Mandaluyong City is commonly referred to as the Tiger City of the Philippines. It Metro Manila’s Heart and the Shopping Mall Capital of the Philippines. The city has a good passage road to and from the neighboring cities in the metropolis that makes it a city of growth and opportunities. The main transportation of the city is jeepney, a national symbol of the Philippines. There are also tricycles and Pedicabs around the alleys, and the Metro Manila Rail Transit System (MMRT) at Epifanio de Los Santos going to stations namely; Ortigas, Shaw Boulevard and Boni. The inhabitants living here mostly speaks Tagalog and they can also understand and speak English as well. As a city of growth, Mandaluyong City is a choice of venue for events, seminars, conferences, and trade fairs. The city also offers exemplary hotels, shopping centers, a famous golf course, and a vibrant nightlife. Local and foreign visitors alike will surely find Mandaluyong a truly pleasurable and memorable place to stay.
1. One of a Kind FiestaAttending festivals in the Philippines is a sure way to know more about the culture of the Filipino culture. One of the Fiesta the City of Mandaluyong is celebrating is the very unique Lavandero (Laundrymen) Festival. Visitors might be wondering why the washing of clothes is being celebrated. The city is home to the Pasig River. History says that the tradition of washing clothes in the Pasig River shows how the laundrymen made Mandaluyong become popular during the Spanish era. It depicts the robust, muscular laundrymen during the times. Now, the Pasig River is being revived as a tourist attraction, to help beautify the city once again and to attract business opportunities and to help ease the traffic in the metro. The festival happens every February of the year and tourists are increasing yearly because of its unique ancient tradition.
2.The Memories of the Past Lingers in the City As the city is developing, the city aims to preserved and get closely in touch with its colorful history. Various monuments and shrines are found in the different areas of the city paying tribute to the brave heroes of the Philippines and recall how the Filipino fought hard for its independence. The “Plaza ng Tatlong Bayani” (Plaza of Three Heroes) is a tribute to Andress Bonifacio, Laureano Gonzales, and General Kalentong. The city is home to the oldest churches in Metro Manila, the quiet spiritual sanctuary of San Felipe Neri Church. It was run by Spanish friars contributing to the history of the Philippines. Dambana ng Alaala Monument (Shrine of Memories) recognizes the bravery of the Katipuneros or the Filipino Fighters who fought hard for Filipino independence. All those memories in just one city are truly a sight to see.
3. Prominent Landmarks of the CityVisitors know they’re in Mandaluyong when they see the San Miguel Corporation Building, one of the biggest corporations in the Philippines. The famous San Miguel Beer beverage is very famous among the Filipinos during gatherings and special occasions. As visitors roam around the city, they might pass the Recreational Garden Park called “Hardin ng Pag-Asa” (Garden of Hope), which is developed by the government of Mandaluyong for the less fortunate children in the City. The Kaban ng Hiyas is a museum from historical collections, collection of artist works, and masterpieces showing cultural and historical awareness.
Mandaluyong Tourist Spots
1. The Largest SM Megamall One of the largest SM Supermall developed by SM Prime Holdings is located in the Ortigas Business Centers of Metro Manila. The big mall has two buildings interconnected with a bridge for easier access to other stores. An additional building called Mega Atrium is now existing for more retails shops, fancy restaurants, and cafes, modernize home accessories, musical, lively and leisure entertainment, department stores, and beauty and wellness center in the city. The mall is inevitably a conducive place for gathering, special events and just for leisure. The visitors say it has literally everything in it and indeed, SM got it all for its guests.
2.Fabulous Shangri-La Plaza MallAn upscale shopping mall found in the corner of Shaw Boulevard of Mandaluyong City. It is famously called “Shang” among the locals. A seven-story building accessible through Shaw Boulevard MRT on the 5th floor connecting to the Manila Metro Rail Transit System thus making it more accessible notwithstanding the traffic of the city. The mall houses several international stores namely; Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Hugo Boss, and Polo Ralph Lauren. It’s a go-to-place for everyone who loves shopping and hanging out. It offers its visitors an endless mix of superior goods and services. Events at Shang shouldn’t be missed as it depicts cultural arts, independent films, and presentation from local and foreign artists.
3. The Homey PodiumThe Podium is located along the Avenue of ADB in Ortigas Center. It’s a nicely planned zone for shopping and entertainment. Visitors who don’t like crowded places would surely love this place. It’s a place to explore new finds, new friends and new experiences where everything is convenient. The mall is quiet, clean and upscale making it suitable for business activities like meetings and quick work even for errands, studying and working remotely. It features three Director’s Club Cinema for movie lovers and Kultura Store for a real Philippine souvenir. Rest assured that the mall is safe because of the strict guards and very helpful maintenance crew. Visitors can also hang out the entire day in the Podium because of its high ceilings, bright and airy ambiance, spacious floor area and nice bathrooms. They offer an array of international and local dishes for your cravings.