When SM Seaside City Cebu opens tomorrow, Cebuanos will have a first look at the state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable urban center on the waterfront of the South Road Properties (SRP) development in Cebu, the Philippines’ second largest city and a major tourism hub in the country.
The 470,490-square-meter mall stands on a 93,570-square-meter site. It is SM Prime Holdings’ 56th mall and the third in the Queen City of the South, after SM City Cebu and SM City Consolacion.
SM Seaside City Cebu is one of the first developments in the master plan of SM Prime Holdings for its 30-hectare space at the SRP, a prime property development project on a reclaimed land located a few meters from Cebu’s central business district.
Designed by Arquitectonica, an international architecture, interior design and planning firm from Miami, Florida, this grand, first-of-its-kind urban development at the SRP will be a landmark in the region, transforming the way people live, work and play in this community. When completed, the complex will include residential towers, hotels, a convention and exhibition center, a school and hospital.
The development has been compared to that of the SM Mall of Asia, which has been envisioned to be the destination mall in the Asia Pacific region. Both are on a waterfront: SM Seaside City Cebu has a spectacular view of the Cebu Channel, just as the SM Mall of Asia has Manila Bay and its glorious sunset as a picturesque backdrop.
Similarly, the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod was the first structure to open at SM Seaside, just as the Shrine of Jesus paved the way for the development of the SM Mall of Asia complex.
Just as the SM Mall of Asia has the Globe as its iconic landmark, SM Seaside City Cebu has the Cube, a steel 21-meter by 21-meter sculptural piece that is a symbol of strength and stability.
The mall will have multiple anchors, including a two-storey SM Store, as well as an SM Hypermarket and SM mainstays like SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware Watsons, Our Home, Kultura Filipino, Toy Kingdom, Surplus and Sports Central. It will have over 400 food and retail shops, including international brands.
Dining options include specialty restaurants, international and local food chains and a food court.
Cebuanos will enjoy the leisure and entertainment excitement of an IMAX Theater, a 16-lane Bowling and Amusement Center and an Olympic-size ice skating rink. It will also have four state-of-the-art cinemas, two Director’s Clubs and one live theater.
SM Seaside City Cebu’s design team comprises Arquitectonica, the design architect; Gardens by Sanders, the landscape designer; W.V. Coscuella, the architect of record; SM EDD Mall Design, the in-house architect; general contractor Monolith Construction and project manager DA Abcede.