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Glorietta is a large shopping mall in the Ayala Center in Makati Citymarker, Metro Manilamarker, Philippinesmarker. The mall is owned by the Zobel de Ayala family and its holding company, Ayala Corporation. The mall is divided into five sections (named Glorietta 1–5) and contains many shops and restaurants, as well as cinema screens, a gym, arcades and a large central atrium often used to stage special events. It has an activity center, located at the heart of the mall. It is also integrated between Greenbelt Mall, SM Makati, Rustan's Makati and The Landmark, a department store. Ayala Center is planning to construct Glorietta 5, which will be located in front of Hotel Intercontinental Manila and beside Rustans Department Store, as part of the Ayala Land's plan of redeveloping Glorietta. The tenants affected by the October 19, 2007 explosion will be given an option to relocate there.

History

A shot of the central atrium area during an electronics event.
Glorietta was originally a park surrounded by establishments; in fact it was used as a location by Viva Films for its youth-oriented movie Hotshots. But in the early 1990s the Zobel De Ayala family decided to renovate Glorietta, Quad, Greenbelt and the whole of the Makati Commercial Center to a whole new mall which will carry the name Ayala Center.

The plan was to recreate Glorietta to an indoor facility and integrate it with the remaining buildings surrounding it as well as the newly-constructed buildings that replaced the ones that's been torn-down namely the QUAD cinemas, By the mid and late 90s Glorietta reached its popularity as a premier mall. The construction was so perfect because of its indoor setup which makes it convenient for its customers. Bar-hoppers would enjoy air-conditioned facilities and could go to different bars and restaurants without having to go out of the facilty.

The Glorietta mall was opened in 1991 having a gross leasable area of 250,000 m², envisioned as one of the largest malls in the Philippines. Still today, Glorietta Mall remains as one of the biggest in Metro Manila. Glorietta is a one-stop, self-sufficient shopping center. Glorietta offers complete shopping and dining options ranging from apparel, accessories, home furniture, appliances to specialty brands. It has a fully air-conditioned atrium with water features, an indoor playground for children, and an activity center that hosts the best concerts and shows for its shoppers.

Other new buildings were also constructed in between 1999 and 2005, making Glorietta bigger than its original construction plan.

Awards

• Shopping Center of the Year (Philippine Retailer's Association and Department of Trade & Industry, 2002 & 2004)

Tenants

Current tenants



Former tenants

  • Park Square 2
  • Anson's Building
  • Canary Bar
  • Streetlife
  • Cable Car
  • Tower Records
  • DC Diner
  • Studebakers
  • Virgin Cafe
  • Club Synergy
  • Glico's worlds of fun.
  • Paradigm
  • Spoofs Unlimited apparels
  • Filbars
  • Toys "R" Us
  • Tokyo Fashion
  • Sbarro
  • Mangan Restaurant
  • Mexicali


Future Tenants



Incidents

Oakwood Mutiny

On July 27, 2003, Magdalo soldiers led by Lt Sr Grade Antonio Trillanes took control of the Oakwood apartments in Makati City. Glorietta, where the Oakwood Premier stood, was also closed during the siege.

2000 Glorietta explosion

On May 17, 2000, thirteen people were injured in an explosion at Glorietta. Police said the blast originated from a comfort room of a restaurant and affected a nearby video game arcade (Timezone). Two rival "hip-hop" gangs were seen fighting near the restaurant shortly before the blast occurred.

2005 Valentine's Day bombings

On February 14, 2005, a passenger bus was bombed in Makati City, near Glorietta. Four people were killed and 36 injured. On the same day, a mall in General Santos City and a bus terminal in Davao were also bombed. Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility, with spokesperson Abu Solaiman saying on a radio interview: “This is our Valentine gift to Gloria.”

2007 Glorietta Explosion

On October 19, 2007, an explosion in Glorietta 2 killed eleven people and injured a hundred others. Initially, authorities termed it a LPG explosion in a restaurant, but later began investigating the probability that the cause of the explosion was a C4 bomb. The explosion destroyed much of Glorietta 2's main lobby and vehicles parked outside.

Several days later, October 23, 2007, senior government officials expressed "a high level of certainty" that the explosion was an accident , but the bomb theory has not been totally ruled out. This was brought on by the inability of experts to find bomb components after four days of rigorous investigation. It is believed that the explosion was caused by underground structures in the mall that might have triggered the blast, pending further investigation.

Glorietta 4 Fire

Two days later, October 21, a fire broke out at around noon in the kitchen of one of the restaurants in Glorietta 4. It was put out by firemen an hour later. The authorities announced that this incident was in no way associated with the earlier Glorietta blast. Glorietta 4 was closed, right after this disaster, while the authority said that the open areas that is not affected by the disasters are business as usual.

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