Bicol’s prime lifestyle destination opens

SM City Legazpi is the Bicol Region’s newest lifestyle destination. It will serve customers in the city and the rest of the province of Albay.

SM City Legazpi, the newest lifestyle destination in the southern Luzon region, just opened yesterday, 14 September, marking 71st supermall of SM Prime. This is also the second SM mall in the Bicol Region after SM City Naga.

Legazpi City, the capital of Albay, is the regional center and largest city in the region in terms of population. It is the region’s center of tourism, education, health services, commerce and transportation. In 2018, Legazpi was ranked first in overall competitiveness by the National Competitive Council. The city also ranked first in infrastructure and second in economic dynamism.

Located in the southern foothills of scenic Mount Mayon, Legazpi is also known as the City of Fun and Adventure, and has a flourishing tourism industry. There are a number of adventure activities within the city, including riding an ATV around Mount Mayon, zip-lining, skydiving, scuba diving and water sports.

Envisioned to be the Bicol Region’s newest lifestyle destination, the 87,706 square meter mall is SM Prime’s 71st supermall and the second in Bicolandia after SM City Naga.

Located along Imelda Roces Avenue in the barangay of Bitano, the 87,706-square meter, three-level mall will serve shoppers in bustling Legazpi as well as the rest of Albay. The mall’s design includes a set of bold forms with a subtle, yet impactful curve along Terminal 2 Road that leads visitors to main entry points. Contrasting patterns of varying blues and greys create a distinctive approach along each façade, while a blue frame highlights one of its most unique features; an exterior balcony where visitors can capture a selfie with Mount Mayon.

The interior of SM City Legazpi is organized around a simple, Z-shaped plan that allows for clear views to shops at each level. The palette consists of crisp, clean finishes that incorporate a mixture of playful colors and lighting arrangements to enliven the space. In addition to the ample natural daylight that fills the main mall, visitors will be able to enjoy expansive views of Mount Mayon through the SM Food Hall and the Prestige Lounge, which is accessible through The SM Store.

LEGAZPI City Mayor Noel E. Rosal (second from left), Albay Second District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda (third from left), Albay Governor Al Francis C. Bichara (fourth from left), Albay Vice Governor Harold O. Imperial (fourth from right), Legaspi City Vice Mayor Robert Oscar Cristobal (third from right) and Bishop of Legaspi City Most Rev. Joel Baylon (center) were the guests of honor during the blessing of SM City Legazpi. They were joined by SM Chairman for Executive Committee Hans T. Sy and SM Markets Vice Chairman Herbert T. Sy.

The SM Store and SM Supermarket are SM City Legazpi’s anchor stores with mainstays like the SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware, Our Home, Watsons, Surplus, Sports Central and Miniso leading the way. It also has a Cyberzone for techie shoppers, as well as fashion boutiques, shoe stores, jewelry stores, eyewear stores, bookstores, and sports stores.

Eating out options include a Food Hall, where one can get a spectacular view of Mount Mayon, as well as well-loved local and international food chains and specialty restaurants.

Homegrown businesses have also found their way to SM City Legazpi. These include Ilawod Café, Graceland, J. Emmanuel, P. Aldana, Viva Massage, Pixel 8, UST Legazpi Clinic, Legazpi Haircutters and Sticks and Strings.

SM City Legazpi brings the magic of movies to residents with six digital cinemas. It also has amusement centers for kids and wellness centers for looking good and feeling great. For customer convenience, it has 922 parking slots.

SM City Legazpi’s project team includes DSGN Associates, design architect; H1 Architecture and Design, AOR; Roger P. Pedregosa, project manager; Design Coordinates, construction manager; and KHMAYA, general contractor.

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