Touring the the biggest IKEA store in the world

At the size of 150 basketball courts!



The biggest IKEA store in the world has finally risen in the Philippine archipelago.

Situated in the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, the IKEA store covers a surface area of 68,000 sqm — as huge as 150 basketball courts housing plenty of collections for the perfect home.

GadgetMatch, together with several media outfits, got an exclusive sneak peek days before the grand public opening. Here’s what you can expect inside the new shopping destination in the country.


One of the first collections you’ll get to preview inside the showroom is the IKEA x ASUS ROG collection in the flesh. The partnership delivers desks, chairs, storage solutions, and accessories to help you build your perfect gaming setup.

IKEA for Business

One of the most popular collections IKEA has to offer is its workspaces. Though IKEA is avowed as a consumer-based store, the lifestyle brand caters to business units as well. You can have your spaces tailored to your business, befitting a bespoke charm that’ll surely invite more patrons.



IKEA for Kids

What’s a home without kids, our future as stated by the holy Whitney Houston? IKEA’s biggest store has a dedicated Kids section exhibiting furniture, fixture, set of organizers, and accessories, as well as toys that will make any children smile from ear to ear.


IKEA for Home

Of course, IKEA houses interior-designed home collections in their showroom. Several rooms were styled to show off different personalities, lifestyles, and aesthetics to match various customers. One thing I enjoyed is how IKEA’s stylists decorated rooms while still blending technology and design.

It’s proof that you don’t need lifeless white walls, RGB lights, and the typical wood accents to showcase your smart home. Which are reminiscent of every YouTuber’s home and Pinterest collections.

The showroom serves as a reminder that you can build a smart home while still maintaining a spirit, and parading your story.

IKEA for Plant Parents

The love for planting, gardening, and greenery grew over a span of a year, during the onset of the pandemic when everyone’s stuck at home. But even before that, there’s a market for plant parents and IKEA capitalizes on it — providing a section for those who love their plants.

Soft serve ice cream on an automated machine

How to shop?

Shopping is easy and seamless, especially with all the smart features placed all over the store. However, you need to book an appointment before you can shop. Reserve a slot here.


Great Samsung Sale: Own Galaxy phones for less

With bundles and freebies too



This June, Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones will come with big discounts of up to 25% off and freebies, offering customers a mid-year treat. From June 1 to 25, the Great Samsung Sale lets customers avail of these deals, as well as trading in their old phones for up to PhP 15,000 off.

Foldables go on sale

Included in the sale is the foldable Galaxy Z Fold4 which will retail for PhP 18,990 throughout the period and will come with a free Galaxy Watch5 44mm.

Meanwhile, those who purchase the Galaxy Z Flip4 will get a free Buds2 Pro for just a total bill of PhP 12,990.

Galaxy S23 series: Trade in for savings

Even Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S23 series will come with free Galaxy Buds2 Pro, while those who trade in their old devices get savings of up to PhP 49,000.

Galaxy A34, A54 5G bundles

The new 5G-capable mid-range Galaxy A34 and A54 phones will also be bundled with a free Galaxy Buds Live worth PhP 7,990.

If you have not yet upgraded your current smartphones, both devices have Super AMOLED FHD+ displays and come in lime, violet, and graphite colorways.

They also promise four generations of OS upgrades and five years of security updates, so they’re a sound investment.

Budget phone offers

For those on a budget, the Galaxy A14 5G will be packaged with a free travel adapter and a 128GB memory card for only PhP 12,990.

The Galaxy Tab S8 series will also get a free Galaxy Tab A7 Lite or Galaxy tab A8 Wi-Fi, as well as a free bookcover keyboard for a virtual buy one, take one deal.

Discounts on select Galaxy devices

Lastly, some of Samsung’s previous S series flagship smartphones will also get special prices throughout the promo period:

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra (256GB): PhP 58,990 (PhP 14,000 off)
  • Galaxy S22 (128GB): PhP 35,990 (PhP 10,000 off)
  • Galaxy S21 (128GB): PhP 28,990 (PhP 10,000 off)

These devices can get even more affordable, as they’re also eligible for trade-ins.

WATCH: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review: One Week Later

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Budget vivo smartphones Y35, Y02s get discounts

Y series standouts



vivo Y35, vivo Y02s

Customers looking for budget-friendly smartphone options may want to consider vivo’s pair of trendy devices: the vivo Y35 and vivo Y02s.

Getting even more affordable with discounts, both phones offer users a good overall performance, the capability to handle general tasks with ease, and reliable specs for their price points.

vivo Y35: Stylish all-day phone

vivo Y35

The vivo Y35 comes with a Snapdragon 680 processor, 6.58-inch FHD+ 90Hz display, 256GB storage, and up to 16GB memory (8GB+8GB extended RAM).

With multi-Turbo 5.5, the device can be used for gaming without hassles. The vivo Y35 also has a 5,000mAh battery with 44W fast charging support, allowing its users to enjoy all-day usage for various activities such as gaming and social media browsing.

Its triple camera setup features a 50MP large sensor, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP bokeh camera, while a 16MP selfie camera with EIS and stabilization is in front.

What’s best is that the phone is now available for just PhP 11,999 from its original of PhP 14,999 in Dawn Gold and Agate Black.

vivo Y02s: Sleekest entry-level phone

vivo Y02S

For an even more affordable choice, the vivo Y02s boasts of an ultra-thin 8.19mm design made of glass.

Powered by a MediaTek P35 processor, the phone has a decent memory (3GB+3GB extended RAM) and storage (64MP) capacities.

It also comes with multi-turbo 5.5 and an Ultra Game mode with “do not disturb.” It also has “e-sport mode” features to give users leverage when playing with games that require light to moderate workloads.

Elsewhere, it has an 8MP main camera and 5MP selfie camera, and a 5,000mAh battery for all day use.

Available in Vibrant Blue and Fluorite Black, the vivo Y02s retails for only PhP 5,699.

This article is a sponsored press release by vivo Philippines.

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vivo V27 series users get meet & greet with Maine Mendoza

Aura With Maine



vivo Maine

To celebrate the success of the vivo V27 series, the company held an “Aura With Maine” meet and greet event with ambassador Maine Mendoza.

The exclusive fan meeting involved winners of the vivo Philippines Instagram challenge which asked them to pose with the V27 phones. It was held at vivo’s SM Megamall store last May 27.

Not only were fans able to snap photos with the celebrity endorser, but they also received signed posters from Mendoza herself.

With the vivo V27’s up to 256GB storage, fans were able to take up to thousands of clear and crisp photos using the device’s Sony IMX766 50MP main sensor and aura ring light.

As for onlookers, vivo also gave away freebies like wireless earbuds and fitness trackers to walk-in shoppers who purchased the V27 5G and V27e smartphones.

In case you’re interested to get the V27 series, the V27 retails for PhP 24,999 while the V27e is priced at PhP 16,999

SEE ALSO: Photo ideas to soft launch your new relationship — Shot on the vivo V27 5G

This article is a sponsored press release by vivo Philippines.

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