Ali Mall
LocationAraneta City, Barangay Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Opening dateJune 30, 1976; 45 years ago (1976-06-30)
DeveloperAraneta City Inc.
ManagementAraneta City Inc.
ArchitectSindiong/Ocampo
No. of stores and services182 shops and restaurants
Total retail floor area64,500 square metres (694,000 sq ft)
No. of floors4 (including 5 for parking spaces)
Parking300 cars
Public transit accessMetro interchange Lrtalogo.svg Araneta Center–Cubao
Metro interchange 3 Araneta Center–Cubao
Bus transport Araneta City Bus Port

Ali Mall is a shopping mall at the Araneta City in Cubao, Quezon City beside SM Cubao, and is owned by The Araneta City Inc. (ACI,Inc.), a subsidiary of the Araneta Group. The first major shopping mall in the Philippines, the retail area was named in honor of boxer Muhammad Ali, and was built in 1976, making it one of the oldest malls in the country.[1][2][3]

History

Ali Mall taken from SM Cubao (July 2020)
Ali Mall taken from SM Cubao (July 2020)

Construction on the mall began in 1975 after Muhammad Ali's boxing victory against Joe Frazier in Araneta Coliseum, dubbed "Thrilla in Manila".[3][4] At the time there were no malls in the country, until J. Amado Araneta's son, Jorge Araneta, a member of the Araneta family laid plans to build a mall and name it after Ali in honor of his victory.[1][5] Ali was overjoyed with the proposal and did not charge any royalty fees. The mall has a floor area of 62,000 m2 (670,000 sq ft) and was completed within the year. It was inaugurated on June 30, 1976, with Ali himself attending the ceremony.[6]

The mall was designed by the architectural firm Sindiong-Ocampo, where Antonio S. Sindiong serves as the main architect and Lamberto Un Ocampo as the main engineer of the project,[7] and featured many firsts for the country: the first enclosed and fully air-conditioned mall; the Alimall Cineplex 4, first cineplex with 2 cinemas, which was upgraded to 4 theatres; the largest indoor skating rink, known as Skate Town; the first multi-level covered parking garage, featuring a spiral driveway accessing all floors; and the first food court, known as the Food Plaza,[8] with its first tenants being Papemelroti, Blue Magic, and Rusty Lopez.[9]

During the 1980s, the mall underwent expansions and renovations, however, from the 1990s to the 2000s, the mall gradually deteriorated. In 2009, a new expansion to Ali Mall was opened and a renovation was completed in 2010. The ₱200 million renovation project consisted of a fully enclosed footbridge (Ali Mall Skywalk) that connected Ali Mall to nearby SM Cubao, to commemorate the friendship between the two malls. The renovation also featured new interiors and a modernization of the Ali Mall Cineplex 4.

In March 2019, a section of the mall's upper ground floor was remodeled to cater novelty items, antiques, art, music, and memorabilia. This section was inaugurated as ALI X (Arts, Lifestyle, and Interests Experience), and "aims to be a haven for casual goers and hobbyists alike". Inaugural tenants included Happy Music, Remnant's Thrift Shop, and Erin's Artist's Lounge and Cafe, among others.[10][11][12][13]

Features

An overlooking view of the Ali Mall atrium (2021)
An overlooking view of the Ali Mall atrium (2021)

The mall currently has 64,500 square metres (694,000 sq ft) of retail spaces, and features environment-friendly air-conditioning and government services facilities. Among its tenants were Automatic Centre, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Philippine Airlines , Penshoppe, National Book Store, and more than 100 other shops, including dining, retail, and tech services shops. The Department of Foreign Affairs has a passport office located on the second level of the mall and opened its doors in February 2014.[14] Since then, more government agencies began occupying the Government Center area, located at the mall's second floor and is occupied by Pag-IBIG Fund, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Land Transportation Office, Philippine Postal Corporation, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Trade and Industry, the QC Business Center, and the Barangay Socorro Satellite Office.[15] [16]

The mall also features an events hall atrium at the lower ground floor, and a glass painting of Muhammad Ali, located within the atrium at the mall's ground floor.

Popular culture

The mall is referenced in Gina Apostol's novel, Insurrecto.[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Imray, Gerald (4 June 2016). "Kinshasa, Manila and beyond, Ali enraptured fans everywhere". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Ali's death rekindles memories of epic 'Thrilla in Manila'". 4 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b Santiago, Andrea. "Philippine businesses of yesteryears". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  4. ^ "A Shared History: Ali Mall and SM Cubao". 3 January 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Ali Mall: First Ever Shopping Mall Makes A Comeback". Archived from the original on 2 September 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ Antonio, Hidalgo (2008). "Renewing Old Ties". The Araneta Center : the big dome and beyond. By Alcazaren, Alfred; Yuson, Paulo. p. 27. ISBN 9789719398103.
  7. ^ "Growing up in Cubao, Quezon City: History and Art". 7 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Araneta Center". www.aranetacenter.net. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Araneta City".
  10. ^ Martelino, Ashley (March 21, 2019). "FIRST LOOK: Check Out ALI X, Ali Mall's Hip New Wing". spot.ph. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  11. ^ "In Photos: Haven for collectors, hobbyists opens in Cubao". ABS-CBN News. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  12. ^ "Araneta Center". www.aranetacenter.net. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  13. ^ "Araneta City".
  14. ^ Esmaquel, Paterno II (8 January 2014). "DFA to open office in Cubao mall". Rappler. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Araneta City". www.aranetacity.com.
  16. ^ "Araneta City". www.aranetacity.com.
  17. ^ Apostol, Gina (2018). Insurrecto. New York: Soho Press, Inc. pp. 5, 9. ISBN 9781616959449.