By Danessa O. Rivera
01/21/2011 [ tribune.net.ph ]
Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) has started the construction of a mall project in Puerto Princesa City, the first full-service mall in Palawan, and is expected to be opened last quarter of 2011.
Robinsons Place Palawan will be the 31st in RLC’s growing chain of full service and specialty malls, which are all located in strategic locations, or part of a mixed use developments.
Robinsons Malls’ general manager Arlene Magtibay said the new mall is being built on a 19-hectare lot along the National Highway in Barangay San Manuel where RLC also plans to develop a residential subdivision and the Puerto Princesa branch of gohotels.ph.
The mall project with over 30,000-square meter gross floor area, designed by Coscolluela & Associates, will have two levels which will feature a wide variety of retail shops and restaurants as well as entertainment and recreational facilities with a glass façade to fill the mall with a lot of natural lighting.
Slated to start commercial operations by November this year, Robinsons Place Palawan will be the only establishment in Puerto Princesa that will have cinema facilities and al fresco dining and wellness centers that will cater to both local residents and tourists.
Robinsons Place is located within five to 15 minutes away from the Puerto Princesa airport, town proper, municipal hall, public markets, bus station, provincial capitol and the Philippine State University and is also 30 minutes away from the port.
Magtibay said the mall property has a strategic location as it is just a few minutes away from famous tourists spots such as Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, the Crocodile Farm, Bakers Hill, Mitra Farm, Plaza Cuartel and Immaculate Conception Cathedral.
Since it is also located along the National Highway, travelers will also be passing by Robinsons Place Palawan on their way to El Nido, the world-famous Underground River, and Honda Bay Islands.
Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, is a first class city known all over the world for its natural attractions which support a vibrant tourism industry. It is also the second largest city in the Philippines (after Davao City) in terms of total land area. Known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, the province of Palawan harbors vast tracts of topical rainforests and a huge expanse of marine wilderness. It probably has more protected areas than any other province in the Philippines.