Maia represents Austria in her school's United Nations PageantIt’s been the question midway through September. The next month meant United Nations celebrations in most schools in the Philippines, and more often than not it consisted of the kids dressing up in various native costumes of countries around the world and saying a greeting in that country’s language.

Maia is representing Austria in her school’s United Nations pageant late this month. Preparation for her costume involved quite a bit of internet research as to what the national costume of Austria looked like, and how to find such a costume in any store in Manila. Having one made to order was already out of the question. Most tailors required a month’s notice for such jobs.

Last week I tried the malls. I spotted costumes for Korea, Japan, the US and some Polynesian ones but zilch for Austria. In fact the malls had more Halloween costumes than United Nations costumes. Halloween in the Philippines is something I am not very keen about but that’s another blog post.

Cris did some research himself and came upon this mom’s support forum where one Mom mentioned a costume and textile store in Quiapo that specialized in United Nations costumes. She could not recall the street it was on, but gave enough directions to her co-forumers that Cris knew where to find it.

Echague Bazar

The store was on what used to be Echague Street, parallel to Hidalgo, on the farther side of the Quiapo Church. In fact from Sta. Cruz, following Echague Street will take you into Quiapo Ilalim. Echague Street is now known as Carlos Palanca St.

Echague Bazar Owner with Cris

We found our Austria costume at the Echague Bazar, ran by William Uy and Christine Cheng. They sell all kinds of embroidery, barong, ladies bags, kimonas, long gowns, costumes, wedding gowns and table cloths. They also accept made-to-order barong, gown etc. I got that bit of information from the business card the owner gave us. Maia’s Austria costume cost us P350.00.

United Nations Flags

Echague Bazar is at 163 Carlos Palanca St. with phone numbers 314-7890 and 733-6357. It’s on the same side as Excellent chain of stores where people in the know get their hams and quezos de bola for the holidays.

Additional directions: from Manila City Hall take EspaΓ±a Bridge which will lead you to Plaza Lacson. Immediately after the bridge on the right is Carlos Palanca St (Echague). At that corner is Plaza Fair, behind it is the old SM. Just keep going past the camera shops, looking to the left and you will see the Echague Bazar.

Where to buy United Nations Costumes in Manila

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138 thoughts on “Where to buy United Nations Costumes in Manila

  1. πŸ™„ so they sell anime costume like the one in cosplay’s and adult size, and when does this shop opens

  2. Hello Chinky, glad i was able to help πŸ™‚

    Jatt, please read the article and the comments again, you will find answers to your questions.

  3. Hello Bambit! thank you for the info regarding costumes. Your post here has been a great help for all the mothers / tita for the kids’ costumes. Thank you and continue to post any interesting infor here. God bless! πŸ˜‰

  4. Hello Athena, again let me repeat that I DO NOT OWN THE ECHAGUE BAZAAR. I merely wrote about it. I am not their agent either, nor do I get any money out of writing about them or answering these questions, so I do not know if they have nutrition month costumes.

    Nutrition month costumes are usually made out of fruit and veggies or pictures of fruit and veggies. I’m sure you can manage something πŸ™‚

  5. hi…may United Kingdom costume po ba kyo for kids?? thanks. Needed so badly. Hopefully meron

  6. To Mary Jane and Jennifer:

    Echague Bazar is at 163 Carlos Palanca St. with phone numbers 314-7890 and 733-6357.

    Please call them directly for your questions.

    I DO NOT OWN ECHAGUE BAZAAR as i have repeatedly said here and so cannot answer any questions regarding stock and availability. I just wrote about them.

  7. Hi Bambit, thank you so much for sharing these information its very helpful. GOD BLESS!!!

    Ask ko lang kung may idea ka san may mabibili mga decors or props pra sa Float/Parade…Thanks again!

    Regards,
    Frencis

  8. Hi there Frencis, tingin ka rin jan sa echague bazaar and nearby stores. May mga tinda din silang iba maliban pa sa mga costumes πŸ™‚

  9. hi πŸ™‚ can you please post some picture of your costumes (esp. uk) on my fb account πŸ™‚ kindly search RICA TOTSKI and that’s it ! πŸ™‚ thanks πŸ˜‰

  10. Hello Rica Soriano.

    I’m not sure if you’ve read my other comments here — I DO NOT OWN ECHAGUE BAZAAR.

    I merely blogged about them because they have provided me with costumes, good costumes so far and I would like to share the information with other parents.

    HOWEVER I CANNOT PROVIDE INFORMATION ON DEMAND simply because I do not own Echague Bazar.

    The contact numbers for the store are somewhere on the article itself and repeated in the comments. Please just scroll up to find contact information.

    THANK YOU. πŸ™„

  11. HI BAMBIT πŸ™‚ thanks for the response πŸ™‚ thanks for the information too πŸ™‚
    GODBLESS ! πŸ˜‰

  12. Thanks for this article! So glad that I bumped into this page, coz need ng costume ng anak ko sa school.. Miss Argentina. Thanks a lot! πŸ˜›

  13. Hello πŸ˜‰

    My son will be attending United Nations this October. He was chosen to represent Portugal. Do you have an available national costume for Portugal? My son is 5 years old. Thank you so much!

  14. Hello there Pia,

    Please read previous comments and the later part of the article itself. There are contact numbers for the store, WHICH I REPEAT I DO NOT OWN. πŸ™‚

    Please call Echague Bazaar directly. Thank you.

    1. Echague Bazar is at 163 Carlos Palanca St. with phone numbers 314-7890 and 733-6357. It\’s on the same side as Excellent chain of stores where people in the know get their hams and quezos de bola for the holidays.

      Additional directions: from Manila City Hall take EspaΓ±a Bridge which will lead you to Plaza Lacson. Immediately after the bridge on the right is Carlos Palanca St (Echague). At that corner is Plaza Fair, behind it is the old SM. Just keep going past the camera shops, looking to the left and you will see the Echague Bazar.

  15. Bambit, you have to be patient… There are alot of people who dont scroll messages… That’s the price you have to pay for having this posted…

  16. san po malapit ang bilihan ng costume para sa United nation Day,o sang lurar po kayo mahahanp.tenx po.

    1. Echague Bazar is at 163 Carlos Palanca St. with phone numbers 314-7890 and 733-6357. It’s on the same side as Excellent chain of stores where people in the know get their hams and quezos de bola for the holidays.

      Additional directions: from Manila City Hall take EspaΓ±a Bridge which will lead you to Plaza Lacson. Immediately after the bridge on the right is Carlos Palanca St (Echague). At that corner is Plaza Fair, behind it is the old SM. Just keep going past the camera shops, looking to the left and you will see the Echague Bazar.

  17. Hi Bambit,

    My daughter needs a Turkey national costume this oct.,can you pls.help me where can i buy one? She’s 10 yrs.old.

    Thank you so much! πŸ˜›

    1. Echague Bazar is at 163 Carlos Palanca St. with phone numbers 314-7890 and 733-6357. It’s on the same side as Excellent chain of stores where people in the know get their hams and quezos de bola for the holidays.

      Additional directions: from Manila City Hall take EspaΓ±a Bridge which will lead you to Plaza Lacson. Immediately after the bridge on the right is Carlos Palanca St (Echague). At that corner is Plaza Fair, behind it is the old SM. Just keep going past the camera shops, looking to the left and you will see the Echague Bazar.

    1. Hi Joe, Echague Bazar is at 163 Carlos Palanca St. with phone numbers 314-7890 and 733-6357. Please call them directly with your questions.

  18. wow! you just don’t know how valuable this particular blog of yours is to all moms who are faced with the same school requirement every year. I had my daughter’s first costume (when she was still in Kinder) customized – it was nice but medyo mahal. Now, I need to get her a new one and was thinking of having one sewn again. So glad I found this blog. It surely would save me the hassle and of course some money. I’m so excited to choose her new costume! thanks again!

  19. bambit,can you please help me? my son won as mr.united nations. what do you think he should wear on the awarding?

    1. Aha! Thank you for that refreshing break! πŸ˜€

      Vanessa, in my experience the Mr. and/or Miss United Nations always wore a black suit and a simple gown, usually white, to symbolize the one-ness of all nations.

  20. good day!
    please send me costume picture for Finland for 4to 5 years old boy. and price please….. tnx

    1. Gina, Echague Bazar is at 163 Carlos Palanca St. with phone numbers 314-7890 and 733-6357. Please call them directly for more information.

  21. Thanks for the tip! I went there this morning and was able to buy 2 costumes – Spain and UK/Scotland.

  22. hi gud pm wish q lng poh mron sana costume ng thailand wla poh kc sa mall thanks for your tip!god bless…….

    πŸ™‚

  23. hi bambit, kidding aside… if only you own the Echague Bazaar for sure it’s a hit. Why not open your own store. dami mo ng client online. πŸ˜‰

    1. ANA, that is a VERY good idea. I am a web developer and a photographer too so I can probably ask them if I can develop their online store and catalog and then sell online on commission … hmmm … esep esep …

  24. Guys,

    Please read the post first very carefully before you leave a comment or ask questions. Bambit already REITERATED that SHE IS NOT THE OWNER of the STORE thus, she cannot PROVIDE you further info.

    Reading the thread is tiring because of some insensible people making comments. If you cannot read or have COMPREHENSION issues, please ask someone who knows how to read and understand simple texts and let them relay the message to you.

    Bambit, this blog is quite helpful. I am looking for Korean Costume as well. Thanks much and I admire your patience in answering the queries of people commenting here especially those who cannot understand that the shop is not yours.

    Thanks again and God Speed. πŸ™‚

  25. πŸ˜‰ nakakatawa yung mga taong di marunong mag basa at ang dami nila, nag enjoy ako mag basa ng mga comments ng mga tao dito. bambit I admire your patience for repeating yourself and i like this post, meron po ba kayo costume ng switzerland? joke lang hehe.

  26. comedy yung mga nagcocoment… hindi marunong magbasa…

    anyways…. thank you for blogging this… going there tomorrow πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  27. Hi Ms. Bambi,

    I’m so grateful found this blog of yours. Whew! You really save the days of a lot of Mom’s like me here!

    Thanks for this info!!!

    God bless!

    1. ROBOT REPLYING: Echague Bazar is at 163 Carlos Palanca St. with phone numbers 314-7890 and 733-6357. Please call them directly for more information. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  28. ask ko lang po meron po ba kayong papua new guinea na costume ? pls po reply po asap…if meron po ordr po ako kasi United Nation po ng daughter ko sa Oct. 27, pls reply…thanks… wala po ba kayong txt no kasi po nasa province pa po kami… if meron po pls pag reply nyo email ko paki lagay na din po…

  29. Just a reminder to all readers….the owner of this blog, Ms Bambi DOES NOT OWN THE STORE AND ONLY SHARES HER KNOWLEDGE WHERE TO BUY COSTUME. PLS READ THE POST BEFORE REPLYING. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks Ms. Bambi for the info, a big help indeed πŸ˜€

  30. hi, thank you very much Ms Bambi for the info. i already called them and all nations costumes are available, will go there this coming weekend with our son. I do hope next time people will read the blog word for word before making a comment.

    1. ROBOT REPLYING: JEANNE AND BING — Echague Bazar is at 163 Carlos Palanca St. with phone numbers 314-7890 and 733-6357. Please call them directly for more information.

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