10/23/14

Greenfield Weekend Market: A Weekend Market in the Greens

Weekend markets in the eastern side of the metropolis have been growing in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to such events first organized at Ortigas Center by Banchetto, which has since then transferred to the area near Forum Robinsons in southeastern Mandaluyong. Since then, there have been a number of other weekend market venues there in the east, though few has yet to match the legacy of the former. Perhaps, the closest that would have rivalled Banchetto would be the weekend market set up by Mercato Centrale in the area of Greenfield District (right around the corner of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard) called Manda Centrale.

Unfortunately, despite the Mercato name, Manda Centrale fizzled out after a few months like a number of Mercato locations outside Bonifacio Global City. Which was a shame since Greenfield District is itself a bustling commercial area that benefited from heavy foot traffic that goes all the way up to the busy Ortigas Center nearby. Nevertheless, the seeds of a weekend market venture have been planted; on March 2014, Greenfield District opened a weekend market of its own: the Greenfield Weekend Market.

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08/22/14

The Sunday Market at Legazpi Village

Note: Truth be told, this entry has long been overdue. Nevertheless, its publication came just in time on the occasion of a related event…more on that ahead.

Weekends in the Makati CBD area can be pretty dull. After all, what is there to check out in area that thrives on the hustle and bustle of the people who go to work here mostly on weekdays? Come to think of it, I suppose it can be considered the underlying reason why weekend markets in the city have been set up and are doing pretty well thanks to a growing patronage not only among the villagers, (the real ones like Bel-Air and San Lorenzo, as well as the ones in name only like Salcedo and Legazpi) as well as others folks who make the effort to check them out.

The Urban Roamer already checked out the Saturday Market at Salcedo so today, we check out the Sunday Market this time, held at the Legazpi Village at the southern part of the Makati CBD. Continue reading

05/27/14

Checked Out: the Sunday Intramuros Pasyal

Traditionally, Sunday is day to unwind. For families, Sunday is also family day when families do some bonding together somewhere, especially after attending a Sunday religious service. These days, the venue of choice for these moments would be a modern, air-conditioned shopping mall which offers many amenities and sights to see. While I have nothing against shopping malls, it;s just that they have become so much ingrained in our culture and lifestyle that we tend to forget to look beyond the mall, so to speak. There are many things to discover outside the confines of the mall that may surprise and perhaps enamor you if one takes the time to do so.

That being said, allow the Urban Roamer introduce you to a one-of-a-kind Sunday experience right in Manila’s Walled City one should not fail to miss: the Sunday Intramuros Pasyal.

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07/28/12

The great Sunday market of the North

Weekend markets have been sprouting all over in the metropolis for the past few years. In the midst of what may look like a crowded affair, there are a proud few that stand out for their longevity (in this case, those existing for more than 5 years) and the loyal patrons who regularly spend their weekends there. One of those proud few is the feature of this entry today: the SIDCOR Sunday Market, known to some as the great weekend market of the north.

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The SIDCOR Sunday Market also happens to be one of the oldest (if not the oldest) weekend markets regularly held in the Metropolitan Manila area, having been in existence since 2000. It was the brainchild of Susan Arcega, who thought of holding a Sunday market as a means to help out a Catholic group she belongs to. The first venue was near Quezon City’s Cubao district, at a lot at the corner of EDSA and Main St. Continue reading

08/14/11

the park at Salcedo Village

First things first, Salcedo Village is not an actual village filled with residences, except perhaps for some high-rise condominium residences scattered throughout the area. It’s known more as a business address, where companies like Shell, Chinabank, RCBC, and PhilamLife to name a few; schools like the Lyceum Law School and Ateneo de Manila Professional Schools; and embassies like the Saudi and German embassies are located.


In the midst of the busy character of this area, it’s interesting and good to note that at the heart of Salcedo Village a wide green space known as the Salcedo Park, or, officially, the Jaime C. Velasquez Park, one of those who helped develop Salcedo Village and the Makati Business District as a whole to what it is today. Continue reading