LRT station- just make sure you get to Quiapo church through Carriedo or Hidalgo Street. Once at the Church area, the street in front of the Quiapo church is Villalobos street (near the Mercury Drug digital signage).

A Saftey Tip

I would suggest dressing down or going very casual - wear flipflops or sneakers. Getting through the wet market of Villalobos street can be tricky, you can end up with really sticky or muddy feet. Quiapo is not a mall, be mindful of your belongings, you do not want to look like easy prey in this area. So leave the pricey jewelry at home and never bring oodles of cash.



I know the map looks awful. I'll be uploading a better one in a few days with the other Crafts stores in Villalobos Street. For other maps of Manila areas, visit Kabeet.com

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for this info.. I'm actually looking for some beads if you can give me info.. I'm looking for beads like the ones being used by the Cordillera natives. Replicas or close to how they look will do. Thanks.

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  2. Same quests. But if u are interested with the original kalinga beads, I want to dispose some of my collections.

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  3. YOU are an ANGEL! thank you so much for posting this....

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  4. quiapo, here i come! :)

    thanks beadsnob!

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  5. hi is this the same place where i can buy metal findings?

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  6. Is there a Wellmanson or other bead shop in Divisoria area?

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  7. So excited to explore the area! Thanks so much for sharing. God bless.

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  8. Oh my gosh ... Im so excited to go there today.. I need lots of materials for our bussiness.. Im so glad i found ur website...

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  9. Villalobos street is the best place to get beads in the Philippines, so enjoy everyone if you're hitting the Quiapo shops this holiday season! cheers from the Beadsnob!

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  10. tenchu-tenchu bead snob...u'r really a great help, tagal ko na hinahanap stores in manila 4 wholesale beads 4 my craft. agen...a million tnx 2 u.

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  11. may charms rin ba sila dun? i mean charms for bracelet...

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  12. Umuulan ng charms dun :) They have bracelet charms and trinkets in silver, bronze, ceramic, various metals and plastics in packets of P20-P50 Enjoy!

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  13. Thanks for this!!!!! Blogs like yours have been really helpful!!!

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  14. Anybody know wellmanson's store hours?

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  15. Hi, do they also sell plastic lace at wellmanson? thanks :)

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  16. Do they sell threads?

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  17. im so excited to go to your shop just a liitle scared coz ive never been to quiapo... sad...any way see you soon...

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  18. hi bago lng aq sa pggawa ng mga bracelets my sample poh b kyu ng mga pggagayahan pra mkgawa din poh aq ng ibat ibng klase..and bbili din aq ng mga kylngn gamitin

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  19. does wellmanson have also the square silver letter carved?thanks.

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  20. Hi! First of all thank you for your elaborate blogs. They have finally given me hope in finding easy-on-the-eyes prices. I have one question though (several actually). Are you familiar with the Chan Luu line of bracelets? I'm wondering where I can get my hands on the materials to make them. The materials include: semi-precious stones about 3mm faceted/round. I'm also looking for faceted nuggets (sliver, copper, brass, doesn't matter if they're silver plated copper or what have you (3mm as well). I'm also interested in locating a place I can purchase long leather cords of various colors and lengths. Thank you so very much in advance! I appreciate all that you have done and continue to on your amazing blogs. :)

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