While driving from one end of the MRT to the other I noticed that most of the stations have a shopping mall.
Taft Station has Metropoint.
Magallanes Station will have the Southgate mall soon.
Ayala Station has Glorietta.
Buendia Station : none... yet. Although Rockwell's Powerplant is nearby.
Guadalupe Station has the Guadalupe Commercial Center.
Boni Station has Robinsons Pioneer.
Shaw Station has Shangrila Plaza.
Ortigas Station has Robinsons Galleria and SM Megamall.
Santolan Station: none... yet. Although Greenhills Shopping Center is nearby.
Cubao Station has Gateway.
GMA-Kamuning: none... yet.
Quezon Ave Station: none... yet.
North Ave. Station has Trinoma and SM North Edsa.
That's 13 shopping malls in a 17 km stretch. (or 1 mall for every 1.3 kilometers)
Forget manufacturing, mining, farming and other important industries a country needs to survive in this world, the Philippines is content with buying and selling products. Retail. Shopping. That's it.
We don't need more factories. We'll just put up malls. That's it.