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RLC’S FLAGSHIP MALL IN CEBU ROBINSONS GALLERIA OPENS

RLC’s Flagship Mall in Cebu
Robinsons Galleria Cebu Opens this December 10
Most Filipinos may have heard the inspiring tale of how one young man, in the 1940s, built a multi-billion dollar empire by diligently trading basic goods on a bicycle and on board a small boat off the pier of Cebu. That man supported his widowed family with sheer hard work while growing to become one of the country’s captains of commerce. The man is John Gokongwei, a living legend in the country’s food, real estate, aviation, and telecommunications industries, and he comes back to the Queen City with a retail landmark dedicated to the Filipino family’s tireless pursuits of a better life.

Found at the thriving growth area of Gen. Maxilom Avenue in Cebu City, the 4.7-hectare Robinsons Galleria Cebu rises as a testament to the endless opportunities for success and fulfillment found at the heart of the country’s foremost city. With over 35 years of real estate and retail excellence, Robinsons Land Corporation brings together the finest formulas found in the world’s most celebrated malls while introducing newer experiences and considerate features that ultimately answer to every Filipino’s growing preference for convenient, comprehensive, conscious, and confident urban commercial centers, and with its opening, the retail excitement at the Queen City of the South shall never be the same again.

All-Empowering Accessibility
The new Robinsons Galleria Cebu opens its doors as the mall for all, welcoming families of diverse backgrounds and desires into a retail development that brings everything under one roof. Largely accessible through public transport vehicles, the Galleria Cebu aims to become the urban center where the best of the islands converge, mixing local flavor with the international mindset that has long been attributed to the Cebuanos. For the more upwardly mobile, Robinsons Galleria Cebu comes equipped with fully-secured and amply-sized parking spaces that have quick, worry-free access to every expanse of the new mall.

And cementing its claim as Cebu’s ultimate lifestyle and leisure gateway, the new Robinsons Galleria Cebu sets itself apart with a well-planned Traveller’s Lounge, which provides efficient and convenient shuttle service to and from the Port of Cebu every half hour, giving the mall unmatched access to the rest of the Visayan region. And as though this stroke of expediency isn’t enough, the Robinsons Galleria Cebu Traveller’s Lounge also provides travel ticketing, baggage depository, and concierge services that promise to offer traveling visitors with the utmost care and comfort, akin to the warm and welcoming Cebuano hospitality.

Dynamic Perspective
With its paseo-inspired design, revisiting the hallmarks of our heritage town plazas where Filipino families and communities congregate, the progressive design of the new Robinsons Galleria Cebu brings our concept of mall enjoyment out of the box, without compromising our most well-loved traditions. With a monumental yet mindful blueprint for modern lifestyle pleasures, Robinsons Galleria Cebu’s innovative glass and steel structure is built with the affectionate Filipino relations at its heart, where families can enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment options, friends can shop with ease among its wide and well-lit retail walkways, or fellowships can be fostered while dining among its invigorating al fresco cafes and restaurants.

Its contemporary vernacular architecture features three sweeping nodes, each featuring a glass façade that maximizes the wonders of natural light at strategic times of the day and welcomes the breathtaking view of Cebu’s environs of land and sea. Yet, Robinsons Galleria Cebu’s clever design breaks the mold of concrete commercial spaces by bringing emphasis to light, height, and space in its plush interiors, through smart, geometric cove lighting, vertical posts clad with lush greenery, and natural stone pathways that evoke a sense of relaxation and wellness, whether you may be in the main area or in the basement levels. Each of the well-designed nodes comes with thoughtful access to escalators and elevators that lead to all the six levels of the establishment, where smartly-planned retail and recreation areas can be reached through an organic, circulatory flow of foot traffic, easily distinguished by well-placed directional signage, all in the perfect size, where the customer’s comfort and convenience shall never be lost or misplaced.

Rewarding Merchant Mix
The Robinsons Galleria Cebu is built on the foundations of bringing the best of the world and the finest of the islands under one roof, and this commitment is seen through the mall’s rich assortment of merchants that each has crafted a name for retail excellence. Its anchor tenants, Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Selections, True Value, Robinsons Appliances, Daiso, and Toys R Us, promise a rewarding variety of products and experiences, each consciously approached with value for money and quality selections. Robinsons Galleria Cebu also unveils a luxurious list of international retail brands, with labels like Mango, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, G2000, Lacoste, Clinique, L’Occitane, MAC, Charriol, American Tourister, Aerosoles, Jelly Bunny, Aldo, Amazonas, and Grind, offering world-class retail right at Cebu’s doorstep.

Yet, what certainly sets the forward-thinking mall apart from other commercial centers in the area is its proclivity for supporting the local businesses, by featuring the best homegrown brands of the region. Exciting dining destinations across the Visayas will now be housed under the Robinsons Galleria Cebu banner, providing a one-stop gastronomic paradise of the islands’ finest flavors. From Cebu’s Abaca Baking Co., Phat Pho, Luncheonette, The Chocolate Chamber, Kan-Anan Filipino Restaurant, Chikaan, Choobi-Choobi, Fat Cow, Totopos by Pueblo, Azabu, Ramen Sora, and Yakitori Binchotan, to Bohol’s The Buzz Café by Boho Bee Farm, and Dumaguete’s finest Sansrival, Robinsons Galleria Cebu imagines a lifestyle haven where indigenous identity and inclusive commercial growth rewardingly meet.

Elevated Excitement and Entertainment
The new Robinsons Galleria Cebu also has its vast main atrium right at its soul, where the Cebuano’s passion for musicality is symbolically captured through a grand foliage sculpture of its world-famous icon: the guitar. This at once speaks of the mall’s dedication to offering the Filipino brand of entertainment in a world-class stage and setting, where the central hall is expected to play host to many concerts, celebrity mall tours, local showcases and exhibitions that aim to bring Filipino talent in the fore for the mall’s frequenting families.

With the same vibrant energy and enthusiasm, Robinsons Galleria Cebu also opens Cebu City’s most state-of-the-art cinema complex in the region, Robinsons Movieworld, built with the legacy of John Gokongwei’s father’s first air-conditioned movie complexes in the Visayas. Now, the Robinsons Galleria Cebu Movieworld opens with six cutting-edge cinemas, employing only the most advanced screen projectors and surround sound technology. One is set to feature a VIP cinema, installed with 3D large screen format, Dolby Atmos, a full-service lounge that accepts online booking, its own snack and refreshment counters and rest areas, as well as wide, reclining seats, which is set to turn the hottest blockbusters into larger than life spectacles. Another cinema features the same superior 3D technology, best enjoyed with the influx of foreign animated films and epics, while the other cinemas feature innovative digital theatres that capture big-ticket movie titles at their crispest. Each cinema has quick and convenient access to food and beverage options, carefully chosen to offer the finest in-movie dining and drinking experiences to complete the Robinsons Galleria Cebu’s 360-degree cinematic journey.

Sustainable Design
In best highlighting its chosen environs, the new Robinsons Galleria Cebu is designed with the main goal of sustainability in mind, setting a new green-print for responsible commercial structures to come. Heeding the concerns of climate change and environmental sustainability, the mall only utilizes energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning system throughout the mall, as well as water-conserving plumbing fixtures among its restrooms, and extends this thoughtful approach to its architecture. With tinted clerestory windows figuring prominently at the mall’s expanse, the Robinsons Galleria Cebu invites ambient natural sunlight in while keeping the harmful UV rays and the heat out, thereby minimizing the use of light fixtures throughout the day. The mall also only utilizes innovative LED lighting technology for its well-lit retail spaces which only uses a fraction of energy consumption usual industrial lighting technologies employ. Its innovative approach to climate control use only the newest air conditioning systems that utilize less energy, while keeping the mall pleasantly cool and refreshing throughout the day. Its rest areas only feature water-saving fixtures such as non-flush urinals and automatic faucets, and its plumbing design limits waste water through strategic water recycling.

Robinsons Galleria Cebu’s conscious effort in caring for the environment is worn with pride among its verdant environs. By bringing the lush, verdant growth of the outside in, with its remarkably landscaped green zones replete with vertical gardens, refreshing water features, public rest spaces, and natural stone pathways, the mall’s environmental design makes going through your shopping errands seem like a walk in the park. Its generous use of foliage greatly reduces carbon emissions in the area, be it in its lush outdoor spaces, or in the rest spaces indoors, where planters and pocket gardens are prominently figured throughout the mall. This remarkable landscape of commercial growth and environmental conservation makes Robinsons Galleria Cebu the true urban oasis where economic development and ecological preservation finds an equitable breathing ground.
Community Development
And finally, the Robinsons Galleria Cebu is set to be the centerpiece for the vigorous community set to spring forth in the area, as part of the Robinsons Land Corporation’s detailed community plan for the mixed-use development. As its retail anchor, the new Robinsons mall will encourage the rise of the Galleria Residences, a taste of expansive high-rise living right at the heart of Cebu’s most progressive front. With over 6,600 square meters, the Galleria Residences will feature three ultra-modern residential towers that will offer spacious living areas, world-class leisure amenities, and contemporary conveniences that could only come from a master-planned community.

To better lay its claim in being Visayas’ leading lifestyle gateway, Robinsons Galleria Cebu shall be complemented by the Summit Hotel Galleria Cebu, a hospitality landmark with 220 well-appointed guest rooms, invigorating resort-style amenities, function rooms and event ballrooms, and most importantly, a sweat-free access to Cebu’s leading lifestyle mall. And finally, to spur economic advancement in the area even more robustly, Robinsons Land Corporation’s business processing offices will also break ground within the development. The building will offer an approximate gross leasable area of 8,800 sqm, thereby encouraging the influx of international business and progressive employment opportunities in this thriving corner of the region.

With Robinsons Galleria Cebu as its gleaming center, the whole Robinsons Land community in Gen. Maxilom Avenue grows into a bustling center of life, where work, play, leisure and lifestyle peacefully coexist in a refreshing and rewarding setting of thoughtful yet progressive developments. Just like the place its founder, John Gokongwei, first found his success, Robinsons Galleria Cebu best captures the island’s position in the rest of the world: where the possibilities of success are endless when pursued responsibly and with the love for community.

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