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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrSM Megamall is a shopping mall located in EDSA corner, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. It is the largest shopping mall in the country and fourth-largest in the world. Developed and managed by SM Prime Holdings, there are two buildings connected by a bridge with a total floor area of 506,400 square meters in 10 hectares of land. Near SM Megamall are Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA Central; The Podium, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Starmall; and St. Francis Square.
HistorySM Megamall, the third mall of SM Prime was built in 1989 and had its opening on June 28, 1991. The original structure was Mega Building A and B connected by The Bridgeway. Today, there are four buildings Mega A, B, C, and D together with The Bridgeway with dining spots and the Mega Atrium. The Mega Atrium completed in 2008 has a modern circular design and closes the gap between Buildings A and B.
Mega Building C that used to be a car park was renovated and reopened in 2011. It now has a bus terminal, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Level 7 and business process outsourcing company, Convergys. With the opening of the 7-level Mega Fashion Hall (Building D) in 2014, SM Megamall became the biggest mall in the country with over 1,220 shops including 270 dining establishments.
Things to See and Do
ShoppingMajor anchor store, The SM Store (formerly SM Department Store), with its wide array of fashion goods, houseware, gift, and souvenir items occupies four levels of Building B together with SM Appliance Center and Ace Hardware at its ground level. There are two SM Supermarket, one occupying Building B near Surplus Shop while the other one is on Building A's upper ground floor.
Get some good toy selections at anchor store, Toy Kingdom, located in the lower ground level of Building A. In the same building are Our Home for furniture and fixture, National Bookstore, and Kultura Filipino for Filipino souvenirs. Other known retail shops in Buildings A and B include Cinderella, Mango; Forever 21, Guess; Lacoste, Esprit; Marks & Spencer, Bossinni; and United Colors of Benetton.
International brands licensed by SM are H&M with a 3-level store and Uniqlo with a 3-level shop as well in the Mega Fashion Hall. Other stores located here include Aeropostale, Saville Row and Burton; Philosophy, Não do Brasil; Vero Moda, and Zara.
Popular shops in the Mega Atrium are Gap, Paris Hilton, Liz Claiborne, and more.
DiningWith more than 100 international and local food stalls, the SM Food Court located on the lower ground level of Building A is the biggest food court in all SM malls. The upscale Mega Food Hall food court located at the 5th level of the Mega Fashion Hall beside the skating rink.
The Megastrip completed in 2009 has restaurants and shops located at the ends of Buildings A and B on Julia Vargas Avenue side. The restaurants are open until midnight and includes Bonchon, Kenny Rogers; Gilligan’s Island, Seattle’s Best; J.Co. Donuts, Sbarro; Pizza Hut, Mang Inasal; and Seattle’s Best.
Of the more than 270 dining establishments in the mall, there are other restaurants worth trying including:
- Kyochon – Korean-style fried chicken.
- Linguini Fini – Italian cuisine.
- Rosanjin – Japanese food.
- Ippudo Ramen – ramen house.
- Eri Curry – Japanese comfort food.
- Ippudo – Hakata-style Tonkutso ramen.
- Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie – comfort food specialties like Mui’s Garden Curry, Halibut Fish Soup.
- Osaka Ohsho – said to be the world’s best gyoza.
- Cinnabon - cinnamon shop
- Bono Gelato – ice-cream shop
- Chez Karine Bakery
- Salon de the - tea salon of French Baker
- Tim Ho Wan - Taiwanese pork buns and dumplings
- Cupcakes by Sonja – cupcakes and desserts
- Triple O’s by White Spot – burgers and milkshakes
- Mochicreme Café – Japanese mocha
- Cuts Burger Blends – make your own burger
The Chapel of the Eucharistic LordThe Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord on the 5th floor of the Mega Atrium is one of the biggest chapels in a mall with a seating capacity of 1,200 people. There are scheduled masses in English, Tagalog, and Chinese every day, confession every First Thursday and First Friday and Holy Hour on First Friday at 5 p0 feet
EntertainmentSM Megamall is the first mall in the country to have a skating rink but this was removed in 2009. In 2014, it was returned as an Olympic-sized skating rink at the 5th level of the Mega Fashion Hall. Rate for ice skating is ₱390 ($8.58) for unlimited open skating, hockey games is ₱400 ($8.80) per game while Sled Ride is ₱400 ($8.80) per hour.
On the 4th level of the same building is a bowling center with 14 lanes, billiards and KTV. Rate for bowling is ₱165 ($3.63) per game, billiards is ₱300 ($6.60) per game while KTV is ₱250 ($5.50) per hour. Play bingo at the bingo center on the 5th level. Or try out Cyberzone game arcade at Building B 4th floor.
Watch movies at any of the 12 theaters including 3 digital cinemas for 2D and 3D, the IMAX Theater and the intimate 56-seater Director’s Club with recliners and butler service at the Mega Fashion Hall. The family that owns SM love art which is why there is an Art Center and Art Walk for local and foreign artists. Exhibits and events are hosted at the SM Mega Trade hall at Building B.
Mall HoursMall hours is from 10 a0 feet to 9 p0 feet Monday to Thursday and 10 a0 feet to 10 p0 feet Friday to Sunday.
How to Get ThereThe taxi can take you directly from wherever you are to SM Megamall by just informing the driver you are going to Megamall in Ortigas. For those who want to take the MRT , stop at Ortigas station or Shaw Boulevard station and just walk to SM Megamall which is already visible from both stations.
By bus, take the one that plies EDSA with the sign ‘Crossing-Ibaba’ and get off at Ortigas. From the other side, there is a footbridge to cross to SM Megamall. There are jeepneys from Tiendesitas and Greenhills that go directly to the mall. FX (air-conditioned utility vehicles similar to jeepneys but with lesser passenger) ply different routes like Buendia, Caloocan, San Juan, or Cubao and go directly to Megamall.
Safety TipsJust like visiting other malls in the Philippines, always be careful to keep your belongings very close to you as there are many thieves just waiting for an opportunity to take them away from you. Some drop things, pick a fight or ask for information to distract you while his companions take your valuables away.
Make sure you carry some cash as there are establishments who do not accept foreign-issued credit cards or otherwise impose high fees. The mall has currency exchange counters where you can have foreign notes exchanged. There are also ATM machines where cash advances or withdrawals can be made.
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Author: janblim. Last updated: Feb 06, 2015