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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrGlorietta is a shopping mall located at the Ayala Center, Makati, Philippines that is managed by the Ayala Corporation owned by the Zobel de Ayala family. The mall offers an array of dining, shopping, service, and entertainment choices that caters to everyone, from the elite Makati residents, the average office workers in this business district, or a visitor to the country.
There are five sections in the mall named Glorietta 1 to 5. Glorietta 1 to 4 are interconnected and revolves around an atrium and central activity center that stages special shows and events. Footbridges connect it to SM Makati, Rustan’s, Greenbelt Mall, and The Landmark while the 3-level Glorietta 5 (plus 5 more upper levels of offices) is detached and located beside Rustan’s. Well-preserved landscaped gardens are part of the Glorietta Complex and provide a refreshing sight in the concrete jungle of Makati.
HistoryGlorietta used to be a park but in the early 1990s, Ayala Holdings owned by the Zobel de Ayala family decided to renovate Quad Mall, Greenbelt, and the Makati commercial center into what is now known as Ayala Center. Glorietta was opened in 1991 with 250,000 square meters of leasable area. At this time, it became a popular destination where people converged in its atrium with interesting water features, an activity center for concerts and shows, and an indoor playground for kids. From 1999 to 2005, new buildings were added. Glorietta 1 and 2 were renovated in 2008 and reopened in 2012.
Things to See and Do at Glorietta 1 to 5
Glorietta 1Reopened in 2012, Glorietta 1 is now a happy and bright place with its sun roof that brings in natural light. Retail shops located here include:
- Folded & Hung - A local fashion brand that sells hip, stylish and fashionable clothes and accessories for men and women.
- Celine - Another local brand selling classic and trendy dresses, tops, pants, bags and shoes.
- Kamiseta - This leading specialty retailer sells fashionable clothes, accessories and footwear for girls aged 16 to 35.
- Penshoppe - A popular local fashion house selling casual wear, accessories and cosmetics.
- Our Tribe - This local brand has been producing high quality leather goods such as bags, wallets, footwear since 1972.
Dining options housed in Glorietta 1 include:
- Big City – American hotdogs, burgers and fries.
- Mu Noodle Bar – Chinese noodles including Lekei noodles, Dong Bo buns, 3 cup chicken.
- Lugang Café – Chinese cuisine including assorted steamed Xiao Long, tofu with preserved egg & floss.
- Yoshinoya – Japanese cuisine like Yoshi chicken.
- Don Henrico’s – Italian cuisine like spaghetti pomodoro, pizza.
Glorietta 2Glorietta 2 was also recently renovated together with Glorietta 1 and has a spacious and light ambiance. Shoppers can get great finds at retailers like:
- Bench - One of the leading local brands selling reasonably-priced casual wear, accessories, cosmetics and scents.
- Dorothy Perkins - A UK-based fashion retailer renowned for feminine clothing, accessories and shoes.
- The Body Shop - Another UK brand that sells affordable but high quality body, skin and hair care products, cosmetics and aromatherapy.
- Silicon Valley Computers - This store belongs to a chain of computer stores selling the latest computers, gadgets and accessories.
- Toby Sports - A local sports shop for camping and outdoor gear, gym equipment, sports apparel including well-known brands like Nike and Adidas.
Dine in any of these choice restaurants:
- Soi – Thai cuisine including Tom Yum Talei, Pad Thai.
- Ginza Bairin – authentic Tokyo Katsu said to be the best in Manila.
- Bulgogi Brothers – Korean cuisine like Gwangyang Style Bulgogi, Bulgogi Brothers Special.
- Cabalen – Pampanga (Filipino) cuisine like Karekare.
- Buffet 101 – Buffet style with seafood chowder, roast beef, shrimp tempura.
Glorietta 3Glorietta offers a whole range of shopping options, and not to be left behind is Glorietta 3 with retail shops such as:
- Anna Pashmina - This shop sells authentic pashmina shawls, scarfs and mufflers. Although the Philippines is a tropical country, these products are bought as fashion accessories and clothing accents.
- Charles & Keith - It is a Singapore-based brand that offer well-crafted bags, wallets and footwear with clean but trendy designs in neutral colors.
Boutique - A local chain that sells streetwear clothing inspired by hip-hop, skateboarding, street art and
Mango - This Spanish brand feature trendy apparel, footwear and accessories for women and children.
- National Bookstore - The biggest bookstore chain in the country that sells the latest books, school and office supplies.
When the stomach starts rumbling, Glorietta 3 has a variety of dining options that are flavorful and safe like:
- New Bombay Restaurant – Indian cuisine like chicken biryani, samosa.
- Bistro Ravioli – Italian cuisine like shrimp and basil pesto, seafood spaghetti in marinara sauce.
- Kamayan – Filipino cuisine like Lechon de Leche, Karekare.
- Teriyaki Boy – Japanese cuisine like mixed seafood kakiage tempura, seafood teppanyaki.
- Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine – Filipino food like Laing with shrimps, general’s chicken.
Gold’s Gym, an American fitness center chain, occupies 3 levels from Ground to 3rd Floors of Glorietta 3 and features the latest exercise equipment and workout regimen.
Glorietta 4Just like the whole mall, Glorietta 4 offers a wide array of goods and services in shops like:
- Gallery of Prints - GOP is the only art gallery that specializes in antique and pre-1900 Filipiniana books.
- Gourdo's - A very good source of bakeware, kitchenware, kitchen tools, tabletop, craft materials, beddings, spices and baking supplies. They also offer cooking, baking and Wilton cake decorating lessons.
- Velayo Jewelers - One of the best and oldest jewelers in the country, they offer a good collection of fine-crafted jewelry.
- World of Feng Shui -Owned by famous Feng Shui master Lillian Too, this store is a rich source of Feng Shui products like books, amulets, cures.
- Pandora - Pandora is a Danish manufacturer and retailer of silver, gold and diamond jewelry. They are particularly known for their charm bracelets with over 600 charms to choose from.
Glorietta 4 has a long list of dining places that give you choices whatever your preference may be such as:
- Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – specializes in ramen like Shio Ramen.
- Lord Stow’s Bakery – world famous egg tarts.
- El Presidente of Binondo – Chinese cuisine like spareribs taro, crispy fried chicken, birthday noodles.
- Cibo – Italian cuisine like Rigatoni Al Alfonso, Crema di Zucca Pancetta.
- Dulcinea – Spanish inspired cuisine like Chicken Galantino, Gambas al Ajillo.
Right above Glorietta 4 mall area is Ascott Makati with 362 luxurious serviced apartments that are available for short or long term stay.
Glorietta 5Glorietta 5 is a separate mall located beside Rustan's Department Store and across Hotel Intercontinental Manila. This section is the newer addition to Glorietta and houses shops like:
- Uniqlo - This is their first store in Makati. Uniqlo is a large Japanese retailer of high quality women's casual wear using innovative fabrics.
- Inglot Cosmetics - This Polish cosmetic brand offers 1,500 colors for the lips, eyes, face and nail. It is popular for its Freedom System make-up palettes that you can custom design according to your preference.
- Kapow! Universe Marvel Concept Store - This store is a mecca for comic book enthusiasts with comic books and related merchandise like shirts, bags, accessories.
- The Optical Shop - This shop offers eye wear, eye care and eye health services.
- Ferretti Shoes - Ferretti is a Filipino brand that is known for good quality stylish shoes for women.
Many interesting dining options are worth trying at this section include:
- Saboten – authentic Japanese cuisine like Tenderloin Tonkatsu Set.
- Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things – American comfort food like Champion Buffalo Wings, Beef Burrito.
- Kichitora of Tokyo – Japanese cuisine like Paitan Tsukemen, Ajitsuke Tamago.
- Giligan’s Island Restaurant and Bar – Filipino cuisine like Sizzling Pork Sisig.
- Mongkok – Chinese cuisine like Lobster Roll, Chicken Feet with Taosi, Chicken Mushroom Rice.
Within the Glorietta Complex are popular international and local chains like KFC, Shakey’s; McDonalds, Pancake House; California Pizza Kitchen, Kenny Rogers; Krispy Kreme, Pizza Hut; Starbucks, Burger King; Dairy Queen, Wendy’s; Dunkin’ Donuts, Yellow Cab; Jollibee, Chowking; Max’s Restaurant, Greenwich; Mang Inasal, and more.
EntertainmentThere are seven cinemas at the 4th level of Glorietta 4 showing the latest foreign and local films. Outside the cinemas, there is Movie Snackbar selling snacks and drinks as well as Tater’s with chips, popcorn, sandwiches, and drinks.
Timezone, Australia’s well-known game arcade licensed in the Philippines by Ayala Holdings, is located on the 4th level of Glorietta 4. This is the biggest Timezone in the country with a variety of games. Other gaming establishments in Glorietta include Neutral Grounds that host board, card trading, and role playing games.
Hard Rock Café is a great place to unwind with good food and drinks located at Level 3 and 4 of Glorietta 3. They close at 1 a0 feet on weekdays and 2 a0 feet on weekends and holidays.
Glorietta ComplexAside from Glorietta 1 to 5, there are other establishments that form part of the Glorietta Complex.
Fairmont Makati HotelThis is a five-star luxury hotel with 280 rooms, their signature luxurious Willow Stream Spa and a Fitness Center. Different dining venues located in the hotel that serve guests include Spectrum, an all-day dining restaurant with open kitchens together with pastry boutique, Café Macaron. Fairmont Lounge serves afternoon tea, Long Bar for signature cocktails and library-style Writer’s Bar that also serves afternoon tea.
Raffles Makati HotelLocated in the same building as Fairmont Makati Hotel, there are 32 luxurious suites in this hotel.
Holiday Inn and SuitesIt is a 19-story hotel with 348 rooms and 16 suites, spa facilities at the roof-deck, health/fitness center and an outdoor pool. There are 3 dining establishments in the hotel: Flavors that serve buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Citron Lobby Bar that offer food based on your blood type, and Oz Bar.
Raffle ResidencesLocated in the same building as Fairmont Makati Hotel and Raffles Makati Hotel, there are 237 one to four-room residences for private owners.
- Greenbelt Mall – A high-end collection of retail shops, entertainment and dining establishments.
- Greenbelt Park – A small but peaceful oasis of green located between Glorietta and Greenbelt.
- Sto. Nino de Paz Greenbelt Chapel - A Catholic chapel between Glorietta and Greenbelt.
- Ayala Museum – This 4-level museum featuring superb exhibits depicting Filipino history and culture. It is open 9 a0 feet to 6 p0 feet Tuesday to Sunday with an entrance fee of ₱425 ($9.35).
Mall HoursGlorietta 1 to 5 is open from 10 a0 feet to 9 p0 feet Sunday to Thursday and 10 a0 feet to 10 p0 feet Friday to Saturday. However, restaurants that have doors outside of the mall close late even past midnight.
How to Get ThereTake a taxi and tell the driver to take you to Glorietta 1 to 5 depending on where you want to get off. By FX (airconditioned utility vehicles): From different destinations in Manila, take one that stops at Makati Avenue and walk towards Glorietta.
By MRT Line 1Stop at Ayala station and go through SM Makati which is directly connected to the station. Footbridges connect SM to Park Square, Glorietta, Greenbelt and Landmark.
By LRT1Get off at EDSA Terminal station and walk on the connecting footbridge towards the MRT-Taft station then take MRT1 to Ayala station.
By BusAlong EDSA, get off at MRT-Ayala Station and walk towards Glorietta through SM Annex.
By jeep in MakatiFrom Washington, ride along Buendia to Ayala and get off at Makati Avenue. From Mantrade, ride along South Superhighway and get off at Landmark. From Buendia corner Makati Avenue, ride to Landmark. From Libertad/Pasay Road, ride a jeep to Landmark. Landmark is connected to Glorietta by footbridges.
Travel TipsThis may be Makati but the same warning applies to everywhere in Metro Manila. It is important that you keep your valuables close to you at all times. Thieves have different methods of distracting you while their companions hie off with your belongings. Beware of strangers who might just be on the lookout for vulnerable tourists who they can rob.
Vehicular and pedestrian traffic is heavy in Makati. There are underground walkways within the Glorietta complex that links different buildings. For instance, a clean and well-lighted walkway connects Glorietta 4 and 5 and provides access to people who use the use the underground parking.
International credit cards are accepted in most establishments but it is always safe to bring cash for those who do not accept credit cards. Money exchange counters and ATMs are available within Glorietta.
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Author: janblim. Last updated: Feb 08, 2015