Situated in the southernmost part of the National Capital Region is the city of Muntinlupa. If you’d like to explore some of the best commercial establishments in Metro Manila, come visit Muntinlupa. Discover its rich history through its historical landmarks and enjoy its culture and leisure at night.
From its humble beginnings, Muntinlupa City has worked its place up among one of the best and progressive cities in the Philippines and became known as the Emerald City of the Philippines.
Its name is believed to come from different origins but no records can firmly state that these are historically correct: (1) Muntinlupa is believed to be associated with the thin topsoil around the area, (2) it was rumored that the residents of Muntinlupa was asked by Spaniards what place are they in and replied with “Monte sa Lupa” and mistaking the question for what card game they were playing then, (3) it is called Muntinlupa because of its topographical nature, where “Monte” or mountain and have developed to Muntinlupa or mountain land.
You can reach Muntinlupa via train, bus, or jeepney. You can start your journey to the city by dropping off at Manuela Metropolis, one of the famous malls in the south. If you’re coming from Makati, go to EDSA and ride a bus going to Alabang/Manuela Mall.
From Manila, preferably Lawton, Taft, or PGH, you can ride a bus going to Alabang and get off at the terminal market or Metropolis Alabang. If you’re from Las Piñas, ride a jeep going to Alabang and get off at Alabang/Terminal Market. And if you’re coming from Parañaque, ride a jeep going to West Service Road and take a jeep going to Alabang.
You can go around Muntinlupa through jeep, taxi, or tricycle.
Aside from the popular establishments, Muntinlupa offers historical landmarks you will also surely enjoy. Jamboree Lake is the smallest natural lake in the Philippines and has been in existence for a long time. It is a favorite spot for nature lovers or if you just want to unwind and take a break from the tropical heat.
An historical place in Muntinlupa is the Japanese Garden Cemetery. Did you know that this here is the burial place of General Tomoyuki Yamashita? He became famous during the Japanese era of the Philippines. Another historical site is the Memorial Hill. This is a small hill inside the NBP reservation compound that holds a WWII vintage Japanese canon. Meanwhile, the Director’s Quarters, built in 1941, shows the effect of a pre-war architecture that shows an outstanding edifice.
Or if you also want to visit churches, Muntinlupa has a lot to offer. Three of which is the Our Lady of the Abandoned Diocesan Shrine, St. Jerome Emiliani Church in Ayala Alabang, and St. James the Great Parish.
You can do some sightseeing around the place. Visit the Filinvest City, Madrigal Business Center District, check out the beautiful houses at Ayala Alabang Village, Bureau of Corrections Administration and more.
Muntinlupa also has a lot of malls you can visit. Shop and dine at Alabang Town Center, Manuela Metropolis, or Festival Supermall.
Sightseeing and shopping may be a bit tiring. Good thing that Muntinlupa doesn’t offer just places to see and malls to shop, it also has a lot of delicacies you shouldn’t miss out. The Hanamaruken Ramen is a Japanese restaurant that serves big, flavorful bowls of ramen. Located in Alabang Town Center. Tu’s Clay Pots and Skillets serves the heartiest, healthiest classic cuisines prepared in clay pots and skillets. It is located in Westgate Center, Filinvest Alabang.
You can also try The Black Pig’s international craft beer on tap with a kitchen helmed by Chef Carlos Garcia. They offer dishes that are European-inspired. If you’re into sweets, Ice Flower can fill you with happiness. They offer Bingsu and toasts in different flavors you will surely love.
Nightlife is alive in Muntinlupa. If you’re looking for bars to party and have fun, you’re in the right place. Drop by Player’s Pub and Bistro, formerly known as San Mig Pub, serves local and international beer brands like Heineken, Singha, Stella Artois, Corona, and more.
There’s also Draft Gastropub, a European style gastropub, that offers international beer brands only. But they have a wide selection such as Hoogarden, Heineken, Tuborg, Amstel Light, Sam Adams, and more.
Bugsy’s Bar and Bistro, meanwhile, is an American style bar and bistro that serves cocktails, and local and international beers like Calsberg and Heineken.
If you have money to spend for an elegant room to stay for a night or two, there are a lot of hotels in Muntinlupa you can choose from. Check out Vivere Suites, a 5-star hotel located at Bridgeway Avenue, Filinvest City, and the B Hotel also a 5-star hotel located in Prime Street, Madrigal Business Park, and lastly the Bellevue Hotel in North Bridgeway, Filinvest City.
Make sure to always secure your things when going around.
Plan your trip ahead.
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