February 8, 2010

Ubiquitous

I don't think Metro Manila has a residential-commercial complex that doesn't have a mall, and Rockwell Center is no exception. The entire complex centers around Power Plant, seen here through the stairwell window of the Ateneo Professional Schools.

Power Plant mall seen through the Ateneo Professional Schools stairwell window

This is the narrow south end of the mall, whose ground level is occupied by Zara, a Spanish clothing chain store. Power Plant is named such because the 15-hectare Rockwell Center used to be the site of a thermal power plant, which closed in 1994.

Power Plant mall

The entrance of Power Plant across the street from Nestlé and PHINMA is flanked by cafés and restaurants, as is its counterpart on the other side of the mall.

one entrance of Power Plant mall

And because he still hasn't been to Rockwell and he was looking for the mall a couple of days ago, this post is for Steven of Cavite Daily Photo. When you finally get the chance to go to Power Plant, enjoy your shopping, Steven! :)

24 comments:

Kaori said...

We have ZARA here too! Looks like a great place to shop, I know I'd be energized :D

ρομπερτ said...

This chain has branches back home in Germany and here in Athens, Greece as well.
Seems indeed that there are many shopping abilities in your part of the world. Amazed by the places being so clean, what a large contrast to this city!
A wonderful start into the new week for you.

Leif Hagen said...

My criteria for a good mall - good coffee shop with yummy treats and a place for husbands to sit down comfortably and wait . . . .
C'est parfois vrai!

Clueless in Boston said...

The Power Plant Mall looks like a great mall. I'm not a big fan of malls, but you have to go where the stores are if you want to shop.

Jacob said...

I'd say you have a plethora of malls in Manila! And all of them look very nice.

I'm afraid I'll stay out of the Power Plant, though, as I have lots of will power, but very little "won't" power!

Louis la Vache said...

Zara must be world-wide. They have stores here in the San Francisco Bay Area, too.

Your malls seem to be thriving. Even before the current economic downturn, malls were in a decline in the U.S.

Renee said...

Manila is a shopping Mecca!

Vernz said...

Hi Hilds, as always great capture... Have a happy Monday!

VP said...

Zara opened a huge store even here, I'd like to visit Power Plant!

Deden said...

i really love your composition, it seems to me that your eyes can see a light and captured it into a great scene...

a very happy mood scene

Missy said...

I've never been to Rockwell Center, and the Power Plant looks interesting to see and to visit. How I wish I have time to visit those malls when I visit Manila this year. Thanks for sharing.

brattcat said...

I think I'll just sit outside and wait under those gorgeous palms while you go shopping.

Buck said...

I love how Manila looks through your eyes! Our shopping malls are all on the outskirts of town, away from the residential areas.

Pam said...

I am always amazed at how many malls you have in Manila. Your history and photos of this one are terrific.

Have a wonderful day, Hilda.

Bergson said...

I like the grid of the window

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Nice shots !!

Lois said...

That's an unusual name for a mall but it does seem to fit! I like the palm trees near the entrance.

George said...

I'm impressed with the number of beautiful malls you have in Manila.

Chuck Pefley said...

Malls make sense in extreme weather. It also makes good sense if it is a residential - retail mixture. Community and convenience work well together.

Ming the Merciless said...

It looks like a nice mall. Most metropolitan cities in the US have malls too.

Bangor, with a population of about 30,000 only, has a huge mall with Macy's as the main store. There are other smaller stores in the same complex.

Mo said...

They are here too

Stine in Ontario said...

I especially like the view through the window, Hilda!

the donG said...

the malls are actually popping almost everywhere like it's just a seven eleven shop.

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Hilda! I am very very lucky I got to open Cavite Daily Photo's Twitter Account! If I didn't I missed this surprise! Grabe! Im super happy! You made my day! It was an honor to be included on your posts :D I wasn't able to surf through Daily Photos (even mine) due to our Very Last Midterms :D

I love everything about this post! Rockwell, Powerplant and ZARA! I love ZARA! My cousins live at Rockwell and one of them is Graduation this year from Ateneo Law School, We are so so proud of her :D

Thanks so much Hilda! You made my day! Better late than never :D

Steven^^