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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Trinoma, the would-be-awarded Best Mall in the Country

I am just counting 2 months and I expect millions of Filipinos will agree with my statement that Trinoma, the new mall located just across SM North Edsa, is the best mall in the country.

Situated in the North Triangle "peninsula", the mall is linked to the Edsa MRT North Avenue Station. It will house the second Landmark outlet. Barely a month after it opened its doors to the public, around 50% of the establishments are still closed, but a glimpse inside the mall will tell you how fabulous it would be when it is fully operational.

Unlike Glorietta and Greenbelt which traces their roots in the 1980's and just expanded and integrated with other small commercial centers through the years, Trinoma is a world-class mall that had careful planning and architecture, built from scratch. Shoppers will not have any inconvenience crossing bridges or passing through narrow alleys as everything has been well-designed. An entirely new and refreshing mall indeed!

Looking at it from Mindanao Avenue, it looks like a giant Greenbelt complex. Inside, it looks more of a Glorietta-Shangrila Plaza-Alabang Town Center-MarketMarket-Festival Mall hybrid. It houses a uniquely elegant Crossings Department Store, trendy bars and coffee shops, a cool and cozy Food Choices lane, the Handyman Store, wide-aisled Mercury Drug and National Bookstore, a Marks and Spencer boutique, ample (and affordable) parking spaces, and an activity area at the heart of the mall similar to Glorietta's.

This really made SM consider redeveloping its first supermall, the SM City North Edsa, which has been around since the mid-80's. Its newest building, The Block, has been constructed quite similar to the the Mall of Asia; I personally coined a name for it: "A Taste of Mall of Asia", rather than calling it by such a dull name "The Block". Now, the SM City Annex has been torn down and SM Prime Holdings plan to put up a condo-mall complex on it, similar to what it is constructing diagonally across SM Sta. Mesa.

Oh well. Time will come that the whole of Metro Manila will be housed under giant malls, just like when Ayala integrated all the small business establishments of the 1980's (Quad 1,2,3 Arcades, Park Square, Gold Crest, etc.) and housed them into the Glorietta.


Blogger Ary said...

I agree! Trinoma is a great mall!

June 12, 2007 2:19 PM  
Anonymous shopaholic said...

mahirap parking!

June 12, 2007 3:03 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

ganda ng trinoma!! but i'd just like to share with u guys the experience of my sister and her friends at trinoma,they went there a few days ago at to their surprise bigla na lang may bumagsak na pader at ceiling sa kanila at take note may kasama pang tiles un.. buti na lang walang nasaktan sa kanila.. un lang..=)hehehehehe....

June 14, 2007 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hated it. masikip yung hallway sa dami ng tao.

June 22, 2007 9:51 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

That's right! TriNoma is one of the best malls by far..

August 08, 2007 6:53 PM  

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