Lifestyle

Shopping

Shopping in the Philippines is an experience both in bargain and variety. Most shopping places or Malls in Manila, Makati, Cebu and Davao virtually have everything that you will need— from designer western brands to items specifically designed for the tourist market. Around the country, specifically in city centers, Tiangges or the Filipino version of flea markets abound offering quality items at bargain prices. In Manila shop at the third largest mall in the world Mall of Asia, Robinson Place, Balikbayan Handicrafts, Tutuban Center Mall and at the San Andres Market (for fresh fruits and other produce). In Makati and its surrounding areas, shop at Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark Department Store, Greenhills Shopping Center, Megamall, Shangri-La Mall and at Tiendecitas. In Cebu, check out the Ayala Center, the Gaisano Malls, Robinson’s Place, SM City, and for native delicacies, fresh produce and fresh and dried seafood, go to the Carbon and Tabo-an Markets. In Davao, shop at Aldevinco Shopping Center (for fabrics, batik, carvings) Victoria Plaza, Gaisano Mall and at the New City Commercial Center department store.

An experience not to be missed in flea market-shopping in the Philippines is the ”bargaining” where shoppers can buy items with big discount, depending on charm and good bargaining skills.

Popular Shopping Areas

  • SM Malls
  • Greenhills
  • Divisoria
  • Glorietta, Greenbelt, Parksquare Complex: Ayala Center
  • Robinsons Malls
  • Pre loved clothing –Baguio City (ukay ukay)
  • Quiapo Market
  • Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall

Reference: http://www.tourism.gov.ph

Recommended Shopping Areas: http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/bargain-hunting-and-luxury-shopping/

Shopping Areas with Reviews: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Philippines/Shopping-Philippines-TG-C-1.html


Nightlife

There is an abundance of places to go to and enjoy a night out in the Philippines. Every major city of the country has a number of nightlife activity hubs with restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and karaoke bars all promising a good time of fun and entertainment. In the country’s financial district Makati, there is the Greenbelt, Glorietta, The Fort, Jupiter St. and J. P. Rizal Street. In the city’s capital, Manila, nightlife is diverse. There is something for everybody in Malate, and in the newly revitalized Roxas Boulevard and its Baywalk. Quezon City is a popular destination of locals as the club prices are a little lower than those in Makati. Most clubs are close to each other so common to bar hop. Try the establishments along Timog & Tomas Morato Avenues and Quezon Boulevard, and in Eastwood City in Libis. Outside of Metro Manila, there are a number of popular places to go to. The nightlife of Subic in the province of Zambales, is known all over the world because of its history as a former rest and recreation center of the US Navy. The city is still teeming with nightlife activities as the Subic Free Trade Port is home to a lot of expatriates from other foreign countries as well and it is now a major Tourist hub. Foreign Navies still use the port as a rest and recreation spot every now and then. Check out Subic International Hotel and the Magsaysay Blvd. Angeles City in Pampanga, formerly the home of the US Air force in the Pacific, is also known for its Angeles City nightlife stayed almost the same as a lot of retired US and Australian citizens decided to make Angeles City their second home. Establishments in Balibago are still popular. The central Philippine city of Cebu is a popular destination among tourists because its nightlife is at par if not better than in Metro-Manila. Big development companies have opened up operations in the city as well as major club chain operators have set up their presence. Be sure to go to Ayala Mall and in the different establishments that abound Osmena Blvd. The ultimate island-nightlife location in the Philippines is Boracay Island in the province of Aklan. The island is known for its carefree attitude, and the island is home to a lot of clubs and bars on the beach: Bazzura, Hey Jude, D’ Mall, and the Station 2 establishments.

Popular Bars and Club Areas

  • Makati
  • Malate
  • Eastwood Libis
  • Greenbelt area
  • Metrowalk Ortigas
  • Quezon City Timog

Reference: http://www.tourism.gov.ph

Top Clubs in Manila: http://manilaclubbing.com/

10 Best Clubs in the Philippines: http://www.mademan.com/mm/10-best-night-clubs-philippines.html

Recommended Nightlife Areas: http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/manila-nightlife/

Top 10 Best Sing-Along (Karaoke) Spots in Manila: http://www.spot.ph/top-list/46458/top-10-sing-along-spots-in-manila


Spa

There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying the traditional Filipino "healing" massage or touch therapy called Hilot. The soothing touch of this massage relaxes and heals tired muscles and aching joints. Try this and other spa treatments at the Nurture Spa in Tagaytay, Mandala Spa in Boracay, Sanctuario Spa in Manila, Chi Spa Village in Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu, and at The Farm at San Benito in Batangas.

Popular Spa

  • The Spa
  • Wensha Spa
  • Mandala Spa
  • Nurture Spa
  • Shangrila Boracay Spa
  • Sanctuario Spa, Manila

Reference: http://www.tourism.gov.ph

Philippine Top Spas: http://pinastrends.com/index.php?Top%20Spas

Top 10 Spas in the Philippines: http://www.reejane.com/2008/11/top-10-spas-in-philippines.html

Unique Spas in the Philippines: http://anton.blogs.com/ourawesomeplanet/2007/01/7_unique_spas_i.html