I happened to visit MarQuee Mall last February 22, 2016 for the purpose of an application for passport renewal which is housed in the mall at DFA Angeles Extension Office. DFA means Department of Foreign Affairs. However, I only got an appointment for the passport renewal on March 15, 2016 which is such a remote date. Since this is situated in Angeles City, I had the opportunity to tour around the city after I filed my passport appointment. The city has really undergone a massive progress and development compared to the time when I had it visited in 2001.
MarQuee Mall is a 3-floor 9.3 hectare real estate development owned and operated by the North Beacon Commercial Corporation which is a 100% subsidiary company of Ayala Land with a gross floor area of 140,000 square meters. It was opened on September 23, 2009. It opens daily from 10:00 A.M. and closes at 9:00 P.M.
On the other hand, Angeles City is a first class city of the province of Pampanga, Philippines just 16 kilometers away from the capital city of San Fernando with a land area of 60.27 square kilometers and 82.8 kilometers from Manila. It also has the SM Angeles and a few malls around the city. Under normal traffic conditions, the city can be reached for barely two hours from Manila. As of this writing, I paid a bus fare of P139 (airconditioned) from MarQuee bus terminal to Cubao.
With over 450 shops and restaurants, one may not be bored strolling around the mall. After I was given my passport appointment date and time, I was hungry then which was at 12:45 Noon and I dined in my favorite Kenny Rogers Restaurant. There are a lot of restaurants to dine with but Kenny Rogers has the meal packages close to my heart and culinary taste.
After taking my lunch, I took a walk and reached out to visit the mall's Chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help which is located on its third floor just the same level of its DFA Extension Office to offer few prayers.
Ayala Land has its reputation of building malls keeping its reputation for lucrative and highly attractive interior and architectural design - a reason for mallers to visit and enjoy its malls spread over the Phililppines.
Since it was my firs time to be in this mall and it was still early, I watched in one of its four cinema houses the movie titled "The Choice" top billed by Teresa Palmer as Gabby and Benjamin Walker as Travis.
It's worth to take a walk inside the mall as you will see that a cosmopolitan lifestyle that the metropolitan Manila's malls can offer is also available for the shoppers and mallers in Angeles City which is already a provincial location.
As I stepped out from the mall, I saw another landmark --- the MarQuee Residences. This residential complex is composed of two towers rising towers of 8- and 14-storey structures which is an integrated community just a few minutes walk from the MarQuee Mall developed by Alveo of the Ayala Land. MarQuee Residences was inaugurated in June 2014.