Muntinlupa, officially the City of Muntinlupa (Filipino: Lungsod ng Muntinlupa), is the southernmost city in Philippine National Capital Region. It is bordered on the north by Taguig City; to the northwest by Parañaque City; by Las Piñas City to the west; to the southwest by the city of Bacoor; by the city of San Pedro, Laguna; and by Laguna de Bay to the east, the largest lake in the country. It is classified as a Highly Urbanized City with a population of more than 400,000 and is given the nickname "Emerald City of the Philippines" by the tourism establishment.
Muntinlupa was once notoriously known as the location of the national insular penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison, where the country's most dangerous criminals were incarcerated. Consequently, Muntinlupa or "Munti" became synonymous with the national penitentiary although it has largely shaken-off this negative image to become one of the most progressive cities in the country.
Muntinlupa is also home to some of the best commercial establishments in the metropolis and is the location of Ayala Alabang Village, one of the country's biggest and most expensive residential communities, where many of the wealthy and famous live.
Shopping malls plays an important role in the economy of Muntinlupa.
Alabang Town Center is a shopping mall owned by Ayala Malls in Muntinlupa. This shopping mall has become popular for the people for the citizens of Southern Manila particularly those from Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Parañaque.
The True Value hardware store there was renovated in 2009.
Festival Supermall or Festival Mall is a large shopping mall owned and operated by Filinvest Development Corporation located at the sprawling and vibrant Filinvest Corporate City Now (Filinvest City) in Alabang Muntinlupa City, and is acknowledged as the first theme mall in the Philippines. The mall opened in the middle of May, 1998, and it became Filinvest’s flagship project, setting the standard for shopping centers in the south of Metro Manila. The whole Festival Supermall complex has an area of 20 hectares, the biggest mall in the south of Metro Manila, with the most number of tenants, and still remains as one of the largest malls in the Philippines.
Festival Supermall is the biggest of all current 5 malls in Muntinlupa City. It is located at the heart of Filinvest Corporate City, a major business district in Alabang. The mall can be easily accessed via South Luzon Expressway from Filinvest Exit, Alabang Exit, and South Station Exit, and also via the National Highway and Alabang-Zapote Road. Festival Supermall is also adjacent to some of the largest malls South of Metro Manila, namely Alabang Town Center, SM Southmall, and other prominent malls like Starmall Alabang (Formerly Metropolis) and Lianas Alabang.
Starmall Alabang, or formerly known as Metropolis Star Alabang is the first community shopping mall in this city and it is owned by Starmalls, Inc. It has features and anchors like: Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Department Store, Finds, Cinemas, and among others.
SM Center Muntinlupa or formerly known as SM Supercenter Muntinlupa is a second community shopping mall in this city and it is owned by SM Prime Holdings. SM Center Muntinlupa is the 30th SM Supermall built in the Philippines and 3 among other SM Supermalls in the Southern Region of Metro Manila after SM Southmall in Las Piñas, SM City Sucat and SM City Bicutan in Parañaque. The mall is built beside the Pepsi Warehouse and Land Transportation Office.
It's features and anchors of the SM Center Muntinlupa are: SM Hypermarket, SM Cinema, SM Appliance Center, Ace Hardware, and among others.