Mandaluyong, Philippines is a diverse city situated in between Makati and Ortigas in Manila. Its not as busy as the two business districts around it even though its located right in between them. Its also near the Pasig River and a stone throw away from the famous hotels and malls.
The city is surrounded with new condominums and an array of places to eat. Almost every cuisine is represented here to cater to the growing number of expats. Looking out the window, I can already spot a Persian, Korean and Italian restaurant. The buildings around the area are constantly being renovated which gives me the idea that there are plans for this city is headed in the right direction. There are also alot of new Filipino restaurants that have made Mandaluyong their second home. Places like Mang Inasal (giving you a taste of Bacolod), Mesa-Filipino food with a refreshing twist and Chic-Boy- a new restaurant sweeping Manila, are just a few places to try if you want to have a taste authentic Filipino food.
Banchetto's is an event not to be missed here in Mandaluyong. Every Wednesday and Thursday night from 8:30PM to 6:00AM, more than 50+ food stalls are open serving mostly local Filipino food. You can be sure that the food is fresh and hot because they cook it all infront of you as you order it. If you want a nibble of all the types of food that Filipino cuisine has to offer but don't want to travel too far out for it, this is the place.
Apart from food, Mandaluyong has a growing Korean community. You'll be able to notice Korean groceries, book stores and restaurants around the area. There are also a number of English learning centers and hubs to cater to those that want to sharpen up on their English. The Koreans around that area are mostly college students. They are friendly and fun to be around.
Mandaluyong also hosts a number of running marathons a few times within the year. Most of these marathons are for charitable causes. Its a great way to meet new locals that have a zest for health and fitness. If thats not your thing, this city also offers a laidback nightlife. Instead of your average noise barrage of clubs in Makati and Ortigas, Mandaluyong has many al-fresco pubs to offer. Places like Madison Square turns into a huge local hangout at night, offering drinks from more than 5 different establishments, karaoke and all the food to go along with it.
Overall, this city offers a bit of everything at the right amounts and leaves it up to you if you want to induldge in more. Its a great place to relax, at the same time leaves you feeling energized ready see what else is out there.