P2.2-B new mall in Iloilo City to create 3,500 jobs

Festive Walk Mall, which will open in April this year, is expected to boost employment in Iloilo.
Festive Walk Mall, which will open in April this year, is expected to boost employment in Iloilo.

Festive Walk Mall, which will open in April this year, is expected to boost employment in Iloilo.

Kevin L. Tan, senior vice president and head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, said the P2.2-billion new mall in Iloilo Business Park (IBP) in Mandurriao district will generate around 3,500 jobs in retail, food, transport, and mall operations.

Festive Walk Mall, which covers 90,000 square meters in gross floor area, is Megaworld’s first and biggest full-scale lifestyle mall outside Luzon.

Tan said the mall will further expand their offerings in IBP as it matures as a township.

Festive Walk Mall will have three levels of world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, leisure and wellness offerings. It will be anchored by its own supermarket, department store, home essentials store, toy store and a food hall.

It will also have seven state-of-the-art cinemas, which include Dolby Atmos cinemas that offer complete surround sound technology.

Another highlight of the mall will be The Deck at the 3rd level, which features an open space with lush gardens and greeneries, a chapel and a dog park. An interactive dancing fountain will also greet mallgoers at the main entrance.

The main mall connected to a mall annex will be linked to the 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk Parade via elevated walkways and bridges.

The Festive Walk Mall Annex will house some government offices as well as medical and wellness facilities.

More than 1,000 parking slots will also be made available for mall patrons and visitors.

“Our idea is to seamlessly connect the main mall, the annex, Festive Walk Parade and the multi-level parking facility so that everything will be walkable,” Tan said.

Festive Walk Mall will also have its own transport hub that can accommodate buses, jeepneys, and taxis.

Designed with modern aesthetics that strongly evoke the country’s tropical influence, the mall will have some green and sustainable design features that include day-lighting and sun-shading facilities and fresh indoor greeneries.

Megaworld’s 72-hectare IBP is home to two of Iloilo City’s first-class hotels, Richmonde Hotel and the soon-to-open Marriott Courtyard, state-of-the-art BPO office towers, residential condominium towers, and an expansive commercial and finance district. IMT