• Special Feature

    An SM Mall Story (As Told By 3 Malls) – Part 1

    The Christmas season is in full swing as people are trooping the shopping malls to buy Christmas gifts or to check out any of those Yuletide events happening in those malls. The Urban Roamer can bet any one of the 18(!) SM shopping malls in the metropolis would be one of the malls you’ll check out. Incidentally, this year marks SM’s 60th anniversary. Yes, SM has existed for that long, going way back to Henry Sy Sr.’s original shoe store business in Quiapo named ShoeMart (which was eventually shortened to SM as he began to expand his business to become a full-fledged department store). However, it can be argued that it…

  • Beyond Manila,  Bulacan

    Side Trips: A food trip to San Miguel, Bulacan

    Sometimes, the Urban Roamer finds himself in places outside the metropolis. More so since for the past five years or so, this roamer has been living outside the metropolis itself.  Consider this something long overdue. As one of the 24 towns and cities that comprise the province of Bulacan north of Metro Manila, San Miguel is one of the towns that don’t get much of the spotlight. Save perhaps for one part of this town, the village of Biak na Bato where the truce between the Spanish forces and the Filipino revolutionaries under Emilio Aguinaldo was signed. But other than that, not many people know what else does this northern…

  • Marikina

    Loyola Memorial Park Marikina: The Prominent Final Resting Place in the East

    As has been the “tradition” for the past 8 years or so, it is that time of year once more for the Urban Roamer to visit one of those places in the metropolis dedicated to the “dearly departed.” This year’s trip found this Roamer on the metropolis’ eastern end to visit perhaps the most prominent burial place in this part of the metropolis, the Loyola Memorial Park Marikina. Inaugurated in 1965, the Loyola Memorial Park became known as one of the pioneers in introducing the concept of a “memorial park”, along with it the Western and contemporary practice of lawn burials. It can be said that it was the east’s…