Okay. So SM Lanang Premier (apparently the biggest and grandest mall in Davao city) is going to officially open their doors to the public in a few hours. Well, at first I was so excited about it. I would pass by it almost everyday, crane my neck a little bit higher, look at it, sigh, and admire it from a distance. However, this afternoon, when I saw that only around 35% of the stores are opening, the excitement simmered slowly.
Don’t you worry though, there are still things that turned my frown upside down. Here are a few things that I am actually looking forward to:
1. It’s hugeness. LOL, that may sound a little dirty to you but it works for me. If you wanna be accurate, it’s 144,002 square meters floor area. According to a credible source, out of the 46 SM Malls in the country, Davao’s SM Lanang Premier belongs at the top 6 of the best and the biggest ones. Just, WOW. Also, a bigger mall means more shops, which means more time for “shopping”, which means more exercise. For me, going to the mall is a great source of exercise since I can walk continuously for hours without breaking a sweat and without even realizing it!
2. SMX. Now Davao can finally host bigger and (hopefully) more meaningful events. As an event organizer, I couldn’t wait for my first event to take place in SMX.
3. More choices. As a spillover benefit of its hugeness, of course, there would be more choices for us to buy our organic clothing, presents and food from. And always, always…choices empower the consumer.
4. Forever 21. Forgive me. I am one of them sometimes.
THEN, here are the ones I don’t feel very excited about:
1. Ze traffic. For JP Laurel Avenue alone, I know more than a thousand curses might be thrown tomorrow. When I went to SM Lanang Premier’s mini presscon the other week, they said that one of their biggest challenges is managing the traffic. This is why, if you notice, the actual mall is situated dozens of meters from the main road, and that they will also have a huge jeepney bay at the front so that the main road traffic won’t be held up that badly. In a few days, I know the traffic will get better. So Davaoenyos, please pray for extra patience for the next few days if you really want to see SM Lanang Premier that badly.
2. IMAX is P400 per head. Yes, entertainment for an hour and a half NOW costs more than a shirt (that you can wear forever). What can I say, that’s the price to pay for some first world entertainment. We need a while to get used to it. Give or take….14 months.
3. Social climbers. Well, we can’t stop them. But at the same breath, we can’t also say that SM is specifically for the upper class. Just a thought though: I think SM Lanang Premier wanted to position their opening as an upscale event because they hired the Zombettes and DJ Callum to spin for an open party later. A few days after, high end musical artists are also coming over. Good luck to the teleserye-loving, Coco Martin-obsessing, Pusong-bato singing crowd.
4. Annoying, noisy youngsters. Social climber apprentices. Gah!
Just this afternoon I was at SM Lanang Premier’s pre-opening events and I got a sneak peek on the stores to open. While I was walking around, I made this list industriously (you’re welcome):
BDO – Banco de Oro
Cellar de Boca
Games and Gadgets
Hearts and Arrows
Lay Bare Waxing Salon
Lito Sy Kids
Manna Korean Restaurant
Pois Belly and Kids
Seen by Executive Optical
The Brow Studio
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
SM Appliance Center
SMX Convention Center
It’s not complete yet but I will add more as I visit tomorrow (maybe). Some of them might also open in a few months but still, if you see your favorite shop at this list, then that’s enough to keep the rest of your year interesting. See you! 🙂