How Pinoys Conquer the Heat
Summer really made its presence felt right on its first day. June 20th recorded 95 degree Fahrenheit that felt more like 105, and today is much the same if not worse. Thanks for the airconditioner!
Back home in the Philippines, super malls are the greatest relief for Pinoys. As a college student back in the 90s, I remember hanging out in SM City Edsa to beat the heat. Aside from the centralized AC, the said mall has many attractions – movie theaters, bowling alley, bingo, salons, spa, gyms, art corners, seating/waiting area, concert venue, fast food, restaurants, bakeries, groceries, pharmacies, car park, and practically all sorts of stores, stalls and offices! Even doctors, dentists, and dermatologists! It’s truly living up to its tagline, ‘We have it all for you.”
The incinerating heat usually between the months of May to August was probably a major reason for the proliferation and continuing success of the record size malls in Manila that are so huge no American shopping malls can beat their size. The biggest mall in Northeast America, West Edmonton Mall in Canada, is merely 3.77 million sq ft with 800+ stores compared to the Philippines’ largest, SM City North Edsa ,5.2 million sq ft with 1100+ stores . New York City, a major contender for the title ‘the shopping capital of US’, doesn’t even have malls larger than SM City’s multi-level car park alone.
Wikipedia lists 6 Philippine supermalls among the top 25 in the entire world which is the largest number of any country. These malls are:
- SM City – Quezon City (3rd)
- SM Mall of Asia – Pasay (4th)
- SM Megamall – Mandaluyong(14th)
- SM City -Cebu (19th)
- Limketkai Mall – Cagayan de Oro (tie on 22nd )
- Greenbelt-Makati (tie on 22nd)
Wiki further writes:
The largest mall ever is South China Mall in Dongguan, China with a gross floor area of 892,000 m2 (9,600,000 sq ft). The world’s second-largest shopping mall is the Golden Resources Mall in Beijing, China with a gross floor area of 680,000 m2 (7,300,000 sq ft). The SM City North EDSA in thePhilippines, which opened in November 1985, is the world’s third-largest at 460,000 m2 (5,000,000 sq ft) of gross floor area, and SM Mall of Asia in thePhilippines, opened in May 2006, is the world’s fourth largest at 386,000 m2 (4,150,000 sq ft) of gross floor area.
One of the world’s largest shopping complexes in one location is the two-mall agglomeration of the Plaza at King of Prussia and the Court at King of Prussia in the Philadelphia suburb of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States. The King of Prussia mall has the most shopping per square foot in the U.S.
The most visited shopping mall in the world and largest mall in the United States is the Mall of America, located near the Twin Cities in Bloomington, Minnesota. However, several Asian malls are advertised as having more visitors, including Mal Taman Anggrek, Kelapa Gading Mall and Pluit Village, all in Jakarta, Indonesia, Berjaya Times Square in Malaysia, SM North EDSA in Quezon City, Philippines, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, Philippines, and SM Megamall in Metro Manila, Philippines. The largest mall in South Asia is Mantri Square in Bangalore, India. The largest mall in Southeast is the SM City North EDSA, located in Quezon City, Philippines.
In conclusion, when it comes to mall sizes and free air conditioning while being entertained, it’s definitely more fun in the Philippines!
SOURCE: The List of The World’s Largest Malls