De-stress in Suburban Alabang
Living in Alabang, south of Manila, can be very relaxing and fulfilling, especially if you come from the northern or central part of the metro, where it’s usually noisier and more crowded. For a more relaxed vibe, these are some of the places and activities you can look forward to when you finally decide to stay in or visit this neighborhood:
Famous Shopping Hubs
Shopping is one of the Filipino people’s greatest pleasures; that’s why shopping centers are mushrooming everywhere like wild grass. Alabang is no exception.
The Alabang Town Center, often referred to as ATC, is the most popular mall in this suburban area. Well-known for its Spanish Mission architecture, ATC boasts a long list of upscale restaurants and stores, state-of-the-art cinemas, and a rejuvenating central plaza.
For most Alabang residents, ATC is the place to be; it’s not too crowded compared with the other malls in the metro.
Besides ATC, there’s also the 20-hectare Festival Supermall, the first mall in the Philippines that has indoor theme parks.
Although Alabang has a small population of bars and pubs, some of those located here are the best in the metro. For one, there’s Union Jack Tavern, an authentic British bar. Dimly lit, cozy, and adorned with British decors, this pub creates the perfect ambience while dining and drinking. It also has a sports bar, where you can watch football matches and other sports events. On Wednesday evenings, Union Jack Tavern holds a “Quiz Night,” where you can get a chance to win gift vouchers.
Another relaxing hotspot is Molito, which used to be a parking lot located across from ATC. Filled with bright lights and surrounded with greenery, this place is ideal for a romantic dinner with your loved one. There are also rows of restaurants that serve luscious, refreshing drinks.
Unique Food Feast
Good food is also one of Alabang’s prides. Most restaurants here serve food according to one’s taste bud. But if you want an extraordinary way of dining, try indulging in a feast in Market Basket. With a modern dampa (hut) concept, Market Basket is a restaurant and a market at the same time, where fresh ingredients are sold and cooked while you wait. On the chalkboard are the available ingredients: choose the ingredients you like; choose a cooking method (grilled, boiled, or deep fried); then choose your sauce.
If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll enjoy Market Basket. And if you love sweets, you can also try its Filipino desserts with different twists.
Stunning Residential Communities
Alabang is well-known for its numerous villages and gated communities.
If you lived in North Manila, but had a change of heart, you’ll never run out of high-rise condos to choose from in Alabang.