Riverbanks Center
Marikina Riverbanks Center
Riverbanks Center signage, south entrance
LocationMarikina City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°37′52″N 121°04′55″E / 14.6310°N 121.0820°E / 14.6310; 121.0820
Address84 Andres Bonifacio Avenue, Barangay Barangka, Marikina City
Opening date1999 (1999)
DeveloperRiverbanks Development Corporation
ManagementRiverbanks Development Corporation
Public transit accessBus interchange  8  Riverbanks Center
Websitehttp://www.riverbankscenter.com

Riverbanks Center (also known as Marikina Riverbanks/Marikina Riverbanks Center or simply Riverbanks) is an integrated development complex for shopping, recreational, business and commercial along Andres Bonifacio Avenue adjacent to Marikina River in Barangka, Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines.[1][2] It is home of the Philippine's biggest outdoor amphitheater and outlet center, and the location of once the world's largest pair of shoes.[3]

History

Riverbanks Center is located on a 23 hectares (57 acres) site which formerly held a Universal Textile Mills Factory, Asia's largest textile mills at that time.[4] The Riverbanks Development Corporation acquired the site in 1995.[2] It opened to the public in April 1999.[5]

The pair of giant shoes are on display inside the Shoe Gallery of Riverbanks Mall. 5.29 metres (17.4 ft) long and 2.37 metres (7 ft 9 in) wide, equivalent to a French shoe size of 753, they were created over 77 days between August 5 and October 21, 2002 by Marikina shoe industry business people. The creators attempted to have it certified for the 2004 edition of the Guinness World Records, but due to space limitations the alleged record was not published in the book.[6]

Devastation at the Riverbanks Center after the onslaught of Tropical Storm Ondoy
Devastation at the Riverbanks Center after the onslaught of Tropical Storm Ondoy

On September 26–27, 2009, the complex was widely devastated by a flash flood from the overflowing Marikina River, due to torrential rains caused by Tropical Storm Ondoy. The river reached the 23-meter mark, enough to flood the entire complex.

Facilities

Retail

Small rotonda across Ivy and Atrium lanes inside Riverbanks Mall
Small rotonda across Ivy and Atrium lanes inside Riverbanks Mall

Riverbanks Mall hosts numerous establishments includes the following major tenants: SM's Savemore Market, the first ever Savemore Market in the Philippines opened in 1998 (earlier than opening of the whole complex the following year),[7] Off Price Department Store, Shoe Gallery, Timezone and Robinsons two standalone stores: Handyman and Robinsons Appliances. There are also main sections divided into 3 zones: Foodcourt (eateries and food stalls), Technolane (electronics and gadgets) and Fashion Gallery (boutiques and specialty stores), while Kidzone (playroom), Timezone (arcades) and Shoe Gallery (showcasing the shoes made in Marikina) are among sub-sections inside the Mall. Variety of retail kiosks are also available at the center lanes. Arcade Building, an annex building of the Mall, is also hosts some establishments such as banks, coffee shops, fastfood chains, pharmacies, retail stores, offices and others. Some establishments such as 24-hour convenience store, spas and other service counters are also located at E-COM building. There is also standalone store building like fastfood chains Greenwich and Jollibee located at the North Triangle open area, and a pre-owned car dealer shop Kotse Network.

Outlet center

Riverbanks Center is known for the largest outlet store in the Philippines located inside the Riverbank Mall, some of these were branded includes Accel, Adidas, Bambu, Converse, Guess, Kids Republic, Levi's, Nike, Peak, Puma, Reebok, Royal Sporting House, Shubizz, The Look Boutique, World Balance and among others. Inside the Shoe Gallery is showcasing and selling the locally produced leather shoes and other footwears and apparels made in Marikina at the very low price.

Offices

ICT Building
ICT Building

Riverbanks Center's ICT Building and E-COM Building are listed as approved IT Centers by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, making export-oriented companies located therein eligible for temporary tax holiday, permanent reduced rate of corporate income tax, and other incentives. As of May 2010, it is one of only two developments in Marikina to have this status, the other being Blue Wave-Marikina IT Center.[1] The first call center to locate in Riverbanks, and by extension the whole of Marikina, was the NASDAQ-listed ICT Group, who moved in during 2006. ICT already had offices in Makati and Ortigas Center since 2003 and 2004, respectively.[4] The new ICT office initially employed 1,400 staff.[8] Riverbanks Center's administration office, NBI Satellite Office and Queen of Angels Chapel are also located in E-COM Building.

Recreation

Amphitheater at daylight during pre-Christmas season
Amphitheater at daylight during pre-Christmas season

Riverbanks Center is also a place for recreation and leisure and it is a perfect place for jogging, biking, boating and camping. Riverbanks Plaza and Riverbanks Amphiteather are the center of attractions for recreation. There is also called "Dampa", a seafood and grill station that perfect for family dining, and there is Bonfire Grill, a bar and restaurant offers live band perfect for group of friends especially at night. There are also educational facilities in the complex, the Philippine Science Centrum, an interactive museum, is located in E-COM Building, it opened in 1990 in Pasay, but later moved to its present site which was donated by Riverbanks Development Corporation.[9][10] There are also museums such as Museum of Miniatures, Joey Velasco Gallery and The Spirit of Bethlehem Museum that also perfect for educational field trips and for those who like in arts, while the largest pair of shoes is located inside the Shoe Gallery of Riverbanks Mall.

Events venues

The Deck
The Deck

Event venues in the complex includes the Riverbank Amphitheater, a 20,000 capacity features an amphitheater with wide flat stage (or movable mounted stage) which makes it ideal[tone] for musical concerts, entertainment shows, stage plays, religious assemblies, graduations, sports tournaments and other major events such as the annual Philippine National Fireworks Festival held in April.[citation needed] Activity Area is also hold various events such as motor shows, pageants, job fairs, food festivals and bazaars during Christmas season. Renaissance Convention Center can also hold indoor social gathering and other private functions.[citation needed] Other event venues in the complex include "The Deck" and "The Studio". The latter is a studio building where a number of TV series, commercials and movies are filmed.[citation needed]

Parking

Parking in the complex includes covered and open-air parking with corresponding fee, the complex has also a pedestrian-friendly driveways.[citation needed]

Other facilities

Riverbanks Avenue view from Marcos Bridge
Riverbanks Avenue view from Marcos Bridge

Transportation

The complex is in a strategic location and accessible via most modes of transportation, particularly jeepneys, tricycles and buses.[citation needed] Riverbanks Station is a proposed water-based ferry terminal and not yet operational.[citation needed] Riverbanks Transport Terminal offers transport service to selected points in Metro Manila. Taxi bays and tricycle terminals can also found in the complex. Riverbanks Avenue connecting Andres Bonifacio Avenue and Marcos Highway that traversed the complex is the main road and accessible towards Eastwood City, Ortigas Center, Makati, Bonifacio Global City, NAIA and South Luzon Expressway via C-5 Road. Santolan Station of the LRT Line 2 is the nearest train station along Marcos Highway. Metro Manila Eastern Transport Hub is also located near the complex. The terminal provides provincial buses for the passengers going to any point of Luzon and as far as Visayas region via Roll-on/roll-off.

Events

Riverbanks Center at night
Riverbanks Center at night

References

  1. ^ a b "Operating Economic Zones". Philippine Economic Zone Authority. Archived from the original on 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  2. ^ a b "Riverbanks Center on the rise". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2001-04-03. p. B7. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  3. ^ "Riverbanks Center: A one-stop destination for the whole family". Philstar.com. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  4. ^ a b Estavillo, Maricel E. (2006-02-27). "Marikina City gets its first call center locator". GMA News. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  5. ^ "Around The Nation: Riverbanks turns 5". Manila Bulletin. 2004-04-17. Retrieved 2010-12-30. Riverbanks Center in Marikina City is celebrating its fifth anniversary this April.
  6. ^ Luci, Charissa M. (2004-10-03). "Why Marikina did not make it to the Guinness 2004 edition". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  7. ^ Salientes-Narisma, Corrie (2010-04-08). "Your 'sari sari' store and grocery rolled into one". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  8. ^ Noda, Tom S. (2006-09-22). "U.S. outsourcer opens third Philippine call center". Computer World. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  9. ^ Buban, Charles E. (2008-11-01). "Science center inspires young minds". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  10. ^ Alave, Kristine L. (2007-08-25). "Interactive museum makes science fun". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2010-12-30.

Coordinates: 14°37′52″N 121°04′55″E / 14.631061°N 121.082039°E / 14.631061; 121.082039