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Ali Mall

Ali Mall
Ali Mall.jpg
LocationAraneta Center, Barangay Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Opening dateJune 30, 1976
DeveloperAraneta Center Inc.
No. of stores and services100 shops and restaurants
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area64,500 square metres (694,000 sq ft)
No. of floors4

Ali Mall is the first major shopping mall in the Philippines. It is located at Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City beside SM Cubao, and owned by The Araneta Center Inc. , a subsidiary of the Araneta Group. The mall was named in honor of boxer Muhammad Ali, and was built in 1976, making it one of the oldest malls in the country.[1][2][3] Recently, they relaunched the new Cinemas (Alimall Cineplex 4) and Food Court (Food Plaza).

History

Construction on the mall began in 1975 after Muhammad Ali's boxing victory against Joe Frazier in Araneta Coliseum, dubbed "Thrilla in Manila".[3] At the time there were no malls in the entire country, so Ali addressed a speech to the Philippines to build a shopping mall near the Araneta Center in honor of his victory, a shopping mall with a floor area of 62,000 sq.m.[1][4] The shopping mall was completed within the year and was inaugurated on June 30, 1976. Ali himself attended the ceremony.[5]

In the 1980s, the mall has been undergoing expansions and renovations since its construction. In 2009, an expansion to Ali Mall was opened. There is also a bridge linking Ali Mall to nearby SM Cubao.

In 2016, with the passing of the Boxing icon Muhammad Ali, the mall paid tribute to Ali's legacy.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Imray, Gerald (4 June 2016). "Kinshasa, Manila and beyond, Ali enraptured fans everywhere". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Ali's death rekindles memories of epic 'Thrilla in Manila'". 4 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b Santiago, Andrea. "Philippine businesses of yesteryears". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Ali Mall: First Ever Shopping Mall Makes A Comeback". Archived from the original on 2 September 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ Antonio, Hidalgo (2008). "Renewing Old Ties". The Araneta Center : the big dome and beyond. By Alcazaren, Alfred; Yuson, Paulo. p. 27. ISBN 9789719398103.
  6. ^ [www.sandiegouniontribune.com]