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Nine reasons to rediscover this mall

When The Podium first opened in 2002, it celebrated the good life with its elegant design, upmarket stores and specialty restaurants.

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Lush garden walls wrapped around the building welcomes the visitors.

There’s so much to rediscover and explore as The Podium officially showcases its new expansion, which was unveiled on 10 September. A joint venture between BDO Unibank and Singapore’s Keppel Land Limited, the mall is redefining comfort and luxury with its sleek, sophisticated design, and selection of retail, dining, wellness, and leisure offerings. Here are some reasons why it is worth revisiting and re-discovering.

It is an architectural masterpiece. With its innovative, functional and streamlined design by Arquitectonica and Felix S. Lim and Associates, the Podium presents a careful composition of spaces, volumes, colors, and light. The exterior exudes visual lines that are designed to be eye-catching with greens that wrap the structure.

It’s a breath of fresh air. Lush garden walls wrap the mall’s façade offering a refreshing welcome to visitors. The monumental 2,000-square meter green wall is the largest in the country with over 6,500 plants which help cool and purify the property’s environment.

There’s more fun at the top. Designed as a large curvilinear pod with views over ADB Avenue, the mall’s Roof Deck complements the rectilinearity of the Podium façade in the same way the two towers form contrast and complement each other. The 800-seat capacity multi-function The Podium Hall aims to become the latest venue for shows, product launches and corporate events.

Cubi, the iconic sculpture by Philippine National Artist Arturo Luz.

Presenting a restaurant renaissance. Rediscovering The Podium also means trying out its tasteful selections of specialty restaurants, food halls, and takeaway nooks. These include the modern Spanish tapas bar Las Flores, New York City’s acclaimed Wolfgang Steakhouse, the first Salvatore Cuomo café, Nikkei Japanese-American ceviche and sushi bar, Paradise Dynasty and Niu by Vikings extravagant buffet spread.

Flagship shops of Japan’s Bake Cheese Tarts, Hong Kong’s Xing Fu Tang milk tea, and the world famous Ben’s Cookies also offer delicious takeaways.

Luxe retail therapy. It’s all about the latest in fashion, beauty, and jewelry. The upscale multi-brand lifestyle shops include Assembly, Cul de Sac, and @Tokyo, which offers a uniquely Japanese shopping experience with its row of stores laid out like a shopping street in Tokyo. Luxury timepieces and accessories can be found in Omega, Breitling, Swarovski, and soon to open Rolex stores; while Dior, Estee Lauder, Kiehl’s, and Jo Malone lead the way in beauty and fragrance.

Wellness services. There are many ways to stay fit and fab at The Podium. Electric Studio is Manila’s first indoor cycling boutique, Options Studio is Asia’s premier Pilates and movement center, while Yoga+ is a holistic wellness center and studio. Kinetix Lab is a premium strength and conditioning facility, while The Spa and Barre 3 offers complete wellness services.

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