In February I reported on a major development impacting Palawan’s capital city: Robinson’s Mall.
It’s the first time that a major commercial property developer has acknowledged the potential of the province and acted on it. For city residents–and I count myself one of them now–it’s important because we’ll finally have more shopping choices.
Retailing in Puerto is dominated by the “NC” monopoly. New City Commercial Center (NCCC) or NC for short, is our local Walmart-cum-Costco. We go there for practically everything. Puerto does not have taxis. Instead it has hordes of tricycle drivers. To get a sense of its dominance, I’ve asked tricycle drivers how often they shuttle between any part of the city and NC. Inevitably they laugh and reply that they do it between 15 and 20 times a day. NC, they confirm, is the primary shopping destination of the city.
Once again, just like in February, I was wary of security guards who were quick to shoo me away when they noticed someone (me) taking pictures.
to this, taken four months earlier:
It appears that Robinson’s Mall may open in time for the holiday season 2011. Competition is good. It should drive prices down and may improve service.
Robinson’s is also constructing a GO Hotel north of the mall. This will be the fourth GO hotel in the country. The first hotel is already operational in Mandaluyong (MetroManila). The other two locations are in Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental) and Tacloban (Leyte).
I’m posting this from Cuyo. Nice island but terrible Internet connectivity. My patience is exhausted. I have no sense of humor left. ;-(
I’m going to do some snorkeling after this. I plan to depart for Puerto tonight.