Filipinos take their malling so seriously that it is practically their only destination every weekend. Many of the malls in the metro Manila area are minicities, with department stores, supermarkets, theatres, spas and even an ice skating rink. Air-conditioned malls are a welcome escape from the tropical heat and humidity. Glorieta and Greenbelt in Makati have both up market brands and local brands. SM and Landmark are local department stores with everything from clothes to food .Market Market in Global City is well worth a visit as is the biggest Mall of Asia in reclaimed land near the airport. The best bargaining market is Greenhills (pictured) about 30 minuets by taxi from Makati. It is easy for English-speaking tourists to shop in Manila because the language is widely spoken.