Robinsons North Tacloban symbol of recovery

More than just a mall, the new Robinsons North Tacloban is a symbol of the region’s recovery from the devastation of supertyphoon Yolanda.

Former Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez says the city is grateful to Robinsons Land Corp (RLC) and the host city for opening the second Robinsons mall in Tacloban. Romualdez, who was in office when Yolanda hit Tacloban, says Robinsons really helped the city get back on its feet.

By reopening its first mall in Barangay Marasbaras as soon as it was possible, Robinsons provided hundreds of jobs. “The new mall will also create many jobs so people won’t have to leave Tacloban in search of employment,” says Romualdez, whose wife Cristina is the incumbent mayor.

Robinsons Malls GM Arlene Magtibay says that after the city was almost flattened by Yolanda, there were doubts it would recover. But people pulled together, and RLC re-opened Robinsons Place Tacloban in Marasbaras as soon as possible.

She says the new Robinsons North, dubbed a “neighborhood mall”, is RLC’s homage to the city’s resilience and grit. The mall is a symbol of Tacloban’s recovery and rebirth.

RLC president Frederick Go says that following Yolanda’s devastation of Tacloban, RLC exerted every effort to reopen the supermarket, even before the rest of Robinsons Place could be rehabilitated, to address a serious food crisis.

Architect Dennis Villanueva of the architectural firm LG+V says the mall’s design is based on the Sangyaw festival, the annual Tacloban event in honour of the city’s patron saint, Santo Niño.

The new mall includes Robinsons Department Store and Robinsons Supermarket, Handyman, Robinsons Appliances, Toys R Us and Saizen by Daiso Japan. About a quarter of the mall tenants are local enterprises, such as Kim Cordeta’s Marco Pollo, ramen house Shimanami, Pizza Republic Pick + Mix by Giuseppe Genco, and Kubolicious Food House.

There are also four cinemas, including one offering 3D.

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