|Photo courtesy of Ira Giorgetti
A 10-storey mall owned by “Wowowee” host Willie Revillame will soon rise in Quezon City.
Revillame, YES! magazine’s most powerful entertainer, said he is investing P500 million to P600 million for the construction of “Wil Theater Mall.” The building is located along Eugenio Lopez Drive, across ABS-CBN's "audience entrance."
The 3,000-square-meter building will house, among others, a basketball gym, spas, and two multi-purpose theaters, one of which will be used for his popular afternoon game show, Revillame said. Also, the mall’s parking area can accommodate 200 vehicles.
“Nandiyan na lahat. Meron theater na pwedeng gamitin para sa premiere night ng mga pelikula ng Star Cinema, pwedeng gamiting concert nila Gary [Valenciano], Martin [Nievera], Kuh [Ledesma], Zsa Zsa [Padilla], lahat ng performers,” he said.
“Maraming negotiations. Marami nang nakikipag-usap sa akin para kumuha na ng mga pwesto,” he added.
Revillame also claimed that the masses, who comprise majority of his fans, will benefit from his mall since it will generate more employment.
He also announced that those who will watch “Wowowee” in the Wil Theater Mall will be given special treatment. An airconditioned waiting area and an elevator going to the studio will be set up for their convenience, according to the host.
“Meron ding TV para ipapalabas ‘yong mga nangyayari…mga events ng ‘Wowowee.’ May kainan na affordable,” he said.
He also plans to construct a bridgeway to connect the mall to the ABS-CBN building.
Revillame hopes that the construction will be finished in 12 to 16 months.
Wil Theater Mall is designed by Jonathan Gan, who is among the top architects in the country. Jose Aliling is the engineer for construction management while Star Magic head honcho Johnny Manahan serves as theater consultant.
Manahan, also known as "Mr. M," is the director of "Wowowee."
It had its groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning, an event attended by ABS-CBN big bosses, President Charo Santos-Concio and television head Cory Vidanes, as well as Revillame’s “Wowowee” female co-hosts.
The Wil Theater Mall is Revillame's first real estate business venture.
In the future, he plans to build a condotel near his mall, targeting Filipinos abroad who fly back to the country to watch Wowowee. He also plans to construct a building to provide a home for street children. With a report from TV Patrol World