Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrFestival Supermall, or more commonly known as ‘Festival Mall’, is located at the Corporate Avenue in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa in the Philippines. The mall complex, with a total area of 20 hectares, is owned and operated by Filinvest Alabang which is a subsidiary of Filinvest Land. Near Festival Supermall are Starmall Alabang, Lianas Alabang, SM Southmall, and Alabang Town Center.
More than 700 stores in 4 floors and 200,000 square meters of retail floor area means you have a kaleidoscope of shopping, entertainment, and dining choices. It is the biggest shopping center in the south of Metro Manila.
HistoryFestival Mall opened on May 15, 1998. The planned expansion will increase the area by another 110,000 square meters, making it a total of 310,000 square meters or 31 hectares. It is expected that an additional 700 shops on top of the 700 current ones will be opened upon completion of the expansion. The first phase of this expansion was completed early 2014 and is called the River Park. To match the look of the extension, the main mall is currently being renovated.
What to See and Do
ShoppingFestival Supermall has over 700 shops including six anchor stores belonging to the 3 biggest retail groups, giving you 2 department stores, 2 supermarkets, and 2 hardware stores. Shopwise Supercenter of the Rustan’s Group has a department store at Level 2 and supermarket at Level 1 that sells quality items at affordable prices. SM Savemore Supermarket at Level 1 is the neighborhood grocery store chain of the SM Group.
If you are looking for clothes, shoes, bags; accessories, cosmetics; gift items, homeware; and toys, Robinsons Department Store at Levels 2, 3 and 4 is the place to go. Two hardware stores, Ace Hardware and Handyman both at Level 3 are housed at the mall as well.
An interesting mix of local and international names makes for a great shopping experience. Fossil is a popular U.S. brand selling watches, bags; wallets, jewelry; fragrance, and accessories that lean toward the classic vintage design. For apparel and accessories in the mid-range level, Hong Kong brand, Giordano, sells good quality T-shirts that sell from ₱450 ($9.90) to ₱999 ($22).
Rusty Lopez is a shop that is worth visiting as it sells high quality footwear for men and women proudly made in Marikina , the shoe capital of the Philippines. Tubby is the first local specialty chain of retail shops that sell quality but reasonably priced clothes and accessories for the plus-sized women. The past decade has seen the rise in popularity of flip flops and slippers as casual footwear and not just a beachwear. Banana Peel is a local brand that sells different styles and designs of slippers.
DiningThose looking for something new will find a myriad of options from fast food outlets to casual dining restaurants in Festival Supermall. There is the 1,000-seat Food Junction located at Level 1 where you can choose from an array of food stalls offering food choices at reasonable prices.
Located at Level 3, Chef Avenue will take you around the world with gourmet Japanese, American, Chinese, Filipino, and fusion cuisine. Fukuya is a quiet, simple restaurant located at Level 3. It is fairly easy to order at this restaurant as you can already see how the food looks like with its rubber food display at the front area.
Get a taste of traditional Filipino food at Kuse with specialties like Grilled Bangus (Milkfish), Paco Fern Salad sa Laguna with Kesong Puti (White Cheese), and Kare Kare Tagalog (Ox Tripe Stew). For those who are looking for Chinese food, Super Bowl of China has Lechon Macau, Szechuan Shrimp, and Hakka Pork Belly, to name a few.
EntertainmentFestival Supermall is definitely a place that the whole family will enjoy. There are 10 state-of-the-art theaters that show the latest international and local movies. The mall is the only one in Metro Manila that has two themed family amusement centers. Both adults and kids will enjoy the roller coaster, train, and double-decker carousel.
How to Get ThereThose bringing their own cars to the mall have 2,300 hourly-charged multilevel parking slots to choose from. The mall can be accessed using the South Luzon Expressway exiting at Filinvest, Alabang or South Station Exits. It can also be accessed through the National Highway and Alabang-Zapote Road.
Take a southbound bus along EDSA going to Alabang/Pacita/San Pedro and from the bus stop in Alabang, you can just walk going to Festival Mall or otherwise take a jeepney that plies the Alabang-Zapote Road and go down near the Alabang Town Center.
Take a bus that goes from Lawton to Taft Ave then Quirino Avenue, South Superhighway via the Skyway. Get off at the South Station Mall and walk via the Festival Skywalk which goes from South Station Mall crossing Alabang Zapote Road and Civic Drive then straight on to Festival Mall.
There are jeepneys bound for Alabang at the EDSA-Pasay Rotonda and at the MRT3 Taft Avenue station. FX (air-conditioned utility vehicles) or GT Express vans at the Ayala Center bound for Pilar Village pass via the Skyway then on to the Alabang Town Center. The most convenient way of going to Festival Supermall is by taxi but many drivers complain about passing through SLEX although it is a violation if they refuse to do so.
Travel TipsAlabang is notorious for pickpockets and laglag barya (falling coins) style that takes your attention away from your valuables so be very conscious about your possessions and do not allow yourself to be distracted.
Be prepared with cash as some smaller shops may not accept internationally–issued cards.
Avoid riding on buses from Lawton going to ht on to the Alabang Town Centre via Coastal as this is a longer and more congested route.
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Author: janblim. Last updated: May 23, 2015