“From the shoe box style… it has been liberated and updated with light, airy and spacious designs.”Believe it or not, with only few hours in Bacolod, I opted to visit Henry Sy’s new pilgrimage center, SM City Bacolod, instead. Yeah, I passed by San Sebastian Cathedral, that beautiful old colonial era edifice but didn’t bring with me my camera. Not that I’m a big fan of malls, where I just find the offerings generic and nothing special, I was more intrigued by its architecture. From the shoe box style of which these brand of malls started with, it has been liberated and updated with light, airy and spacious designs.
Unfortunately, the sophisticated exterior cannot be matched by the interior. Strip it of decorations and strips and pieces and what you have is just an elongated warehouse connected by two footbridges. With the available stores, one doesn’t have much choice but the usual, tired and same products that are offered elsewhere.