5 Things you still might not know about Riverbanks Center

I have been here in Marikina City for most of my life and to even amplify that point, my work experiences are mostly just within the area. Well, it has its pros and cons really, but I like focusing on the good and better stuff than the bad ones of course. Some of it is less traffic, more time to do other stuff, our house is literally minutes away, and a whole lot more. Given this situation, of course, I have more time to discover more things in the neighborhood and one of the places I usually go to is at Riverbanks Center here along the A. Bonifacio road. Well, they are quite known here because aside from, you have to pass along their entrance before entering the city (which is the popular and easy way really), they host the biggest events here that are attended not only by Marikeños but by all the other residents of the neighboring cities.

Riverbanks Center
Riverbanks Center

I am pretty sure most Marikeños know them a lot. But can you score 5 out of 5 on this list? Be honest and let us know how well do you know Riverbanks Center - Marikina.

1. The certification sticker (logo) for the official outlet members

Certified outlet store logo - Riverbanks Center
Certified outlet store logo
With all the shops and stores inside (which is quite a lot), how would you know that they are part of the official list of branded outlet stores? Look for this logo!

The Riverbanks Mall is quite popular on one of the few who carries various branded outlet stores in a single establishment. You even have the luxury of selecting as well from the non branded ones that are present there if you want to. It's like saving 3 things in 1 go. First, you save time and effort by having the selection of your life there, having them all in a single mall. Second, you save money as they are officially the outlet stores of the popular brands which means they sell directly to you thus chopping off that middleman cost. And for the third, you are saving your mind from agony. Most of us have those regretful thoughts after buying stuff regarding if you bought the right item for the correct price or was it really worth buying it? Well, at the least in here you are sure to have bought it lower than the regular price it was supposed to be. I'll give you that peace of mind. You can decide to sell it after if you change your mind and even at a higher price if you are wise and have the network. I know some who do business through that so, yeah. It's quite efficient really when you do your shopping here.

2. The named lanes inside the mall

Named lanes inside the Riverbanks mall
Named lanes inside the mall
Have you guys noticed that every lane inside the mall had names?

Well, this one along their main entrance is called "Palm lane". It's quite a unique feature for a mall having them. It is very useful if you ask me, you can use it in various ways to tell the exact location of a person, a shop or an event inside the mall. It is a great alternative to serve as reference and mind retention not only to your guests but to the administrative staff as well. They even have a lane that is called "Technolane" which is populated by shops related to gadgets and technology - comforting to know especially if you are an organized person (haha).

3. The not-so secret museums anymore

Museums at E-com building
Museums at E-com building
In the first place, did you know such museums exist here? And if you do, without scrolling down below, How many museums do you know are in the area? More likely is that you have an incorrect answer to either of the questions above.

I'll sum it up after talking a bit about them here so the answer would be right down below (lol).

> The Philippine Science Centrum. It is an interactive science center that is recognized by the DOE, DOST, and DOT. They are popular as a field trip destination, but did you know that they are also open for walk-in guests and regular visitors from Mondays to Saturdays? You can bring your friends and family here on regular days to avoid the crowd while enjoying their facilities. They got great stuff in here that not only kids will enjoy but for all ages.

> The Belen Museum. It is a private collection of over 500 nativity sets in a single air-conditioned room that is open every weekend (Friday to Sunday) for regular viewing. Please take note that the museum is open all year round so you can visit them on any weekend you want and not only on Christmas season. Yes, we commemorate the birth of our Lord during every Christmas season, but we can remember him even on normal days through our own ways.

> The Museum of Miniatures. A collection and partly creation of a passionate artist, Ms. Aleli Vengua. If you enjoy seeing tiny but real-looking replicas of rooms in a European mansion, well this place is made perfectly for you. Don't be fooled when you take a picture because you just might forget that you are capturing miniatures, not life-sized objects. The details on how they are created are mind-blowing. So don't miss this out as this is packaged with the Belen museum in a single ticket. A 2-in-1 treat for you.

> The Joey Velasco Gallery. A home for the works of the late renowned artist, Mr. Joey Velasco. The famous painting "Hapag ng Pagasa" (where the picture of the last supper was replaced by street kids) is one of his paintings that can be seen here. Know more about him, his works, and his legacy - The Joey Velasco Foundation that continues to help children in need to reach their dreams, by visiting the gallery and contribute to that purpose.

So, to sum it all up as promised.. There are 4 museums in the area and they are all located at the E-com building just beside the Riverbanks mall.

4. Not your ordinary amphitheater

Riverbanks Amphitheater
Riverbanks Amphitheater
This attraction made Riverbanks unique from its competitors. It is a standout feature that everyone loves. Not only it hosts some of the biggest and brightest outdoor events in the area but it became a bonding center for families to enjoy. It is a great place to have that stroll, jog with friends, a bike ride with barkada, or even have that evening date with "the" special someone. And not only that, it connects key points of the city just like the river side-walk (former animal trail) from the Marikina-Bayan area to its amphitheater, and vice versa.



Marikina riverside bike trail | For...
Marikina riverside bike trail | Former animal trail to Bayan Marikina | Michael's Hut
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It provides a car-free route that is rich with nature, promoting healthy living and environment to the nearby residents and being an example to other business establishments. It is an active common ground that seasonally transforms to serve and entertain the public. Besides, who would forget this beauty once you see it?

It seasonally transforms into a carnival/shopping bazaar center which looks something like this:



Seasonal carnival (perya) at Riverbanks Center | Christmas bazaar | Michael's Hut
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5. The go to convention center

Renaissance Convention Center
Renaissance Convention Center

If you are observant enough and quite familiar with the place, you might have seen some parts of this area in various movies already. And that is aside from all of the countless events (from small to big occasions) that have been held here.

But did you know that this area, The Renaissance Convention Center, is still part of Riverbanks Center? Yes, another center within the center. That is how huge Riverbanks is lol.

Man, can I just say that whatever event you may be having any time soon or in the future, I think they have just the room perfect for that.. They have small and big conference rooms, studio rooms, ballrooms, multi-purpose rooms, etc.. Well, maybe inquiring directly to them would be the best recommendation for now hehe. They even have a basketball court there and a garden just to add. Whew!

So, this will be all for now, by the way.. Whats your score out of 5? Did you already know all 5 before reading this? If then great job! Most likely you are a homegrown Marikeño. But for those who learned something new in here, it is my pleasure to share this with you. Upon visiting them recently, they got a lot of developments happening so I am just like you who is excited for more things to come in their area. 


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  3. Interesting post. This is my first time hearing of Riverbank Centre. It looks great for sure.

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  4. I have to admit I've never heard of the Riverbank Centre, it sounds like an interesting place to go, with so much going on inside!

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  5. How cool, I didn't know any of this. I've never been to this area before. I would like to check out the museums.

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  6. This a very informative post for me. I didn't know about many things. Riverbanks Amphitheater is a nice place to go.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this. So many little details only a local could reveal. :)

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  8. this looks like a fun place to visit. lots of cool things to do and good food to eat.

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  9. 1/My favorite spot would be the outlet mall. I love shopping and saving money

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  10. Nice insights to what looks like a really nice place! No idea where it is though.

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  11. I can't believe I've never been to the Philipines yet! Soon i hot, such a gorgeous country.

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  12. this was an eye opener of a post for me. i'd never even heard of the place before until now. thanks for sharing! looks beautiful!

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  13. Interesting! I would love the museum as I love experiencing history and culture.

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  14. I'd love to go explore Riverbanks Center when I get a chance to visit the Philippines! I want to check out those museums the most!

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  15. Amazing and detailed review of the neighborhood. The Belem museum sounds interesting and the shopping enticing.

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  16. I can imagine this guide is extremely helpful to locals! I appreciate people like you who take the time to help others!

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  17. I like the idea of mall lane names. Good information. Have a good day.

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  18. Looks interesting! I would love the outlet mall, as I love shopping.

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  19. I'll be honest, I know little about Riverbanks Center. However, this is an excellent guide for both the novice and the regular. This is definitely something that should be passed on for anyone visiting!

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  20. And here are the guides I love to read. Concise. Precise. And they tell me immediately what is best to see!

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  21. Never been here before but it sounds like a really interesting place to check out. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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  22. You will maybe surprised about this but I knew absolutely nothing about it. Thanks to you I know at least 5 things now.

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  23. Wow... never been to this place but id like to pay a visit. I love the idea of the amphitheater so much !

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  24. I have never been, but it looks like there are a lot of fun things to do! Looks like a great place to visit.

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  25. What an interesting location with such diverse things to do. There really is something for everyone.

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  26. I really like the outdoor amphitheater. It kind of reminds me of the Red Rocks in Colorado.

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  27. I was here more than a decade ago, I actually don't remember how it looks like now. Thank you for refreshing my memory.

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  28. Sounds like a great place to visit, and plenty to do. It's nice to visit a place that has plenty of things to explore.

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  29. Quite an interesting place, it seems! Loved the idea of named lanes and museums are always a favorite !

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  30. I've never heard of this place. This is a cool post to learn more about it! Thanks for sharing

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  31. I had never heard of Riverbank center but sounds like a cool place with an interesting story

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  32. I love going to museums and I think I would love to explore the museums there when I go back to the Philippines which is soon! Great info you got here.

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  33. O wow this place is beautiful. I’ve never heard of it before but you did a great job of describing it! Now I want to go!

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  34. I have never been there before but it looks like a must see! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. I’ve never been there, but the amphitheater looks so amazing! Bet there’s a lot of people who go there when it’s really sunny! :)

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  36. Great post and thanks for sharing. I mean I don't know about it but now I do.

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  37. Wow this place looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family especially at the mueseum

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  38. Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to Riverbanks Center in Marikina. Loving the pictures so much

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  39. This would be a paradise to me, thanks for sharing.

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  41. I'm in the Philippines and I've never been in this place let alone hear about it. Thanks for sharing. This looks like its the perfect avenue to many different events.

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  42. I've never been to the Philippines so I've never been to any of these sites. Looks like there's a lot to do in the Riverbank Centre.

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  43. I've been to the Philippines before.but.never got a chance to visit in Marikina City. Sounds like I'll be going back soon.

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  44. I haven't explore this place yet but I appreciate your time. you gave all the necessary details about this place and so it is helpful who are going to visit there.

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  45. It does look like a nice place to visit. I love that the mall has lane names. :)

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  46. I've heard many good things about the place. You can cop great shoes from here. This is definitely a TO GO place.

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    1. Wow. Nice one. To Whom did you learn that?

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  47. Annemarie LeBlancMarch 24, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    It looks like a nice place to visit. It has everything all in one place - a mall, museums, an ampitheater and a convention center! Awesome!

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  48. Ive never even heard of this place but it sounds fab! There appears to be lots to do there!

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  49. I always enjoy reading about new countries and places to go. Thank you for sharing this information with us.

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  50. Interesting post. I didn't know anything about it before and now I want to know even more and experience it for myself.

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  51. Looks like a great place to visit and enjoy with family. Yes mall and museums are my favorite places.

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  52. The place looks very interesting! I would love to visit it one day and explore the fullest!

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  53. I love it when I can see name lanes in a mall because that really helps save a lot of time trying to move around the mall.

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  54. That's so cool you have museums there. I know i would love to go to them. I always love going to those kind of hidden museums. Lots of fun.

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  55. Wow! I did not realize there are other things to do at Marikina Riverbanks aside from shopping. I would love to see their Belen Museum and the Miniatures. I am a miniature collector as well so, I wouldn't miss it.

    Will definitely drop by during my next trip to Manila.

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  56. That amphitheater looks so cool! I would love to visit one day.

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  57. You are so right, I didn't know that! Thanks for the valuable information!

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  58. I've never heard of the Riverbank Center. It sounds like an interesting place to go

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  59. I've never heard of the Riverbanks Center in Marikina City before. Looks like a great place to explore and enjoy some entertainment. I'll have to check it out someday. Thanks for sharing!

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  60. Such cool things! I've never been there, but I really will have to go explore some day!

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  61. It has been a long time since I have visited Marikina. I like the idea of the named lanes in this center. :) Hope to be able to bring the kids here.

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  62. I am thinking of visiting Marikina for shoe shopping. And will do side trips to various museums.

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