SM City Legazpi opens to­day

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS -

SM City Legazpi, the Bi­col Re­gion’s new­est life­style des­ti­na­tion opens to­day, Sept. 14. It is SM Prime’s 71st su­permall, and the sec­ond in Bi­colan­dia af­ter SM City Naga.

Legazpi City, the cap­i­tal of Al­bay, is the re­gional cen­ter and largest city in the Bi­col Re­gion in terms of pop­u­la­tion. It is the re­gion’s cen­ter of tourism, ed­u­ca­tion, health ser­vices, com­merce and trans­porta­tion. In 2018, Legazpi was ranked first in over­all com­pet­i­tive­ness by the Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive Coun­cil. The city also ranked first in in­fra­struc­ture and sec­ond in eco­nomic dy­namism.

Lo­cated in the south­ern foothills of scenic Mount Mayon, Legazpi is also known as the "City of Fun and Ad­ven­ture," and has a flour­ish­ing tourism in­dus­try. There are a num­ber of tourism ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties within the city, in­clud­ing rid­ing an ATV around Mt. Mayon, zip-lin­ing, sky­div­ing, scuba diving, and wa­ter sports.

Lo­cated along Imelda Ro­ces Av­enue in Barangay Bi­tano, the 87,706-sq. m. three- level mall will serve shop­pers in bustling Legazpi as well as the rest of Al­bay. The mall’s de­sign in­cludes a set of bold forms with a sub­tle, yet im­pact­ful curve along Ter­mi­nal 2 Road that leads vis­i­tors to main en­try points. Con­trast­ing pat­terns of vary­ing blues and greys cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive ap­proach along each façade, while a blue frame high­lights one of its most unique fea­tures; an ex­te­rior bal­cony where vis­i­tors can cap­ture a selfie with Mt. Mayon.

The in­te­rior of SM City Legazpi is or­ga­nized around a sim­ple, z-shaped plan that al­lows for clear views to shops at each level. The pal­ette con­sists of crisp, clean fin­ishes that in­cor­po­rate a mix­ture of play­ful col­ors and light­ing ar­range­ments to en­liven the space. In ad­di­tion to the am­ple nat­u­ral day­light that fills the main mall, vis­i­tors will be able to en­joy ex­pan­sive views of Mt. Mayon through the SM Food Hall and the Pres­tige Lounge, which is ac­ces­si­ble through The SM Store.

The SM Store and SM Su­per­mar­ket are SM City Legazpi’s an­chor stores with SM main­stays like the SM Ap­pli­ance Cen­ter, ACE Hard­ware, Our Home, Wat- sons, Sur­plus, Sports Cen­tral and Min­iso lead­ing the way. It also has a Cy­ber­zone for techie shop­pers, as well as fash­ion bou­tiques, shoe stores, jew­elry stores, eye­wear stores, book­stores, and sports stores.

Eat­ing out op­tions in­clude a Food Hall, where one can get a spec­tac­u­lar view of Mount Mayon, as well as well-loved lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional food chains and spe­cialty restau­rants.

Home­grown busi­nesses have also found their way to SM City Legazpi. These in­clude Ila­wod Café, Grace­land, J. Em­manuel, P. Al­dana, Viva Mas­sage, Pixel 8, UST Legazpi Clinic, Legazpi Hair­cut­ters, and Sticks and Strings.

SM City Legazpi brings the magic of movies to res­i­dents with six dig­i­tal cine­mas. It also has amuse­ment cen­ters for kids, and well­ness cen­ters for look­ing good and feel­ing great. For cus­tomer con­ve­nience, it has 922 park­ing slots.

SM City Legazpi’s project team in­cludes DSGN As­so­ci­ates, de­sign ar­chi­tect; H1 Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign, AOR; Engr. Roger P. Pe­dregosa, project man­ager; De­sign Co­or­di­nates, con­struc­tion man­ager; and KHMAYA, gen­eral con­trac­tor.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal (2nd from left), Al­bay Sec­ond District Con­gress­man Joey Sarte Sal­ceda (3rd from left), Al­bay Prov­ince Gov­er­nor Al Fran­cis C. Bichara (4th from left), Al­bay Prov­ince Vice Gov­er­nor Harold O. Im­pe­rial ( 4th from right) , Legazpi City Vice Mayor Robert Os­car Cris­to­bal ( 3rd from right) and Bishop of Legazpi City Most Rev. Joel Bay­lon (cen­ter) were the guests of honor dur­ing the bless­ing of SM City Legazpi. They were joined by SM Chair­man for Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Hans T. Sy and SM Mar­kets Vice Chair­man Her­bert T. Sy. En­vi­sioned to be the Bi­col Re­gion's new­est life­style des­ti­na­tion, the 87,706 sq. m. mall is SM Prime's 71st su­permall, and the sec­ond in Bi­colan­dia af­ter SM City Naga. It will serve cus­tomers in Legazpi, which is known as the "City of Fun and Ad­ven­ture," and the rest of the prov­ince of Al­bay.

SM City Legazpi is the Bi­col Re­gion's new­est life­style des­ti­na­tion.

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