(Source: Robinsons Land Corporation | June 2015)
“He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination,” the words of the national hero, Jose Rizal, inspired the country’s leading property developer Robinsons Land Corporation founder John Gokongwei to retrace his humble roots in creating its most ambitious project to date. Gokongwei, who built his multi-billion diversified empire from scratch in Cebu, has designed a timely homecoming in matching the country’s robust economic growth, by envisioning a retail monument dedicated to the country’s most internationally-progressive city, and, with it, revealing countless commercial possibilities.
The Queen City of the South, a bustling cosmopolitan teeming with rich history and optimistic economic future, is set to welcome a new landmark, as Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) opens up its iconic shopping destination, Robinsons Galleria Cebu, the group’s 41st shopping mall slated to open in the final quarter of this year. Located right at the heart of Cebu City, the stunning 4.7 hectare, six-floor retail development is set to highlight the Cebuano’s industrial spirit and international confidence, as it becomes the cornerstone for RLC’s progressive mixed-use development blueprint for the emerging global capital.
Located along the main seaside avenue of General Maxilom, Cebu’s leading growth area, the new Robinsons Galleria Cebu offers a refreshing vista of the ocean outdoors while providing a verdant view of lush greenery indoors, creating a rewarding environment for the leading lifestyle labels, top-notch retail brands, as well as the finest leisure options set to find their home in the sleek and smartly-aligned retail complex. Yet, despite these trademark developments introduced by Robinsons Malls in its third shopping center in Cebu, the retail developers managed to retain the aspirational yet approachable qualities that have long been synonymous with the brand.
Smart and Strategic Location
Found a stone’s throw away from the Cebu City Pier, the Robinsons Galleria Cebu will serve as the gateway for travel, trade, and trend-spotting for its neighboring provinces. The lively port services both small ferries and big passenger vessels, accessible in just four hours from the nearby Visayan islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, Siquijor, Biliran, and Dumaguete, at least ten hours from key Mindanao areas such as Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Zamboanga, and just barely a day’s ride from the Manila Port. Anticipating the rich influx of shoppers making the pilgrimage in the gleaming new Visayan lifestyle commercial center, the Robinsons Galleria complements its new development with a well-serviced Traveler’s Lounge, offering convenient access and ease of transit for its roaming consumers.
For vehicle-owning patrons, the Robinsons Galleria Cebu also has ample parking slots well-divided among its multiple levels, all offering convenient access to the main mall.
Tasteful and Thoughtful Design
The mall’s modernist vernacular architecture is mindfully-designed to maintain the Cebuano traditions of leisurely strolls, relaxed dining, and unhurried shopping as seen in its wide pathways, al fresco dining strips, as well as Robinsons Galleria Cebu’s open and airy layout. Sweeping staircases and escalators are cleverly-positioned among its six-storey expanse, ensuring ease of flow from level to level. Its LED-powered lighting well-distributed among the mall’s common areas guarantees well-illuminated and energy-efficient spaces, while its high-ceilings dominated by a glass wall façade encourage the warm glow of Cebu’s generous natural light, highlighting the modern landmark’s sustainable design.
Yet what sets Robinsons Galleria Cebu apart from the existing, as well as the upcoming retail developments in the area is its vibrant landscape features liberally integrated within the mall’s vastness. Tropical tress and foliage, as well as refreshing water features punctuate the al fresco dining strip at the mall’s perimeters, while its lushness is carried inside, as Robinsons Galleria Cebu’s central atrium is dominated by a flourishing display of vertical greens, thriving hanging plants, abundant shrubbery, and as a sound symbol of Cebu’s exciting life, a giant guitar topiary made of the island’s tropical greens. This lushness is complemented with invigorating fountains, falls, and ponds that serve as a revitalizing oasis to the rewarding urban center.
Exciting and Empowering Merchant Mix
Robinsons Galleria Cebu is making provisions for over 300 tenants, highlighting a rich assortment of world-renowned brands, national retailers, as well as acclaimed local labels that offer an exciting mix of value for money, well-varied selections that cater to the modern shopper’s necessities and whims. Its well-planned layout organizes the retail complex into convenient merchant zones, divided into health and wellness establishments, fashion and beauty boutiques, an internationally-branded amusement center, specialty stores, and digital technology goods that all add an exciting diversity to Robinsons Malls’ benchmark brands of Robinsons Selections, Robinsons Bank, Robinsons Department Store, True Value, Daiso, Robinsons Appliances, Toys R’ Us, and Robinsons Department Store.
Its exciting new entertainment complex houses six cutting-edge cinemas, replete with ergonomically-designed chairs and the latest Atmos surround-sound system, while two of which are state-of-the-art 3D theatres. Anticipating its popularity with blockbusters in store for the movie-going public, Robinsons Movieworld will also have roomy cinema lounges that accommodate waiting time, as well as an online booking system that make convenient reservations and hassle-free access a complete and convenient possibility.
And to heighten the lifestyle experience a notch further, Robinsons Galleria Cebu is touted to become the new gastronomic hub of the Visayas, combining a wide array of food choices, different flavors, price points, and food services to suit all dining predilections. Its al fresco dining area, the Sun Court, serves as an exciting buffet where different cuisines can be discovered—from celebrated restaurant franchises to delectable homegrown concepts that firmly placed Cebu at the center of the country’s culinary map. Robinsons Galleria Cebu’s food court, on the other hand, gathers the county’s finest quick service dining establishments, offering affordable yet high quality dishes, all with rewarding access from the cinemas.
With selections built on the luxury of choice, the excitement of variety, and the ease of accessibility, Robinsons Galleria Cebu offers a multi-sensory lifestyle experience tailor-made for today’s dynamic consumers.
Robust and Rewarding Community Development
And lastly, as the heart and soul of every Robinsons Malls development, the new Galleria Cebu thrives on the warmth and the sustainability of a strong, healthy, and prosperous community. The mall becomes the affluent axis of a well-designed mixed-use development by Robinsons Land, designed with vertical residences, enterprise centers, as well as a luxury hotel that will all capture the optimistic, progressive, and thriving community spirit of the area.
As the Robinsons Galleria Cebu rises in the country’s oldest city, envision a bright new age of retail, where red carpet treatments meet practical lifestyle options, merging aspirations and accessibility in the most stately of locations: the Queen City of the South.