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Metro Manila mall Mania

If you haven’t been to the Philippines yet, here’s an important tidbit for you: Filipinos already catch the holiday fever as early as October. And in the city, this means rushing for bargains, discounts and non-stop shopping!


Because of this…




How did we do this? Well, we had Cousin Mario list the most popular mall names in the metro right now and we came up with the four biggest and hippest ones.


SM Mall of Asia




SM Mall of Asia (MOA) is the 11th biggest shopping mall in the world and was the largest in the Philippines until 2008. MOA is very different from other malls in the metro because it’s almost a theme park complete with a steel globe at the entrance of the grounds and different attractions.


We actually thought we were at the wrong place when the bus we were riding was on the road to the mall! The globe looked a lot like the Universal Studios Hollywood from afar.


We read that MOA is the first home of the world-famous hi-res IMAX 3D theatres in the country (7 other SM malls have IMAX). If you want to watch heart-stopping movies in high resolution and 3D, this is the place to be. We saw the latest ‘Thor’ recently in IMAX, but we had to buy our tickets online to reserve our seats ahead of time! Can’t be too sure with the movie-going crowd!




MOA is also the only mall that has an Olympic-sized ice skating rink. We plan to try that out in the future! Outside, there’s the MOA Eye (Filipino version of London Eye) or Ferris wheel that lights up the sky at night. We haven’t tried that since it was slightly raining when we visited, but we will when the sun comes out.


We also heard that the annual international World Fireworks Olympics is held here – usually every February or March. We’re definitely looking forward to that next year!




A convention centre is also nearby. When we visited MOA we saw there was a ukulele festival there and took a quick peek inside. The SMX Convention Centre has other events on its sleeve, like book, products, crafts and such fairs. For sports fans, MOA is also a major venue for basketball games.


How to get there:


What’s great about most malls in the Philippines is that they act as terminals for public vehicles. Mall of Asia can be accessed by train, bus and jeepney which all ply EDSA.


By MRT, simply get down Taft terminal station. By LRT, get down EDSA station. From there, take a Baclaran/MOA bus or a MOA jeepney-shuttle (they’re orange) that will stop exactly at the mall. Service shuttles from ParañaqueCity (Sucat) and Gil Puyat Avenue (PasayCityAcademy) that directly drop off at the mall are also available.

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