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Philippine malls are much more than just places to shop

With facilities to eat, entertain and pray, and safer than streets, they are the new "cool" rendezvous for many

A mass wedding taking place inside a mall in Manila. With their expanded roles as venues for Catholic mass, Zumba workouts and marriages, Philippine malls are taking on a more important role at the heart of communities.


AS she eyes the colourful ice creams on offer at a Baskin-Robbins in one of Manila's most luxurious shopping centres, Philippine teenager Jamie Gamboa admits to being an incurable mall rat - but not only for the shopping.

"It is the only place where you can just walk around