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Talk of the Town: The Latest Malls of Iloilo

) Katrina Gadong |

Blink and you'll miss it. That's how most people feel about the continuous infrastructure developments in the Province of Iloilo. As one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, you won't be surprised about a new highway or a new mall already constructed and fully-operating within a few months.

Iloilo's emerging modern business and commercial districts make it hard to recognize the simple and quiet feel it once had. The foremost gateway to Panay now boasts of its own heavily urbanized town centers that easily draw tourists, and locals alike! It makes them stay longer than initially intended. Check out these new malls people can't stop talking about:

GT Town Center in Pavia
Other than having everything one needs (supermarket, department store, restaurants and cafes, government services, and the like), this two-level mall hosts mostly homegrown businesses, a conscious effort by its owners "to help and promote local enterprise." Among its proudly Ilonggo brands are LoCo Local Coffee, Grillers Restaurant, Inggo’s Original Lapaz Batchoy, Statlab Medical and Diagnostic Center, and S.S. Gorriceta.

Vista Mall in Oton
The first Vista Mall in the Visayan Region, this one-stop shop offers a diverse selection of items and shopping experiences—from appliances to home goods to groceries. It also promises to open its cinemas very soon. With the constant rise of communities in the area and nearby, given the 500-hectare Vista Iloilo where the mall sits right at the heart of, this development will surely be the hub of lifestyle, retail, and leisure it was envisioned for.

Festive Walk Mall in Mandurriao
Located at the Iloilo Business Park where the old airport used to be and just across the most-raved-about commercial and retail strip, Festive Walk Parade, this three-storey space brings a lot of firsts to the city of Iloilo. From VIP cinemas to a pet park and cafe to an interactive dancing fountain, Festive Walk Mall also has new-to-Iloilo establishments like Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, TGIFriday’s, Korean stores Mumuso and Nature Republic, La Lola Churreria, Japan Home Center, and Wilcon Home Essentials.

Mall-goer or not, these places are surely worth the visit!


*Iloilo City, known as City of Love and formerly as "Queen City of the South" during its historic boom, features a pleasant mix of old churches and ancestral houses in the old districts, and modern commerce centered around Mandurriao district. PropertyAccess includes a list of Iloilo properties you can choose from. 

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