MUNTINLUPA, PARAñAQUE, SAN PEDRO
The south may require toll fees, but this also means living near weekend destinations and being part of a close-knit community. You’ll get slow, provincial living with the conveniences of an urban lifestyle.
The park at Madrigal Business Center has pedestrian- and bikefriendly streets. If you want something extreme, there’s the Mountain Bike Filinvest Trail for cyclists, trail runners, and joggers. Tagaytay is a few highway exits away, so make a side trip to Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna for koi feeding and art at the picnic grounds, or head to the Republic Wakepark for a quick water sports fix.
Enjoy the retail rows and kiddie rides at the still-charming Alabang Town Center and Festival Mall. Watch a blockbuster in state-of-the-art Commercenter Cinema, and do grocery shopping at S&R along Alabang-Zapote Road. Christmas equates to massive bazaars like the St. James Bazaar in Ayala Alabang Village, and Zonta Alabang Christmas Carnivale Bazaar at Spectrum Midway.
Home to Ramen Yushoken and Designer Blooms Café, the Molito