Bonifacio Global City; Alabang; Congressional Ave. in Quezon City; Aseana-Baclaran in Pasay City; Cebu; Pampanga
Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
WHY WE LIKE IT: This members-only, warehouse-style supermarket is for the mom whose priority in shopping is quality, but quantity doesn’t have to play second fi ddle—the wise know that buying wholesale often results in more savings in the long run. Most of the merchandise are imported from the U.S. so the containers are huge (compared to what we are accustomed to) or are bundled together to make a set. If one shops here, it almost always means that she wouldn’t have to shop for at least another three or four weeks,as one would if she were buying piecemeal. There are also items for home improvement, gardening,and electronics, but what really warms the heart is its food service station where they serve humongous pizza, succulently roasted chicken, calzone, chowder,and all the soda you can drink.
Makati-Glorietta; Shangri-la Tower Mandaluyong; Powerplant Mall; Il Terrazo in Quezon City; Cebu
Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
WHY WE LIKE IT: This is where the saving grace of every seasoned grocery-shopping parent is found: the miniature shopping cart—guaranteed to keep whines and buy-me-that tantrums at bay. And if that in itself is not yet golden, these carts also have a flagpole that extends high up in the air so you do not lose track of your tot behind the shelves and aisles. Everything else becomes a bonus: the buy-one-take-one promos, the extensive imported-items racks, the conveniently placed service centers, and the free valet service for every purchase worth at least P1,000. (P.S. We also love the juicing section where they juice your chosen fruits right in front of you. That’s as fresh as fresh can get! Plus, the Shopwise Wise Card is also honored here, so you have more chances to rack up points.)