northedsaThe granddaddy of Philippine malls, SM North EDSA just had to be in the list as it provided the first generation of Filipino shoppers a clear picture of what a mall should be. Accessible, entertaining, and convenient, its opening in 1985 signaled the start of a revolution in Philippine retail, and more importantly in Philippine leisure. Residents of nearby cities such as Quezon City and Caloocan, and even surrounding provinces in the north like Bulacan and Pampanga were drawn to this fully air-conditioned ‘park, ‘ and since then, patrons never stopped flocking the mall. Now, SM North is one of the most visited and most densely populated malls in the country. The four-level shopping bazaar houses more than 500 retail shops, service stores, restaurants, and twelve movie houses. Time and again, SM North has expanded its operations having added Cyberzone, Hypermart, and The Block to its offerings. But the expansion doesn’t end there: annexes that will feature the second IMAX movie theater in the country and the Sky Garden are currently being constructed. These additional attractions are scheduled to open in 2008

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