Robinsons opens its first mall in Bicol

Karen Flores, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 23 2017 03:00 PM

Robinsons Place Naga is RLC’s first mall in Bicol. Facebook.com/RobPlaceNaga

NAGA CITY – Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) now has a mall in Naga City, marking its entry into the Bicol region.

Located along Almeda Highway and Roxas Avenue, Robinsons Place Naga is a three-level structure with 31,000 square meters of gross leasable area, 81% of which is already occupied.

Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo will open by next year, taking up most of the remaining space.

“I hope our mall helps spur the business here in the city,” RLC president Frederick Go said during the launch of Robinsons Place Naga, which was also graced by “Wildflower” stars Maja Salvador, Joseph Marco, and RK Bagatsing.

“Wildflower” star and RLC endorser Maja Salvador (second from right) poses for a photo with company executives. Facebook.com/RobPlaceNaga

Robinsons Place Naga is RLC’s 46th mall in the Philippines, and the company’s 28th branch in Luzon.

The new mall is part of a mixed-use development which also includes a business process outsourcing (BPO) office and two hotels.

“That means a lot of jobs for all the Bicolanos and the people of Naga City,” Go said.

The BPO that will use the two-floor office space on top of the mall is “a major player,” according to RLC vice president for leasing Ditas Taleon, who did not give further details as they finalize the contract.

The two Robinsons hotels – the upscale Summit and budget category Go Hotel – will have a combined 120 rooms and are targeted to open by mid-next year.

KEEPING IT LOCAL

Similar to its properties in other provinces, RLC incorporated local elements into Robinsons Place Naga to complement international brands and its key stores – Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, Handyman, and Robinsons Appliance.

The mall’s ceiling features a large leaf-shaped decor reminiscent of gabi (taro) leaves, a popular ingredient in Bicolano cooking.

There is also the “Tree of Life,” a 15-meter fiberglass structure by Jefre Manuel which is also inspired by gabi leaves.

Head to the third floor and see Naga-themed murals by visual artist Anina Rubio, known to many for her artworks in the 2016 independent movie “Sakaling Hindi Makarating.”

Visitors of Robinsons Place Naga are greeted with this ceiling artwork inspired by gabi leaves. Facebook.com/RobPlaceNaga

Popular restaurants in Bicol have also been tapped to open at Robinsons Place Naga, among them Bigg’s Diner, Tugawe Cove, Crown Park, Molino Grill, First Colonial, Triboo Grill, and Bob Marlin.

Visitors can also shop for local pasalubong at Caramel, Baker’s Plaza, and J. Emmanuel, each offering pili treats.

“A lot of people in Naga, they patronize their brands, especially for food,” said Myron Yao, RLC’s regional operations manager, who also noted that they opened the mall in time for the feast day of Our Lady of Peñafrancia – Naga’s main tourist draw – in September.

“We are positioning ourselves for Peñafrancia as the tourists are starting to come in,” he added.