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Harrison Plaza was the Philippines' first shopping mall when it opened its doors in 1976. Closed for renovation between 1982 and 1984, it reopened with this unique feature - under its roof are two of the country's rival leading department stores, SM and Rustan's. Covering 75,000 square meters (807,000 square feet), Harrison Plaza comprises some 180 stores and service outlets. Located in Manila's tourist belt, it lies close to hotels and city landmarks for excellent convenience.
The mother of all commercial centers the Ayala Center is a showcase of the latest trends in the world of style. Everything here speaks of high class from the luxury hotels to the department stores, intelligent office buildings to high-rise condominiums, global brand name shops to local specialty boutiques ,continental-style cafes to fine-dining restaurants, art galleries to museums. Head to the Ayala Center when you want to find out the latest word in fashion and style.
Shop till you drop in this huge flagship store of the SM Group of Supermalls. Here you can also have a haircut, a manicure, a massage, and do a hundred other things. You may even go for a spin on the ice skating rink. There is a wide variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and food stalls, in addition to the SM Megamall Food Court in the basement. Just in case you are wondering what SM stands for, it is short for Shoe Mart, the name of the hole-in-the-wall shoe store which the mammoth SM enterprise sprung from.
Not so long ago this place was overrun by wild pampas grass. Now the concentration of high-rise buildings is challenging Makati as Manila's main business and commercial center. Ortigas is the site of three huge shopping malls - SM Megamall Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Robinson's Galleria. It is also where the headquarters of San Miguel Corporation, the Asian Development Bank, and the Philippine Stock Exchange Center are located. Shops and eateries abound with El Pueblo & St. Francis Square devoted to the latter. Kids will enjoy the amusement centers and an ice skating rink.
The recently opened Eastwood Mall is one of the most luxurious shopping experiences in Manila. The upscale design is reminiscent of a shopping mall in Vegas; its luxury credentials are sealed by the fact that it is the first mall in the Philippines to have a full butler and concierge service. Stores include the A. Shop, an Apple retailer, Toy Town Superstore and a host of high fashion options. There is also an on-site movie theater and excellent dining options at hand. Call for opening hours.
Started in 1982 as a solitary arcade, Alabang Town Center has evolved into a cosmopolitan (yet almost rustic) center where people shop, browse, dine, socialize or simply watch life go by. Each new arcade complements the previously built ones, resulting in a horizontally flowing architecture interspersed with trees and green patches. A good mix of shops (including two supermarkets), cinemas, trendy cafes, breezy walkways, sunshine-draped corridors, a tree-shaded circular plaza plus regular shows/activities and lots of parking space make Alabang Town Center a very popular weekend destination.