Malls in Manila

17 12 2009

Although the country of the Philippines is a third world country, the country is not necessarily all poor. Their indeed are many of those that live below the poverty line, and suffer through their day to day existence, much like in any other third world country, but there is a side of Manila, Philippines that is greatly unseen to the world’s eyes. Metro Manila is the capital of the Philippines and this is where all the business offices and corporate centers are. Metro Manila is where all around urban living takes place. What do we have an abundance of in Manila though? Where do all the not-so poor people spend their time? None other then in Shopping Malls.

In Manila, we have a lot of Malls and Shopping Centers where people go not only to shop but spend their whole entire days. Malls are a common place of social gatherings. I would compare the malls in the Manila to be actually a lot bigger than the Malls I have seen in my seven years here in northern California, not just a little bit bigger, but actually a lot bigger. Given though, that the Malls in the Philippines would be a lot more saturated, and full of people, the malls in the Philippines tend to have more activities that you can do within them. Malls would be so massive that constant street traffic would occur all around them, all the time. You can spend your entire day in a mall.

“Hoy, Punta tayo sa SM”

SM or Shoe Mart is the parent company of the SM Group’s shopping malls. It is the largest shopping mall and retail operator in the Philippines. It was incorporated on 6 January 1994 by Filipino-Chinese entrepreneur Henry Sy to develop, conduct, operate and maintain the SM commercial shopping centers and all businesses related thereto, such as the lease of commercial spaces within the compound of shopping centers. SM is common vernacular among local Filipinos for Mall.

The Philippines newest Mall in the Philippines is called the Mall of Asia. The SM Mall of Asia is the second largest shopping mall in the Philippines and the 4th largest shopping mall in the world[. It has a land area of 42 hectares and has a gross floor area of an approximate 390,193 m² (4.2 million square feet) and 407,101 m² of total area. The mall attracts a daily foot traffic of 200,000 people. Ive been here, and I can say this is one really really big mall, its feels like a city.

-Jonathan Nolasco




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