we had our baby's baptism and son's 3rd birthday at dad's megamall last year. we didnt encounter any problems. here are some points i can recall:
*we reserved for 100 guests and got the enclosed function room
*added P300 for the sound system and the extra tables;
*paid additional for hanging balloons (about 25@; same if i availed outside - sila pa nagkabit)
* no corkage for cakes
* there are swags on the cieling for a festive feel
*did not availed of baptismal packages
*our guest were there even before 3 cause we put in the invite: strictly 2:30-5pm only.
*mahaba yung pila when the merienda buffet opened. but after awhile, naubos din ang pila & yung mga guests na namin ang sumuko sa buffet as they were so full. my guests went back and forth and nag abang ng pag refill ng siomai, til ayaw na nila
*program: short prayer, eating, and about 3 games and then cake blowing; then eating continues
*heard from the coordinator there (Ms. Irene, who is really nice and attentive to our needs) that some parties have lengthly programs kaya the downside was hindi na enjoy ng guests yung food kasi may set time to eat (as dictated by the one having the party), and they end up lining up.
* there were waiters assigned to us to buss the tables and fill in our drinks.
* for babies - no charge; for kids 3 and above, the charge is 1pax. this depends if nakisubo lang or kumain talaga yung kid. for my son, he really ate the spag and the small cakes.
*i thought of guests who will come late, but thats their risk. i feel na na communicate ko na trough text and invite. so far, the latest came at 4pm. buffet is open til 5pm.
*parking was okay on a sunday at around 2 pm
our bapstim in christ the king started exactly 130 and ended at 2pm (inlcuding picture taking) and so we were at megamall at about 2:30.
we were not able to be get in the function room right away, cause we were early for our reservation. it was a few minutes waiting at the chairs outside of Dad's.
So far, it was great for us! value for money and the time. it was P180/pax with bottomless iced tea (2009). We didnt plan on having a lenghthy program cause we want to enjoy eating and just chatting with the family.
It just depends I guess, ion what we want, and if it would fit the kind of celebration we want. For us, it was well!