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    SM Megamall: The largest mall in the Philippines

    by Tijavi Updated Sep 19, 2004

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    Megamall in the morning

    SM Megamall, strategically located in the (geographical) center of Metro Manila in Ortigas Center, is the largest mall in the Philippines. It offers everything, the consummate shopper desires - from medical clinics, to a chapel.

    The stores are housed under two buildings - buildings A and B. As a reference point, the one closer to ADB (Asian Development Bankl) is Building A.

    My top 5 favorite stores:
    1) Powerbooks
    2) SM Department Store - arguably the best-stocked among the many branches scattered nationwide.
    3) Ace Hardware
    4) The new computer stores at the 5th level
    5) Home

    My top 5 favorite restaurants:
    1) Sushiya
    2) Pancake House
    3) Luk Yuen - saw Tatang (Mr. Sy, the major shareholder of SM malls) eating there once - tells you how good the food there is.
    4) Cibo
    5) Foodcourt at the basement for variety.

    What to buy: In the Philippines, malling (yes, we Filipinos are masters of this activity) does not mean buying stuff only. While you can buy almost anything in this giant of a mall, there are other more fun ways of malling. Here are 5 suggestions on what to do at SM Megamall besides shopping and dining:

    1) Count the number of steps it takes to traverse the entire distance from Building A to B.
    2) Watch free mini-concerts.
    3) Browse at Powerbooks.
    4) People watch.
    5) Ask directions from the security personnel and get blank faces as answers.

    What to pay: From zilch to millions!

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    Ayala Center, Makati: Prime shopping experience

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Amidst the greens, entrance to G3

    Located at the heart of Metro Manila's premier business district, Makati, is Ayala Center, a mecca of pure shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Ayala Center is a sprawling shopping area consisting of two major developments - Glorietta and Greenbelt. Glorietta itself has four wings - G1, G2, G3, and G4 (G is for Glorietta) and is appropriately shaped like an octopus (well, quadropus in this case). This is where the not-so-expensive shops are located.

    On the other hand, Greenbelt is a more recent development (except for GB1), where the high-end stores (particulary in GB4) and the exciting restarants are.

    My top 5 favorite stores in Ayala Center:
    1) Hobbes in GB3 - for the youngsters and "young once," a treasure trove of toys and knick knacks.
    2) Powerbooks in GB4 - simply love their selection
    3) Tower Records in G3 - for music lovers
    4) Mercury Drug in G3 - conveniently located for those last minute purchases of medicines, tolietries and even groceries
    5) Rustans Dept Store - for "pricey" shopping experience

    My top 5 favorite restaurants:
    1) Max Brenner - move over, Bizu; the bald man's chocolate creations are exquisite and divine.
    2) Sugi - for Japanese
    3) Sentro - Filipino favorites with a twist
    4) Good Earth - Chinese staples with a twist
    5) Luk Yuen - affordable, quality Chinese food

    What to buy: In this shoppers' mecca, almost anything and everything!

    Top 5 things to do besides shopping and dining:
    1) Catch the latest art flicks (vs commercial films) in Ayala Center's comfortably furnished cinemas.
    2) Get a special spa treatment.
    3) Learn more about Philippines history and culture in the adjacent Ayala Museum.
    4) Get a strategic seat in the many caf├ęs and people watch.
    5) Recharge those batteries amidst Greenbelt's wonderful gardens - for free!

    What to pay: From P1 to infinity! Cash or plastic, no problem!

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    SM City Manila: One of the Largest Malls in the Philippines

    by shintarojon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    SM Manila

    One of the largest mall/department stores in the Philippines and owned by a Chinese tycoon Henry Sy.

    a) Over 150 retail, service shops and dining outlets
    b) 12 cinemas with a seating capacity of 8,517
    c) 9 Food Court tenants
    d) Bingo and amusement centers
    e) Parking facility for over 1,000 cars

    What to pay: (last date visited - June 15, 2006)

    1. cheese bread - 34.00 pesos
    2. lipton green tea (10 pcs) - 56.50 pesos
    3. panasonic AA digi-battery (6 pcs) - 148.50 pesos
    4. close-up - 34.75 pesos
    total amount - 273.75 pesos

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    (last date visited - April 9, 2006)
    1. Hawk Sports Bag Backpack - 2,289.75
    2. Hawk Travel Bag - 699.75
    3. Kodak 1-Hour Charger (for rechargable batteries) - 1, 933.00

    (last date visited - April 3, 2004)

    1. 3 shorts - PhP 100
    2. boxer short (walker) - PhP 149.75

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    Mercury Drug Store: Leading Drugstore in the Philippines

    by shintarojon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Logo

    Mercury Drug is the leading drugstore in the Philippines. All medicines are guaranteed new! You can almost buy any medicine you need and you can almost see this chain of stores everywhere in the Philippines with a round a clock service. It is also cheaper compared to other drugstores.

    What to pay: (last date visited - June 15, 2006)

    1. schick razor (4 pcs) -64.25 pesos
    2. toothbrush - 33.00 pesos
    3. ice green tea - 15.50 pesos
    total amount - 112.75 pesos (12% vat included)

    1) Ascof Tablet (600 mg; for cough) -PhP 3.50/tablet
    2) Neozep Tablet (for colds) - PhP 3.40

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    SM Megamall: SM Megamall

    by joysweet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    2 huge buildings of shops, cinemas, fastfood, fine dining, etc etc. i don't think a day is enough to really explore this place, epecially during the sale season (around the last weekend of april and the last weekend of october)

    What to buy: anything and everything!

    What to pay: from budget to blow your money away

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    SM Mall of Asia: SM Mall of Asia

    by joysweet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The biggest mall in the Philippines, one of the top 5 biggest mall in the world! 4 buildings of mall space, al fresco dining, fine and casual restaurant, an IMAX cinema, olympic size ice skating rink.

    What to buy: Everything and anything under the sun!

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    Shangri-la mall: Classy shopping

    by Tijavi Written Dec 3, 2004

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    Shangri-La mall sparkles

    Shangri-la mall, developed by the same group that brought the prime Shangri-la hotel brand, is known for its pricey shopping, with perhaps the highest concentration of luxury brands in the Philippines (but the newly developed Greenbelt in Makati is challenging this). The mall enjoys a very strategic location and is within the same area where SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, The Podium, and Star Mall -- the area known to be the mall capital of the Philippines.

    What to buy: Top 5 favorite stores:
    1) Healthy Options - best place to shop for 'healthy food options'
    2) Rustan's Department Store - if you're lucky, you could find some great 'bargain' treasures.
    3) European Living - great options for European style furniture and accessories
    4) Marks and Spencer - probably the most well-stocked branch when it comes to men's line.
    5) Candles and Scents - gift ideas galore.

    Top 5 restos:
    1) Cibo - ultra chic and modern, in addition to great Italian
    2) Trattoria Gourmet - their thin crust pizza is to die for
    3) Bon Appetit - Rsutan's in-house resto offering Filipino comfort food - the pasta in crabfat sauce is simply sinful (read: cholesterol-rich)
    4) Via Mare - traditional Filipino favorites
    5)

    5 things to do besides shopping and dining:
    1) Enjoy the posh, shiny interiors.
    2) Take the 'double floor' escalators.
    3) Treat your kids to a carousel ride.
    4) Consult the dermatologists at Clarity Skin Clinic.
    5) Consult the opthalmologists at the mall's eye clinic.

    What I don't like: Recently the mall has gone elitist with their policies. For one, commuters have to endure higher taxi surcharges as they no longer allow regular taxi cabs to load passengers. Only their 'official' taxicab - Basic Taxi - are allowed to do so. Also, cinema afficionados will have to settle for their in-house 'styrofoamy' popcorn. Nor can they bring food bought from one of the many fastfood stores in the malls. Food and beverage could only be bought from the cinema's snack stand.

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    Aytona's Handicraft Store: Native Handicrafts

    by joysweet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located literally "under the bridge" in Quiapo, Manila - there are loads of craft stores here at rock bottom prices. One of the best shops is Jinky's. She sells native items from all over the country, a lot of abaca and shell stuffs.

    What to buy: Local crafts include bayong (a type of native bags), shell curtains, capiz lanterns, etc.

    What to pay: depends on the items. expect to pay as low as 5pesos for a small native coin purse

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    Greenbelt: Philippines has the best shopping malls

    by we2364 Written Jul 1, 2004

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    The front view of greenbelt II

    Even the whole country is in decline trend of economy, nothing can stop them building up the best shopping mall and the local people is just fascinating about shopping everyday. I thought people in Shanghai is crazy about shopping. Comparing to Philippinos, we are much behind.

    Greenbelt is combined with 3 large malls called as Greenbelt I, II and III. In this department store, you can find everything.

    What to buy: Local handicraft

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    Greenbelt/Glorietta: The Nicest Mall I've Ever Seen

    by wreckloose Written Feb 13, 2004

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    R for Reggie... it actually says GREENBELT

    Ok... so I've been to the two largest malls in the world, West Edmonton Mall and the Mall of America (in Edmonton and Minnesota respectively). While these malls were nice, there is no mall in the world that I've been to that could hold a candle to the Greenbelt/Glorietta complex. Half indoor, half outdoor this place was just amazing. I don't even really know how to describe it... Go to Makati, it's on Ayala. See for yourself and if it's not as nice as I said it was, you have my permission to send me a virus.

    What to buy: Whatever you want... it's a mall.

    What to pay: It's not cheap... well... compared to the other places in the Philippines it's not, but if you're foreign and you have a good exchange rate on your currency, you'll probably find something here at a cheaper price than you would find it at home.

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    168 Mall, Divisoria: A $100 Dollar Shopping Spree

    by miscen Updated Mar 20, 2007

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    168 Mall is in the heart of Divisoria in old Manila. While difficult to get to, all my relatives from out of town insist that I bring them there whenever they visit the country. Why? Because for a hundred dollars, they end up laden with bags and bags full of shopping finds. Shopping in Manila is generally cheap given the state of the economy and the peso exchange rate vis-a-vis the US dollar...and it doesn't get any cheaper than this!

    The mall is supposedly 25,000 sq. m. in area (it seems much larger to my tired feet). It has two buildings which are interconnected and equipped with escalators . The various Sections are conveniently labeled "pasilyos" and numbered so you don't have to worry about getting lost. At the 3rd floor of Mall 1, there is also food court offering a varied menu from more than 20 food establishments - try the one called "Mitzi's" for really good (and cheap) chinese food.

    What to buy: Mostly ladies garments, bags, shoes and small gifts. And for those interested in "gucci-compatibles" or other knock-offs, pirated videos and the like, it's a veritable treasure trove.

    What to pay: Like I said, a hundred dollars goes a long, looong way. $ 3.00 for a blouse, $5.00 for a cute pair of ballet flats. Remember: always, always bargain! Everything is at least 30% off the first price they quote you. And if you buy "wholesale" - meaning 3 or more of the same item - they'll give you a bigger discount.

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    Happy Feet Sandals: Happy Feet Sandals

    by joysweet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Happy Feet sandals

    This wooden sandals is a good souvenir from the Philippines. Comes in various designs, including a heeled version (especially designed by Hindy Weber) and a soft sole version.

    What to pay: Cheapest shoes (Regina model) is about P800. More expensive are those designer shoes and painted sandals

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    Time to buy new clothes/apparel

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Like Hong Kong, the Philippines has a very healthy clothing manufacturing industry as well. Local brands dominated the market, such as BENCH, PENSHOPPE, HUMAN* just to name 3. While in the Philippines, why not try updating your wardrobe? There are always sales going on, you might just steal a bargain!

    What to buy: These chains sell everything...and not just men's clothings. Tops, Bottoms, Belts, Socks, Underwear, Umbrellas, Cups etc etc

    What to pay: Pretty reasonable and more, during a sale!

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    Tiendesitas: Antiques Galore

    by KookieDough Written Oct 15, 2006

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    Tiendesitas is a shopping complex of clothes and shoes, pets and pet supplies, food, plants, arts and antiques, and more. It is so convenient to shop here because the shops are grouped into "villages" that are categorized according to what they sell - like the pet village, arts and antiques village, etc.

    Shops are open from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

    What to buy: Arts and antiques here are good finds. Instead of scouting around in the provinces of the Philippines or the rest of Asia, you can discover a lot of treasures here at really reasonable prices.

    What to pay: Prices are reasonable and generally lower than the malls'. You can also negotiate for lower prices than those in the price tags.

    Just to give you examples of the prices of the antiques, my husband and I bought a simple altar table here for 4,500PHP, a nice Narra chest with mother of pearl inlay for 6,000PHP and a wood and capiz 3-panel divider for 7,500PHP.

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    Wellmanson Sewing Notions, Inc.: Beads! Beads! Beads!

    by monina_c Updated Sep 24, 2006

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    Pearls I used  to make cord is from Wellmason

    If you love making accesories out of beads and pearls and such, you will love Wellmanson's! They have a wide variety of beads, crystals and components for making costume jewelries and other such accesories. The clerks are helpful and knowledgeable about their stocks and the store is air-conditioned.

    Since Wellmanson's has the biggest stock in Quiapo, be prepared to be crushed. A lot of hobbyists make it their stop.

    What to buy: I went ga-ga over their stock! I didn't know which to get first, that I ended up getting a lot of different sized pearls, crystals, spacers, charms, etc. The list is truly long!

    If you are planning to go into the business of making and selling costume jewelries, this shop is a good source of supplies.

    What to pay: We spent more than we bargained for because I got crazy and bought even items not on my list. But comparing to the stores in the malls, Wellmanson's prices are a bargain!

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