Part 9 of the Libotero Pampanga and Malolos Heritage Series
After a brief visit to Barasoain Church, I took a tricycle back to the van terminal at Petron along the MacArthur Highway. It took at least 30 minutes for the van to get filled so I took the opportunity to take a nap. I was just back to my senses when the driver started to collect the fares then zoom, zoom, we were off to SM City Pampanga. On the trip, I fell asleep once more LOL.
As soon as we arrived at the SM City Pampanga transport terminal, I then took a jeepney to Clark Friendship Gate. Fare was P24. We took the North Luzon Expressway so we arrived in Clark in less than 20 minutes. The Clark Friendship Gate is just a few meters walk from where I was staying, 950 Condotel (read as nine-five-oh) so I just took a lazy stroll towards the hotel. Back in the hotel, I just freshened up for dinner at MarQuee Mall.
Now how would I get to MarQuee Mall? I had two options. First, I could have contracted a tricycle. That would have cost me P70-P100, depending on your haggling skills. But then I was lucky that when I went out of the hotel, a MarQuee Mall shuttle was parked just right across. Weeee! MarQuee Mall provides a free shuttle to/from Clark Friendship Gate and other strategic points several times a day, everyday! How convenient! So I quickly hopped in. We waited a few more minutes for the van to be half-filled at least and off we were to MarQuee Mall.
Marquee Mall is Ayala Malls’ first foray in Central Luzon. Turning 2 years old this September, it has already redefined the shopping, dining and entertainment experience in the region.
MarQuee Mall’s Interactive Water Feature. What’s amazing about this is that you’re actually allowed to play and get wet here so don’t get surprised if you’ll be seeing kids running around with their ‘yayas’ going after them.
MarQuee’s 2 hectare park
MarQuee Mall is a regional shopping center that brings together a rich and unique experience reminiscent of a lively town plaza, infused with an urban vibe. Its contemporary indoor and outdoor design provides a perfect setting that showcases an exciting mix of choice and select Manila-based shopping, dining and family entertainment choices. The mall is home to the first provincial branch of Krispy Kreme!
It celebrates as well the best of the region’s arts, crafts and cuisine. With its Marquee Park, it also serves as a social and civic center for the community. Infusing these local flavors with the Ayala Malls experience, Marquee Mall redefines Central Luzon’s lifestyle as it becomes its favorite gathering place.
Here are some daytime photos of MarQuee Mall:
As soon as I arrived at MarQuee, I went straight to Red Ribbon and ordered my favorite Crispy Chicken (as of this posting though, Crispy Chicken is already phased out! BOOO!). After dinner, I spent some time at the MarQuee Park, near the water fountains, just to breathe after a very long day of church-hopping. I also wanted to observe how the locals have grasped the entry of the first Ayala Mall in their area.
At 9pm, the mall closed but the alfresco area was still bustling, but I was feeling very sleepy already so I took the last shuttle trip back to Clark Friendship Gate. As I entered my hotel room, I jumped to the bed and shut my eyes… Zzzzzz..
(…to be continued)
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