Mandaluyong is a highly urbanized city, located right in the heart of Metro Manila. The fast-paced streets of the city is very much alive day-in and day-out, hence its motto “Onward Mandaluyong.”
Mandaluyong is a very popular place for tourists who want a city-vibe experience. Home to malls, parks, first class hotels, and entertainment venues, there is something for everyone. Mandaluyong promises a memorable and pleasurable stay for their visitors.
Mandaluyong is just 23 minutes away from the Manila airport. Buses and jeepneys can take you there. You can also hire a taxi or take the Metro Railway Transit (MRT) stopping at the Ortigas, Shaw or Boni stations.
With Mandaluyong’s extensive highways, cars and taxis can easily go around the city. Tricycles are available for shorter trips but they are only in places where they are allowed. UV Express minivans are now also common there and can take you most places.
There are a number of malls you can visit in Mandaluyong. The biggest of them all is SM Megamall. Its floor area of more than 400,000 thousand sqm houses more than 500 shops and restaurants. Inside you will also find an IMAX theatre, an Olympic size skating rink and a 14 lane bowling alley. There are also two upscale malls for those who are into luxury brands: The Podium and Shangri-La Plaza. And for those who want a tiangge-style (smaller shops and stalls) shopping experience, there is the St. Francis Square.
In Bgy. Hagdang Bato Itaas, you can find the Plaza Tatlong Bayani Freedom Park, a tribute to three heroes of the Philippine Revolution, Andres Bonifacio, Laureano Gonzales, and General Kalentong.
The San Felipe Neri Church is one of the oldest churches in Metro Manila. It was the site of a number of bloody encounters between Filipino revolutionaries and Spanish soldiers during the 1896 Revolution.
Be entertained by one-of-a kind stage performances in Club Mwah located at the 3rd floor of the Venue Tower in Boni Avenue. For those who want a more physical and exhilarating kind of fun, you may opt to spend the day at the Trampoline Park in The Portal, Greenfield District. Kids and adults can play and jump in their different trampolines. Prices range from P180 to P350.
For art lovers, there are several art galleries inside the major malls. But outside the malls is a gallery called Art Underground. It features artworks in different disciplines of new and contemporary artists. Find it at Balagtas Street in Addition Hills.
Christmastime is fun time especially if you visit Policarpio Street in Barangay New Zuniga. People visit Policarpio to see the neighborhood’s years-old tradition of putting up thousands of Christmas lights and displays all over their houses. Visit with family and friends and take Christmas-themed groupies for your next FB posts.
You can find almost all kinds of restaurants in the major malls of Mandaluyong. Whether you go for Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai or buffets, fine dining, fast food, gotohan or fusion dishes, you will find one that will satisfy your cravings.
The night is very much alive in the city. 24 hour-call centers are all over Mandaluyong especially in Ortigas Center which it shares with Pasig. With employees coming in and out of their offices at various times there are many restaurants, cafes, clubs, and bars ready to serve them as well as the many tourists and visitors of the city.
There are countless hotels and condos for rent that you can find in the Pasig-Mandaluyong area. But if you are in a budget, there are a couple of hotels that promise to be affordable, accommodating and nice.
Overnight stays within the price range of 1,000 to 2,500 Pesos include the Rio Suites, Sunshine City Suites, BSA Twin Towers, Lancaster Hotel Manila, Joyce Apartelle and New Horizon Hotel. There is also a Hotel Sogo branch in Kalentong.
If you happen to be in Mandaluyong during the rainy season, be wary of flood-prone areas as there is quite a lot in the city.