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Old February 14th, 2012, 01:02 PM   #21
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Festival Supermall Expansion Published News

Festival Supermall Sets Major Expansion (APRIL 10, 2011)

Festival Supermall, the four-storey, 20-hectare shopping complex at the heart of Filinvest Corporate City (FCC), Alabang, Muntinlupa City recently unveiled plans for a major expansionto fortify its position as the regional retail and recreation center south of Metro Manila.'
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Set to begin in the last quarter of 2011, the expansion will add eight hectares of gross floor area to the shopping complex, bringing its total to almost 30 hectares.

“We are looking at another 600 interesting and unique food and retail concepts on top of the 700 we already have at the moment,” states Filinvest Alabang, Inc. (FAI) Managing Director Danny Antonio. “We are confident that this expansion will further boost Festival Supermall into a super regional center.” The first themed mall in the country, Festival Supermall currently offers over 700 choices in shops and food outlets, as well as 10 cinemas, amusement facilities for the whole family, and 2,300 multi-level parking slots.

With mall occupancy up to 90 percent and average foot traffic of 100,000 a day, coming from as far South as Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and beyond, Festival Supermall is moving into the next phase of its masterplan.

Antonio recalls Alabang in the ‘70s, and its rise to a premier city. “Alabang was essentially a bedroom community, with little commercial or industrial activity beyond small mom-and-pop stores and neighborhood centers,” he notes.

The Filinvest Corporate City commercial district evolved after only 20 years of residential development, when Filinvest took this under-utilized prime property, and planned an urban center in the South.

In the mid`90s, Festival Supermall became Filinvest’s flagship project, setting the standard for shopping centers in the South. “Festival Supermall is the biggest mall, south of Metro Manila, with the most number of tenants. Eventually the neighboring malls upgraded to keep up with us,“ Antonio says.

Today, Alabang is a full scale city, with Filinvest Corporate City at the forefront, “Filinvest has masterplanned the FCC as a complete urban center with a concern for the environment while creating a synergistic atmosphere for business, its residents and workforce. Its urban planning and design took into consideration traffic management, landscape design, and other essentials of bringing the workplace to where people live * hence a healthy mix of shopping, entertainment, hotels, and other facilities complimenting office towers and technology park serving BPO’s, residential condominiums, and even a posh village with its own country club.

FCC is linked to the SLEX with the Filinvest Alabang Interchange and the South Station Exits which connects FCC to the Skyway.
http://bestphilippineattractions.com...jor-expansion/


Festival Supermall names top design firm for expansion (May 11, 2011)
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/317785...firm-expansion


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Global firm redesigns Festival Supermall around nature
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First Posted 22:05:00 05/18/2011

‘Retail is like theater-you need to breathe new life into it every 10 years or so’
FESTIVAL SUPERMALL, the 20-hectare shopping complex in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, renews ties with award-winning global architecture/planning/ design firm RTKL for a major expansion. This is set to fortify its position as the retail and recreation center south of Metro Manila.

RTKL is behind major retail projects such as The Venetian in Macau, the Bahrain City Center, the Mirdif City Center in Dubai, Chadstone West Mall and Chadstone Place in Melbourne, Australia, and the Westfield San Francisco Center in California.

The firm designed Festival Supermall in the ’90s. The mall’s expansion plan begins in the last quarter of 2011.

“Retail is like theater—you need to breathe new life into it every 10 years or so,” says Norman Garden, AIA, executive vice president of RTKL. “Competition will always force you to reinvent so you can offer something fresh and new to the customers.”

Nature

The four-story Festival Supermall, with over 700 choices in shops and food outlets, draws an average foot traffic of 100,000 a day. With a family entertainment concept, Festival Supermall has an entertainment area as anchor for each floor: the Festival Junction Train, the Grand Carousel, Pixie Forest kiddie theme park, X-Site teen amusement center and a 10-theater cinema complex.

With the mall expansion, RTKL shifts anchor from entertainment districts to the area’s most prominent natural feature: the Alabang Creek, which runs through the complex.

“Now that consumer lifestyle has evolved, we are expanding Festival Supermall to an indoor-outdoor experience that capitalizes on the assets of the creek,” reveals Garden.

The expansion mall will add three districts: the Festival Walk, , the River Park and the Water Gardens .

Festival Walk, the main connection to the transit hub, will be a walkway of grab-and-go kiosks, with state-of-the-art light features, paving details and potted landscape.

The River Park will be built on the Alabang Creek waterline to accommodate boating activities. An amphitheater area will be developed for open-air events.

The Water Gardens will have outdoor plazas with gardens, cascading water gardens and fountains, al fresco dining, and a three-story mall. “An existing acacia tree will be preserved, becoming an iconic landmark with its impressive size, as it towers above the river and even the buildings, so naturally this tree will be a destination unto itself,” Garden stressed.

The expansion mall will also incorporate existing architecture pieces in the area. A façade of an old DOH research facility will be restored as part of the mall. The building has an Art Deco façade. An old statue, a replica of José Rizal’s sculpture “The Triumph of Science over Death,” is in the courtyard, to be incorporated in RTKL’s design.

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The expansion follows the trend in sustainable design. Garden points out that then and now, Filinvest Corporate City (FCC) has always been a nature-oriented development.

“Filinvest has always been committed to preserving the natural resources in the area, hence the new structures are more of a soft entry into the land, sliding right into what the terrain allows,” Garden says.

Because the Alabang Creek is a central element in the design, Filinvest is looking into bioremediation for the water in preparation for the expansion development, as well as the installation of a monitoring system for the water levels.

“The design takes into account extreme rainfall and flooding conditions, even projecting the water level for 10 years,” assures Garden

RTKL also incorporates design solutions that maximize sunlight, ventilation, and flexibility.

“The buildings are oriented in such a way that they obtain maximum daylight,” says RTKL principal Rodel Manalang, a Filipino architect in the project. “We are using clerestories instead of skylights so the bounced light comes in while preventing direct heat gain.”

Creating an interplay of outdoor activities, Filinvest has devoted 1.5 hectares to park space that transitions easily from daytime to night time use.

“Landscaping will be naturalized, taming down the existing greenery and relocating trees, grasses and heavy drifts of plant material. The look is outdoorsy but not manicured.”

Manalang adds. “Trellis devices and canopies will also be set up across the outdoor areas as protection from the noontime sun and heavy rains.”

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Old February 16th, 2012, 11:37 PM   #23
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na-curious ako sa acacia tree, saan kaya yun
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na-curious ako sa acacia tree, saan kaya yun
In he render, the one protected by a n elliptical wall (rip wrapped?) ner the river walk. It's the only tree in the render where people converge.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 09:38 AM   #25
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I think the Acacia Tree mentioned in the article is the one in the render I posted with an ongoing garden-wedding underneath it. I don't know why of all the possible activities under a huge tree, they chose to depict a wedding.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #26
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Realigned spectrum extesion avenue and new AZ road.. halos circular na din tuloy mga road ng FCC




Siguro magkakaron na tayo ng idea kung san yung The Gardens Bldg( maybe yung semi circular shape.Kita naman sa old post ng medyo circular yung buildng na itatayo diba?), The FestivalWalk (maybe yung block connecting the semi circle to Festival Mall), The River park along the canal.. Yung amphitheatre nasa taas ng Stockfarm bldg..

Hindi whole lot between Festival and Civic drive yung idedevelop para sa expansion.. Malamang yung mga wala kulay dun itatayo yung Arts and Science plaza as part of the FCC City Center Masterplan..





Mukhang ililipat nga yung green and grills sa South Station. Yung LG floor SS Market building 2 sarado at inaayos na.. Yung pillars nilagyang ng design na peebles and stone malamng para magmukhang nature yung paligid for Green ang Grills. Nilagyan na ng buong sa pagitang ng dalawang market bldg..

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Old February 18th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #27
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Old February 19th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #29
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Filinvest giving malls P7-B facelift

by Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer | Saturday | February 18th, 2012 | 8:03 pm

Taipan Andrew Gotianun’s Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC) is looking to establish itself as one of the most respected names in the country’s retail sector as it sets out on the multi-billion revamp of its current projects.

The company cedes that in terms of size, trying to compete with other taipan Henry Sy’s mall empire would be a mistake.

What Filinvest lacks in scale, it plans to make up for in the quality of customer experience that it can deliver to its customers, says Danny Antonio, managing director at FDC subsidiary Filinvest Alabang Inc.

“What has happened in our country is that malls have replaced parks as the place families go to on weekends to relax,” he tells SundayBiz.

Because of this, he adds Filinvest’s goal was to make its retail establishments—namely the Festival Supermall in Alabang, Muntinlupa, and another planned commercial complex at the South Road Properties area in Cebu—into premiere weekend hotspots for Filipinos.

The company has allotted P3.5 billion for the development of each location, bringing the total to P7 billion over the next three years.

For Antonio, malls should be more than just “big boxes” where people go to get their groceries.

“When we first opened Festival Mall years ago, a key element of the place was its entertainment. That’s why we had small theme parks and other attractions inside,” Antonio explains.

“People as far as Pampanga and Bulacan were going to Festival because the mall was a good destination,” he cites.

Over the years, however, due partly to the company’s own financial and other internal constraints, the Festival Mall has failed to stay fresh, causing it to lose market share to the nearby Alabang Town Center, managed by the Ayala Group.

Although Festival Mall still stands as the heart of the 244-hectare Filinvest Corporate City in Muntinlupa, Antonio says improvements are already badly needed.

“If I remember our original game plan, these improvements should have been started five to seven years after the mall opened. That was 1997,” he says.


What Filinvest retail developments lack in size, they make up for in customer experience

“Now, it’s already been 14 years since the mall started and there have been no significant changes,” he points

The work at Alabang would involve the construction of a brand-new wing that would increase by about 50 percent the total leasable area of the already-vast Festival Mall.

Antonio says the company would build around a creek that runs through the Festival Mall property, turning it into a waterway that would serve as an attraction in itself.

He says the company would emphasize the need for open spaces in the new mall wing to make shopping an even more pleasant experience for customers.

Aside from this, he said the property’s sloped topography would not be tampered with significantly, adding to the new mall’s natural appeal.

An old Department of Health building, which has already been declared a historical landmark, would also be integrated into the mall to achieve a more cultural feel.

“We want to change the shopping center experience for Filipinos,” Antonio says. He says the new Festival Mall wing would be ready by 2014. Once the new areas are built, Antonio says the company would then turn its focus on refreshing the existing Festival Mall’s facilities.

He adds Filinvest was also aiming to regain the “upper-A” crowd, made up of residents of posh Alabang subdivisions nearby. Antonio says the company had conceded this customer base to Alabang Town Center in recent years.

Festival Mall, he says, is now popular mainly with the “B” and “C” crowd, a bigger, albeit more budget-conscious consumer base.

Meanwhile, Filinvest says the company would simultaneously develop its retail property at the South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu. The seafront SRP is just across the street from the 36-hectare, P25 billion residential space area developed by the group’s residential property arm Filinvest Land Inc.


The SRP area, to be built on reclaimed property, will be given a “beach side” atmosphere. At its heart will be an outdoor sand box where nearby residents can come and relax. And as a throwback to Cebu’s rich history, the company also plans to bring in a replica of an old Spanish galleon to add to the area’s overall flavor.

Not to mention the company’s plans to put out a three-story statue of national hero Lapu-Lapu, which was recently removed from Rizal Park for being taller than Rizal himself, will also be a key attraction amid the stores and restaurants.

Like the Festival Mall, the company plans to take advantage of the SRP’s natural surroundings to create more customer-friendly surroundings.

Once all the work is done, Antonio says the company hopes that it would “raise the bar” for malls in the country. “This is our way of giving back to our community,” he says.

Source: http://business.inquirer.net/45239/f...-p7-b-facelift
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'Pag natapos to, kasunod na nito condominiums na magsusulputan.
Actually meron na mga condominium row in the vicinity of Festival Mall
such as Aspen , Vivant and La Vie , then there's the upcoming Entrata
complex, hopefully madagdagan pa from private developers .
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The expansion mall will also incorporate existing architecture pieces in the area. A façade of an old DOH research facility will be restored as part of the mall. The building has an Art Deco façade. An old statue, a replica of José Rizal’s sculpture “The Triumph of Science over Death,” is in the courtyard, to be incorporated in RTKL’s design.
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ohh they will extend to the front side of the mall and the canals in the video is actually the natural river there.. nice... akala ko makeshift canal lang din like other malls did... nice!
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I think with its budget , this will be one of the most anticipated major expansion by a mall. They commisioned an international firm for the expansion which was also the one who did it for the existing mall , so I guess it will be executed well .
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wish they would build multi-level underground parking. parking space is a big turn off in this mall on weekends.
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wish they would build multi-level underground parking. parking space is a big turn off in this mall on weekends.
10 years ago, it was easy to find a slot.
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True. But that was before Save More and Robinsons came in. This is the only mall in the country that houses a Save More, Robinsons Department Store, Shopwise (Department Store and Supermarket), Handyman and Ace Hardware all under one roof. Love this mall but the parking. Hope they address this in the expansion.
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True. But that was before Save More and Robinsons came in. This is the only mall in the country that houses a Save More, Robinsons Department Store, Shopwise (Department Store and Supermarket), Handyman and Ace Hardware all under one roof. Love this mall but the parking. Hope they address this in the expansion.
Maybe a multi-level parking structure will also be okay , the ideal one is that open parking lot between Shopwise/Festival area and Civic Drive /Entrata Complex. Then build pedestrian walkways connecting Entrata , multi-level parking and the existing Festival mall.
By the way , what are their plans to the existing pedestrian covered walk which is near the creek ?
Festival Supermall is probably the one or one of the few malls in Metro Manila which is not along a major highway and is surrounded by greeneries at wala talagang eyesore sa vicinity nito ( informal settlers ).
Though FCC still has vast vacant lots , its okay because with this private /government partnership development , the former Alabang Stock farm became free of the former IS , which has been relocated also in an organized housing project on site. At least it shows that Filinvest still has some concern for the former settlers in ASF.

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