MANILA, Philippines – Divisoria is a one-stop shop for almost anything – from school supplies to textiles to appliances and even wedding memorabilia. It is a bargain hunter’s paradise.
Hawkers overflow to the streets, similar to the ones in Hong Kong. But unlike Hong Kong, the other end of Recto Avenue in Divisoria is still used by public and private transport, resulting in a traffic nightmare when vendors and vehicles meet.
Enter movie-star-turned-Manila-Mayor Joseph Estrada. The former Philippine president’s administration is making a lot of changes in the Philippine capital, starting with the ban on ‘colorum’ buses.
Now the local government aims to clean up Divisoria by clearing vendors from major streets and allowing them to sell only from 6 pm onwards in a night market.
The policy has received mixed responses.
How did the “experiment” fare on its first night on Friday, August 16? Find out through these photos by Rappler intern Mark Demayo: