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The Podium, Mandaluyong: Address, Phone Number, The Podium Reviews: 4/5

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Martin H
Hong Kong, China416 contributions
What a frustrating mall
Jul. 2021
I forgot my first experience coming here and made the mistake of coming back. The frustration starts with their app to enter the mall which for some reason never seems to work for me here. Their security guards are rottweilers where the limited authority given them has gone to their head and its really difficult to get past them when the app doesn't work and they don't seem to have anything else to resort to.

Then the lifts! They have invested in this beautiful mall and have on average 4 lifts per section of the mall yet how many lifts are operating? Just one! And with a lift operator so with Covid restrictions you can only get 3 people into the lift. We waited for ages trying to get in and eventually we walked down 5 levels to get to the basement carpark. If they're trying to save money on either the electricity operating the lifts or employing a lift operator then this is really shortsighted. Why they need a lift operator in such a modern mall is beyond me.

The above frustrations are sad as its a beautifully designed mall and they have some really nice outlets here but I for one am not prepared to spend the near hour of driving up EDSA to get here and then put up with the frustrations of entering and moving around the mall.
Written 27 July 2021
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travelbud.net
Luzon, Philippines113 contributions
Love the place
Dec. 2019
The Mall is small but I love the atmosphere it gives especially when there is a band or some sort of show and I am willing to stay here even half of my day not unlike other malls.
Written 2 July 2020
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Gpgau123
Pune, India58 contributions
A premium shopping mall
Feb. 2020 • Solo
It's a shopping mall particularly for the people looking for branded shops of jewellery, bags, baggages, watches, perfumes, shoes, leather articles and obviously, clothing. The mall also has many premium restaurant to satiate your taste buds. There are few electronics stores, including the dedicated ones for Samsung and Apple. Some toy stores sell a great variety of toys for all age groups. There are three theatres as well, and a dedicated open to air smoking zone. The mall itself is post, its architecture is artistic and decor is classy and premium.
One must visit this place for shopping in less crowded premiun shops.
Written 10 March 2020
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Sharon B
Metro Manila, Philippines28 contributions
Quiet and Peaceful
Jan. 2020
The mall is much bigger than before so there are more shops and restaurants. It does not have as much foot traffic as SM Megamall or Shangrila Mall so it is very nice to hangout here if you prefer less people around.
Written 29 January 2020
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kikilala
15 contributions
Smaller mall that has lots of potential
Jan. 2020 • Couples
Date of last visit: January 24th, 2020

The Podium mall is an older mall that was recently rennovated and expanded in 2019. It's changes have given it more traffic and a higher presence amongst it's neighboring malls: SM Megamall, Shangri-La Plaza and Robinson's Galleria. It is cleaner and a bit less frequented making it a better place to go malling if your tolerance for crowds is on the lower side. Some notable improvements include: A newer, more modern type cinema area, new east wing, inclusion of more restaurants and it's supermarket area located on the basement floor of the mall. Among the list of our favorite restaurants are: Nono's, Salvatore Cuomo, Wildflour, Catch of the Day and Paradise Dynasty.
Their Starbucks and Digital Cafe are places that we visit quite often as well since it is close to work and more convenient for us to grab our favorite coffee drinks. Some of my favorite places to shop when I'm here include: Watson's, Sports Central, Toy Kingdom, Pure Beauty and Datablitz. Overall I would definitely recommend this mall to travelers and first time visitors in the city. Hope they open more stores soon!
Written 27 January 2020
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Eddie
Quezon City, Philippines68 contributions
Great mall to hang out at
Dec. 2019 • Family
The Podium is one of the classy malls at the Ortigas area. If you like to avoid overcrowded malls, this is the place to be.

The stores and restaurants are mostly classy as well. This is a mall to go to if you are looking to relax and leisurely shop than joining a mob in the more crowded malls within Metro Manila.
Written 2 January 2020
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Thomas R
160 contributions
The Podium - A Place to Stand & Be Seen
Dec. 2019
We are reconnecting with extended family during the holiday season in the Philippines, and it's been wonderful seeing the younger cousins get together (even if they're probably drinking too much San Miguel). Shopping is one our family's favorite pastimes (my own preference for window browsing versus football on a Sunday afternoon was one of the reasons my the-girlfriend considered me a "keeper"), and in our travels abroad we have had the good fortune to visit some rather fancy places and perhaps even purchase a small bauble here and there across the years.

Hence we found ourselves with a free afternoon and asked our driver to deposit us at the main entrance to The Podium so we could browse. The mall is simply stunning: bright, airy and chock full of designer boutiques that would require me to win the lottery before I could comfortably afford their precious wares. Alas, the RNG has not yet favored me with instantaneous wealth, and so I am content to briefly peruse the luxuries on display in the company of my wife and our teenagers.

Sheryl Crow said it best: “It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.”

We made our way to the Starbucks Reserve shop on the ground floor prior to our shopping excursion. A Shakerato Bianco filled the bill for me, and thus appropriately caffeinated, we were off to indulge our materialistic aspirations.

The mall completed an extensive renovation since our prior visit in 2015, and I was impressed with the ambience imparted by the redesign. Even during the peak holiday season, The Podium retains sufficient breathing room and doesn't seem to be as crowded as the SM Megamall that sits nearby. The Christmas decorations are elegant and plentiful, imbuing a festive atmosphere throughout the surroundings. Apparently there are many more choices in the upper level food court as well, offering some traditional fare in addition to more contemporary selections. The lower level market, on the other hand, is fairly limited and is adequate for grabbing a quick meal on the way home as opposed to fulfilling the week's grocery list.

One gem that we found on the ground floor (and would have totally missed had we not returned to Starbucks for another caffeine supplement), was the confectionary delight that is BAKE Cheese Tarts. These wonderful treats originated in Hokkaido where the cheese mousse is piped into a double-baked buttery crust. I had no idea these existed until my wife introduced me to them during a trip to Kinosaki, and I have quickly grown to love them (perhaps a little too much judging by my waistline). There was a single customer in front of us who apparently just placed a huge order, and I was getting worried as I watched the cashier nearly drain the display trays to fill box after box (which are a wonderfully bright yellow) before this customer wondered off with their cheesy treasure. I breathed a sigh of relief since there were more than enough goodies left for us.

The Podium is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, strolling around and window shopping to your heart's content. Mabuhay!
Written 22 December 2019
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Cath Pedreso
Cainta, Philippines35 contributions
Super b Buffet!
Nov. 2019
I love the ambiance, the foods and the piano! The arrangement of foods is nice. The wine is good and the lamb.
Written 28 November 2019
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Sofia
Luzon, Philippines66 contributions
Elegant Mall
Nov. 2019 • Friends
I was mesmerized when Podium has been completely renovated. Great ambience, lightings, lots of high end boutiques and restaurant to chill with family and friends. Also, good for business meetings.
Written 14 November 2019
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Taggerday
Mandaluyong, Philippines149 contributions
Newly Renovated Mall
Nov. 2019
With the renovation of this mid size mall, it has become more spacious and elegant. Some older stores were phased out and there are a lot of additional new stores of the fancy type. There are more dining options which have also been upgraded from the choices before including The Corner Market Food Hall which is the name of the mall's food court. It has 17 food stalls, a significant improvement from the 5 or 6 stalls pre renovation. The cinemas have also had a significant improvement, although there are still just 2 cinemas like before, new technology has been applied with improvements in sound and picture quality and lazy boy seats have been installed. A huge disappointment is the supermarket, it's quite small and the choices are limited and of ordinary quality. This mall is just walking distance from SM Megamall, so if you want to avoid the crowds at that humungous mall, come on over to The podium for a more relaxing time.
Written 13 November 2019
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