Malls / Commercial Centers Category

SM City Jinjiang

January 17, 2015

I first featured SM City Xiamen, the first SM mall outside the Philippines, way back in 2007. I guess it’s now time to feature the second such SM mall and this is SM City Jinjiang (SM泉州晋江, Wikipedia), located in Jinjiang, Quanzhou in the Fujian province of China. Facade... (read more)

Caltex and Petron (SLEX San Pedro)

August 16, 2009

Photo from the website. Back in 2006, I featured the Petron Express Center at NLEX in Marilao, Bulacan. So why not feature something similar along SLEX? Well, there’s plenty of “megastations” along SLEX, but I decided on the Petron-Caltex tandem at Kilometer 29 in San Pedro. The Petron megastation... (read more)

Paseo de Sta. Rosa

June 23, 2009

I’ve featured the Plaza Luisita Commercial Complex last year and it is a popular (and maybe even mandatory) stopover for travelers going to the north from Manila. One popular near-counterpart in the south is Paseo de Sta. Rosa in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Launched way back in 1997, This strip mall... (read more)

SM City Pampanga

November 10, 2008

I’m doing a double feature for Vista Pinas this time: Robinsons Starmills Pampanga in the previous post and SM City Pampanga in this one. I think it’s apt since these two malls of the two largest mall operators in the Philippines stand right across each other in San Fernando City... (read more)

Robinsons Starmills Pampanga

November 10, 2008

I’m doing a double feature for Vista Pinas this time: Robinsons Starmills Pampanga on this post and SM City Pampanga in the next. I think it’s apt since these two malls of the two largest mall operators in the Philippines stand right across each other in San Fernando City and... (read more)


October 19, 2008

Today marks the first year anniversary of the Glorietta 2 explosion that killed eleven people and injured more than a hundred. Glorietta is one of the numerous shopping malls in Makati City and is managed by Ayala Land, Inc. Police investigations say that a gas-buildup in the basement of Glorietta... (read more)

Plaza Luisita

September 28, 2008

Anybody who has taken a road trip to northern Luzon from the Metro Manila area is sure to have taken a stopover at Plaza Luisita at the southern part of Tarlac City. And why not? Plaza Luisita is such a nice place for a stopover and Metro Manilenyos who love... (read more)

Festival Supermall

May 12, 2008

Among the monolithic malls I’ve ever seen, Festival Supermall has the best shape or building footprint, in my opinion. As you can see from the satellite image of the mall, its unusual shape is a far cry from the boring, blocky exteriors of most SM Supermalls. Festival’s sprawling shape is... (read more)

Jollibee (National City, CA Branch)

April 19, 2008

Almost exactly two years ago, I posted about the first Jollibee branch in the United States, the Daly City branch, which opened in 1998. A slew of openings followed that and there are currently 12 Jollibee branches in the United States, the recent being the Las Vegas branch. In an... (read more)

SM City Xiamen

December 27, 2007

I finally found SM City Xiamen on Google Maps! :D I’ve been looking for it for quite some time now and my sleuthing powers were exercised quite a bit for this featured sight. (You can tell that I found the correct building by looking at the satellite image; if you... (read more)

Eastwood City

October 1, 2007

I’ve been working in Eastwood City for almost four years now. (No, I don’t work in a call center.) So I pretty much know the ins and outs of this micro commercial/business/residential district in Quezon City. Owned and managed by the Megaworld Corporation Eastwood City is located on 16 hectares... (read more)

Ayala Center Cebu

September 13, 2007

I tend to visit malls and shopping centers way, way after they have opened. For example, I only visited SM Mall of Asia four months after its grand opening. Same goes for the Ayala shopping centers. I still have not seen TriNoMa yet, and it was only a few weeks... (read more)

SM City Baguio

March 31, 2007

We’ve featured an SM mall and a Robinsons mall before and our next shopping mall is the tented SM City Baguio. In many respects, this is probably the first non-traditional SM Mall ever. It’s the first SM mall to not have air-conditioning (due to the cool Baguio air). It’s also... (read more)

Robinsons Place Bacolod

July 7, 2006

Our second featured shopping mall is Robinsons Place Bacolod in Negros Occidental (the first one is SM City Bacoor). Bacolod City is one of the few places Robinsons Land Corporation, which is probably the country’s second-largest shopping mall operator, has SM Prime Holdings beat to put up a shopping mall.... (read more)

Petron Express Center (Marilao)

May 1, 2006

For the past several years now, there has been a proliferation of gasoline stations/strip malls along the South Luzon and North Luzon Expressways. These stations/plazas, which we still have no official name for (suggestions include “gas malls,” “megastations,” and “gas plazas”), are a usual first stop-over or meeting place for... (read more)

Jollibee (Daly City, CA Branch)

April 11, 2006

Located at 6955 Mission St. Daly City, California is Jollibee’s first US branch. (I’m not sure if it’s the first international branch; that’s probably the one in Hong Kong). Entering the Mission St. address in Google Local gave me a bit of a problem. It seems that the address is for... (read more)

SM City Bacoor

March 7, 2006

Here’s our first mall! SM City Bacoor, located in Bacoor, Cavite, is SM Prime Holding’s sixth mall. It formally opened to the public on July 1997 and has a total floor area of almost 120,000 square meters. SM City Bacoor isn’t the only SM property in Bacoor. Far to the southeast... (read more)