Shopping in Manila

With the people's love for frequenting malls, the word “Malling” came to being and has become a serious sport.  They go to malls for most of their needs, from paperclips to groceries and hardware and services from haircut to car repair. It is therefore not surprising to find out that Metro Manila hosts a number of large malls. In fact, at least two of the world's largest are located within a few kilometers of each other. To mention a few, let's start with the 3rd largest mall in the world – The Mall of Asia that has staggering 4.2 million square feet of leasable space. Within a short driving distance are fellow giants Glorietta, Rustans, Greenbelt and the SM Makati.  Wandering a few kilometers from that cluster of malls place are popular destinations Rockwell Mall, Market-Market and Walter mart.

Driving towards the north, one will surely pass by EDSA Central, Shopwise, Shangri-La Mall, SM Megamall and Robinson's Galleria. Exploring the area, the shopper will find The Podium, the newly opened Automatic Center and Tiendesitas. Going back to EDSA and moving further north, the shopper will pass by the Araneta Malls in Cubao, SM West Avenue and the Ayala Trinoma. Going back to the south, one will surely pass by SM Bicutan and the Metropolis Starmall in Alabang. Heading towards the Las Pinas area, the Festival Mall, Alabang Town Center and SM LasPinas.

Visiting all the malls mentioned will most probably last more than a week. In fact, I am yet to cover the entire Mall of Asia in a single visit. But wait, I have barely recited half of the giant shopping complexes in the list. In the next articles, we intend to individually feature more shopping malls as well as specific stores that the regular consumer should visit. Stay tuned.

Metro Manila

Population and Land Mass

Formally referred to as the National Capital Region (NCR), Metro Manila is one of the most populous areas in the world. Its population of 13 million is scattered across an area of 636 square kilometers and governed by Manila local government units consisting of 16 cities and one municipal government.


In terms of economic activity, Metro Manila contributes 32% of the country's GDP and is considered as one of the richest urban urban agglomeration in the world. By 2020 its GDP is expected to reach $257 billion with an annual growth rate of 5.9%.

In terms of wealth, Metro Manila's banks hold approximately 66% of the country's deposits. Doing business in Metro Manila is therefore a temptation to every wannabee entrepreneur, especially if the intended business intends to target the individual consumers. There's nothing more tempting to make money where the money is.

City Directory

Consumers on the other hand, can find almost anything that country has to offer within the metropolis. All they need is skillful navigation of Metro Manila's registered businesses. In this site, Metro Manila’s prime business establishments will be listed and presented and reviewed in Metro Manila’s Consumer Forum to give the consumers ease in choosing the appropriate vendor.

Environmental Protection

The Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) has spearheaded some urban greening projects and the effect has started to become noticeable in some areas. Vehicle emission has declined with the popularization of LPG powered taxicabs that also benefited cab drivers due to lower fuel costs that resulted from it. At the present (2008), electric powered jeeps (E-Jeepneys) for mass transport are running on experimental basis and should it become successful, the effect will be greatly felt. LPG powered buses are also about to start operating in the Metropolis and neighboring provinces. Other projects about to start are solar powered jeepneys in the City of Marikina and hopefully, electric powered tricycles that are similar to the ones now being used in the island province of Palawan. Hopefully, LPG powered tricycles like the ones being tried in Lucena will also be successful in Metro Manila.


The country has a number of sports heroes. The biggest name of the present crop is Manny Pacquiao who has the distinction of having won world boxing championships in 4 weight categories. On June 28, 2008, A Pacquiao-Diaz Pacquiao demolished Mexican David Diaz to annex the world championship in the lightweight category. Soon after, he defeated the legendary Oscar De la Hoya in a one sided match that made him the envy of all other boxers.

Pacquiao is currently the undisputed best pound for pound boxer in the world.