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Glorietta 5 (right) facing Glorietta 4 (left) across Courtyard Drive, April 2014.
LocationAyala Center, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Opening date
  • Old Glorietta 1 & 2: 1991; 33 years ago (1991)
  • Glorietta 3: 1992; 32 years ago (1992)
  • Glorietta 4: 1998; 26 years ago (1998)
  • Glorietta 5: late 2008; 16 years ago (2008)
  • New Glorietta 1: November 5, 2012; 11 years ago (2012-11-05)
  • New Glorietta 2: December 7, 2012; 11 years ago (2012-12-07)
DeveloperAyala Land
ManagementAyala Malls
No. of stores and services550+[1]
No. of anchor tenants5
Total retail floor area250,000 m2 (2,700,000 sq ft)
No. of floors
  • Glorietta 1 & 2: 4 upper[a] + 2 basement
  • Glorietta 3: 3 upper + 1 basement
  • Glorietta 4: 5 upper[b] + 3 basement
  • Glorietta 5: 8 upper[c] + 1 basement
Public transit accessMetro interchange 3 Ayala
Bus rapid transit  E  Ayala
Bus interchange One Ayala
Bus interchange Glorietta 4
Bus interchange  AX10  Glorietta 5

Glorietta (Tagalog: [gloɾˈjɛtɐ, gloɾˈjɛta]; stylized in all lowercase) is a shopping mall complex in the Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. The mall is owned by Ayala Land and operated through its subsidiary, the Ayala Malls. The mall is divided into five sections (named Glorietta 1 to 5) and contains many shops and restaurants, as well as cinemas, a gym, arcades and a large central activity center, often used to stage events.

Glorietta 1 to 4 is integrated with the nearby Greenbelt, SM Makati, Rustan's Makati, The Landmark, and eventually One Ayala. Glorietta 5 is detached, located at the lot formerly occupied by an open parking area between Hotel InterContinental Manila and Rustan's Makati.[2] Coinciding with the redevelopment, the tenants affected by the October 19, 2007 explosion were given an option to relocate there.[3]

The contiguous Glorietta 1 to 4 features four levels of retail, with the fifth level of Glorietta 4 dedicated to the mall's offices. Meanwhile, Glorietta 5 comprises three levels of retail and additional five levels housing BPO offices above it. Built above Glorietta 1 to 4 are office buildings such as Glorietta 1 Corporate Center and Glorietta 2 Corporate Center and hotels such as Holiday Inn & Suites Makati and Ascott Makati.[4][5] The mall complex is supported by three levels of basement parking beneath it, which is shared with the aforementioned hotels and is interconnected with the basement parking of the adjacent Park Terraces residential complex and Terraces Square.[6] It is also served by other distinct parking facilities in the area such as The Link, 6750 Ayala Avenue Office Tower, 6750 Steel Carpark, Park Square, and One Ayala's basement parking.


Glorietta was originally a park centrally located in the Makati Commercial Center complex. The Glorietta park, with its outdoor stage for event hosting, was built in the 1970s. It was landscaped by Ildefonso P. Santos Jr., a National Artist for Architecture who was also credited for designing the entire complex.[7] It was then surrounded by small shopping arcades, Quad Theater, and the Makati Supermart.[8][9]

In 1990, Ayala decided to redevelop Makati Commercial Center, then branded The Center Makati, into a new development named the Ayala Center. The plan called for the redevelopment of the Glorietta park and the surrounding shopping arcades into a single shopping mall. To mark the change, Makati Commercial Center was renamed Ayala Center in 1991.

As Glorietta

Glorietta Building complex in 2008

The new Glorietta mall opened in 1992 with a gross leasable area of 250,000 m2 (2,700,000 sq ft), envisioned as one of the largest malls in the Philippines. The mall was divided into four sections:

All four components were home to a variety of shops and restaurants. While Quad 1 and 2 opened in 1991, Quad 3 opened in 1992, Glorietta 4 opened in 1998, just six years later, as a result of the construction of Oakwood Premier. Quad 1, 2 and 3 would later be renamed Glorietta 1, 2 and 3, respectively.[7] Those were divided by walkways radiating from the activity center to their namesake major roads (clockwise from north): Ayala Mall, EDSA Mall, Pasay Mall, and Makati Mall.[11]

Tenants that set up shop in Ayala Center prior to Glorietta's development, most notably Mercury Drug, Automatic Centre, Jollibee, Max's, and McDonald's, also found a home in Glorietta. The department stores surrounding the mall – SM Makati, The Landmark, and Rustan's – were utilized by Glorietta as its anchor tenants for its supermarkets and department stores.

A shot of the activity center during an electronics event in 2007

By the mid- and late 1990s, Glorietta gained popularity as a premier mall. It has an air-conditioned atrium with water features, an indoor children's playground, and an activity center that hosts concerts and shows.[citation needed]

The mall was known as Quad until 1997, when it adopted Glorietta as its present name, though the Glorietta name was used as a secondary branding since 1992. Glorietta is a Spanish word used to describe the public meeting place in Spanish colonial-era designed towns throughout the Philippines; the spelling with double "t" reflects the Old Spanish alphabet.

Other new buildings were also constructed between 1999 and 2005, making Glorietta larger than its original construction plan. Glorietta 5, an additional wing detached from Glorietta 1 to 4, was opened in the fourth quarter of 2008.[12] Later in 2010, Glorietta 1 and 2 underwent reconstruction and redevelopment with new buildings; they were reopened on November 5 and December 7 in 2012, respectively. On November 29, 2012, Move to the Vibe of Glorietta, a fashion show, was held at the mall's new Palm Drive Activity Center and broke the Guinness World Record for the “Most People Modeling on a Catwalk” with 2,255 participants, beating Istanbul's 1,967.[13]

A Chuck E. Cheese's was meant to open here in 2013, but the plans were cancelled due to the mall layout.[14]

The flagship Uniqlo store opened on October 5, 2018 in Glorietta 5, occupying the ground and second levels of the mall; it is Uniqlo's largest store in Southeast Asia.[15] A year later, a new roofdeck named "Top of the Glo" was opened, located on the roofdeck of Glorietta 1 and 2. Under Mitsubishi's partnership, a Japan-inspired retail area called "Japan Town" opened in June 2019 at the roof deck.[16] The roofdeck retail area has a GLA of 2,500 square meters (27,000 sq ft).[17][18] The roofdeck is connected to the 4th level of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, with access to Glorietta 4 Cinemas at the same level.

In 2019, a remodeled Food Choices area in Glorietta 4 was opened.[19] The section opened with more food shops, and the area was extended into the location formerly occupied by Automatic Centre and BLIMS Fine Furniture. Consequently, both these stores were moved to the former location of National Book Store's third floor in Glorietta 1 as part of the remodeling project. BLIMS re-opened at its new location in April, while Automatic Centre opened their relocated store in June. The main atrium at the center of the mall was closed for a major renovation in early 2019 and reopened on November in the same year.[20]

Future redevelopment

A major redevelopment of Glorietta will be done in phases starting in the first quarter of 2024, which will feature layout changes along with refreshed interiors and exteriors. It is expected to be completed in 2026. Ayala Malls has tapped Australian architectural firm Buchan for the redesign of Glorietta.[21][22]

Incidents and accidents

2000 bombing

On May 17, 2000, thirteen (13) people were injured in an explosion at Glorietta 2. Police said the blast (by a homemade explosive) originated from a restroom of a restaurant and affected a nearby branch of Timezone, a game arcade center, as well as the ceiling of the bridge connecting Glorietta 2 to the then Park Square 2. Two rival gangs were seen fighting near the restaurant shortly before the blast occurred.[23]

Oakwood mutiny (July 27, 2003)

Main article: Oakwood mutiny

Magdalo soldiers led by Lt. Sr. Grade Antonio Trillanes IV took control of the Oakwood Premier. Glorietta, where the hotel stood, was also closed during the siege.

2007 explosion (October 19, 2007)

Main article: 2007 Glorietta explosion

An explosion in Glorietta 2 killed eleven people and injured a hundred others. Initially, authorities termed it a liquefied petroleum gas explosion in a restaurant, but later began investigating the possibility that the explosion may have been a C-4 bomb.[24][25] The explosion destroyed much of Glorietta 2's main lobby and vehicles parked outside. Several days later, October 23, 2007, senior government officials expressed "a high level of certainty" that the explosion was an accident,[26] but the bomb theory has not been totally ruled out. This was brought on by the inability of experts to find bomb components after four days of rigorous investigation. It is believed that the explosion was caused by underground structures in the mall that might have triggered the blast, pending further investigation.

Fire incidents


See also


  1. ^ Excludes Glorietta 1 Corporate Center and Glorietta 2 Corporate Center
  2. ^ Excludes Ascott Makati
  3. ^ Includes the BPO offices of Glorietta 5


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