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: