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Harbor Point: Ayala Mall in Subic Bay Opens
The P2.5-billion Ayala project is one of the flagship investments in Subic Bay under former Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) administrator Armand Arreza.
Ayala land officials said the mall is just the beginning of their expansion plans in Central Luzon.
“We are definitely expanding our national presence. We have identified the Pampanga-Bataan-Zambales corridor as a key growth area, and with the opening of Harbor Point, you can say we have already deepened our presence in those areas,” Bernard Vincent O. Dy, Ayala Land executive vice-president, said in a press briefing last April 26.
He said they will also build residential and office spaces.
Like other Ayala malls, open spaces and rest areas are major considerations. The mall design was customer driven and resort-oriented as it blends with the environment in Subic as an outdoor experience.
Ayala Land’s other developments in Central Luzon include the Anvaya Cove, a 320-hectare leisure complex in Bataan that the company developed in partnership with Subic Bay Development and Industrial Estate Corp.
Harbor Point is also pushing its trade mark “active lifestyle” theme from its mall design to the various mall sponsored activities. Among the active sports to be featured in the mall are indoor football (futsal), martial arts, yoga and running.
SM City Olongapo now fully open
GREAT shopping, leisure and entertainment came to life in Zambales when SM City Olongapo, SM Prime Holdings' 42nd supermall, formally opened its doors to the public on February 10.
Strategically located on Magsaysay Drive corner Gordon Avenue in the city's Central Business District, the seven-story, 40,863-sq-m mall will serve customers in Zambales, Bataan and other nearby provinces.
Situated at the southern part of Zambales and the northwestern interior of the Subic Bay area, Olongapo was once the site of a US naval base. Today, it is a city known for its innovative methods of urban management, pioneering an integrated solid-waste management system, volunteerism, organized vendors, and a color-coded transport system, among other things. It has also brought much honor to the country with international awards like the Unesco Cities for Peace representing Asia and the Pacific in 1997 and the Konrad Adenauer Local Medal of Excellence in 1999.
The opening of SM City Olongapo is a catalyst for employment and business opportunities, as well as lifestyle trends for residents of this bustling city. With the SM Department Store and SM Supermarket as its major anchors, it also features SM mainstays like the SM Appliance Center, ACE Express and Watsons.
Eating-out options include popular international and local food chains like Pizza Hut, KFC, Jollibee. Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Chowking, Savory Classic and Hainanese Delights. Banking services and three state-of-the-art digital cinemas-the first such theaters in the city-complete the shopping experience.
For customer convenience, SM City Olongapo has allotted three levels of parking with more than 300 slots, as well as a color-coded jeepney terminal just across the mall.
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