30 Nov 2010

168 Mall Phase 5 Now Open for In-Style Divisoria Shopping

  • 30 Nov 2010
  • Lagalag


  • Today I'll take you to the newest, and one of the hippies Shopping Malls that consistently changing the face of wholesale and retail shopping in the market district. 168 Shopping Mall Phase 5 has just opened. Experience Divisoria wholesale and retail shopping in-style. Phase 5 of 168 Shopping Mall is the 5-storey building adjacent to the old 168 Mall. Ground floor and second floor is where the wholesale and retail products are located, third floor is for fashion boutique, fourth floor is for electronics, toys, services, household & appliances, and the fifth floor is large capacity food court.


    Vicinity Map of 168 Mall
    Directions to 168 Mall
    Traffic in the area





    Map of 168 Shopping Mall




    Directions to 168 Shopping Mall
    How to get to 168 Shopping Mall...

    BY CAR:

    168 Mall Parking area is located at the basement, and another one on the ground. You have to take Felipe Street to get to the 168 Mall. Here are directions.

    Route #1

    From Monumento Area - Shoppers from Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela area and those who prefer this route, take Jose Abad Santos Avenue up to Recto Avenue. Jose Abad Santos ends up in Recto. Just go straight ahead crossing Recto Avenue to take Reina Regente Street passing Soler Street a little bit then turn right immediately onto Felipe Street. 168 Shopping Mall Parking entrance is located at the end of Felipe Street, so just drive all the way until you see signage of 168 Mall.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    From 168 Shopping Mall going home - upon exit of the building take the one way Soler Street towards Reina Regente. Turn left to Reina Regente Street to take Abad Santos to get home.

    Route #2

    From Legarda Area - Take Recto Avenue up to Masangkay Street staying to the left after passing through LRT 1 and Tomas Mapua Street. Turn left on Masangkay Street then right onto Soler Street towards Reina Regente. Upon crossing Reina Regente turn left a little bit to take Felipe Street and go straight towards parking entrance of 168 Shopping Mall.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    Going home take Soler Street, turn left to Benavidez Street then right to Recto Street.

    Route #3

    From Espana Sampaloc Area - Take Espana Blvd. Turn right onto P. Campa Street, then cross Quezon Blvd turning left but turn right immediatelay towards Fugoso Street. Go straight ahead passing through LRT Line 1 and then turn left on Tomas Mapua Street. Continuosly drive until you cross Recto Avenue passing through LRT Line 2. Finally, turn right onto Soler Street.

    Drive straight ahead up to Reina Regente staying to the left and then cross Reina Regente but turn left to avoid the opposite Soler one way street and then immediately turn right onto Felipe Street towards 168 Shopping Mall parking entrance.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    To get back home take Soler Street upon exit. Cross Reina Regente, turn left to Benavidez Street and then right turn to Recto Avenue. Go straight ahead up to Morayta passing through LRT Line 1. Turn left to Morayta and finally right turn to Espana.

    Route #4

    From Ermita Area - Whether you're coming from Taft Avenue or M.H. del Pilar or Roxas Blvd, the best route is to take Lawton staying to the left on P. Burgos Street and crossing Pasig River through Jones Bridge then continue driving on Quintin Paredes Street up to Reina Regente. Stay to the left on Reina Regente then turn left on Felipe Street.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    To get back home, turn right onto Soler upon exit, then turn right onto Reina Regente, then take Juan Luna Street, turn left on San Vicente then turn left onto Jones Bridge.

    Route #5

    From Quiapo - Take Evangelista Street turn left on Soler Street passing through LRT Line 1. Go straight up to Reina Regente staying to the left and turn left on Reina Regente but immediately turn right onto Felipe Street, go straight pass 999 Mall up to the parking entrance of 168 Shopping Mall.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    To get back home, take Soler Street upon exit staying to the left of Soler then turn left ont Benavidez then turn right onto Recto Avenue. Go straight ahead up to Quezon Avenue passing throught LRT Line 1 staying to the right. Turn right onto Quezon Avenue to get to Quiapo.


    BY TRAIN

    LRT Line 1 South Bound - Get off Abad Santos Station. Take jeepney to Divisoria on Abad Santos Avenue, get off at Recto, walk up to Soler, turn right on Soler, walk straight up to 168 Mall passing by 999 Mall

    LRT Line 1 North Bound - Get off Abad Santos Station. Take jeepney to Divisoria on Abad Santos Avenue, get off at Recto, walk up to Soler Street, turn right on Soler to get to 168 Mall.

    LRT Line 2 Marikina to Recto - After alighting from the train on Recto Station, take jeepney bound to Divisoria, get off at Abad Santos Avenue, walk up to Soler Street, turn right on Soler to get to 168 Mall bypassing 999 Mall.

    Note: It is not advisable for LRT 1 passengers to use Doroteo Jose Station as their first stop on the way to 999 Mall especially during Holiday Season. Traffic along Recto Avenue during this season is heavy, you might stuck up for long hours before you reach Abad Santos Avenue. So the best route is from Jose Abad Santos Avenue Station.


    BY JEEPNEY

    Divisoria bound jeepneys from Baclaran ply the route 24/7 via Juan Luna. During Christmas Season Juan Luna is non passable for public and private vehicle. Walk towards Recto. Turn right on Sta. Elena Street to get to old 168 Mall. Once inside just explore until you see Phase 5 of 168 Mall

    Divisoria bound jeepneys from Monumento and Navotas ply the route daily via Abad Santos Avenue. Once in Recto, just walk your way to 168 Shopping Mall, it's very near to the corner of Recto and Jose Abad Santos Avenue, just turn right on Soler Street, continue walking, bypass 999 Mall until 168 Mall comes into view. Phase 5 of 168 Mall is up ahead, taller than the old 168 Mall, standing out from the distance.

    Divisoria bound jeepneys from Marikina, Cubao and Sta Mesa Area, ply the route 24/7 via Aurora Avenue via Magsaysay Blvd. Once near Abad Santos, you can walk your way to 168 Shopping Mall or take one of many pedi cabs in the area.

    Traffic in the Area

    For route #1, traffic along Jose Abad Santos is moderate. Bottelneck builds upon approaching the intersection of Jose Abad Santos and Recto Avenue, but still manageable. This is the less congested road among the five routes given here. However, because of holiday season, always expect the worse in terms of traffic. It is advisable to plan your Christmas Shopping early in the morning.

    For route #2, this is the most simple route but the most congested, too. Because of the Christmas Season, bottleneck builds up already right after crossing Tomas Mapua, and it's still a long way to go before you reach Masangkay Street. Remember, Recto Avenue is the major road for passenger jeepneys coming to Divisoria from Marikina, Cubao, Sta Mesa, Pasig and even Quiapo. So if you can get around the area, you might want to take route #3 by turning right onto Oroquieta Street. Oroquieta Street is the street before Avenida and it is where Philippine Rabbit buses from province pass through to get to their terminal. On Oroquieta Street, just go straight ahead then turn left on Fugoso Street and follow route #3 direction. Warning: there's no left turn on Tomas Mapua Street from Recto Avenue. Avoid the inconvenience brought by MMDA Traffic Enforcer's apprehension. Drive smart.

    For route #3, you might be discourage on turning right to Soler but don't worry. The bottleneck you might encounter is momentarily. The traffic is caused by vehicles turning right onto the next street of San Bernardo. After San Bernardo Street, traffic is manageable up to Reina Regente. Nevertheless, because of the holiday season, there are some delay in traffic movement but MMDA Traffic Enforcers are there to manage the traffic so don't be agitated when you stop from time to time. I saw how they manage the traffic and it was excellent. After 10 minute wait, you will be driving along Soler without stopping up to Reina Regente. To avoid traffic, all along, plan your Christmas Shopping ahead of time and schedule it early in the morning.

    For route #4, bottleneck builds up heavily on Reina Regente upon approaching Felipe Street. Because of holiday season. please expect worse traffic situation even before you reach Reina Regente. To make sure you arrive without encountering so much traffic, plan your Christmas Shopping early in the morning.

    For route #5, Evangelista Street is teeming with lots of people and sidewalk vendors, and many car drivers park their vehicles along Evangelista to buy some items. So, expect slow movement. Traffic along Soler Street is in Traffic For route #3. To avoid traffic, always plan your Christmas Shopping early in the morning.


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    29 Nov 2010

    LRT-1 Monumento Station Destinations

  • 29 Nov 2010
  • Lagalag


  • Monumento is where you find the avenue of department stores just walking distance from the LRT 1 station. They stand side by side along Rizal Avenue where major provincial bus companies like Victory Bus are also located. Monumento Station formerly held the distinction of being the last station of LRT-1 north of Metro Manila before the extension is built and new stations opened (Balintawak, Roosevelt and soon North common station of LRT-1 and MRT-3). This might be one of the reasons why plenty of hotels also flourish here.

    Quick Update: Gotesco Grand Central no longer exists because of the fire on March 17, 2012. This post is not edited except for this update done July 23, 2012.



    Destinations in Monumento Station

    • Asian Institute of Computer Studies
    • Victory Bus Terminal
    • National Bureau of Investigation
    • Victory Central Mall Department Store
    • Ever Gotesco Mall Department Store
    • Uniwide Sales
    • Araneta Square
    • Sierra Madre Transport
    • Puregold Supermarket
    • Parco Supermarket & Department Store
    • Jackman Department Store
    • Novotel Caloocan
    • Astro Hotel
    • Nice Hotel Branches
    • Sogo Hotel Branches
    • Andres Monument
    • Manila Central University
    • Bonifacio Market
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    27 Nov 2010

    Free Parking in 999 Mall Full as early as 8 am

  • 27 Nov 2010
  • Lagalag


  • It's twenty seven days before Christmas and influx of shoppers in Divisoria is now full to the brim. Most of us think of only one thing - shop and shop and shop. But the bottom line is we always go for the lowest price without compromising the convenience. No wonder my post about 999 Mall, the newest shopping destination in Divisoria gets the most numbers of visitors ever since it was posted here. So I must inform those shoppers who bring their cars to 999 Mall this shopping season on one crucial situation - parking.

    We all know that parking area on the basement of 999 Mall is free. But I've learned that as early as 8 am, entrance to the parking is already closed because there's no more available parking slots. And you don't have any choice but to park your car in the next convenient parking area, and that's in the 168 Mall. Parking there is so massive and equally convenient because it's so spacious. But parking in 168 is not free. First 3 hours parking fee is Php 50.00 and Php 20.00 per hour hereafter. So for those who really want to save money, my tip is to arrive at 999 Mall parking entrance as early as 7 am. That's mean you must leave your home as early as 6 am, depending on where will you be coming from.

    One main advantage of parking in 999 Mall is less stress shopping. If your car is parked in secured area without toll, you can take your time in shopping. You can go out of 999 Mall and explore other Malls like 168 Mall and Tutuban Mall, buy some stuffs from there, and get back to your car to load those items and head back again to other areas. Considering the complete lines of products inside 999 Mall, you have more options. It's just sometimes it's not enough for us to be contented in one shopping location. We always go out of our way to look for more. You can take your time even if it takes you 8 hours, you don't accumulate expenses in parking.
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    U-Turn Slots Along Quezon Avenue

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  • You already know the significance of familiarizing ourselves to locations of U-Turns on our major thoroughfares, most especially to those who drive. My unpleasant experience last Monday on the road after heavy rains encourage me to create this post about locations of U-Turn slots along Quezon Avenue. You don't need to remember them in complete details but if you drive in going places, it's helpful that you have knowledge as to where to turn when making a detour is inevitable.

    On the map below are U-Turn slots along Quezon Avenue from Welcome Rotonda to EDSA. Each U-turn has the corresponding destinations. Click placemarks to see establishments that can be reach in a perticular U-Turn. Drag map towards left-bottom to view all U-turns along the whole stretch of Quezon Avenue up to EDSA. Green placemarks indicate they're turning back onto Welcome Rotonda, Espana area while red placemarks indicate they're turning back onto EDSA.

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    25 Nov 2010

    Sidcor Weekend Market in Centris Walk

  • 25 Nov 2010
  • Lagalag


  • There's now a good reason to shun supermarkets and groceries during Sundays in Quezon City. Sidcor Weekend Market is now in Centris Walk every Sunday from 6 am to 2 pm. Guaranteed fresh fruits and vegetables can be bought at very low price. So you are assured that you get to buy nutritious agricultural products fresh from farms that fits family budget.

    You can also find complete array of seafood from shrimp, crabs, and tuna to snails, sea cucumber and abalone.

    Even your favorites in Department Stores are sold here like bags, shirts and sundresses. But the items you should not miss are the ethnic hand-woven dresses.

    Imported accessories from Bangkok and Hong Kong are also displayed. These include keychains, fans, carved wooden crafts and batiks.

    Pinoy native products are also available. You'll see Vigan's famous bagnet and longanisa, Laguna's white carabao cheese and milk, and all time favorite bagoong balayan from Ilocos.

    Meanwhile, garden section are complete with both fruit-bearing and flower-bearing plants. If you are on the look out of a rare plant specie, chances are you can find it here. You can also ask for seeds of a plant you want to grow in your own garden.

    Enjoy food in various eateries in food section with wide variety of sumptuous meals.

    Everything you need in Sidcor Market every Sunday. Parking is free but you need to come early to get available slot for your car. This is now a major destination especially this season so manage your time in coming here.

    How to get to Centris Walk? Just click here

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    Directions to Centris Walk



    By Car

    Route #1

    Coming from Commonwealth Avenue, take Elliptical Road towards Quezon Avenue. On Quezon Avenue, go straight but avoid the tunnel. Turn left on BIR Road then turn right onto NIA Road. Turn right onto NIA Northsite Road. Finally, turn right onto EDSA staying to the innermost side of the road but make sure your right signal light is on to avoid apprehension if ever because at this time you are driving on the bus lane. Entrance to the Centris Walk is visible momentarily.

    This is the best route if your main concern is to avoid the perennial traffic of EDSA and Quezon Avenue intersections and U-Turns.

    Route #2

    From Mindanao Avenue, turn left on North Avenue then turn right onto Agham Road. Drive all the way crossing Quezon Avenue. You are now driving on BIR Road, Agham Road ends up in Quezon Avenue. Follow directions given in Route #1.

    This is the less congested route compare to EDSA from your location anywhere in Mindanao Avenue. This route can be taken by car drivers from Novaliches and Project 8 as well as from Bulacan, Pampanga and the rest of Northern Luzon.

    Route #3

    From San Juan and Sta Mesa Area, take G. Araneta Avenue, turn right onto E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue then turn left on Tomas Morato Avenue. Drive all the way to Eugenio Lopez Street, this is where ABS CBN Headquarters is located. Turn left on one way Eugenio Lopez Street. Go straight pass by Pinoy Big Brother House that can be seen on your left. Go straight to Scout Albano Street then turn right onto Quezon Avenue. You must turn right onto EDSA so avoid going onto the tunnel. Upon turning right onto EDSA, you must immediately make a U-Turn onto Quezon Avenue again. This is where the bottleneck builds up heavily so be patience. The U-turn is right under the EDSA flyover, be careful not to overlook. After the U-Turn you must turn right onto Quezon Avenue but stay to the right turning lane, do not take the wide main Quezon Avenue that will bring you way too far and lost your way. Finally, turn right onto the next service road at the back of the Eton Centris Building also known as Centris Station, which is located at the corner of Quezon Avenue and EDSA. Up ahead is the parking entrance of the Centris Walk.

    Route #4

    From Sampaloc and Espana area, take Quezon Avenue all the way to Timog. Turn right onto Timog Avenue to avoid heavier traffic on the area. Turn left on Panay Avenue, drive all the way to Sgt. Esguerra Avenue. Turn left on Sgt. Esguerra then turn right onto Quezon Avenue, then follow the rest of the directions on Route #3.

    By Train

    If you are coming from Marikina and Pasig area, commuting by train, take LRT Line 2 and get off at Araneta Center Station. Take MRT-3 North bound. Get off at Quezon Avenue Station.

    If you are coming from Caloocan, commuting by train, take LRT-1 and get off at Roosevelt Station. Take a bus to North Avenue Station of MRT-3. Take another train ride to Quezon Avenue Station.

    If you are commuting by train coming from Recto Station of LRT-2, get off at Araneta Center Station and take another train ride on Farmer's Station of MRT-3 North bound and get off at Quezon Avenue Station.

    Finally, if you are coming from Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong area, take MRT-3 train at the nearest station and get off at Quezon Avenue Station.

    By Bus and Jeepney

    All buses plying the route of Edsa stops on Quezon Avenue except bus stop on the South bound lane from Monumento is too far that taking a train is much more convenient.

    With regards to passenger jeepneys, some of them stop exactly at Centris Bldg which is exactly where the Centris Walk is near. Jeepneys bound to Quaipo from Fairview and vice versa that pass by Centris are those with sign MRT HIGHWAY. You have to be very careful in taking ride as jeepneys without this sign go straight through the tunnel.
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    22 Nov 2010

    Importance of Knowing U-Turn Slot Locations

  • 22 Nov 2010
  • Lagalag


  • Finally we got home after the heavy rains that caused too much flooding all over Metro Manila left us stuck in one  of the snarliest road traffics I've ever seen. My uncle took me to Dapitan Arcade to buy Christmas decors. We're still inside the arcade when the rains started passed 1 pm and continued heavily for 3 hours straight. The rain finally subsided long after we completed our task. Although we managed to get back to his car, we begun to worried when we saw road and traffic condition.

    My uncle is a bit stubborn and don't want to listen to any advice. He was the one driving, We took Dapitan Street towards Banawe to get back home in South Triangle, Quezon City. Initially, the plan was to turn right onto Banawe and use the U-Turn slot he's only familiar with along Quezon Avenue right after Banawe. As it is, we went straight on Dapitan with a new plan to take Araneta Avenue. Bottleneck greeted us in Biak na Bato intersection, and for whatever reason he turned left on Biak na Bato. And that's when we entangled in long, terrible, ever growing snarl traffic. Flood up ahead on Biak na Bato, and we found ourselves back in Banawe along bumper to bumper area of Philippine Orthopedic Hospital. We decided to eat in a Chinese fastfood and took our chance on the road around 6:30pm.

    While in Banawe  we had a chance of taking Biak na Bato towards Quezon Avenue and use the U-Turn Slot right there. Instead, we took the hard way and stayed on very slow moving traffic of Banawe. As a result, it took us one and a half hours from Philippine Orthopedic Hospital up to Quezon Avenue and another 45 minutes just to complete the U-turn onto Edsa bound lane of Quezon Avenue. Right before we passed Biak na Bato intersection, the U-turn servicing vehicles from the less congested Biak na Bato road showed up. And my uncle uttered, "Oh I thought there's no U-turn here. We could have been here much earlier had I known this."

    It pays to get familiar to U-Turn slot locations.
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    20 Nov 2010

    Spectacular Symphony of Parols: A Grand Christmas Destination

  • 20 Nov 2010
  • Lagalag


  • Directions to Symphony of Parols
    Location Map of Symphony of Parols
    Symphony of Parols in Photos

    It's a must see Christmas spectacle for the whole family this holiday season. It's also a great attraction for foreign tourists. An awesome music, light and sound show with Christmas theme that happens every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 8 pm daily including weekend, surely this event is a treat for everyone. Go get your cameras and video recorders and head to the Ayala Triangle Gardens to experience world class presentation of the Ayala Land.



    Enjoy all the photos here, then go get there with your friends and family and experience it for yourself. The Symphony of Parols will last until December 23, 2010. It started on November 17, 2010.


    Symphony of Parols in Photos









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    Location Map of Symphony of Parols



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    Directions to Symphony of Parols - Ayala Triangle Garden

    BY CAR BY BUS BY JEEPNEY BY TRAIN


    Route #1

    From Alabang, Sucat, Bicutan, Taguig and neighboring vicinity as well as provinces from Southern Luzon. Take the Skyway all the way to Makati. Exit to Don Bosco. Turn right onto Don Bosco Street and left on Chino Roces Avenue formerly Pasong Tamo. Turn right onto Arnaiz Avenue. You must turn left on Makati Avenue, passing Paseo de Roxas. Stay to the left of Makati Avenue. Turn left on Ayala Avenue. Ayala Triangle is located in Philippine Stock Exchange Building. It's best to drop off your family infront of Ayala Tower One Building before you park your car to the nearest parking, because the Symphony of Parols is just right behind the building. You can ask Security Personnel where to park your car. It is advisable to go Saturday or Sunday to avoid heavy traffic in the vicinity.


    Route #2

    From Mandaluyong, Pasig, Cubao and Guadalupe taking Edsa. Turn right onto Gil Puyat Avenue formerly Buendia. Stay to the left and turn left on Paseo de Roxas. Stay to the left of Paseo de Roxas and turn left on Makati Avenue. Stay to the right and finally, turn right onto Ayala Avenue. While you are along Makati Avenue, you can already see the Ayala Triangle Garden to your right. It's best to drop off your family infront of Ayala Tower One Building because the Symphony of Parols is just right behind the building. You can go park your car afterward. Just ask Security Personnel where to park your car. It is advisable to go Saturday or Sunday to avoid heavy traffic in the vicinity.


    Route #3

    From Pasig, Marikina, Antipolo, Rosario, Eastwood and nearby areas. Take C-5 all the way to Fort Bonifacio. You must stay to the right after you passed Kalayaan Avenue. Turn right onto 32nd Street. Stay to the middle of 32nd Street, pass 5th Avenue and take the Kalayaan flyover. Stay on Kalayaan flyover up to Gil Puyat Avenue formerly Buendia. Along Buendia stay to the left and turn left on Paseo de Roxas. Stay to the left of Paseo de Roxas and turn left on Makati Avenue. Stay to the right and finally, turn right onto Ayala Avenue. While you are along Makati Avenue, you can already see the Ayala Triangle Garden to your right. It's best to drop off your family infront of Ayala Tower One Building because the Symphony of Parols is just right behind the building. You can go park your car afterward. Just ask Security Personnel where to park your car. It is advisable to go Saturday or Sunday to avoid heavy traffic in the vicinity.


    Route #4

    From Mandaluyong, San Juan, Boni take San Francisco Street or Primo Cruz and head toward Coronado Street. Take the Mandaluyong-Makati bridge and head to Makati Avenue. Stay to the middle of Makati Avenue, cross J.P. Rizal, Kalayaan, Gil Puyat Avenue formerly Buendia and Paseo de Roxas Avenue. Now stay to the right of Makati Avenue and finally, turn right onto Ayala Avenue. While you are along Makati Avenue, you can already see the Ayala Triangle Garden to your right. It's best to drop off your family infront of Ayala Tower One Building because the Symphony of Parols is just right behind the building. You can go park your car afterward. Just ask Security Personnel where to park your car. It is advisable to go Saturday or Sunday to avoid heavy traffic in the vicinity.


    Route #5

    From Libertad in Pasay, Baclaran as well as Cavite who preferred this route. Take Libertad Street now named Arnaiz Avenue. Turn right onto Osmena Highway also known as South Super Highway. Stay to the right to avoid going up the flyover. Also avoid the ramp to the Skyway. Make a U-Turn on the U-Turn slot under the Magallanes Flyover Interchange, right before EDSA. Drive slowly to make sure you wont lead to the Skyway and the flyover of SLEX as there's no turning back. Once you made the U-Turn, stay to the right of Osmena Highway. Turn right onto Don Bosco Street then left on Chino Roces Avenue and again turn right onto Arnaiz Avenue. You must turn left on Makati Avenue, passing Paseo de Roxas. Stay to the left of Makati Avenue. Turn left on Ayala Avenue. Ayala Triangle is located in Philippine Stock Exchange Building. It's best to drop off your family infront of Ayala Tower One Building before you park your car to the nearest parking, because the Symphony of Parols is just right behind the building. You can ask Security Personnel where to park your car. It is advisable to go Saturday or Sunday to avoid heavy traffic in the vicinity.


    Route #6

    From Manila take Quirino Ave, turn right onto Osmena Highway then turn right onto Vito Cruz now named P. Ocampo, turn left on G. del Pilar, left on Zobel Roxas, cross Osmena Highway then right onto Kamagong Street. Stay to the middle, cross Chino Roces Avenue. After Bagtikan Street the road bends toward Ayala Avenue, stay to the middle and cross Gil Puyat. Stay to the middle, cross Rufino Street formerly Herrera. Stay to the left then turn left on Paseo de Roxas, you are now seeing Ayala Triangle Garden to your right after the Ayala Tower One Bldg. Stay to the right and turn right to Makati Avenue. Now stay to the right of Makati Avenue and finally, turn right onto Ayala Avenue. It's best to drop off your family infront of Ayala Tower One Building because the Symphony of Parols is just right behind the building. You can go park your car afterward. Just ask Security Personnel where to park your car. It is advisable to go Saturday or Sunday to avoid heavy traffic in the vicinity.


    Route #7

    From Monumento taking EDSA, as well as other areas along the way. Stay on EDSA all the way to Makati. Turn right onto Gil Puyat Avenue formerly Buendia. Stay to the left and turn left on Paseo de Roxas. Stay to the left of Paseo de Roxas and turn left on Makati Avenue. Stay to the right and finally, turn right onto Ayala Avenue. While you are along Makati Avenue, you can already see the Ayala Triangle Garden to your right. It's best to drop off your family infront of Ayala Tower One Building because the Symphony of Parols is just right behind the building. You can go park your car afterward. Just ask Security Personnel where to park your car. It is advisable to go Saturday or Sunday to avoid heavy traffic in the vicinity.


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    BY BUS


    Route #1

    Take bus anywhere along EDSA with "Ayala-LRT Leveriza" sign. In Monumento, you can take ride bus at the corner of 5th Avenue also known as C-3. You can also ride a bus bound to Ayala from Fairview and Novaliches. You can get off exactly at Philippine Stock Exchange and walk you way up to the Ayala Triangle Garden.


    Route #2

    From Baclaran, ride bus with "Ayala LRT Leveriza" sign. During weekdays, get off at proper unloading area which is right before Paseo de Roxas. Otherwise, you will walk way too far because the next unloading station for north bound lane of Ayala is on Rustan or Glorietta. Once you got off the bus in the unloading area before Paseo de Roxas Street, walk your way to the underpass and head onto the opposite side of Ayala where the Ayala Tower One is standing. At the back of the building is the Symphony of Parols location. During Saturdays and Sundays, you can get off at the opposite side of Ayala Tower One Bldg and cross the road to get to the Ayala Triangle Garden where the Symphony of Parols is located.

    This route can also be taken by those coming from LRT-1 Taft Avenue, Harrison and Leveriza.

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    BY JEEPNEY


    From the corner of Ayala and McKinley, ride jeepney at the terminal located at the service road of Mc Kinley Street opposite Shell Gasoline Station. Get off after Paseo de Roxas and use the the underpass to get to the Ayala Triangle Garden. No unloading in Ayala Triangle Garden during weekdays, but during Saturdays and Sundays, loading and unloading city ordinance of Makati is not being implemented or enforced.

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    BY TRAIN


    Route #1

    LRT-1 from Roosevelt including all stations in between Gil Puyat and Roosevelt, get off at Gil Puyat Station. Take a bus with "Ayala" sign and get off at right unloading zone. During weekdays, get off at proper unloading area which is right before Paseo de Roxas. Otherwise, you will walk way too far because the next unloading station for north bound lane of Ayala is on Rustan or Glorietta. Once you got off the bus in the unloading area before Paseo de Roxas Street, walk your way to the underpass and head onto the opposite side of Ayala where the Ayala Tower One is standing. At the back of the building is the Symphony of Parols location. During Saturdays and Sundays, you can get off at the opposite side of Ayala Tower One Bldg and cross the road to get to the Ayala Triangle Garden where the Symphony of Parols is located.


    Route #2

    MRT-3 commuters who are riding trains coming from both Taft and North Avenue Stations, get off at Ayala Station and ride jeepney at the terminal located at the service road of Mc Kinley Street opposite Shell Gasoline Station. Get off after Paseo de Roxas and use the the underpass to get to the Ayala Triangle Garden. No unloading in Ayala Triangle Garden during weekdays, but during Saturdays and Sundays, loading and unloading city ordinance of Makati is not being implemented or enforced.


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    Greenfield: Greenery along MRT-3

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  • Let's say you are heavily stressed out right now because of the load of your work in the field. Or maybe you are just tired. Or you feel suffocated in the cramped and crowded work place of yours. Added to this is the fact that you are in the middle of concrete jungles of Makati or Ortigas and your lack of time and budget to unwind in a more expensive spas. Would it help if you are just a few minutes away to a relaxing, serene small piece of outlying enclave covered with the natural looking green bent grass that gives soothing feeling of refreshed body and mind?


    People and greenery in harmony
    Exactly the color we need now
    What if I say that all you need to do is to get off MRT-3 train on Shaw Station and walk your way out of that stressfull day and into the healthy environs of the Greenfield Park located right at the back of the Edsa Central Mall.

    Perfect place for a talk
    If you are the type of person who craves for a brief union with nature amidst the maze of daily pressures and limitations of your daily routine, a once in a while detour to this mini park before going home would surely make a difference. See it for your self and discover how sometimes simple beauty of natures can have healing effects on our everyday existence on the otherwise complicated city life.

    Seems the right place to eat
    Another relaxing view
    Perfect place for friends to enjoy beer
    Greens exceeds up to the edges of department stores

    Vicinity Map of Greenfield


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    Directions to NBI Clearance Office

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  • Clearance Office of National Bureau of Investigation or NBI is located on the 5th Floor of Victory Central Mall, #717 Old Victory Liner Compound, Rizal Avenue, Monumento, Caloocan City. Victory Central Mall is just walking distance from Monumento Station of LRT-1. It's not advisable to bring cars to the location as it's almost impossible to park anywhere in the area because it's highly congested. You can park in paid basement parking of Ever Gotesco but traffic here is so terrible.


    The best way is to leave your car at home or in one of the parking areas near any stations and take MRT-3 north bound if you are coming from the area of Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig and other nearby areas. Get off at North Edsa Station and ride a north bound bus that will bring you to Roosevelt Station of LRT 1. Take another train ride and get off at Monumento Station. You have the option of going all the way to Monumento on board Monumento bound bus, but LRT-1 is faster. Besides, when you take a bus, aside from heavy traffic, you have to walk way too far to get to Victory Central Mall.

    If you will be coming from Paranaque, Pasay and Manila area, these include applicants from Cavite, Laguna and the rest of Southern Tagalog, it's always practical to take the LRT-1 up to Monumento Station. Most of the terminals of buses coming in from Southern Tagalog provinces are located near LRT-1 stations like in Gil Puyat Station where there are about five provincial bus terminals.

    If you are coming from Northern Luzon, two bus companies go directly to Monumento as they have terminals exactly located right near LRT-1 Monumento Station - Victory Liner and Sierra Madre Transport. Just travel on board one of these buses.

    NBI Clearance Vicinity Map

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    18 Nov 2010

    Centris Walk: New Dining & Entertainment Destination

  • 18 Nov 2010
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  • Centris Walk, a 12-hectare mix-use complex in Quezon City would surely catalyze big changes in the environs of the previously stagnant area of land along Edsa near corner Quezon Avenue. Because of its strategic location, it is destined to be a major destination in Quezon City for dining, lifestyle and entertainment.


    Now open to the public, the exciting strip boasts high-end dining institutions and coffee shops. Among them are Asya, Italiannis, MyThai, Pancake House, Pho Hoa, Tutti Frutti, The Coffee Bean, and Jack's Loft.


    And because children's playground is made to be an integral part, Centris Walk is also an excellent weekend hide-away for the family.


    Directions to Centris Walk

    How to get to Centris Walk

    By Car
    (see also: by train and by bus & jeepney)

    Route #1

    From south of Metro Manila e.g. Alabang, Pacita, Metropolis Star Mall, Filinvest Mall, Ayala Alabang and southern tagalog provinces of Laguna, Batangas and Quezon. Take the skyway and exit in Magallanes. Turn right onto EDSA via Magallanes interchange. Stay to the middle of EDSA and drive all the way to Quezon City, passing through Ayala Tunnel, Cubao tunnel and flyovers of Ortigas, Santolan and Kamuning-EDSA.

    After passing through EDSA-Kamuning flyover, next flyover is Quezon Avenue-EDSA flyover. Avoid passing through that flyover by changing lane to the right but since the right lane is for buses and jeepneys, do it while nearing the foot of the flyover. Entrance to the Centris Walk is visible momentarily.

    Route #2

    From north of Metro Manila, e.g. Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela as well as Bulacan and Pampanga - Take EDSA all the way to Quezon Avenue. Stay to the middle of EDSA, crossing the Congressional/Roosevelt intersection in Munoz and West Avenue where SM City North Edsa is located to your left. After West Avenue, you must avoid passing through Quezon Avenue-EDSA flyover. Take the right lane of EDSA and pass through the ground level intersection of EDSA and Quezon Avenue. Make a U-Turn on the U-Turn slot next to Quezon Avenue and EDSA junction. After the U-Turn you must turn right onto Quezon Avenue but stay to the right turning lane, do not take the wide main Quezon Avenue that will bring you way too far and lost your way. Finally, turn right onto the next service road at the back of the Eton Centris Building also known as Centris Station, which is located at the corner of Quezon Avenue and EDSA. Up ahead is the parking entrance of the Centris Walk.

    Route #3

    Coming from Commonwealth Avenue, take Elliptical Road towards Quezon Avenue. On Quezon Avenue, go straight but avoid the tunnel. Turn left on BIR Road then turn right onto NIA Road. Turn right onto NIA Northsite Road. Finally, turn right onto EDSA staying to the innermost side of the road but make sure your right signal light is on to avoid apprehension if ever because at this time you are driving on the bus lane. Entrance to the Centris Walk is visible momentarily.

    This is the best route if your main concern is to avoid the perennial traffic of EDSA and Quezon Avenue intersections and U-Turns.

    Route #4

    From Mindanao Avenue, turn left on North Avenue then turn right onto Agham Road. Drive all the way crossing Quezon Avenue. You are now driving on BIR Road, Agham Road ends up in Quezon Avenue. Follow directions given in Route #1.

    This is the less congested route compare to EDSA from your location anywhere in Mindanao Avenue. This route can be taken by car drivers from Novaliches and Project 8 as well as from Bulacan, Pampanga and the rest of Northern Luzon.

    Route #5

    From San Juan and Sta Mesa Area, take G. Araneta Avenue, turn right onto E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue then turn left on Tomas Morato Avenue. Drive all the way to Eugenio Lopez Street, this is where ABS CBN Headquarters is located. Turn left on one way Eugenio Lopez Street. Go straight pass by Pinoy Big Brother House that can be seen on your left. Go straight to Scout Albano Street then turn right onto Quezon Avenue. You must turn right onto EDSA so avoid going onto the tunnel. Upon turning right onto EDSA, you must immediately make a U-Turn onto Quezon Avenue again. This is where the bottleneck builds up heavily so be patience. The U-turn is right under the EDSA flyover, be careful not to overlook. After the U-Turn you must turn right onto Quezon Avenue but stay to the right turning lane, do not take the wide main Quezon Avenue that will bring you way too far and lost your way. Finally, turn right onto the next service road at the back of the Eton Centris Building also known as Centris Station, which is located at the corner of Quezon Avenue and EDSA. Up ahead is the parking entrance of the Centris Walk.

    Route #6

    From Sampaloc and Espana area, take Quezon Avenue all the way to Timog. Turn right onto Timog Avenue to avoid heavier traffic on the area. Turn left on Panay Avenue, drive all the way to Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, the road before EDSA. Turn left on Sgt. Esguerra then turn right onto Quezon Avenue, then follow the rest of the directions on Route #5.

    By LRT and MRT

    If you are coming from Marikina and Pasig area, commuting by train, take LRT Line 2 and get off at Araneta Center Station. Take MRT-3 North bound. Get off at Quezon Avenue Station.

    If you are coming from Caloocan, commuting by train, take LRT-1 and get off at Roosevelt Station. Take a bus to North Avenue Station of MRT-3. Take another train ride to Quezon Avenue Station.

    If you are commuting by train coming from Recto Station of LRT-2, get off at Araneta Center Station and take another train ride on Farmer's Station of MRT-3 North bound and get off at Quezon Avenue Station.

    Finally, if you are coming from Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong area, take MRT-3 train at the nearest station and get off at Quezon Avenue Station.

    By Bus and Jeepney

    All buses plying the route of Edsa stops on Quezon Avenue except bus stop on the South bound lane from Monumento is too far that taking a train is much more convenient.

    With regards to passenger jeepneys, some of them stop exactly at Centris Bldg which is exactly where the Centris Walk is near. Jeepneys bound to Quaipo from Fairview and vice versa that pass by Centris are those with sign MRT HIGHWAY. You have to be very careful in taking ride as jeepneys without this sign go straight through the tunnel.

    Location Map of Centris Walk
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    16 Nov 2010

    999 Mall: New Shopping Destination in Divisoria

  • 16 Nov 2010
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  • Vicinity Map of 999 Shopping Mall
    Directions to 999 Shopping Mall
    Traffic in the Area
    Photos of 999 Mall


    A new shopping haven in Divisoria like no other on its surrounding has just opened last October in time for the Yuletide Season. Who would think an elegant shopping mall for wholesale and retail is possible to rise in Divisoria? For decades, this market district at the heart of the city is known not only for its wide assortment of low-priced goods and wholesale and bargain shopping but also for a lot of inconveniences it brings to shoppers like overcrowded malls, congested walkways, and unsafe environment. Now lots of new and modern shopping malls are sprouting like mushrooms one after another. There's the Phase 5 of 168 Shopping Mall, the 11/68 Shopping Mall among others. But one really stands out. The 999 Shopping Mall. I based my opinion on three facts. Excellent location that gives ease of travel to and from the mall itself, spacious wide walkways that constitute to more comfortable shopping, and of course low-priced goods. Well, good air-conditioning system and other facilities as well as security are already given. Basement parking is free as of this writing. Truly, 999 Shopping Mall is the ultimate destination for Christmas Shoppers this holiday season. The mall opens 7:30 am and closes 7:30 pm daily. Here are some of the photos of 999 Shopping Mall I've taken last November 14, 2010.


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    Directions to 999 Shopping Mall






    >>>BY CAR >>>BY TRAIN >>>BY JEEPNEY


    There's only one entrance to the parking of 999 Shopping Mall located along Felipe Street. Exit is to Soler Street. As of this writing, parking of 999 is free.

    Route #1

    From Monumento Area - Shoppers from Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela area and those who prefer this route, take Jose Abad Santos Avenue up to Recto Avenue. Jose Abad Santos ends up in Recto. Just go straight ahead crossing Recto Avenue to take Reina Regente Street passing Soler Street a little bit then turn right immediately onto Felipe Street. 999 Shopping Mall comes into view. Basement parking entrance is visible upon reaching the 999 Shopping Mall.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    From 999 Shopping Mall going home - upon exit of the building take the one way Soler Street towards Reina Regente. Turn left to Reina Regente Street to take Abad Santos to get home.

    Route #2

    From Legarda Area - Take Recto Avenue up to Masangkay Street staying to the left after passing through LRT 1 and Tomas Mapua Street. Turn left on Masangkay Street then right onto Soler Street towards Reina Regente. Upon crossing Reina Regente turn left a little bit to take Felipe Street and finally turn right to the basement parking entrance of 999 Shopping Mall.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    Going home take Soler Street, turn left to Benavidez Street then right to Recto Street.

    Route #3

    From Espana Sampaloc Area - Take Espana Blvd. Turn right onto P. Campa Street, then cross Quezon Blvd turning left but turn right immediatelay towards Fugoso Street. Go straight ahead passing through LRT Line 1 and then turn left on Tomas Mapua Street. Continuosly drive until you cross Recto Avenue passing through LRT Line 2. Finally, turn right onto Soler Street.

    Drive straight ahead up to Reina Regente staying to the left and then cross Reina Regente but turn left to avoid the opposite Soler one way street and then immediately turn right onto Felipe Street towards 999 Shopping Mall. Turn right onto the basement parking.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    To get back home take Soler Street upon exit. Cross Reina Regente, turn left to Benavidez Street and then right turn to Recto Avenue. Go straight ahead up to Morayta passing through LRT Line 1. Turn left to Morayta and finally right turn to Espana.

    Route #4

    From Ermita Area - Whether you're coming from Taft Avenue or M.H. del Pilar or Roxas Blvd, the best route is to take Lawton staying to the left on P. Burgos Street and crossing Pasig River through Jones Bridge then continue driving on Quintin Paredes Street up to Reina Regente. Stay to the left on Reina Regente then turn left on Felipe Street.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    To get back home, turn right onto Soler upon exit, then turn right onto Reina Regente, then take Juan Luna Street, turn left on San Vicente then turn left onto Jones Bridge.

    Route #5

    From Quiapo - Take Evangelista Street turn left on Soler Street passing through LRT Line 1. Go straight up to Reina Regente staying to the left and turn left on Reina Regente but immediately turn right onto Felipe Street to get to 999 Shoppine Mall Parking Entrance.

    Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

    To get back home, take Soler Street upon exit staying to the left of Soler then turn left ont Benavidez then turn right onto Recto Avenue. Go straight ahead up to Quezon Avenue passing throught LRT Line 1 staying to the right. Turn right onto Quezon Avenue to get to Quiapo.

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    BY TRAIN:






    LRT Line 1 South Bound - Get off Abad Santos Station. Take jeepney to Divisoria on Abad Santos Avenue, get off at Recto, walk up to Soler, turn right on Soler to get to 999 Mall

    LRT Line 1 North Bound - Get off Abad Santos Station. Take jeepney to Divisoria on Abad Santos Avenue, get off at Recto, walk up to Soler Street, turn right on Soler to get to 999 Mall.

    LRT Line 2 Marikina to Recto - After alighting from the train on Recto Station, take jeepney bound to Divisoria, get off at Abad Santos Avenue, walk up to Soler Street, turn right on Soler to get to 999 Mall.

    Note: It is not advisable for LRT 1 passengers to use Doroteo Jose Station as their first stop on the way to 999 Mall especially during Holiday Season. Traffic along Recto Avenue during this season is heavy, you might stuck up for long hours before you reach Abad Santos Avenue. So the best route is from Jose Abad Santos Avenue Station.

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    BY JEEPNEY:


    Divisoria bound jeepneys from Baclaran ply the route 24/7. Once already in Recto, you can just walk to get to the massive 999 Shopping Mall or you can always take pedi cab available anywhere in the area.

    Divisoria bound jeepneys from Monumento and Navotas ply the route daily via Abad Santos Avenue. Once in Recto, just walk your way to 999 Shopping Mall, it's very near to the corner of Recto and Jose Abad Santos Avenue, just turn right on Soler Street.

    Divisoria bound jeepneys from Marikina, Cubao and Sta Mesa Area, ply the route 24/7 via Aurora Avenue via Magsaysay Blvd. Once near Abad Santos, you can walk your way to 999 Shopping Mall or take one of many pedi cabs in the area.

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    Traffic in the Area


    For route #1, traffic along Jose Abad Santos is moderate. Bottelneck builds upon approaching the intersection of Jose Abad Santos and Recto Avenue, but still manageable. This is the less congested road among the five routes given here. However, because of holiday season, always expect the worse in terms of traffic. It is advisable to plan your Christmas Shopping early in the morning especially now that 999 Shopping Mall opens at 7:30 am.

    For route #2, this is the most simple route but the most congested, too. Because of the Christmas Season, bottleneck builds up already right after crossing Tomas Mapua, and it's still a long way to go before you reach Masangkay Street. Remember, Recto Avenue is the major road for passenger jeepneys coming to Divisoria from Marikina, Cubao, Sta Mesa, Pasig and even Quiapo. So if you can get around the area, you might want to take route #3 by turning right onto Oroquieta Street. Oroquieta Street is the street before Avenida and it is where Philippine Rabbit buses from province pass through to get to their terminal. On Oroquieta Street, just go straight ahead then turn left on Fugoso Street and follow route #3 direction. Warning: there's no left turn on Tomas Mapua Street from Recto Avenue. Avoid the inconvenience brought by MMDA Traffic Enforcer's apprehension. Drive smart.

    For route #3, you might be discourage on turning right to Soler but don't worry. The bottleneck you might encounter is momentarily. The traffic is caused by vehicles turning right onto the next street of San Bernardo. After San Bernardo Street, traffic is manageable up to Reina Regente. Nevertheless, because of the holiday season, there are some delay in traffic movement but MMDA Traffic Enforcers are there to manage the traffic so don't be agitated when you stop from time to time. I saw how they manage the traffic and it was excellent. After 10 minute wait, you will be driving along Soler without stopping up to Reina Regente. To avoid traffic, all along, plan your Christmas Shopping ahead of time and schedule it early in the morning. 999 Shopping Mall opens 7:30 am and closes 7:30 pm daily.

    For route #4, bottleneck builds up heavily on Reina Regente upon approaching Felipe Street. Because of holiday season. please expect worse traffic situation even before you reach Reina Regente. To make sure you arrive without encountering so much traffic, plan your Christmas Shopping early in the morning. 999 Shopping Mall opens 7:30 am.

    For route #5, Evangelista Street is teeming with lots of people and sidewalk vendors, and many car drivers park their vehicles along Evangelista to buy some items. So, expect slow movement. Traffic along Soler Street is in Traffic For route #3. To avoid traffic, always plan your Christmas Shopping early in the morning. 999 Shopping Mall opens 7:30 am.


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