This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Mandaluyong.
Mandaluyong is the sixth smallest city in the Philippines. It is just east of the capital city of Manila, and is one of the sixteen cities that make up the Metro Manila capital region. Among the many attractions in this city is the Ortigas Center, a business epicenter as well as the headquarters of major banks and shopping centers. Its location is ideal for any visitor because of its proximity to Manila, Quezon City, San Juan, and Pasig, all of which are filled with attractions.
Since Mandaluyong is a business center in the region, hostels near the city center can be expensive. If you look further away from the middle of the city, you are bound to find affordable hostels. Accommodation other than hostels can be found as well, such as hotels, but these are more expensive. While staying in a hostel near the city, it is recommended that you sample the local cuisine for an enhanced experience.
Industry is the lifeblood of the city, which has roots that can be traced back to the early 19th century, when it was a barrio of St. Anna of Sapa. Later, it was conquered by the Spanish, renamed to San Felipe Neri, and became its own civil region. In 1863, the town had a parish built in it, along with a school and a convent. It was also a major supply stop during the revolution of the 1890s.
Interesting locations in the city include the Plaza Tatlong Bayani, where you can see a monument to the heroes of the revolution and the founders of the secret Katipunan society. You should also visit the Liberation Marker in the city, which is a memorial dedicated to the residents of the city who died in the Second World War. If you visit in February, a celebration called Mandaluyong Day occurs on the ninth. It honors the memorial and its meaning.
Written by local enthusiast for Mandaluyong hostelsJakob Lombardi