What is in the EAST?
If you find yourself hanging around the Eastern end of LRT2 (Santolan) and even in Aurora-Cubao, you’ll find public utility vehicles having signboards likeCOGEO, SAN MATEO, ANTIPOLO-SUMULONG, ANTIPOLO-JUNCTION, MASINAG, TAYTAY, CAINTA, BINANGONAN, etc.
What do these PUVs have in common is that they will all pass through STA. LUCIA EAST GRAND MALL (They’ll also pass other known landmarks but i’m blogging about Sta Lucia so…)
You’ll find Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall along Marcos Hi-way cor. Felix Ave., Cainta Rizal. The other side of the Hi-way belongs to Marikina. It is alongside Robinsons East which is another town mall but the latter being larger and having more shops gets most of the share of crowd.
I went there 2 weeks ago and purchase my new Casio Digital Camera with my sister, hitched it with her HSBC at 0% interest. Then I came back again last week to meet her and my Boss at DCPC. I took the opportunity to get some shots inside the mall but wasn’t able to take a lot since we’re in a hurry.
It’s really amazing to know that Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall still stand resilient even with Mall Giants like the Gokongwei’s Robinsons East and now Henry Sy’s SM Marikina stand as its neighbors. Not to mention, Blue Wave Marikina is also a tricycle away. What’s enticing about Sta. Lucia is that it’s divided into two types of inter-connected malls. Both with Supermarkets and Cinemas. So you don’t easily get bored. It has a lot of shops, stalls, fast food restaurants and kiosks. Two kinds of Appliance shop, it’s very own Department Store and a fairly huge Amusement Center complete with roller coasters and bump cars.
It’s structurally unappealing but potentially a great family or barkada hang-out and by the way SOGO Hotel is just a few steps away from the Mall.
Outside the mall, you’ll see a lot of interesting things. There are a number of local restaurants, videoke bars and tiangge shops. Right at the back you’ll find Brick Road with shops like TGI Fridays, Figaro, Don Henricos and other great restaurants.