When I was a little girl my only choices were:
1) Rustan's (Thank God it's in Gateway)
2) Ali Mall (well, it's still there where it is)
3) SM Cubao (still there)
4) Farmer's Market (still there)
5)CubaoX (Marikina Shoe Expo)...about to be gone because of Manhattan Gardens City, the biggest & most ambitious condo project of Araneta Group & Megaworld, comprising 17 high rise residential buildings. ---thank God they won't get rid of Bellini's (one the most happening places in Cubao)
Thank God, now there's GATEWAY!
Gateway for me is the greatest thing that happened to Araneta Center so far. It has paved the way for the rehabilitation and renovation of the nearby establishments, including The Araneta Coliseum (a.k.a. The Big Dome). Gateway has brought the class back to the dwindling or submerging commercial center. It enlivened Cubao! Now, Cubao is one of the most happening places in Metro Manila! =)
this won't fit in General directions:
From Makati, take EDSA and turn right on Boni Serrano, Main Ave. or P. Tuazon Blvd and turn left on the 9th Ave.
From Libis, take Boni Serrano, turn right on 9th Ave.
From Marikina, go along Aurora Blvd. and turn left on Gen. Romulo Ave. or Gen. Aguinaldo Ave.
From Caloocan, Take EDSA and take dedicated lane to Araneta Center then turn left at Aurora Blvd. and right on Aguinaldo OR Take EDSA Underpass and stay on the right most lane to take the dedicated lane near P.tuazon, then make a U-Turn and turn right on Gen. McArthur Ave.
From Manila, on Aurora Blvd., cross EDSA and turn right on Gen. Araneta Ave. or Gen. Aguinaldo Ave.
(they have valet parking, a 5 star concierge (multilingual; very friendly & accomodating to the handicapped, fine dining, middle class dining, great business centers, fabulous shops, bookstores, etcetera...the Cineplex 10 is simply worldclass and the seats are huge...you can even recline!) =)
There are lots to do here. The Department of National Defense is here, The Philippine Logistics Command, The National Defense College, etcetera, etcetera...
Oh, you can play golf here (our house was very near the golf course...it was our playground), you can inline skate (yes, I did that too) or roller skate, you can go biking, visit the doctor (dispensary), visit the vet (because we had lots and lots of animals like: love birds, gold fish, guppies, lots of dogs, pigs, chickens at our backyard) plus they have a country club that you can celebrate special functions and a theater where you can watch wonderful shows (plays, concerts and the like)
(will add a couple of pictures once I log on using my other computer)
After dinner in one of the numerous restaurants in Araneta Center, you can take your constitutional around the area. It is well-lit and relatively safe. : )