It isn’t every day that you come across a one-stop haven for all the things you like, let alone a mall with everything you need. Yet, in the middle of the Bonifacio Global City sits a mall so special, we have to say its name twice: Market! Market!

Since opening in September 2004, Market! Market! continues to redefine the metro’s shopping landscape. It has a little bit of everything for just about everyone. Located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, it has all the essentials, including National Book Store, Mercury Drug, Kodak and Ace Hardware. Medical needs are taken care of in the medical clinics in the mall, such as Health way and Dental City, while the various beauty salons, spas, and skin care centers like Dermstrata, Bench Fix, and California Nails and Day Spa ensure you’ll always look your best for any occasion. Banks, optical shops, music stores, and Internet cafes are also located in the mall.

A FIESTA INSIDE A MARKET

At Market! Market!, you can fulfill your marketing and shopping needs all under one roof. With a wide selection of succulent fruits, garden-fresh vegetables, meat, seafood, rice, and other wet market staples, shopping at Fiesta Market is, indeed, a fiesta. Regional carts and kiosks around Fiesta Market let you experience the turones de casoy of Pampanga, the dried crispy shrimp native to Aklan, the biscocho and butterscotch bars of Bacolod, the strawberry treats of the summer capital Baguio; and the spicy dishes of beautiful Bicol, among others.

ONE BIG GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE

While indulging oneself in the great food finds at the regional carts, the traditional Filipino fiesta experience isn’t complete without damps-style dining. A wide selection of food booths offers delectable dishes, from inihaw to sinigang to other classic Filipino favorites. The appetizing smell of barbeque from Ineng’s or the talaba from Marina Seafood is enough to make mouths water.

BARGAIN HUNTER’S PARADISE

Inside, Market! Market! is a shoppers’ haven and a bargain-hunter’s paradise. The clothes boutiques range from local to imported brands that women and men will love, while sports outlet stores offer great discounts on popular athletic brands to cater to every sports enthusiast’s needs. Kids will enjoy shopping in stores like Kids of Bayo, Anne Juleth and Orange Juice.

Priceline shopping in Market! Market! is also one of its top attractions, with stores that sell different items for only one price. As the name suggests, Vente sells different items from caps to bags for only P20! My Dollar Store and Japan Home Center offer items at one dollar and P88, respectively.

The Home Market at the third level carries an eclectic collection of furniture and home accents, including native and antique furniture at affordable prices. Visit Funktionell at the third level, or find pretty home accents at stores such as Natural Art and Abubot.

The Gift Market at the ground floor is a treasure trove of trinkets, complete with a wide array of items that suits all occasions. Party favors and cool bric-a-bracs make gift shopping a breeze. A diverse collection of pearls and semi-precious stones is available at the Pearl Market section. Fashionistas, meanwhile, will surely have a day at the Fashion Market, located at the second level.

GREAT FINDS AT METRO SUPERMARKET AND DEPARTMENT STORE

The Metro Department Store carries an extensive collection of apparel, shoes, accessories and special items — men’s, women’s, teens/children’s and home. The barong collection in the men’s department and the petite section in the women’s department are certainly worth a visit. Mothers will also have a blast shopping for their little ones’ clothes, character apparel and infant wear. The home department carries cookware, fabrics, linen and bath; plus a special section for appliances, sports equipment, power tools, car accessories, gardening tools, pet care and furniture. Unique to Metro is the wonderful selection of handicrafts and furniture from Cebu. A trip to the Metro Supermarket guarantees that you won’t want hi shop anywhere else. Metro Supermarket contains all the essential grocery needs plus a few surprises. A special “great deals” corner features cool finds at bargain prices. Hard-to-find ingredients and attractive imported products are staples in their shelve.

GIFT-BUYING MADE EASY

The new wing on the ground floor is where the fun’s at, with new shops that cater to kids, teens and adults. The Gift Factory and Blue Magic offer a wide array of stuffed toys and colorful gadgets. It’s Cool ha s a selection of cute school supplies and appealing knickknacks. Stand out from the crowd with custom-made shirts at the T-Shirt Project and then complete the day with an afternoon of fun and games at Timezone.

Truly, the fun is in the finds at this gem of a mall and market inside Bonifacio Global City.

Source: Ayala Land Inc. Article Listing

You think life is pretty good? Well, it just got better.

It’s a problem that most people would rather have. Can’t decide between a pair of Havaianas or Crocs? Or a pair of shades from G-Force Oakley or Rudy Project? Confused about choosing from a wide selection of the finest restaurants like Abe, Duo, Portico, or Mini Shabu-Shabu? In a dilemma where to have coffee with Bo’s, Figaro, Starbucks, Seattle’s Best and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the same area? Or in a quandary about which shop or dining establishment to splurge on any given day?

Just like the exciting panoramic canvas of popular Ayala Malls like Greenbelt 3 and Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street is a kilometer-long boulevard of green landscapes that encompasses Serendra and 3rd Avenue with interesting and well-known stores, various interactive artworks in the center, plush offices and residences on its upper floors.

A unique novel concept, shopping and dining at the never overcrowded Bonifacio High Street is a one-of-a-kind experience that’s comparable to a leisurely stroll in equally trendy places like Soho in New York, Lincoln Road in Miami, Santana Row in San Jose, Third Street Promenade in Sta. Monica, Rodeo Drive and The Grove in Los Angeles.

The 36-hectare big Bonifacio High Street is also distinguished by its own retro architecture, spacious walkways and stunningly beautiful sculptures created by acclaimed Filipino artists Reg Yuson, Conrado Velasco and Ronald Achacoso.

Of course, it’s the establishments that define a shopping center and with over 150 merchants offering a wide range of concepts and brands spread across the length of almost a kilometer, BHS certainly does not disappoint in terms of diversity, overall value and cutting edge appeal. These 150 stores are from Serendra side all the way down to Bonifacio High Street.

Aside from those already mentioned above, there’s David and Goliath,an interesting store for children and infants from 3 months-5 years old that offers shirts with humorous prints and texts. There’s Maxiworks, a hobby, gifts, and toy store that offers educational toys and infant developmental toys. And then there’s Mizuno, the first stand-alone store of this Japanese brand of serious sports gear for serious sports like golf and badminton.

The bestsellers are of course, the main reason why Bonifacio High Street remains frequented by its growing number of regular patrons. Krispy Kreme is one of them. The loyal following of this joint is one big reason why it has already sold more than 40,000 doughnuts since it opened late last year.

Another is Crumpler, the hip Australian brand of backpacks and other quirky bags is also one of BHS’s top draws along with the very first on-ground store of Crocs and the biggest store of All Flip-Flops worldwide. All Flip-Flops is where Havaianas are exclusively sold. Springfield and Ecco are likewise BHS favorites, with its equally wonderful collection of fashion for both men and women.

As for the ever reliable staples, you can count on names like Adidas, Nike, The Spa, Dimensione, Fully Booked, Hobbes and Landes, The Picture Company and Timezone to deliver when it matters.

If it’s wellness you’re looking for, wellness is what BHS offers you with stores like Lush, Fruits and Passion, The Natural Source and Face Shop. All stores provide enhancements for natural beauty.

Other establishments worth mentioning include 2nd level mainstays like the Makati Eye Laser Center clinic that offers services such as lasik, epi-lasik, lasik for presbyopia, conductive keratoplasty, multi-focal implants, cataract surgery and general eye care. And then there’s also Intergrow Children’s Activity Center learning center that offers different services such as Kumon Math & Reading, Preparatory Class and summer courses such as Art Workshop, Fun with Mr. Sun and Read & Write On.

Outside of its establishments and appealing aesthetics, Bonifacio High Street is fast becoming its area’s best kept secret because of its strategic location which is just about accessible to most, if not all parts of Metro Manila. Linked directly to the major thoroughfares of EDSA and the C-5 highway, it can also be reached by upscale residents from Quezon City, Makati as well as the Ortigas business districts. Likewise, its proximity to the South Luzon Expressway makes it within reach for those who live in Parañaque, Muntinlupa and other communities on the southern corridor.

At Bonifacio High Street (BHS), people who are willing to have the good things in life wouldn’t be disappointed with the fine selection of shops and restaurants offered by the recently-opened chic and innovative shopping center located at Bonifacio Global City, just a pebble’s throw away from The Fort and Market! Market!

While the stores are pretty much the stars of the place, not to be overlooked is its interactive park where shoppers, diners and just plain promenaders can simply chill out with nature or enjoy some of life’s almost forgotten pleasures, like kite flying. sessions that appeal to both the young and the young at heart.

And of course, events held at BHS are worthy of being called events, be it a jazz fest or bands or face painting and henna tattoo.

So you think life is already good? Well, it just got better with Bonifacio High Street. It’s modern living at its innovative best.

Source: Ayala Land Inc. Article Listing

Mariano Ching is a painter, illustrator, photographer and printmaker. He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Fine Arts major in Painting. He is a member of the Surrounded by Water group, which ran the Surrounded by Water Galleries from the late ’90s up to its closure around 2004.

His works have been exhibited in the Philippines , France , Singapore , Malaysia , Thailand and the United States , and belong in prestigious art collections including that of the Singapore Art Museum.

Ching recently received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award. His rubbercut limited-edition prints are on view at 1/of Gallery, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City , Taguig. The exhibit is in cooperation with UFO Gallery. Call 9013152.

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Ching was also a Monbusho research scholar from 2002-2004. He studied printmaking, specializing in Japanese woodblock prints, at the Kyoto City University of Fine Arts. He has won the Philippine Board on Books for Young People prize twice for his illustrations for the storybooks “Bakit Matagal ang Sundo Ko” and “May Alaga Akong Puno.”

Source: Ayala Land Inc. Article Listing

One Serendra Simply Sleek

August 18, 2008

It is a common perception that living in a condominium unit involves sacrifice: one buys into the idea of city living for the price of boxed and cramped spaces within an unimaginatively designed building. Thus, it is almost next to impossible to find a condo unit that not only provides the luxury of space but also a breath of creative design.

However, one only need visit the showroom of Ayala Land Premier’s innovative development. One Serendra, to find proof that that these elements can successfully applied to condo living. One Serendra’s new special three-bedroom model unit, for example, is a study in how a fusion of design ideas can not only expand space but create a unified style mat is both simply yet elegant. The concept of the model unit’s interior design is dubbed “International Chic,” featuring simple lines and sleek textures that elevate the style factor of the space.

The melange of design elements derived from unique and dynamic Italian furnishings to wide Shoji-style door panels – also work seamlessly to create a condo unit that truly epitomizes the best of global living. Entering the unit, one will immediately be impressed with The generous space that greets visitors in the foyer, seemingly magnified by the floor-to-ceiling mirror that dominates one wall Another wall is made of glass sheets stacked together, an ingenious treatment that also provides subtle lighting when the powder room beyond it is occupied.

Each of the three bedrooms features different looks while all still adhering to the international chic concept. The master bedroom, for instance, is done in leather and wood: the huge bed is dominated by a black leather headrest, with the impact softened by a fur shag coverlet. Floor lamps and a divan accentuate the space and an entranceway leads to the ultra-spacious walk-in closet and master hath. While the design elements and color scheme may be masculine, the master bedroom nevertheless emanates a sexy aura that will appeal to the lady of the house.

From the master bedroom, one can see the second bedroom through an open wall that doubles as shelf space. This second bedroom is interpreted as a study or office, but can also be transformed into a quietly elegant guest room. The third bedroom, on the other hand, features a more feminine touch, as seen in its soft green hues. Unit owners can truly revel in the spacious living area. The neutral palette provided by the medium-toned wood of the walls and sofa makes a perfect background for the punch of color from the crimson side chains. A wall panel can be slid open to reveal an entertainment center for a flat screen TV and extra shelf space. Choice accents like bronze sculptures of graceful female figures by emerging local artist Ferdie Cacnio enhance the richly elegant feel of the space.

The kitchen is likewise designed to have gracious space and well-pondered layouts to enhance the experience of gourmet cooking and frequent entertaining. Cleverly designed shelving makes preparing for dinner parties easy and enjoyable. Apart from functional design, it also has a pleasing aesthetic: another mirror wall enlarges the space, and complements the glass shelves that hold an impressive wine collection.

The most distinctive element of the unit, however, is the lanai which opens up from the living room. Shoji-style panels open to reveal a spacious lanai balcony, where one can relax in the soft divan and enjoy the view of the greenery and listen to the soothing sounds from the glass waterfall feature. The lanai indeed is a statement of gracious living that is difficult to find within the city.

This new model unit truly reflects the spaciousness and sophistication that has become synonymous with One Serendra. A revolutionary garden residential condominium project in Bonifacio Global City ,

One Serendra offers unparalleled suburban living in the city, as it offers the luxury of space, lush gardens, and the convenience of hotel-like amenities. One Serendra is a landmark development of Ayala Land Premier, the property developer of choice with an unparalleled track record in creating the most prime addresses and delivering the highest quality projects. Together with its superior customer care and property management, Ayala Land Premier ensures that its residents enjoy distinctive living while their property maintains value over time.

Source: Ayala Land Inc. Article Listing