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Here’s Where You Can Celebrate Easter Sunday

This year’s Holy Week is a long five-day weekend, from Maundy Thursday to Monday, Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor. Thousands of Filipinos will hit the beaches for hot summer fun while many others prefer to enjoy the quietness of the city with their families and, as Catholic traditions go, do their panata or vows such as Visita Iglesia and Stations of the Cross.

Ortigas Malls has adjusted its schedules in Greenhills Mall, Estancia Mall, and Tiendesitas in observance of Holy Week.

From April 3 to 5, Greenhills will be open from 10am to 8pm, Estancia will be from 11am to 9pm, and Tiendesitas will be from 10am to 9pm. All three malls will be closed on Maundy Thursday (April 6) and Good Friday (April 7).

The malls will resume regular operations on Black Saturday (April 8) and Easter Sunday (April 9). Greenhills Mall will be open from 10am to 9pm, Estancia Mall will be from 10am to 10pm, and Tiendesitas will be from 10am to 10pm.

Delicious, meatless food options for all

Ortigas Malls has numerous restaurants that offer seafood and vegetarian dishes, such as 101 Korean Hotdog at Estancia (you must try their tuna teriyaki sandwich), and Sweet Ecstasy at Greenhills (don’t miss their Filet-X-Shrimp and Filet-X-Fish sandwiches).

 

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Modern Table at Estancia has a special menu featuring hearty seafood dishes for only P299, like Seafood Amatriciana and X.O Crab Fried Rice. For the sushi roll and tempura lovers, Ebi 10’s best-sellers include Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Roll, Jumbo Shrimp Tempura, and Spicy Tuna Salad.

For a relaxing merienda with loved ones, Southbank Cafe + Lounge offers a wide range of coffee creations, as well as healthy meals like Smashed Avocado Toast and Falafel Wrap. Another spot is Kandle Cafe, which is a pet-friendly cafe that also serves different coffee concoctions and desserts, from cookies to flavored mousses.

Stations of the Cross and other church activities

For the Catholic faithful who want to do the Stations of the Cross, Capitol Commons has provided a space for them to reflect on their faith. Capitol Commons will have the 14 Stations of the Cross spread out at the Park from April 4 to 9.

Stations of the Cross is a Catholic tradition of prayerful meditation on Good Friday. The faithful commemorate the Passion of Christ at 14 stations that have pictures or carvings of these events. This devotion is done by individuals, families, and groups as they visit and pray at each station depicting Christ’s journey, from the time He is condemned to death to when He is crucified, and finally put inside a sepulcher.

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On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, families can visit Catholic churches near Ortigas Malls: Mary the Queen Parish near Greenhills Mall in San Juan; St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel and Sta. Lucia Parish near Estancia Mall in Pasig; and Sto. Rosario de Pasig Parish Church and Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel near Tiendesitas in Pasig. Or they can visit the Chapel of the Holy Family inside V Mall in Greenhills Mall.

Easter activities for kids and kids at heart

Greenhills goes to the farm with its Barn Eggsploration on Easter Sunday. Kids will have fun hunting Easter eggs with farm animals at the mall. Register by scanning the barcode on your Ortigas Community Card, and spend an accumulated or single purchase worth P1,500 from March 17 to April 9 to register and participate. You may claim your tickets at the concierge area on the second floor of Center mall.

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At Tiendesitas, Easter Sunday takes on a Hawaiian luau theme. The Hawaiian Eggventure will feature balloon twisting, and egg and face painting from 1 to 2 pm, an egg hunt from 2 to 3 pm, and a luau mini musical show from 3 to 4 pm. Scan the barcode on your Ortigas Community Card, and spend an accumulated or single purchase worth P1,000 from March 17 to April 9 to register and participate.

Meanwhile, Estancia Mall will feature Pororo and Friends for an Easter Eggventure where kids hunt for eggs with them. Simply register by scanning the QR code on your Ortigas Community Card, spend an accumulated or a single purchase worth P2,000 from March 17 to April 9, and join! You may claim your tickets at the concierge area on the ground floor of the East Wing.

Join the Easter fun and enjoy many other perks by registering for an Ortigas Community Card via the Ortigas Malls app.

Ortigas Malls makes it worthwhile for families to stay in the city and create new Holy Week memories.

For more information, follow Ortigas Land on Facebook and Instagram. Download the Ortigas Malls app, like  Ortigas Malls on Facebook, and follow @greenhillsph,@estanciaph, @tiendesitasph, and @industriaph on Instagram.