For a lot of people up “North” — Quezon City, Manila, Mandaluyong — Alabang isn’t a top-of-mind destination. It’s too far, too difficult to get to, and would take too much work.
But what most “northeners” don’t realize is that there’s quite a lot to experience and enjoy in Alabang. Here are 10 things to do in Alabang if ever you find yourself there in the future!
Sometimes, circumstances prevent you from bringing things with you when you travel. If for some reason you’ve had to leave your bike behind and you’re itching to get on one again, you can easily rent one at Filinvest in Alabang. Just make your way to Parkway Street and walk a little bit past Asean Drive to find a row of bikes for you to rent.
If you’ve longed to go back to the board games you played as a kid, Puzzles: Board Game Lounge should be a definite stop in your Alabang itinerary. Puzzles is definitely serious about board games — they have more than 350 of them at the lounge!
Aside from games, Puzzles also has a menu that includes rice bowls, appetizers, and drinks. Especially nice to munch on while playing are their Buffalo Chicken Tenders, Puzzles Nachos, and Oreo Afraid of the Dark?
Biking is a great activity to do, but there aren’t a lot of places in the metro where you can do this without having to contend with pollution or less-than-generous motorists. At the Filinvest MTB Trail, you get to challenge you and your bike’s endurance without having to worry about Metro Manila traffic. There’s a single track, there’s uphill and downhill bike trails, and you’re surrounded by rustling leaves and the rays of the sun.
Filipinos of a certain age clearly remember Mazinger Z, Voltes V, Diamos, and the other giant robots of their childhood. If you’re yearning to revisit those times, have some Japanese food at Mr. Roboto. The interior is Japanese robot-themed and the music is from the 80s. As for the food, not only are the dishes Instagram-friendly, they’re sizable and addictive as well.
If you haven’t heard about them yet, Poké bowls consists of rice or salad topped with deboned fish, fruits, vegetables and sauces. It’s a craze that began in Hawai’i and has made its way here, courtesy of D.I.Y. Poké in Alabang. It’s the first of its kind in the Philippines, and has a selection of sashimis, dressings, and fresh fruits and vegetables for you to choose from.
Are you the kind of traveler who doesn’t miss a Mass if it can be helped? You can keep up with your devotion at Alabang’s St. James the Great Church, located inside Ayala Alabang Village. St. James is particularly known for its great interiors. Its stained glass windows and beautiful retablo are a great visual complement to your prayers and reflection.
With its bike rentals and challenging trails, it’s no wonder that a store like Decathlon has its first branch in Alabang. Offering brands like Quechua, Oxelo, Kalenji, Domyos, Nabaiji, Artengo, Kipsta, B’Twin, Inesis, Tribord, and more, Decathlon is where you head if you’re looking for athletic apparel at great prices.
The babies of Martial Law are now today’s adults, and a lot of the landmarks of their childhood may not even exist anymore. But the Festival Supermall Carousel is something that has withstood changing times and styles. It’s still one of Festival Supermall’s top attractions, and is a testament to times gone by.
Need to get out some aggression but not the athletic type? Head on over to Red Kitchen+Bar and join their open mic Rockeoke Fridays. You can reserve a seat, but walk-ins are definitely welcome. You’re not doing it on your own either, as bands like The Johnnys and Serendipity VIII are also featured.
Everybody’s going the natural route these days, and Real Food in Alabang is a perfect store to get into the lifestyle. Salad kits, fermented vegetables, and crunchy cacao organic nibs are just some of the things they sell, so if you’re looking for something that’s both nutritious and delicious, this is the place to go.
Pissed off and need an outlet? This is THE go-to spot for when someone needs to let go and to de-stress.