Friday, January 13, 2012

Faces of Davao 01 - Abreeza Ayala Mall

I've written several posts about Davao City here which should reflect our fondness of this immense southern Philippine city. Davao City is vast, and it has everything: it's a tasteful admixture of riches. It has malls for the cosmopolitan soul; it has beaches and islands, it has hills and mountains, it has cheap food and the seafood variety is to die for. It is teeming with the most exotic fruits: Durian, Mangosteen, Marang, Rambutan, Dragon Fruit, Lanzones, Pomelo; name it, it's in Davao.

But it's also a bustling activity of construction, and traffic is starting to echo that of metropolitan Manila. That isn't good news. Despite being in the throes of frenetic development, Davao maintains its laidback demeanor. People are nicer, with some exceptions, of course. Development, after all, has its drawback, including a percentage of the jaded population - like the people manning the front desk of Roadway Inn who find it painful to smile to their guests; or the police man who chuckles when he is asked about a street - and you wonder what was funny! There are nincompoops wherever you go, and Davao is no exception.

Despite all that, Davao offers a bigger slice of joy where tourists are concerned. In the following posts, we shall feature "Everyday Davao" taken during a recent, albeit very short two-day visit.

In this post, we have the cosmopolitan Abreeza Ayala Mall which is the brainchild of the Ayalas of Manila and the Florendos of Davao. It is the first Ayala Mall in the city, probably the first in Mindanao. Though its present structure is relatively smaller than that of Manila's, this classy mall is a work in progress and constructions are continuously being undertaken at the back of the compound.

Within this mall is a Robinson's Department Store too. The cinema halls at the 3rd level are relatively smaller compared to their SM Mall counterparts, but the seats are state-of-the-art - comfortable and classy! My favorite part is the Food Court because of the shell-styled canopy. It reminds me of SM Baguio City. Though the gastronomic expanse has a limited number of food stalls, the whole dining area ushers to a wide open space, providing an amazing view of the cityscape, including the mountains from yonder. If the food stalls don't quite satisfy your taste, there are individual restaurants spread around the mall; fast food franchises, buffet, specialty cuisine. Abreeza is just one of Davao's coterie of malls. There are several Gaisano Malls, two SM Mall, NCCC, Felcris, etc. Then there is Aldevinco. The city is a shopper's paradise.

Abreeza Ayala Mall - aka Abreeza Ayala Business Park - is located along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Bajada District.

This is the Eye in the Sky!

Dragon fruits are on display outside this Ranchero restaurant.

A mini-garden leading to the food court.

Awesome view from the food court.

Tables and seats at the food court.

Construction on going at the back of the mall.

Cinema Complex has 4 movie halls

Children could get their "rides" at the ground floor.


Ola said...

I wonder how the dragon fruits taste, I ate only sth called "dragon's eye" byt it was canned

eye in the sky said...


It's a juicy flesh with mild outer portion but gets sweeter as you get down to the core. I'm not sure I've heard of a "dragon's eye" before. Sounds exotic though.

Ola said...

this dragon's eye is rather small - like a small ball and white inside
probably something different, thanks for the explanation!

Ramakrishnan said...

Swanky mall like many malls world over. We have a similar mall in Coimbatore - "Brooke Fields Mall"
Talking about Ayala Mall - I remember one Luis Ayala a Chilean tennis player of the 50's & 60's - a amazing amateur touch player much before Professional Tennis took over the tennis scene. In those days tennis stars played for honor & had lots of fun and healthy banter during & between games.

eye in the sky said...

@ R. Ramakrsihnan:

Brooke Fields. The name itself sounds classy. Haha. Actually, the Ayalas (and Zobels) are of Hispanic descent. They are Caucasians in all physical aspects, but are curiously very nationalistic - very Pinoy. They're also among the old rich. There are several Ayala Malls all over the Philippines (Glorietta, Trinoma, Greenbelt, etc.), each one spells class.

These lot plays polo and cricket more than the usual Filipino staple (basketball). :)

paula said...

One of the malls in Davao that I want to visit soon. Thanks for sharing a lot of information about this mall. :)

eye in the sky said...

@ Paula:

You're welcome. :)