The second part of the Urban Roamer's SM mall story looks at how SM City North EDSA first defined the PH mall experience.
An SM Mall Story (As Told By 3 Malls) – Part 1: An Introduction
The Urban Roamer presents a new multi-part feature which looks at the history and evolution of the SM mall as told by its 3 prominent malls.
The Rise and Decline of the Big Bookstores
From the mid-1990s until sometime in the mid-2000s, in the midst of the changing urban landscape that is sweeping across the metropolis, Manila went through what can be considered as a “golden age” as far as the bookstore industry is concerned with the rise of the so-called “big bookstores” in the metropolis. At the forefront of this golden age were two giant bookstores: Powerbooks and Fully Booked. Competition aside, these two bookstore giants that have managed to transform not only the bookstore business, but also the landscape of the metropolis as well. After years of being used to the traditional “bookstore” that retailers like National Book Store has to offer,…
8 Essential Tips When Visiting Manila
From time to time, the Urban Roamer has been asked about traveling in Manila. Stuff like what to do or some helpful tips. While there has been some information shared about those things from time to time, I realized I never really talked about that matter a bit in depth. With the help of some friends, I hope this article would be of help for all travelers who want to check out what this city has to offer. After all, Manila is more than just the Philippines’s bustling capital. As we have seen here in the Urban Roamer for years now, there is a cultural and historical hub that locals and tourists…