Why Cubao is more than just a stop for commuters

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED September 21, 2018 09:40 am
Art by Dani Elevazo

Long MRT lines and rushing commuters every morning are the common scenarios in Cubao. From the outside looking in, it might be one of the most traffic-prone (not to mention polluted) areas in the Metro Manila, given that most commuters make this place as their stop.


But there's more to Cubao than meets the eye. It is actually a haven for unique trinkets, a perfect hangout for friends who would want to chill, a place where you can find almost anything. Here's a little sneak peek of Cubao from the inside.


There are lot of malls within the vicinity.


Once you get to Araneta Center Cubao, malls are just within arm's reach. Gateway, Farmer's Market, SM, and even the old Ali Mall are just steps away from each other. So if you’re planning to buy pasalubong for the fam or just simply want to escape the Metro’s heat and bustling traffic, you know where to go.



Ukay-ukay!


Why not turn your usual commuting trip into a budget shopping spree? You see, Cubao is not only filled with malls. It is also a haven for Ukay-Ukay! There are stores along EDSA and within Araneta Center’s area. If they are not enough to satisfy your “ukay-ukay cravings”, Anonas is also just around the corner. Go and find your OOTDs!



There are shops that sell antique trinkets.


People who say Cubao is only for bus terminals probably never heard of Cubao Expo--the gold mine for hard-to-find items. From second-hand books to vinyl records and jewelries, Cubao Expo has them in store for you! Just stop by shops like Grand Thrift House, Unang Panahon, Yamasawa, the list of antique and thrift shops is endless. We will let you do the picking.



It is a place to appreciate art.


Since you already made your stops in malls, ukay-ukay, and antique shops, maybe Cubao could now interest you into visiting its contemporary art galleries. Artery Art Space in P. Tuazon, Post Gallery in Cubao Expo, Gateway Gallery in Gateway Mall, and Sining Kamalig in Ali Mall are only some of the galleries that can be found in the area.



Barkada hangouts can be found here!


Instead of only passing by Cubao, why not explore it with your friends? If you are looking for a place to level up your barkada experience, you don’t have to look far. You might want to check out a cafe for pet lovers, namely Bengal Brew + Wolf and Bear, or a hidden bar that houses good old jazz music, which is aptly named TAGO Jazz Cafe. We leave the rest of the exploring to you.



Photo from Instagram/@tagojazz


You see, Cubao goes beyond the noisy avenues and rushing commuters. Probably due to business and fast-paced lifestyle, people fail to stop and appreciate what it has to offer. Maybe now it is time to see Cubao for what it really is--a gem within the Metro.


Got any Cubao hideouts you want us to feature? Share them with us!

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