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Martin H
Hong Kong, China927 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jeannette Thomson
Surrey, UK99 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
Podium is seniors unfriendly when it comes to car parking payments! The management charges elderly citizens full parking price when they are very aware that seniors park is FREE!!! What kind of policy is this?? I’m very unhappy about this experience !!
Written 25 February 2024
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand23,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We came by to have dinner at one fo the restaurant in the mall. I wasn't able to walk around to get a good look at it but it did seem quite fancy and open. The store around the mall were similar to other but did seem a bit bigger.
Written 20 April 2023
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GSM_uk
Crawley, UK287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
The first time I visited The Podium was back in 2004. It was very beautiful and elegant. I saw lots of movies stars and socialites. Then I went and lived in England came back after a few years and the glam look went down hill. And never visited the place again. However this year, I’m delighted to see the sparkles and glam this shopping Center use to offer. Parking is sensible. 50 pesos for 4 hours , they also do valet services. Lots of restaurants and coffee shops. Clothing lines available too, pampering nails, hair are also available, art galleries too. It’s pet friendly and non smoking even outside the mall. If there’s any bad comment to mention is the parking area. We got lost inside but security leads you to the right direction for exit.
Written 4 November 2023
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Bernie
Canada365 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
A classy medium sized mall with limited high-end stores. Artistic designed structure, relaxing place for a stroll. Has the best cafes and patisserie. Good location near Megamall Bldg. A
Written 25 February 2023
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Inspire18236103977
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Absolutely awesome. If you like malls I'd highly recommend this one. Very nice restaurants and shops. Very clean and airy, not too crowded. I shopped at Mango and Uniqlo. A must visit for mall lovers with modern design.
Written 29 June 2024
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Sofia
Luzon, Philippines81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thomas R
201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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JonC
84 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Business
The podium provides convenience to office employees to shop during break time and after office hours. supermarket and high end brand stores are located inside the mall. parking space for mall goers opens around 930-10am.
getting out of the parking space after 5pm will take longer than usual. a lot of people queing on the payment counter, and exiting the parking space. if you park in basement 4 and 5, you wont be able to exit within the allowable time, 15 minutes. because after payment, you also queue up to ride the elevator going down to basement 4 and 5. the admin should realize to have alternative like using the stairs from basement 3 going to basement 4 n 5. then car are queing to exit from basement 4-5 going to the upper levels to exit. you cant expect to exit the parking space within the allowable time of 15 minutes.
Written 14 July 2019
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mwsllc33
Albuquerque, NM187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Business
This is a new mall that is much nicer than the Mega Mall. The Kultura store is an amazing place for real Philippine souvenirs that are so much better than t-shirts (all though they have those as well). And the small nail salon upstairs is wonderful for a foot massage or nail service and it's wonderfully bright and happy.
Written 26 August 2018
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