Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) continues to strengthen its presence in Eastern Visayas with the opening of a bigger and customer-driven Robinsons mall today, December 8—just three years and a month after supertyphoon Yolanda wrought destruction in the area.
The opening of the expanded Robinsons Place Tacloban is a positive indication of thriving business in the especially with around 100 more tenants offering a mix of established brands in the country as well as homegrown enterprises. The new wing will also include two additional cinemas, a bigger Robinsons Supermarket and department store, and a new dining destination with trendy interiors.
According to Arlene G. Magtibay, Robinsons malls general manager, the launching of the expanded mall is “a celebration of the strong relationship that the mall has had with Taclobanons as well as a tribute to their resilient spirit.”
With the opening of the new structure, Magtibay noted that this brings the total number of tenants doing business at Robinsons Place Tacloban to 230.
Sweetheart de Paz, Robinsons Place Tacloban mall operations manager, shared in a statement, “Before the mall opened, Taclobanons spent their idle time at home watching TV, drinking ‘tuba’ or chatting with friends. With the opening of the mall in June 2009, Taclobanons spent their free time at Robinsons watching movies and enjoying other forms of entertainment, dining and shopping. Our mall has become part of the Taclobanons’ lives, a place where they spend precious moments with friends and loved ones, bonding with their families and catching up with friends.”
Robinsons Place, a mixed-use development, also includes RLC’s two major brands: Go Hotels and Summit Hotel, which is set to open during the first quarter of 2017. The expanded Robinsons Place-Tacloban sits on 73,200 square meters of land and has a gross floor area of approximately 22,500 sqm. It has space for more than 100 commercial units.
Best of Tacloban
According to Magtibay, RLC made sure to create a good mix of tenants that both local residents as well as tourists will surely appreciate.
Local food establishments that are making a name in Tacloban’s growing foodie scene, for instance, include Cusina Don Vicente, an all-you-can eat buffet restaurant; Shylear Sizzling Steak which offers Taclobanon’s favorite sizzling dishes; Filipino-Italian restaurant Canto Fresco; and home grown bakery Elke’s Breadhouse. Miga Natives is a pasalubong center where you can buy local food and crafts.
For techies, the expanded mall offers IT/Gadget Zone while those whose interested in their personal well-being will get the services they need at the Health & Wellness Shops located the second level.
On the other hand, big brands are also making their presence felt for the first time in Tacloban: apparel brands like Giordano, Bayo and Vise Versa; food chains like Bonchon, Yellow Cab, Iceberg, Pancake House and Hap Chan; and furniture store La Sedia are just among these new tenants.
The Lingkod Pinoy Center, a one-stop destination for people wanting to do business with various government agencies and has become an important feature of many Robinsons Malls, will allow shoppers to combine shopping trips and a must-do visit to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Social Security System, Technical Education and Skills Development Agency, Philippine Health Corporation (PhilHealth) or Professional Regulation Commission.
As the city is named after the “taklub,” the bamboo contraption used for fishing by early inhabitants is strategically incorporated into the main atrium’s ceiling design. A stylized version of its base is used in the main atrium’s cove lighting. The “taklub” is the mall’s most distinctive Taclobanon element, signifying as it does the city’s resilience and ability to adapt and overcome even major disasters like Yolanda.
Tacloban’s colorful Sangyaw festival, a celebration of the feast of its patron saint, the Santo Niño (child Jesus), is showcased throughout the mall. Since it opened in 2009, it has played an active role in hosting its various event and has been one of the major co-presenters.
Colorful outfits and geometrical body paintings of the locals sport during the festival adorn columns, escalators ceilings, and hallways. Images of Taclobanons in Sangyaw festival costumes decorate the walls of the rest rooms.
To create the desired ambiance, the color scheme, lighting and materials used in the mall were carefully chosen. Browns and grays, with splashes of charcoal gray and glimpses of orange and yellow, evoke the hues of the bamboo used for taklub and the Sangyaw Festival.