Lighting fixtures, lamps and light shades. The availability of lighting fixtures in the Philippines depends on the size of the city where you are doing your shopping. In Manila the selection is quite good. In Iloilo fair and in the smaller provincial places very limited. If you are building a house in the Philippines and have definite ideas about lighting fixtures, a trip to Manila might be in order. This applies to just about all building materials except the basics and certainly to electrical, plumbing fixtures, and kitchen cabinets.
When we moved to the Philippines from the U.S. we shipped some of our household goods, including some antique table lamps. We threw out the lamp shades thinking it would be easy to buy new ones in the Philippines. We ended up settling in Iloilo City. We looked everywhere trying to buy new lamp shades in Iloilo. It seems that table lamps are not used so much in the Philippines. The only way we could buy a shade would be to buy a lamp and shade combination. We didn’t like the shades and revolted at the idea of having to buy the combination and then throwing out the lamp. So, on our recent trip to Manila, shopping for lampshades was on our to-do list. Very near our hotel we found:Keystone Lamps and Shades 1008-B Pasay Road (Arnaiz Ave) Makati City Phone 02-844-1793
The location is more or less across Pasay Road from Park Square One. Keystone will custom make any type of lampshade but they are not cheap. Our simple shade cost P2500. You can also find basic lamp shades for sale at SM Makati, not far from Keystone, at a much lower price.