11 Feb 2011

How To Get To Harrison Plaza

  • 11 Feb 2011
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  • Harrison Plaza is the oldest shopping mall in the Philippines. It opened to the public in 1976 and underwent major reconstruction in the early 1980's. When it reopened, two major department stores added more prestige to its unique status. SM Department Stores and Rustan's completed the 75,000 square meters of retails, dining and entertainment hub that was considered as one of the major destinations during that period. Cinemas, activity area, and a spacious lobby like of a hotel's teemed with both aristocratic and general masses were the major crowd drawer. There were bars outside and arcades inside. We can say that it's the place to be seen during those days.

    Harrison Plaza Shopping Mall of today has changed. For the better, and to get attuned with the needs of the spending market. The grandeur lobby much like of a big hotel was gone. Not quite literally, though. The entire floor used to be an indoor promenade is now being occupied by various stalls of small entrepreneurs who lease commercial spaces so that the generation of today can have access to many choices of products, most of them are not yet invented when this mall was erected - cellphones, ipods, DVDs, PSPs, e-book readers, laptops and IPADs. We can say that HP has aged gracefully. It becomes more popular today because of its transformation.

    Everything you need, under one roof at affordable prices. This is what Harrison Plaza Shopping Mall today. SM Department Stores got a new interior look, Rustan's has to give way for Shop Wise and the most hippiest supermarket has just opened. SM Hypermart now occupies an annex building of Harrison Plaza Shopping Mall Complex to give more choices and comfort to the buying public. Cinemas were gone. A theater called super cinema is now being occupied by a religious group called Victory Christian Fellowship. Fast food and restaurants grew in numbers as more establishments opened.

    Harrison Plaza
    Harrison Plaza is located at the southern tip of Manila near boundary of Pasay. It borders to the west by Mabini Street and Central Bank of the Philippines, to east by M. Adriatico Street and Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, to the north by Manila Zoo and to the south by Pablo Ocampo Street formerly Vito Cruz and Century Park Hotel.

    As some users ask, this is "how to go to Harrizon Plaza". This is how to commute to get down there.

    If you live way too far in Metro Manila like Marikina, Pasig, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Balintawak, Novaliches, Bagong Barrio, Project 7 and Project 8, here's the best and fastest way to commute to Harrison Plaza.

    Ride an MRT or LRT train. First you need to get to the nearest station of MRT or LRT.

    Route #1

    From Marikina and Santolan Pasig, get to Santolan Station or Katipunan Station of LRT-2.

    Route #2

    From Pasig Kapitolyo or Mangghan and nearby areas you can get to Shaw Station of MRT-3

    Route #3

    From Libis, Cubao, Araneta Center, Project 4, Sta Mesa, San Juan, SM Centerpoint, V. Mapa, Kalentong and nearby areas. Ride a jeep, bus or tricycle to a nearest station of LRT-2, the Purple Line.

    Route #4

    From Munoz, Congressional, Roosevelt, Project 7, Project 8, Balintawak, Bagong Barrio, Novaliches, Bulacan, Pampanga and nearby areas. Ride any public transportation and go to the nearest station of LRT-1, the Yellow Line. The nearest stations are Balintawak Station and Roosevelt Station.

    Route #5

    From Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela and nearby areas. Ride any jeep, bus, tricycle or taxi and go to the nearest station of LRT-1 like Monumento Station or 5th Avenue Station.

    Route #6

    From Project 2-3, Project 6, Trinoma, SM City North Edsa, West, Timog, Centris Walk, Veterans Village, Philcoa, U.P. Diliman, East Avenue and nearby areas. Go to the nearest MRT Station, the Blue Line. Depends on your location, you can go to any of the following: North Avenue Station, Quezon Avenue Station or GMA Kamuning Station.

    Route #7

    From Antipolo, Ortigas, Ever Gotesco Ortigas, Tiendesitas and nearby areas. Go to Ortigas Station of MRT-3. Ride a bus or jeep bound to Quiapo or Greenhills, get off at EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, then walk towards Ortigas Station of MRT-3

    Route #8

    From Mandaluyong, EDSA-Shaw, Gabby's, EDSA-Pioneer, Boni, Libertad-Mandaluyong and nearby areas. Go to the nearest MRT-3 Station: Shaw Station or Boni Station.

    Route #9

    From Guadalupe, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Rockwell Power Plant Mall. Go to MRT Guadalupe Station.

    Details

    Ride a south bound train. MRT-3 commuters must ride train going to Taft and get off at Taft Station. LRT-2 commuters must ride train going to Recto and get off at Recto Station. LRT-1 commuters must ride train going to Baclaran Station and get off at Quirino Avenue Station or Vito Cruz Station.

    LRT-2 passengers. From Recto Station walk your way towartd Doroteo Station of LRT-1 via the crossway or footbridge that connects LRT-1 to LRT-2. Ride a south bound LRT-1 train or train going to Baclaran. Get off at Quirino Avenue Station or Vito Cruz Station.

    MRT-3 passengers. From Taft Station walk towards EDSA Station of LRT-1 via crossway or footbridge that links MRT to LRT. Ride a north bound train or train going to Monumento or Roosevelt at EDSA Station. Get off at Quirino Station or Vito Cruz Station.

    The difference of Vito Cruz and Quirino Avenue stations with regards to going to Harrison Plaza is the distance it takes you need to walk to get to the entrance of Harrison Plaza.

    If you take Vito Cruz route, you need to walk around 174 meters from LRT Station up to the terminal of CCP shuttles that pass by Harrison Street where you still need to walk around 230 meters to get to an entrance of Harrison Plaza. You can hire a pedicab that will take you to the main entrance of Harrison Plaza along Adriatico Street but these pedicabs charge more, about three times the regular fare.

    On the other hand, if you take the route of Quirino Avenue, you just need to ride a jeepney that passes through LRT-1 Quirino Avenue Station and get off at the exact location of Harrison Plaza entrance. For me, the most practical way to get to Harrison Plaza is via LRT-1 Quirino Avenue Station.

    Nevertheless, here's how to get to Harrison Plaza from both stations of LRT.

    From LRT-1 Vito Cruz Station, the Yellow Line, walk southward towards Pablo Ocampo Street formerly Vito Cruz. Turn right onto Pablo Ocampo and walk towards the terminal of CCP Complex shuttles. These are colored orange jeepney version of public transportation that ply the route of CCP Complex. Ride one of these shuttles and ask driver to drop you off at Harrison Street. At the corner of Pablo Ocampo formerly Vito Cruz where you get off, that intersection is Harrison Street to the left and Mabini to the right but most people including drivers don't know that. They still refer to that street as Harrison Street. You can't blame them because Harrison Plaza is located there. Now walk from that corner along Mabini Street until you see Harrison Plaza. You can also get off in front of Mang Inasal Restaurant and walk towards parking area of Harrison Plaza. There you will see the entrance of Harrison Plaza.

    From LRT-1 Quirino Avenue Station, ride a jeepney with "Harrison Dakota Vito Cruz" sign. They take San Andres Street to get to Harrison Plaza via Adriatico Street. If you're from north or Monumento, you can ride right at the foot of the elevated Quirino Station. If you're riding a train from Baclaran Terminal, you need to walk across Taft Avenue. These jeepneys come from Quiapo and Cubao. Their destination is Harrison Plaza but they go all the way to Vito Cruz to get back to Cubao. Some of them parks at their terminal in front of Harrison Plaza along Adriatico. Either way, just get off when you see Harrison Plaza signage. Harrison Plaza main entrance is located next to SM Hypermart.

    Route #10

    From Baclaran, you can go to Harrison Plaza by only one jeepney ride. There's a lot of jeepneys going to Quiapo, Monumento, Divisoria, etc. They're all pass by Harrison Plaza. Ride one of these jeepneys and ask driver to drop you off at Harrison Plaza.


    Driving Directions to Harrison Plaza Shopping Mall from Different Parts of Metro Manila:

    Route #1

    From Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela. This include Monumento, Tondo, Recto, Divisoria, Binondo, Sta Cruz. Take Rizal Avenue then turn right onto Jose Abad Santos Avenue. Drive all the way and cross C.M. Recto Avenue. Once you cross C.M. Recto Avenue, road name changes to Reina Regente. Stay to the middle of Reina Regente until you reach Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz. Go with the flow of the traffic of Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz by turning right a little bit and immediately turn left on Juan Luna. Follow the route of public jeepneys until you get to Lawton, crossing Pasig River via Jones Bridge. You're now driving on Padre Burgos Street. Upon approach to the first intersection with traffic lights after Lawton, you must be driving to the right lane of Padre Burgos to avoid getting onto the Lagusnilad Underpass. Stay on Padre Burgos and turn left on Roxas Boulevard.

    Drive all the way on Roxas Boulevard. Cross intersections of U.N. Avenue, Pedro Gil and Quirino Avenue. Turn right onto CCP Complex. Make a U-Turn to get back towards Roxas Boulevard. Cross Roxas Boulevard. Next intersection is Harrison Street to the right and Mabini to the left. Cross that intersection. You will see KFC and Mang Inasal to your left. Next to them is a service road that serves as driveway to the parking of Harrison Plaza. Turn left on that road towards Harrison Plaza parking lot. You must turn right onto the street that borders the parking lot because it's one way traffic counter clockwise around the parking lot. Turn left on SM to park your car.

    Route #2

    From Bulacan, Pampanga, Novaliches, Balintawak, Bagong Barrio and nearby areas. Take NLEX and Quirino Highway onto A. Bonifacio Avenue. From A. Bonifacio get to Quezon Boulevard. Take Quezon Boulevard all the way to Lawton, passing through Quezon Boulevard underpass and Quezon Bridge. Road name changes to Padre Burgos Street and the road bends to the left. Upon approach to the first intersection with traffic lights after Lawton, you must be driving to the right lane of Padre Burgos to avoid getting onto the Lagusnilad Underpass. Stay on Padre Burgos and turn left on Roxas Boulevard.

    Drive all the way on Roxas Boulevard. Cross intersections of U.N. Avenue, Pedro Gil and Quirino Avenue. Turn right onto CCP Complex. Make a U-Turn to get back towards Roxas Boulevard. Cross Roxas Boulevard. Next intersection is Harrison Street to the right and Mabini to the left. Cross that intersection. You will see KFC and Mang Inasal to your left. Next to them is a service road that serves as driveway to the parking of Harrison Plaza. Turn left on that road towards Harrison Plaza parking lot. You must turn right onto the street that borders the parking lot because it's one way traffic counter clockwise around the parking lot. Turn left on SM to park your car.

    Route #3

    From Munoz, Roosevelt, Congressional, Project 7 and 8, SFDM and other nearby areas. Take Del Monte Avenue and head to A. Bonifacio Avenue then follow route #2 or you can take Roosevelt Avenue up to Quezon Avenue. Turn right onto Quezon Avenue and drive all the way to Quiapo and Lawton, passing through Quezon Boulevard underpass and Quezon Bridge. Road name changes to Padre Burgos Street and the road bends to the left. Upon approach to the first intersection with traffic lights after Lawton, you must be driving to the right lane of Padre Burgos to avoid getting onto the Lagusnilad Underpass. Stay on Padre Burgos and turn left on Roxas Boulevard.

    Drive all the way on Roxas Boulevard. Cross intersections of U.N. Avenue, Pedro Gil and Quirino Avenue. Turn right onto CCP Complex. Make a U-Turn to get back towards Roxas Boulevard. Cross Roxas Boulevard. Next intersection is Harrison Street to the right and Mabini to the left. Cross that intersection. You will see KFC and Mang Inasal to your left. Next to them is a service road that serves as driveway to the parking of Harrison Plaza. Turn left on that road towards Harrison Plaza parking lot. You must turn right onto the street that borders the parking lot because it's one way traffic counter clockwise around the parking lot. Turn left on SM to park your car.

    Route #4

    From Alabang, Muntinlupa, Pacita, Sucat, Metropolis Starmall and other nearby areas as well as southern Tagalog provinces of Laguna, Batangas and Quezon. Take the Skyway or President Osmena Highway also known as South Luzon Expressway all the way to Makati. Turn left on Gil Puyat Avenue. Drive all the way to Pasay, crossing intersections of Filmore, Dian, Bautista, Marconi and Dominga Street. Pass through elevated Gil Puyat Station of LRT-1. Cross intersections of Leveriza and Harrison Street, then turn right onto Roxas Boulevard. Roxas Boulevard is the road with flyover. Stay on Roxas Boulevard and turn right onto Pablo Ocampo Street formerly Vito Cruz which is opposite CCP Complex. In Pablo Ocampo Street, next intersection is Harrison Street to the right and Mabini to the left. Cross that intersection. You will see KFC and Mang Inasal to your left. Next to them is a service road that serves as driveway to the parking of Harrison Plaza. Turn left on that road towards Harrison Plaza parking lot. You must turn right onto the street that borders the parking lot because it's one way traffic counter clockwise around the parking lot. Turn left on SM to park your car.

    Route #5

    Route #5

    From Cavite, Tagaytay, Bacoor, Imus, and nearby areas. This is also an alternative route from Alabang, Paranaque, South Mall, Paranaque, Filinvest City, Sucat and other areas to the south of Metro Manila. Take Emilio Aguinaldo Highway or Alabang-Zapote Road and head toward the Coastal Road also known as Manila-Cavite Expressway or Aguinaldo Boulevard. Take Coastal road and drive all the way without any turns. Road name changes to Roxas Boulevard after crossing NAIA Road. Stay on Roxas Boulevard. Pass through EDSA-Roxas Boulevard flyover and Gil Puyat-Roxas Boulevard flyover. Turn right onto Pablo Ocampo Street formerly Vito Cruz which is opposite CCP Complex. In Pablo Ocampo Street, next intersection is Harrison Street to the right and Mabini to the left. Cross that intersection. You will see KFC and Mang Inasal to your left. Next to them is a service road that serves as driveway to the parking of Harrison Plaza. Turn left on that road towards Harrison Plaza parking lot. You must turn right onto the street that borders the parking lot because it's one way traffic counter clockwise around the parking lot. Turn left on SM to park your car.


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