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    Ice Skating in MOA, Manila, Philippines
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    Ice Skating in MOA, Manila, Philippines
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  • Ice Skating in MOA, Manila, Philippines
    Ice Skating in MOA, Manila, Philippines
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    Mall of Asia

    by limledi Updated Oct 25, 2006

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    The SM Mall of Asia is the largest shopping mall in the Philippines and the 3rd largest shopping mall in the world. In terms of gross floor size, it is next to the Golden Resources Mall in China and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada). It opened on May 21, 2006. It is owned and operated by SM Prime Holdings, under the management of Henry Sy, a Chinese-Filipino business tycoon — regarded as one of the wealthiest men in Asia. (Forbes 2006 ranks him as the 14th richest person in southeast Asia, and "Henry Sy and family" as 74th richest person in the "Asia and Australia" region). The Mall of Asia was constructed within the reclamation area, west of Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City, aptly nicknamed "Bay City". The mall is located at the southmost tip of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue. A roundabout was constructed in the front of the mall with a huge bronze globe similar to Universal Studios. An esplanade was constructed at the back of the mall where it served as the observation center for the First World Pyro Olympics in December 2005.

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    SM Mall of ASIA

    by lovelybear Written Jan 21, 2007

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    The best mall in the Philippines. Very tourist friendly. Truly a world class tourist destination! There's just so many things to do here. A day is not enough. Truly, "No Other Mall Comes Close".

    They have an IMAX theatre, an olympic sized ice skating rink, internet cafes, spa, beauty salons, coffee shops, international restaurants, fast food chains, Department Store, Watsons, Hardware, Supermarket, record bars, etc... everything!

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    Greenbelt, Manila, Philippines

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 20, 2013

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    Greenbelt, Manila, Philippines
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    One of the major spots in Manila I hang out, many brand shops, coffee shops and restaurants, and the green fauna and gardens makes u feel to be away from the big city crowd and noise ... Mostly foreigners and expats, also locals, too, are spending their day and also till late hours ...

    The shopping complex has two indoor buildings and a couple more open-air shopping centers divided between five sections, in which mostly appliance stores at Greenbelt 1, designer clothing shops at Greenbelt 3, and high-end shops of local and international brands at Greenbelt 4 and Greenbelt 5. As said, I love to spend the time there in the afternoon, especially mostly live music performances as sun goes down and entertainment becomes full action w bars and restaurants ...

    Restaurants in Greenbelt 1 are mostly fast food, while Greenbelts 2 to 5 feature sit-down cafés and restaurants. Among the most popular ones are Café Havana, Temple Bar, Seattle’s Best, Hard Rock Café, and Chili’s. Fely J’s in Greenbelt 5 and Sentro in Greenbelt 3 offer Filipino fusion cuisine. There is also the Indian-inspired Bollywood, Red Box KTV bar, Ice Bar, and Greenbelt 3 3D theaters for late-night entertainment.

    Strongly recommended area ... :)

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    Greenhills Shopping Center

    by limledi Updated Nov 6, 2008

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    Greenhills Shopping Center

    My family enjoyed our shopping here at Greenhills Shopping Center. They just want to keep coming back. There are many items to choose from. Very cheap prices selling mostly imitation items. We did most of our shopping here during our trip to Manila. Don't forget to bargain. This shopping center is quite huge with plenty of resto to choose from. There's also Music Museum if you want to see a concert.

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    St. Francis Square

    by limledi Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    St. Francis Square

    If you are shopping in the Ortigas Center area, visiting St. Francis Square is a must if you want great buys. Your shopping experience and convenience has been enhanced by the presence of nearby places for eating and the proximity of the other malls in the Ortigas Center area. Here you will find things from fashion items to the newest models in cellular phones.
    With ample parking space, the tiangge style mall, offers great bargains to the shopper. Housing hundreds of stalls, the St. Francis Square offers limitless shopping ideas.

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    Ice Skating in MOA, Manila, Philippines

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 22, 2013

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    At "Mall of Asia" there is a surprise awaiting you, the ICESKATING ... :)

    In the permanent heat of 30 degrees celcius, even not to skate but be next to the iceskating field gives a superb cooling and refreshing feeling in the middle of the day ...

    In weekdays its 300p per person plus surcharges for lockers and so on. The skating area is attached to a huge food court, so all kinds and sorts of food and beverage are available ...

    A "cool" experience advised to do on your next Manila trip ... :)

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  • Green Hills Shopping Center

    by phillygirlatheart Updated Apr 12, 2008

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    Interested in bargains?

    A friend from Philadelphia,Pennsylvania told me not to leave Manila, without shopping at Green Hills. She was right. Many,many stands/booths indoors-pearls, jewelry,artwork and handicrafts. There is, knock off ,designer watches,pocketbooks,wallets and shoes.The latter, I would not buy, because I believe it to be illegal to bring to the States. Not everyone, thinks the way, I do, because many people were buying those kinds of things.
    I was more interested in artwork from local artists, wood or shell serving trays,baskets,coasters, crafts, the batik fabric made in the Muslim region of Zamboanga-,items that are handmade by Filipino hands.

    Bartering is the norm. Be careful, everytime they saw my "American face" they gave me a price. I would say lower, lower. They said best price. I would walk away and send my Filipino husband to ask the price, or the driver, without me standing beside them and they would give them a better price. IE. a mans shirt- My husband bought 2 at 300 pesos each. He liked them and told me the booth number. He suggested ,I buy some for my father. When I selected the same shirts, they told me 450 pesos. each. When I told them, too much, they said," best price." I explained that they just sold the same shirts to my husband for less. IT WAS A PAIN TO HAVE TO FIND MY HUSBAND,LIKE A CHILD GETTING THE PARENT,DRAG HIM TO THE BOOTH,ETC... THEY DID NOT WANT TO GIVE ME THE LOWER PRICE, BUT THEY DID. GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A LOCAL WITH YOU WHEN YOU SHOP.SMILE...
    ***Women,keep your money in your bra*** Better to be embarrassed for a moment, than to be pickpocketed...
    ***Give yourself a day to explore Green Hills. It is crowded. You will see many interesting things for sale and many interesting people. When you buy pearls it takes time. Ask them to double knot in between each pearl. They will, no problem. They of course string by hand, which is time consuming. My husband did not want to wait forever, so I did not buy as many as I would have liked.-to share at home.. They are very inexpensive. campare prices at different booths. I would have probably got better deals if, I had. I just did not have time.
    I think there is a air conditioned mall connected or across form the flea market type shopping. I did not have time to explore.
    ***Carry/take a messenger bag. You have to have some place to put your pearls. Keep it in front of you always. Put a small lock, just so you can feel if someone is trying to get in. I did and I did not have any problems.
    *** For those of you who do not know, there is no toliet paper in public bathrooms. Make sure you carry some or baby wipes. Also have hand sanitizer. You will be sorry,if you do not!!!

    Green Hills was an exciting place to wander and observe. People watching,is as much fun as shopping. Enjoy....

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    Mall of Asia

    by barbskie Written Apr 27, 2008

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    A huge building that house malls, theaters, corporate for-lease offices, and huge parking lot. Cool and unique features are found in the including the country’s first IMAX theatre; a marina with a spectacular view of Manila Bay’s sunset; trams to transport the avarious shoppers; the country’s only olympic-size skating rink; a science museum and of course gazillion stores and SM shoes. just go because it is a must!

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    SM Megamall

    by limledi Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    Megamall

    Giant shopping centre with a huge variety of shops, over 200 restaurants and even an ice-skating rink; ice skates are available for rent. It's a popular place to 'see and be seen' at. The SM group of companies also includes the SM Centerpoint on Aurora Blvd, Santa Mesa, the SM City Annex, Edsa corner North Ave, Quezon City. There's also the newly built Mall of Asia located in Pasay City.

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    shopping

    by asiantraveler Written Apr 26, 2008

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    Shopping is one of the things tourists love about the Philippines. One of Asia’s cheapest and largest bargains are found in the Philippines. Bargains in the Philippines are cheaper compared to the bargains in Singapore and Hong Kong. Prices of the goods for Philippine bargains are comparable to the ones in Thailand and in China. Not only are the products available, they are also of good quality. Three of the biggest shopping malls in the world SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM North EDSA are all located in the Philippines. Other well-known shopping malls are Robinsons, Greenhills in San Juan, Greenbelt, Glorietta, PowerPlant Mall in the city of Makati, TriNoMa and Gateway Mall in Quezon City, and The Podium in the Ortigas Business District.

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    Market! Market!

    by limledi Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    Market! Market! is located within Bonifacio Global City, Ayala Land's new Central Business District development. It is the first of its kind combining traditional & non-traditional retailers & wholesalers within a mall setting. It provides value conscious shoppers a taste of all many finds in the various bargain categories found all over the Metro in one clean, safe & festive environment.

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    Mall Madness-or killing time?

    by Wild_Orchid Written May 22, 2008

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    my purchases-cute rubber sandals & Guess Jeans
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    If you are in town for business & have a few hours to spare, do explore the sprawling Ayala Center. Located within walking distance of the Peninsular hotel, the Shangri-la hotel and several other hotels, this is the place to shop, eat, drink and kill time. It is also linked to the more upmarket GreenBelt Centre.

    It is home to Rustams department store (very upmarket with Fendi, Dunhill, Baby Phat by Kimora, Nine West shoes, Dockers, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, etc), SM (mid-range department store-look for cheap hoisery, hair accessories, and even a supermarket on the ground floor), Landmarks (another mid to upper range department store), the famous Glorietta Mall (you can get lost here-I guess there is a sense to it, but I couldn't work it out)-with stalls, local boutiques, and international brands (Zara, Armani Exchange, Guess-just to name a few).
    There is a cinema and some games arcades and also a PC center here.
    There are a number of food outlets-numerous American fast food outlets, a food court serving BBQ, Filipino-Spanish food, Balut eggs, the home-grown Jolibee, a couple of Thai outlets, Sizzlers and many more.

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    GREENBELT

    by broxx Written Nov 4, 2006

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    It was nice to see the hustle of people walking around from mall to mall.. philippinos love to shop like us americans.

    There are 4 mall connected (Greenbelt, SM, Lanmark and Glorietta) to each other with crosswalks. so when i need to go someplace i just walked though the malls to get there..

    And each have Food Courts like no tommorrow.
    Im hungry lets eat...haha

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    Malls in Manila

    by audomatic Written Mar 28, 2008

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    View of the water from Mall of Asia

    Manila has more malls than I have ever seen any place else, and people here love to shop.

    Tiendecitas - This is my personal favorite. This is an outdoor mall that is covered by a huge tent roof. Mostly there are private vendors that either have just a table up with items to sell, or they actually have walls that create their 'store'. There are also bigger sellers that have more commercial items for sale. In the vendor section it is very nice because you can create a competition between vendors for your business so you always feel like you are getting the best prices. You can find replica Philippines army swords, gigantic bongo drums (from small to up to 10 feet tall), clothes, souveniers, and food. I love the open air environment here and all the antiques. Even if you aren't going to the Philippines to shop, you have to make it here at least once.

    SM Mall of Asia - Currently this is the 3 biggest mall in the world. This mall has an olympic sized ice skating rink, a theatre, lots of places to eat, and is very spacious. It is right on the Manila Bay, so you get a beautiful sunset view.

    GreenHills - This is more like a swap meet than a bazaar, and everything is really cheap!!

    I visited a few more malls, but those three are my favorite.

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  • Green Hills Shopping Center

    by phillygirlatheart Written Apr 11, 2008

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    Interested in bargains? A friend from Philadelphia,Pennsylvania told me not to leave Manila, without shopping at Green Hills. She was right. Many,many stands/booths indoors-pearls, jewelry,artwork and handicrafts. There is, knock off ,designer watches,pocketbooks,wallets and shoes.The later I would not buy, because I believe it to be illegal to bring to the States. Not everyone, thinks the way, I do, because many people were buying those kings of things.
    I was more interested in artwork from local artists, wood or shell serving trays,baskets,coasters, crafts, the batik fabric made in the Muslim region of Zamboanga-,items that are handmade by Filipino hands.

    Bartering is the norm. Be careful, everytime they saw my "American face" they gave me a price. I would say lower, lower. They said best price. I would walk away and send my Filipino husband to ask the price, or the driver, without me standing beside them and they would give them a better price. IE. a mans shirt- My husband bought 2 at 300 pesos each. He liked them and told me the booth number. He suggested ,I buy some for my father. When I selected the same shirts, they told me 450 pesos. each. When I told them, too much, they said best price. I explained that they just sold the same shirts to my husband for less. IT WAS A PAIN TO HAVE TO FIND MY HUSBAND,LIKE A CHILD GETTING THE PARENT,DRAG HIM TO THE BOOTH,ETC... THEY DID NOT WANT TO GIVE ME THE LOWER PRICE, BUT THEY DID. GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A LOCAL WITH YOU WHEN YOU SHOP.SMILE...

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