Adelina's Ham is an icon in the Mandaluyong Area and is famous for making Chinese Style Ham (which are not too salty) and is very popular around the Metropolitan Manila Area, specially during the long Christmas Holiday Season. They started making the not too salty chinese style ham in 1955 and since then became an icon. Adelina's Chinese Style Ham is one of the best hams in the Philippines and they have premium prices to boot too. 1 kilo of Boneless Ham cost about 1,200 pesos and up and the 1 kilo boned in ham at 1,300 pesos an up, the ham scraps at 960 pesos. they also sell various products such as chicken longganisa, sweet bacon, chicharon pork rinds and a lot more. This is their main branch in Kalentong Street in Mandaluyong City, just a stone's throw away from Shaw Boulevard. They also have brances at the Market Market in Bonifacio Global City and at nearby Greenhills Shopping Center.
Opens: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
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This will be my things to do tips for SM Megamall, I would have separate shopping Tips for it.
The Big Malling culture is a phenomenon in Asia and the Middle East and here in The Philippines, there are many large malls which are literally small cities in it's own right, with evenb chapels and prayer rooms for the religious. If you want to see the Biggest Mall in the Philippines and South East Asia in terms of Gross Leaseable Space (the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City is the Largest Philippine Mall in terms of Land Area), then head to the SM Megamall here in Mandaluyong City. It is accesible from the Makati Area via the MRT 3 light railway. The literally have it all kinds of retail outlets for almost any budget and activities like whatever commercial items you would find in a small city like electronic stores, computers and smartphone stores, local and international fashion brands such as Uniqlo, Nautica, H & M, Zara, Promod, Dorothy Perkins; leather brands like Timberland, Nine West or Payless or Sebago or Lacoste Footwear, various International Restaurants Chains like Ippudo Ramen, Kyochon, Wendy's or Sbarro or Yabu or Pizza Hut and a lot more.
SM Mall of Asia might be the largest mall in the Philippines in terms of Land Area, but the newly refurbished SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City is the Largest Mall in the Philippines (and also in South East Asia) in Terms of Retail Space at 506,435 square meters of retail space spread in 6 storeys and basement in the two main buildings and the recent additions of the 5 storey Mega Fashion Hall, 4 Story Building C and 5 Storey Mega Atrium. The mall was opened in 1991 initially Buidling A and B with a mutli level bridge connecting them and the Mega Atrium Annex was built in 2008 and the Buidling C where the Call Center Area and an Integrated Bus Terminal is located built in 2011, the newest Addition in 2014 is the Mega Fashion Hall where the high end brands and the famous international chains are located and this recent addition made the Mall bigger than the SM Mall of Asia in terms of Retail Space by roughly 2000 square meters.
Opens 10:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday
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Visit a Dermatologist :)
There is a rise in Medical Tourism in the Philippines and even though there is no category for this kind of tip in VT I felt that I have to write down a tip to contribute to this growing phenomenon.
If you are looking for a good dermatologist or good cosmetic surgery service while in the Philippines, go to Belo's at The Podium or Mega Atrium. The front desk staff are very professional and the medical staff are efficient, well-trained and have very good doctor-patient skills.
The post procedure care is very good and the staff calls the patient to follow-up on his/her status before the follow-up check-up after every procedure. Mind you, the services provided by the Belo Group are more expensive than others.
There are two Belo Clinics in the Ortigas Center area. Both branches are conveniently located in malls. :) Below are contact details for the branches in The Podium and The Atrium at the SM Megamall.
There was a time when this was considered as the biggest mall in Asia because of the long stretch. There are boutiques, department stores, famous restaurant chains, food courts, specialty stores, gadgets, appliances, a supermarket, bookstores, ice skating rink, mega trade halls, movie houses, etecetera, etecetera...there's even a Catholic Chapel on the 5th floor (but people from all religions and all walks of life are welcome)
My advise to tourists: Don't visit on a Sunday or when there's a mall-wide sale. Why? There's usually a stampede there. =) I'm exaggerating? Maybe, but still, it helps to be careful.
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I love going to this mall because everything inside are sights for sore eyes! I'm not kidding. Well, if you're bargain hunting, this is not the place to go.
If you're looking for signature items, this is the place (they claim to be slightly more affordable than Hong Kong).
There are lots of casual fine dining restaurants too. There's a Streetscape section where there are band performances for free every weekend starting for 9 in the evening.
There are theaters and it is also commuter friendly (it is connected to the MRT).
For more info, just visit their website. =)
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