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SM Megamall


SM Megamall is a huge shopping mall located in the Ortigas business district of Metro Manila, Philippines. It is one of the largest SM Supermalls developed and operated by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall operator in the Philippines owned by Henry Sy Sr. The mall has two buildings interconnected with a bridge. The mall occupies a land area of approximately 21 hectares and has a total floor area of an estimated 392,000 m2 (4,220,000 sq ft), making it the second largest shopping mall in the country surpassing SM Mall of Asia by 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft) The mall has a maximum capacity of 4 million people. It is as large as the Changi Airport Terminal 2 in Singapore.

by Jhaypee Guia on September 05, 2012
SM Megamall

SM Megamall is a huge shopping mall located in the Ortigas business district of Metro Manila, Philippines. It is one of the largest SM Supermalls developed and operated by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall operator in the Philippines owned by Henry Sy Sr.

The mall has two buildings interconnected with a bridge. The mall occupies a land area of approximately 21 hectares and has a total floor area of an estimated 392,000 m2 (4,220,000 sq ft), making it the second largest shopping mall in the country surpassing SM Mall of Asia by 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft) The mall has a maximum capacity of 4 million people. It is as large as the Changi Airport Terminal 2 in Singapore.

Location          

SM Megamall  is located at EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

History

The mall was built in 1989 and opened its doors on June 28, 1991, the third SM Supermall ever built by Henry Sy Sr. before SM Prime Holdings was publicly listed, after SM City Sta. Mesa and the SM City North EDSA. SM Megamall is located in Ortigas Center, at the portion encompassed by Mandaluyong City. It stands along the main EDSA thoroughfare and is almost adjacent to the Manila Metro Rail Transit(MRT) Ortigas station. SM Megamall was the largest mall in the country for a 17-year period, but when SM Mall of Asia was built, it was ranked third largest in the country by floor area, measuring 331,679 square meters of total retail floor area and seventh largest in the world after SM North (which is the 1st in the country and second in the world). It also boasted the first ice skating rink but was removed and one of the first trade halls in the country.

The mall is located in close proximity to several other shopping centers and malls. It is across the street from another shopping destination, St. Francis Square, which has branches of some shops restaurants also found in SM Megamall. Some of the more notable shopping malls nearby are Robinsons Galleria, Shangri-la Plaza, Starmall, EDSA Central and The Podium; the latter is also owned by SM Megamall's parent company, SM Prime Holdings. SM Megamall became 2009's Philippine Retail Association's (PRA) Shopping Center of the Year and in October 2011, the new facade changed the logo of SM Megamall from old one to new one.

In a study done on the world's largest shopping malls by Eastern Connecticut State University, the mall was ranked seventh among the world's largest shopping malls by "ground level area", and was the third largest mall in the Philippines, below the SM Mall of Asia and SM City North EDSA.

Buildings

The mall has two main buildings. Building A features the SM Cinemas, Bowling Alley, Food Court, Toy Kingdom and other anchor tenants. The Atrium is often rented out for events and in-mall concerts. Building B features the SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, Cyberzone and other anchor tenants. The Bridgeway connecting the two main buildings of the mall contains several eateries. While the mall itself closes at a set time (usually 10:00am – 9:00pm on ordinary days). The Megastrip portion of the mall is located on the outskirts of the building premises and is usually open until midnight. Several shops and restaurants can be found in the Megastrip. This section of the mall was completed in 2009.

Mega Atrium

The approximate 16,000m2 Megamall Atrium is an addition to the existing 2 buildings. The Atrium fully bridges the gap between Buildings A & B. Completed in 2008, the Atrium features various choices of shops and restaurants.

Design & Interiors

The design of the mall is very modern. Upscale retail shops and restaurants are planned around a circular atrium with an area of 452 sqm. Access to the center is designed to offer an air of drama and surprise. Off the existing bridgeway, the visitor approaches the center through a low-ceiling hallway that widens toward the cylindrical skylight. Dynamic non-concentric circles on the floor are achieved with the application of yellow tiles of varied hues. An equally dynamic skylight design matches the non-concentric circles in the floor. The curved patterns ripple out beyond the atrium area on both floors and ceilings to great consistency and harmony to the general look of the center. Interiors were designed by Arquitectonica.

Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord

The deep end of fifth level of the SM Megamall Atrium will be the site of the 1,585 sqm Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord. This grand chapel with a separate adoration chapel has a modern design with the Eucharist as the focal point. This is highlighted in the neo-classical retablo or altar with the crucified Christ at the center, which is in sharp contrast to the modern theme of the rest of the chapel. The color scheme of the area is earth inspired with a neutral palette. Finishes are similar to stones used in the Roman times, which gives the chapel a structurally sound impression with a soft and warm approach. Wood in its natural oil finish is the most common material used. The chapel was inaugurated on October 13, 2008.

Carpark C

Carpark C is the new carpark of SM Megamall. It is located in front of building A. It is formerly called as Mega A open carpark. It was opened on October 11, 2011. It also has BPO office spaces at the upper levels of the carpark.

AMENITIES OF CARPARK C

  • Parking spaces
  • BPO office spaces
  • Bridgeway to building A (main mall)
  • Carpark finder
  • Transport terminal

 

Expansion

SM Prime plans to turn Megamall to be RP's largest

The SM Group, which currently runs the Philippines’ two largest malls, is set to expand its Ortigas shopping center, turning it into the country’s biggest yet. The three-hectare parking lot of SM Megamall along EDSA will be redeveloped, transforming into Metro Manila’s largest mall, officials of SM Prime Holdings Inc. “After the renovation, SM Megamall will even be larger than North EDSA's. The new structures will all be connected. The redevelopment will hopefully start next year,"said Hans Sy, SM Prime president. The company runs SM North EDSA, currently the country’s top and the Asia's second largest, followed by the SM Mall of Asia.

Anchor

  • SM Supermarket
  • SM Department Store
  • SM Cinema Megamall
  • Event Center
  • SM Megamall Transport Terminal
  • SM Food Court
  • SM Megatrade Hall
  • Toy Kingdom
  • Cyberzone

Other Anchors

  • SM Appliance Center
  • Cinderella
  • Ace Hardware
  • Our Home
  • National Bookstore
  • Surplus
  • Watsons
  • Kultura Filipino
  • Forever 21

List of Accommodations around Mandaluyong

  • New Horizon Hotel - 778 Boni Avenue corner EDSA (near boundary of Makati), Mandaluyong
  • Legend Villas - 60 Pioneer corner Madison Streets, Mandaluyong
  • Lancaster Hotel Manila - 622 Shaw Boulevard , Mandaluyong
  • The Lyric Apartelle - 295 Haig Street, Mandaluyong
  • Joyce Apartelle Mandaluyong - Gen. Kalentong corner Romualdez Street, Mandaluyong, Manila
  • Richville Hotel - 286 EDSA Crossing, Mandaluyong

Getting Around

Mandaluyong City has numerous taxis, buses and jeepneys that ply its busy streets. The Metro Rail Transit traverses the length of EDSA and passes through Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Quezon City.

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