Text by Mae Lorraine Rafols Lorenzo
Photos by Jovel Lorenzo
Aguinaldo Highway leading to the highlands of Tagaytay has an interesting stopover that visitors should check out. Some of the most picturesque architecture and design wonders of the world have ‘converged’ in a new lifestyle center offering interesting social media backdrops, delectable dining options, and all-year-round shopping bargains.
The place is called Acienda Designer Outlet (ADO) Mall in Silang, Cavite and it’s now becoming a favorite stop among shopaholics from Metro Manila and surrounding provinces in the south. Aside from popular bargains (with discount deals of 30 to 70 percent off in fashion, accessories, sportswear, home furniture, and more), it offers visitors a chance to step into interesting spaces throughout the 20-hectare property.
Going around ADO makes visitors feel like they are on a trip somewhere in Europe. The shopping outlet, considered the country’s first, fully-integrated outlet mall, is in itself, an experience that local tourists and shoppers should savor. Cathay Land Inc., the developer of ADO, promises a convenient experience for visitors as they shop and relax at the same time.
Go up and down the grand staircase of ADO’s Italian section, where an open area welcomes guests like the
Spanish Steps of Rome. The steps were inspired by the steep slope connecting Rome’s Piazza di Spagna at the base
and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, with the Trinità dei Monti Church at the top. It’s an open air area that exudes an elegant feel for shoppers to savor.
Aside from Italian, ADO also has three other architectural themes—French, Spanish, and New England—to create the feeling of being in a charming European countryside. At the center of the outlet mall is a French-style food and beverage area highlighted by a statuesque windmill as a central attraction.
Then there’s the charming architecture of the whole mall, a romantic facade that reminds Europe regulars of the structures in Lombard, France, with its sleek lines and soft lighting fixtures. There are also miniature structures of famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, and the beautiful Lombard
Street of San Francisco. Throughout the property, corners are dressed up artistically with ordinary items—bicycles, umbrellas, baskets, etc. —making them perfect backdrops for selfies and group photos.
More than a destination for shopping, ADO has so much to offer not only to those in a hunt for a good bargain, but for those who seek unique design inspirations in unusual places.