Robinsons Malls Heads Up North: Grand opening of first full-service mall in Ilocos Norte
Maritess Valdez; Frederick Go, Robinsons Land president; San Nicolas Mayor Alfredo Valdez Jr.; Madame Imelda Marcos; former Mayor Alfredo Valdez Sr.; Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Robinsons Retail senior vice president; Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo, Robinsons Department Store image model; Atty. Hilario Valdez, Venvi Group of Companies chairman; Windell Chua, Ilocos Norte vice governor and Cornelio Mapa, Robinsons Malls general manager
MANILA, Philippines - Robinsons Malls finally geared up for its 28th mall development in the country’s most popular and sought-after destination in the north — Robinsons Ilocos Norte. It is the first and largest full-service mall development in the northern Luzon region. In partnership with Venvi Development Corporation, this destination is set to give a new vibe and vitality to Ilocos Norte by offering countless dining and retail options, leisure, relaxation and amusement.
Robinsons Ilocos Norte is a 22,220-square-meter shopping mall development situated in Brgy. 1 San Fransisco, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. It stands as a major component of a 20-hectare mixed-use complex being developed by local-based firm, Venvi Development Corporation. Aptly called The Center, this vibrant and energetic complex includes residential, office, hotel and other commercial establishments. The two-level mall also features Robinsons Malls’ prominent anchor stores: Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, Handyman Do-It Best Home Center, Robinsons Appliances and Robinsons Movieworld. Joining them are top national and local food and retail tenants. The roster includes Bench, Guess, Res-Toe-Run, Travel Club, Penshoppe, For Me, Oxygen, Rusty Lopez, Converse, Sport’s Fit, Mendrez, Sun Shop, Bench Body, Silicon Valley, Picture City, Gamer’s Station, Tom’s World, Gadgets Plus, David’s Salon, Mercury Drug, Expressions, RS Bank, LBC, CDR-King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Mister Donut and Mang Inasal.
Representing Ilocos’ entrepreneurial arena are leading local players including Hi Factor, Vertext Handy Phone, La Preciosa, Kookee House, Jogan’s More on Toppings and Grills, Alvin’s Super Sizzling, Everything’s Chinese Food Hauz, C & E, and M.I.W. Food House.
Other names in the lineup are Timex, Argentee, Aficionado, Candy Mix, Lighter’s Galore, Time Concept, Broadway Gems, Ibay’s Silver, XChange, Phyla Herb, Kiddie Kart, Lee Hua’s Charms, Coffe and Crepes by Cafe Laoag, Pinoy Blend Takoyaki, Siomai House, Authentic Japanese Corn, Hongkong Noodle House, Burger Factory, Belgian Waffle, Mr. Softy and Leylam Shawarma.
Robinsons Land’s president Frederick D. Go and Venvi Group of Companies chairman Atty. Hilario Valdez welcomed guests together with Robinsons Retail senior vice president Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Robinsons Malls top executives including Robinsons Malls general manager Cornelio S. Mapa, vice president for property management Tommy L. O and Robinsons Ilocos Norte group property manager Melody Dela Cruz.
Special guests who graced the event were former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos, Rep. Bongbong R. Marcos, former Rep. Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Windell D. Chua, San Nicolas Mayor Alfredo Valdez Jr. and Atty. Hilario P. Valdez, chairman of the Venvi Group of Companies.
Aside from VIPs and local officials, the opening event also featured celebrities. The event was hosted by groundbreaking star Carla Abellana, while R & B Prince Jay-R serenaded the guests and mall-goers. Robinsons Department Store image model Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo was also on hand to meet and greet the guests and mall-goers.
During the event, Mayor Valdez gave a heartfelt speech to welcome Robinsons Malls as he spoke on behalf of his fellow Ilocanos and constituents. He also announced Robinsons Malls’ pledge to support a number of scholars through a coin bank campaign.
Robinsons Ilocos Norte is the mall group’s first mall development in northern Luzon. Robinsons Malls, a division under JG Summit property development arm Robinsons Land Corporation, is currently operating five shopping mall developments in Central Luzon (Robinsons Starmills Pampanga, Robinsons Place Angeles, Robinsons Luisita, Robinsons Pulilan, & Robinsons Cabanatuan), and six in Southern Luzon (Robinsons Town Mall Los Baños, Robinsons Place Imus, Robinsons Sta. Rosa Market, Robinsons Place Lipa, Robinsons Place Dasma, and Summit Ridge Tagaytay-Promenade).