If you are visiting the Philippines, be sure to go malling. While malling may not make sense to native speakers of the English language, it does make perfect sense to a Filipino. Malling is a term used by many Filipinos to describe the act of going to and strolling at the mall. Malling is so prolific, it has become part of everyday life for Filipinos.
Over the past three decades, the proliferation of the malls in the Philippines has been unstoppable. To date, there are over 80 major malls all over the Philippine archipelago, and counting.
Back in the 80's and early 90's, if you wanted to go malling, you had to travel to Metro Manila. If you were coming from a province and visiting Manila, it was definitely something you didn't want to miss. Malling used to define the status quo. Only the affluent could go to the malls. All that changed with the advent of improved infrastructure and an expanded transportation system.
Multi-level malls are now being constructed in many towns and provinces outside Metro Manila, allowing access to more people. It is a resident's pride to have a mall or two built in his area. It indicates how progressive that town or province is.
The mall is your one-stop destination. It is not only a place where you can dine and shop, you can also go to the movies, workout in a gym, see your doctor, ice skate, find a travel agent, do your banking, play Bingo, buy lottery tickets, go bowling, pay bills, and more. It houses many specialty stores, health and beauty clinics, spas, amusement parks, videoke, playground for kids, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. If you don't want to spend your money, you can just hangout and watch people, or enjoy the Internet with the free Wi-Fi access offered in most malls.
Almost every mall has an atrium or Event Center where concerts and local events are held. Some special events that are held at the event center are beauty pageants, sing and dance contests, cheerleading competitions, inter-school competitions, product launching, wedding fairs, town fiestas, Halloween and Christmas celebrations, Sunday mass, TV shows, and more.
If you are worried about parking, fret no more. The malls have multi-level parking with room for anywhere from 300 to 4,000 cars. You can safely park your vehicles in open or covered parking spaces. Many malls offer free parking to entice more tourists and customers. Some mall's charge a flat-rate of Twenty to Forty-Five Pesos, or roughly around $0.40 to $1.00.
There are numerous malls in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, making Mall-hopping a favorite pastime for many Filipinos and tourists. Malls are so accessible, that people are going from one mall to another. On average, a person traveling in Manila will most probably drop by or pass through three to five malls in a day.
Public transportation terminals are located right outside the building so malls are easy to get to. Local transportation includes buses, jeepneys, tricycles, vans, taxis and the elevated trains (popularly known as the Metro Rail Transit), and the Light Rail Transit. You can easily go from mall to mall using public transportation.
Here is a list of malls you might want to visit while in the Philippines: