'Tiangge' stalls have place in revamped Greenhills: Ortigas and Co

Cathy Yang, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2018 02:02 PM | Updated as of Sep 14 2018 01:16 PM


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.

Ortigas and Co president and CEO Jaime Ysmael speaks to Cathy Yang for 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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