Ma­har­lika

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

IT WAS the city's first mall if you could call it that. I re­mem­ber peo­ple sit­ting un­der the "pyra­mid" ceil­ing in the hope to ab­sorb good luck as square benches formed into a box, lined the two Egyp­tian typed roofs.

Now, the spot where the benches were sta­tioned house stalls sell­ing mostly cel­lu­lar phone ac­ces­sories and fake elec­tron­ics.

No one thinks any good will be­fall them if they hung around.

The nar­row es­ca­la­tors still don’t work and I don’t re­mem­ber if they ever did but re­call ev­ery­one an­tic­i­pat­ing its op­er­a­tions as no place in the city even had es­ca­la­tors at that time.

At the base­ment, a kid­die cor­ner was set up along with food stalls to match. Fun rides and bump cars lured kids to Ma­har­lika and was re­garded as a treat be­cause it was the only place that had that.

On the sec­ond and third floors were posh shops sell­ing im­ported items in­clud­ing Fred Perry leather suede shoes, Sperry, Top­siders, Dragon­fly and Tre­torn were be­ing ogled on by the pen­ni­less as it was the pop­u­lar footwear for the lucky ones who had money to spare. The Jans­port shop was also there with the prized back­packs which were also pelted with long­ing looks.

Now the shops are mostly beauty par­lors manned by drag queens and trans­gen­ders who hag­gle even be­fore you start speak. They ask if you want a re­bond when they see your hair is curly or a perm is your straight.

Dress shops for rentals and tai­lor­ing ser­vices, the an­tique shop that is never re­ally open, a derma clinic, mu­sic store and px shops sell­ing soap and choco­lates still op­er­ate but are far and in be­tween.

The Tummy Fillers out­let has long been closed which was a fa­vorite for burg­ers, baked mac­a­roni and chili­dogs.

All that has changed.

At the rooftoop of Ma­har­lika to­day stands a dozen small es­tab­lish­ments, mostly bars and

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