MANILA - Bargain stalls that sell cell phones, clothes and bags or "tiangge" will have a space in the revamped Greenhills Shopping Center, as it seeks to maintain its mass appeal, its developer said Wednesday.
Greenhills, surrounded by rich enclaves and exclusive schools, is a destination for shoppers as much as it is a refuge for Muslims displaced by the decades-long conflict in the south, Ortigas and Co president and CEO Jaime Ysmael said.
Ysmael said a majority of Greenhills’ tenants are from the Maranao tribe, whose hometown of Marawi was the site of a 5-month long siege by Islamic State-inspired militants last year.
"Greenhills has been a very successful shopping center and one of the key success factors of Greenhills is its uniqueness. To a certain extent, an incubator for small businessmen, microentrepreneurs," Ysmael said in an exclusive interview with ANC’s The Boss.
The tiangge row will be moved to a new building with better facilities that will make shopping easier, Ysmael said.
"It will still be the same. The tiangge setup is a mix of Muslims and Christians. We’ll effectively move them to a new area," he said.
"That’s the other thing. We want to effectively allocate space to budding entrepreneurs, to help these individuals to become bigger businessmen in the future," he said.
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