Friday, December 26, 2014

Greenhills Shopping Center, Shangri-La Plaza Only Malls Closed on New Year's Day?

Cropped screenshot from the Power Plant Mall website.
I took this photo last December 24.
Is it only this year that malls started opening on December 25 and January 1?  Except for Shangri-La Plaza, which was open on Christmas Day but closed on New Year's Day, it seems that the same malls open on Dec. 25 is also open on Jan. 1. In other words, all the malls except Greenhills and Shangri-La Plaza. Podium, on the other hand, is open on January 1 but closed on New Year's Eve. At least, that's what I understand, since the SM Malls poster says that the sked is same for all malls except as noted. Then it lists SM Megamall, for example, which includes a December 31 sked that's the same as the all malls sked. For Podium, there is only a January 1 sked. Does it mean that Podium has the same sked as the other malls on Dec. 24 and 31, or is it closed?  If the Podium sked is the same as the other malls', would it have been listed?

It's funny how Power Plant's holiday sked did not include January 1.

Another thing that I noticed is that malls don't have someone managing their sites and resort to using Fb to make their holiday announcements e.g. Market! Market. SM Supermalls even has a separate blogspot. Any blogger would know how to operate a wordpress or blogspot site. SM, all you need to do is train someone to update your site--use wordpress, for example, for easy use, then have a committee of approvers. In this Smartphone age, it would be easy to do this.

Also, does Ayala know that when you type Trinoma, you land in SM North EDSA, which claims that Trinoma has been merged with SM North?

Another thing that I realized, while doing this, that the "mall open" sources only refer to Metro Manila. Except Summit Express, which posted photos of each mall group. Not that easy to follow. My former co-agent, Ruby Ochoa, works in an Ayala Mall in Mindanao. Maybe she can tell me about her mall's holiday sked?

While malls have gone from closed to open, BDO has gone the opposite way and will be closed on December 31 and January 1. 6 years ago i. e. 1999, BDO was open on Dec. 31.

Anyway, below is the sked that I've mustered from surfing the mall sites, including their Fb pages.

Mall Dec. 31, 2013 Jan. 1, 2015
Metro Manila
Alabang Town Center 10 am-6 PM 12 noon-9 PM
Araneta Center 10 AM-7 PM 12 noon-10 PM
Araneta Center dining 10 AM-11 PM 12 noon-11 PM
Bonifacio High Street 11 AM-6 PM 12 noon-10 PM
Eastwood Mall dining 11 AM-1 AM 12 noon-11 PM
Eastwood Mall retail 11 AM-11 PM 12 noon-10 PM
Glorietta 11 AM-6 PM 12 noon-9 PM
Greenbelt 11 AM-6 PM 11 AM-9 PM
Greenhills Shopping Center 10 AM-7 PM closed
Lucky Chinatown Mall 9 AM-7 PM 12 noon-10 PM
Market! Market! 11 AM-6 PM 12 noon-9 PM
Power Plant Mall 11 AM-6 PM 12 noon-10 PM
Shangri-La Plaza 10 AM-7 PM closed
SM Aura Premier 9 AM-8 PM 12 noon-10 PM
SM Center Pasig closed? 12 noon-11 PM
SM Jazz Residences 10 AM-7 PM closed?
SM Mall of Asia 12 PM-8 PM 12 noon-11 PM
SM Mezza Residences closed? closed?
SM MOA Entertainment Mall dining tenants 9 AM-1 AM 12 noon-11 PM
SM MOA By the Bay 4 PM-12 midnight 4 PM-12 midnight
SM Megamall 11 AM-11 PM 12 noon-11 PM
SM North EDSA 9 AM-7 PM 12 noon-11 PM
SM Savemore Nagtahan 7 AM-7 PM closed?
The Podium closed? 12 noon-10 PM
Luzon
Cavite
SM Marketmall Dasmarinas
Wet and Dry Market closed? 24 hours
Pampanga    
Marquee Mall 10 AM-6 PM 12 noon-10 PM
SM Savemore Apalit 8 AM-7 PM closed?
Visayas
Cebu
Ayala Center Cebu 10 AM-7 PM 12 noon-9 PM
Mindanao  
Cagayan de Oro  
SM City Cagayan de Oro closed? closed?
     
Davao  
SM City Davao closed? closed?
SM Lanang Premier closed? closed?
   
South Cotabato
SM City General Santos City closed? closed?
From their Facebook page.

We will be updating this post as we receive new data.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Mercury Drug 24-Hour Drive-Thru Ortigas Open Today

I took this photo last December 9.
Bonifacio High Street is also open on December 25. Screenshot from their Fb page.
Aside from Lucky Chinatown Mall, some Mercury Drug branches are open on Christmas Day. The Shoppesville branch will be closed, but a sign there said that the following will be open:
December 25, 2014 Mercury Shoppesville advisory. I took this photo yesterday.
To summarize, the following places are open on Christmas Day:

Place Hours
Alabang Town Center 10 AM-8 PM
Araneta Center 12 PM-10 PM
Bonifacio High Street 12 PM-10 PM
Fisher Mall 11 AM-11 PM
Forum Robinsons (Cybergate) 10 AM-11 PM
Glorietta 11 AM-8/9 PM
Greenbelt 12 PM-8 PM
Greenhills Shopping Center closed
Lucky Chinatown Mall 9 AM-10 PM
Market! Market! 11 AM-9 PM
Mercury Drug Greenhills Officenter 11 AM-6 PM
Mercury Drug Greenhills Wilson 7 AM-7 PM
Mercury Ortigas Avenue 24 hours
Power Plant Mall 12 PM-9 PM
Shangri-La Plaza 12 PM-8 PM
SM Aura Premier 10 AM-10 PM
SM City North EDSA 11 AM-11 PM
SM Megamall 11 AM-11 PM
SM Mall of Asia 12 PM-8 PM
TriNoma 11 AM-9 PM

Check out their Fb pages for cinema skeds. The Megamall page even has Mass skeds.



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lucky Chinatown Mall Open Tomorrow

Where do you go on Christmas Day? Tonight on TV5, Lourd de Veyra tells people who want to go aguinaldo hopping that tomorrow's rains will be light to moderate.

One Christmas Day, I asked my balikbayan friend and her husband where they wanted to go since the malls were closed.

I gave them 2 choices: Ateneo or the Pen for halo-halo. He said that he was open to halo-halo, if it was necessary. Ha!

Anyway, it was my first time to go to Lucky Chinatown Mall last Monday. I was just thinking that Eastwood would probably be open on Dec. 25, because of the call cenuhs.

Then I realized that Megaworld also owns Lucky, so I looked at the mall hours sign closely.

According to Pinoy Money Talk, Eastwood City is open on Christmas Day. And so are other malls like Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta, Market! Market!, MOA, Power Plant Mall and Trinoma. It seems that the only big mall that's closed is Greenhills Shopping Center. There was no mention of Aura and SM North's Dec. 25 skeds.

Now, is Lucky Chinatown Mall worth going to?  I was there for a Mann Hann lunch and saw Daiso, UCC and other stores that you see elsewhere. Except for an ice cream stall that I had not seen before.

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