NOVEMBER 27, 2019

Meet me by the bay

BY CHICA VILLARTA
ILLUSTRATION BY ANNIX SARMIENTO

Five reasons why Ayala Malls Manila Bay has made mall-going more exciting.

Ayala Malls Manila Bay is the biggest Ayala Mall to date, and while some might revel in getting lost inside this behemoth of a mall, we figured you might want a little guidance.

The mall has been officially open since October, and while some stores have yet to open their doors, here we drummed up five easy reasons why you should visit, and come back all over again.

Consider this list as a teaser of sorts—our way to get you excited for what’s to come. Ayala Malls Manila Bay has a lot more tricks hidden under its sleeve, and as they develop, you’ll be sure to hear it from us.

1. It’s home to the biggest Timezone in the Philippines.

No one really fully outgrows Timezone—arcade gaming has become every Filipino mall goer’s go-to pastime, and any age group simply finds ways to go back to this neon-lighted haven. 

At 2,000 square meters wide, the Timezone in Ayala Malls Manila Bay is the country’s biggest Timezone yet–and the experience doesn’t stop at a round of shooting hoops or a game of whack-a-mole. 

Timezone Manila Bay contains a virtual reality zone, four bowling lanes, slides and sandboxes for kids, and an estimate of about one hundred games sprawled across the area. 

Visit Timezone at the 3rd floor of Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

2. The Naturale Market makes environmental consciousness more mainstream.

As the truly eco-conscious cross their fingers in hopes that the pro-environment trend isn’t just a passing fad, stores like The Naturale Market make everyone’s advocacy for sustainability, well, more sustainable. 

From fair trade garments by Anthill Fabric, cruelty-free hygiene products from White Room Soapworks, to all natural nut butters from Rose’s Kitchen, there’s a product that will surely whip your consumerist tendencies towards a more earth-loving direction.

Visit The Naturale Market at Filipino Village, located on the 2nd floor of Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

3. Our favorite pancakes from Hong Kong are finally in Manila.

AM/PM, the jiggly soufflé pancakes that took Hong Kong by storm opened their first international franchise right at Ayala Malls Manila Bay. 

Like most international players, AM/PM has its own set of localized items exclusive in Manila.

The ube soufflé pancakes come with a generous slather of gooey purple yam, with vanilla ice cream on the side, while the coconut milk cloud smoothie comes in a naked buko shell.

Visit AM/PM at the 2nd floor of Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

4. Signature streetwear shopping has never been easier.

Popcorn General Store, the multinational streetwear collective opened its Philippine flagship store in Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

The store carries cult brands such as Supreme, Fxxking Rabbits, FDMTL and Chinatown Market.

Aside from the hottest in street fashion, Popcorn General Store carries related merchandise and dried goods.

Limited edition collabs can be found here too, such as ones by Japanese clothing label White Mountaineering and adventure gear brand Eastpak.

Visit Popcorn General Store at the 2nd floor of Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

5. There’s a cinema big enough for you, your friends, and your last-minute plans.

It’s now rare to find a cinema that isn’t fully booked on the day big-ticket movies hit the box office, but you might just get a better shot with the Ayala Malls Manila Bay’s Giant Screen cinema.

The theatre boasts a whopping 427 seats, and—you guessed it—a gargantuan screen for viewing pleasure from all angles.

There are nine other movie theatres available, too, including myCinema—a private theatre for special functions and corporate events.

Visit Timezone at the 4th floor of Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

Ayala Malls Manila Bay is located at Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard cor. Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City.

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