By James A. Loyola
Township developer Megaworld Corporation is spending P1.5 billion to build a two-level mall along the beachside cliff of its 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown development in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
In a statement, the firm said the Mactan Newtown Beach Walk mall will have a total gross floor area of 30,000 square meters and will be highlighted by a 1.4-hectare man-made lagoon at the center.
The lagoon will have floating boardwalks and a bridge that will connect both sides of the mall. It will also have its own man-made shoreline at its perimeter.
With a maximum depth of around 1.5 meters, it can also serve as venue for future water sports activities such as jet ski, wakeboarding, stand-up paddling, and boating.
The mall complex will also have its three-story boutique hotel, offering 48 spacious guestrooms with retail shops at its ground level. This will be operated under the Megaworld Hotels brand.
The Mactan Newtown Beach Walk, which is designed and to be operated under the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls brand, will also have its own chapel that will be surrounded by a garden by the Cliffside, overlooking the sea.
It will also have four state-of-the-art cinemas, a Food Hall, al fresco areas, Traveler’s Lounge, and a view deck, allowing visitors and mallgoers to have a panoramic view of the sea and nearby islands.
“Megaworld Lifestyle Malls is bringing a fresh, new concept of mall development in Cebu that recreates and innovates the beach lifestyle experience,” said Megaworld Chief Strategy Officer Kevin L. Tan.
He explained that, “we take inspiration from some iconic coastline commercial developments in South California, where visitors can enjoy coffee, meet friends over lunch or dinner, watch a movie, or simply shop around in this laid-back beach atmosphere.”
True to its commitment to sustainability, Megaworld will use solar roof panels for this new mall, and will utilize an open layout scheme for passive cooling and natural lighting in most of the development’s common areas.
Around 40 percent of the entire development will be dedicated to green and open spaces. “We will even have some untouched areas for bike trails, airsoft shooting, and tree-top activities. This part of the Mactan Newtown is abundantly surrounded with trees, and we want to keep them,” added Tan.