Once a rural farming area, Alabang is now a bustling commercial hub that centres around one of Metro Manila’s largest shopping malls. Encompassing 244 hectares of the neighbourhood is Filinvest City, a multi-use business and residential township that was developed in the 1990s. In addition to its shopping, dining and entertainment facilities, Alabang is renowned for its well-designed network of mountain biking trails.
Things to do in Alabang
In the heart of Alabang is the Festival Supermall, a sprawling shopping complex that opened its doors in 1998. It is one of the biggest shopping malls in Metro Manila, encompassing not only retail shops, department stores and supermarkets but also cinemas, restaurants and an indoor amusement park. After getting your retail fix, you can relax at the riverside Water Garden or let loose at the WiiJUMP Trampoline Park.
Located on the western edge of Alabang are the Filinvest Mountain Biking Trails, which comprises easy-to-navigate paths and more technical sections that will test your skills. Challenge yourself on the steep uphill climbs and loopy berms of the aptly named Heart Attack Trail or enjoy a gentle ride along the banks of the meandering stream.
In the south-west corner of Alabang is the Palms Country Club, where you’ll find a wide choice of recreational facilities and dining establishments. In addition to tennis, basketball and squash courts, there’s a swimming pool, a bowling alley and a rock-climbing wall. Once you’ve built up an appetite, you can dine at Cafe Asiana, the Nishijin Japanese Restaurant or The Continental.
Getting around Alabang
Alabang is a 40-minute drive from the historic heart of Manila and 25 minutes from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Buses and jeepneys connect Alabang with neighbourhoods across Metro Manila and travel throughout the barangay itself.