Sunday, May 22, 2011

Abreeza Ayala Mall

Abreeza Ayala Mall

Abreeza Ayala Mall - Davao  was finally inaugurated and opened its doors to the public last May 12, 2011. The inauguration was attended by Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land Chairman Fernando Zobel De Ayala, Vice Chairman of Anflo Management and Investment Corporation, Antonio Floirendo Jr, and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte. The occasion was graced by The Honorable Mayor of Davao City, Inday Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio as guest speaker.

The term "Abreeza" was derived from the Italian word “abbraccio” which means "to embrace", or “breeze”in English, and is used to symbolize the Mall's breezy, spacious and relaxed environment, while respecting the natural topography of the land by designing open air garden landscapes that retains the “greening” of the environment. Even the basement parking is sunken with natural paving that allows water to seep back into the ground during rainy season.

Abreeza Ayala Mall is a three-storey ultra-modern shopping mall that sits on a four-hectare space of the sprawling 10-hectare commercial complex along JP Laurel Avenue in Bajada, Davao City. The Mall houses over 300 commercial spaces, and includes four theaters with a three-dimensional cinema, and a huge parking lot; and features lush landscapes of differently-colored mall entrances, three pockets of themed gardens, water features, a mini “rainforest” area, hanging vines, an orchidarium, Al fresco area for dining that smoothly spills out into the themed gardens, and several people-oriented areas that allows shoppers and visitors of the Mall to move about freely from one activity to another on foot. It is a huge "mixed-use" upscale complex that will also include office spaces dedicated to BPO call centers, a boutique hotel, and a high-end residential condominium in its future development. The Mall costs Php 5 billion, and is considered as one of the biggest single investments in Davao City. The Mall itself has generated about 6,000 employees mostly from Mindanao.

In the same complex, Gokongwei-owned Robinsons Mall, reportedly worth Php 800 million, sits in a separate four-storey commercial building within the 10-hectare property.

Perspective of Abreeza

Aerial photograph of Abreeza

Main entrance to the Mall

Other side of the Mall

Abreeza Ayala Mall

Outside parking lot

Pond outside the Mall

Another view of the pond

Main door entrance to the Mall

Open air area of the Mall

Wide pathway

Another pathway

The Pavilion where the inauguration took place

The Pavilion as viewed from the second floor

The Pavilion

The Pavilion where the inauguration took place

Ceremonial inauguration of Abreeza with 
The Honorable Mayor of Davao City, Inday Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio
in the middle

A look inside the Mall

Inside the Mall

Another view inside the Mall

Another portion of the Mall

Kids' playground

A view of escalator system in the Mall

Escalator leading to another level

Cinemas in Abreeza

Ticket booth

Abreeza box office

Entrances to the cinemas

Paris Hilton Handbags & Accessories

Heiress of Hilton hotels, Paris Hilton, opened her 3rd shop in the Philippines called the Paris Hilton Handbags & Accessories in Abreeza Ayala Mall. This is just one of the many newest outlets in Davao City.

Abreeza Foodcourt

Many food outlets are available in the Foodcourt

A perfect place to lunch and dine with family and friends

There is enough tables for everyone

Ceremonial groundbreaking of the Abreeza Ayala Mall 
held on site on September 23, 2008

The above photograph is the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Abreeza Ayala Mall held on site on September 23, 2008 attended by Ayala Corporation CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II, Ayala Land Chairman of the Board Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land President Jaime I. Ayala, Ayala Malls and Ayala Businesscapes Group Head Ma. Victoria E. Añonuevo, Head of Ayala Land Vis-Min Emilio J. Tumbocon, Anflo Management and Investment Corporation Chairman of the Board Antonio O. Floirendo Sr., Anflocor Vice Chairman Antonio R. Floirendo Jr., Anflocor President Alexander Valoria, Anflocor Senior Vice President Ricardo R. Floirendo, Anflocor Directors Ma. Cristina R. Brias and Vicente R. Floirendo, with Davao City Administrator Wendell Avisado, breaking the ground which signals the start of building work for the joint venture.