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SM City Pampanga
Part 7 of the Libotero Pampanga and Malolos Heritage Series
From the San Guillermo Church in Bacolor, I walked back to the main highway and took a jeepney to SM City Pampanga. The trip only cost me P10.
SM City Pampanga may be the only mall which is shared by two local governments. The mall’s east wing falls under Barangay Lagundi of Mexico, Pampanga, while the rest of the mall is located under Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando. Cool!
SM City Pampanga is the very first SM Supermall in Central Luzon when it opened in 2000. It is now the biggest mall in Central Luzon, and the longest mall in the Philippines, with more than 820 meters sprawl of mall shopping area after it was expanded thrice to accommodate more shops in Pampanga’s ever bustling economy. It is said that Kapampangans have one of the highest purchasing power among Filipinos! The mall also sits on the largest land area for any SM Supermall with 31.6 Hectares of land!
After opening its newest annex a few years ago, SM City Pampanga now has more than 700 shops and boutiques to satisfy every consumer’s needs.
As I got inside the mall, I was really shocked as it was really very long! Although it is the longest mall in the country, it isn’t the largest though as the title belongs to SM City North EDSA. Most of the mall is only made of one level. Only the original building which houses the foodcourt and cinemas, is three storeys tall. Even the department store is only one level. That explains why the mall is very long.
SM City Pampanga main building, shares a lot of similarities with SM City Fairview’s main building, SM City Davao, SM City Cagayan de Oro and SM City Batangas, all built within the same time period
When you think about it, navigating through 700+ shops scattered on just one level, across 820 meters is quite a hassle but since SM City Pampanga is the best performing SM provincial mall, it gets all the updates first.
The mall is among the first few provincial SMs that sport the most recent SM Department Store design featuring the new unified SM logo.
SM City Pampanga is also the first provincial SM mall to be equipped with an interactive digital directory.
But besides all those, the reason why I visited SM Pampanga is because it is a major transport hub. Jeepneys to all points in Pampanga, and even other modes of transport to Bulacan, Tarlac, Zambales, Nueva Ecija and other nearby provinces, can be found here!
(…to be continued)