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Will the coronavirus deal U.S. malls a mortal blow?

May 22, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Once-dominant shopping behemoths in the United States are in survival mode following lengthy shutdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

A customer wears a mask as she looks at the clothes displayed in a shop inside a mall west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 18, 2020. - South Florida begins a gradual reopening of its economy on May 18,2020 with the start of activities of some restaurants and businesses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but the beaches will still be closed until further notice.The opening "phase 1" in this region also does not include hotels, bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theatres or massage parlours. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

Remulla orders Cavite malls closed for failing to ensure physical distancing

May 18, 2020 - 7:53 AM

The governor also calls out residents who abused their quarantine passes and work permits on the first two days of easing the lockdown

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. SM Hypermart, Patindig Araw, Imus City. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Malls 'to be closed' if physical distancing not observed

May 17, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar says malls that fail to implement physical distancing would be closed and charges would be filed against management

Mall goers observe physical distancing while queuing at a mall at North Edsa in Quezon City on Sunday, May 17, 2020 during the second day of modified enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Disinfectant booths at Manila malls as virus lockdown eased

May 16, 2020 - 9:42 PM

Malls are essential economic engines but are typically crowded, sparking fears that their opening will cause a spike in infections

MALLS REOPEN. People start to visit a partially open shopping mall under the modified enhanced community quarantine in Manila on May 16,2020. Malls are scheduled to reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler


Safety measures, rules as malls reopen on May 16

May 15, 2020 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) Malls in areas under enhanced community quarantine will finally reopen after two months

SAFETY FIRST. Social distancing markers are placed in the path of escalators to ensure that mallgoers will observe strict procedures against the spread of COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls

Filipinos' mall culture under threat due to coronavirus lockdowns

May 02, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Loitering in malls will be prohibited under general community quarantine – a major adjustment for mall-loving Filipinos

An almost lifeless Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City hours after the government enforces an Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

LOOK: Portion of Makati mall parking building collapses

Apr 30, 2020 - 12:31 PM

(4th UPDATE) Makati City Spokesperson Michael Camiña says there are no reported injuries following the incident at the SMDC Jazz Mall

Portion of Jazz Mall along N. Garcia collapsed on Thursday, April 30, 2020 investigation still going on. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

UAE considers reopening malls after virus shutdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates request a study into 'the possibility of reopening commercial centers...while taking into consideration health requirements'

A picture shows the closed compound of the Dubai Mall amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on March 23, 2020 in the United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Mall schedules during Metro Manila lockdown

Mar 14, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Here are the adjusted operating hours of malls as Metro Manila goes on lockdown over the novel coronavirus

Metro Manila mayors ask malls to close during coronavirus lockdown

Mar 14, 2020 - 12:28 PM

(4th UPDATE) Exemptions include supermarkets, groceries, medical facilities, pharmacies, banks, and restaurants with home delivery services

CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS. Few shoppers are seen at the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 9, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Philippine malls set up safety measures vs coronavirus

Mar 10, 2020 - 2:22 PM

Malls have alcohol dispensers at all entrances where temperature checks are also being done, while sanitation teams are assigned to keep all areas clean

SAFETY MEASURE. A shopping mall in Cagayan de Oro welcomes mall goers with hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol to use as a precautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo from SM CDO Downtown Premier

Greenhills mall disinfects amid rise in coronavirus cases

Mar 08, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Temperature checks and a health desk are also set up at the Greenhills mall to help customers cope amid the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak

DISINFECT. Greenhills mall sanitizes premises amid the rise in COVID019 cases. Photo courtesy of GreenBulb Communications

Lunacy in our midst

Mar 04, 2020 - 2:00 PM

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Frustrated murder, illegal detention complaint filed vs Greenhills hostage taker

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Alchie Paray is also accused of illegal possession of firearms, explosives, and a bladed weapon

ACCUSED. Alchie Paray (left) is escorted by San Juan City Police chief Colonel Jaime Santos (right) after cops filed criminal cases against Paray on Wednesday, March 4. San Juan police photo

Alchie Paray: What turned a Greenhills guard into a hostage taker

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Paray recalls being threatened by a Greenhills tenant, 'Sinabi ko sa ’yo hindi ka na tatagal dito'

ARRESTED. Policemen lead Alchie Paray, the hostage taker at the V-Mall, to a waiting vehicle after his surrender on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker refused P1M: 'He needed to be heard'

Mar 03, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'Hindi niya tinanggap kasi hindi pera ang kailangan niya eh. Ang kailangan niya marinig lang yung hinaing,' says San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora

DEMANDS. Hostage taker Alchie Paray talks to media and onlookers after releasing his hostages at the V-Mall in San Juan on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Malacañang satisfied with handling of Greenhills hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:42 PM

'For as long as people are alive, we welcome it,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

HOSTAGE CRISIS. Policemen lead fired security guard Alchie Paray out the V-Mall after his surrender on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PNP to inspect outposts of Greenhills hostage taker's security agency

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The Philippine National Police will inspect the deployment of Safeguard Armor Security Corporation

OFFICIALS. Security officers of the Greenhills Shopping Center and SASCOR security agency apologize to the hostage taker during a a video call to the hostage taker on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PNP backpedals, says Greenhills hostage taker is licensed guard

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Fired security guard Alchie Paray has a license that is not set to expire until 2021

ARRESTED. SWAT personnel escort hostage taker Alchie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greenhills negotiator also led talks in 2010 Manila bus hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Colonel Orlando Yebra has the rare record of speaking with two high-profile hostage takers in his career

BUNGLED CRISIS. Philippine police at the Luneta hostage crisis. File photo by Rappler/Vincent Go

San Juan to probe ‘corruption' allegations raised during Greenhills hostage incident

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'Kailangan nating mag-imbistiga. Bagamat ito ay isang bagay na pribado, kailangang mangialam ang lungsod dito,' says San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora

LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora emerges from the inside the V-Mall after assessing the situation of hostage taking incident at the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

TIMELINE: Hostage-taking incident in Greenhills mall

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The hostages have been freed and the hostage-taker has been arrested. Here’s a rundown of events of the March 2 incident at the Greenhills mall.

SWAT personnels escort hostage taker Archie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Greenhills hostage crisis ends

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:19 AM

The crisis lasts 9 hours, ending with the suspect getting tackled to the ground by cops after speaking with the media for around 20 minutes

ARRESTED. SWAT personnel escort hostage taker Alchie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker has ‘no record’ of being accredited as guard – PNP

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'He is not licensed,' says San Juan police chief Colonel Jaime Santos

MONOLOGUE. Alchie Paray talks to media and onlookers after releasing his hostages at the V-Mall in San Juan on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker arrested

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Cops tackle to the ground hostage taker Alchie Paray after a pistol is spotted on his waist

ARRESTED. Policemen subdue hostage taker Archie Paray (center) after he surrenders outside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila on March 2, 2020. AFP photo

Greenhills hostages freed

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:16 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Earlier, the superiors of hostage taker Alchie Paray – a security guard fired for being absent without leave – apologized and offered to resign in a bid to end the crisis

FREED. Hostages walk in a line after being released from inside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila on March 2, 2020. AFP photo

Greenhills hostage taker's bosses apologize, resign in bid to end crisis

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:39 PM

(4th UPDATE) The hostage taker has been identified as Alchie Paray, a 40-year-old guard who was fired after apparently going on absence without leave for weeks

APOLOGY. Security officers of the Greenhills Shopping Center and the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation apologize during a video call to the hostage taker on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker demands to talk to fellow guards, media

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The hostage taker, a former guard of V-Mall, was fired after going on absence without leave for weeks

EVACUATION. Policemen evacuate shoppers and vendors from V-Mall in Greenhills, San Juan, after a former guard hold dozens hostage in the administration office late morning of March 2, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dozens held hostage at Greenhills mall, ex-guard armed with gun, grenades

Mar 02, 2020 - 1:07 PM

(8th UPDATE) The suspect is a former security guard provided by the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation or SASCOR

LOCKDOWN. Vira Mall in Greenhills, San Juan, has been locked down as an armed former security guard hold hostage about 30 persons, mostly vendors, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOT postpones nationwide mall sales amid coronavirus scare

Feb 29, 2020 - 1:13 PM

The tourism department says it 'maintains its stance to prioritize the safety of its citizens more than visitor arrivals and revenue'

POSTPONED. The nationwide mall sales that were meant to be part of the 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival have been postponed. Screenshot from Facebook.com/DepartmentOfTourism

LIST: Where to eat in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Here are the places you can eat in at Estancia Mall, whether it be a craving for Japanese, Italian, or milk tea

Thai mall shooting survivors tracked killer via CCTV

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:46 AM

By the end of the shooting spree at least 30 people are dead – the shooter included. Many more are wounded, several critically.

CAPTURED. A video grab created on February 9, 2020 from a handout video released by the MCOT Thai Public Company Limited on February 8, 2020 shows CCTV footage of Thai soldier Jakrapanth Thomma holding a gun as he walks through the Terminal 21 shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima. Photo by MCOT/MCOT Public Company Limited/AFP

Thai gunman among 30 dead in 'unprecedented' mass shooting

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:50 AM

(6th UPDATE) Thailand's prime minister blames a 'personal problem' over the sale of a house for the soldier's 17-hour rampage

MALL SHOOTING. Forensic police prepare to enter the Terminal 21 mall, where a mass shooting took place in the Thai northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima on February 9, 2020. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Menu, prices: Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory café in Manila

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:00 PM

For Japanese fluffy pancakes, omurice, milk pies, and more, check out Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory's second branch in Estancia Mall!

SM continues to send relief assistance to remote towns in Batangas

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Together with its partners and affiliates, and broadcast journalist Karen Davila, SM aided over 350 displaced families in Calaca, Batangas

SM Group organizes relief and recovery efforts for Taal victims

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:08 PM

Oplan Tulong Express Booths were also activated right away to accept in-kind and cash donations in 12 SM malls in South Luzon

SM distributes kalinga relief packs to Taal volcano victims in Batangas

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Over 6,500 relief packs are expected to be dispatched to various evacuation areas

FALSE: SM MOA has ‘damaged foundation’

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:43 AM

An official statement from the mall management says the foundation of the mall is ‘built on concrete piles that reach the bedrock and will withstand extreme situations’

Supreme Court awards P52M to builders of EDSA-Shangri-La

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:04 PM

The High Court upholds a 2007 decision of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission in favor of BF Corporation

‘The Mall, the Merrier’ review: More of the same, but messier

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

There is nothing discreet about 'The Mall, the Merrier'

2 Singapore car crash victims are sisters from La Union

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The victims' brother, Reynaldo Nucos, says their relatives in Caba, La Union, knew something was wrong when the two did not ring them for their weekly video call

SISTERS. Arlyn and Arcely Nucos were victims of the car crash at Lucky Plaza mall entrance in Singapore. Photos from their Facebook accounts

PH to bring home Filipino victims in Singapore car crash

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Singapore are now working on the repatriation of the remains of the Filipino casualties

CAR CRASH. Two Filipinos die after a car crashes outside the Lucky Plaza mall in Singapore on December 29, 2019. Photo from Twitter/@Glaizaechevarr2

2 Filipinos killed in car crash outside Lucky Plaza mall in Singapore

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The Lucky Plaza mall, near where the incident occurred, is a popular hangout place of the Filipino community in Singapore, especially among overseas Filipino workers

CAR CRASH. Casualties are reported after a car crashes outside Lucky Plaza mall in Singapore on December 29, 2019. Photo from Twitter courtesy of @Glaizaechevarr2

Vice Ganda says ‘The Mall The Merrier’ different from MMFF films he’s done before

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The film stars Vice and Anne Curtis in their first movie team-up

VICE GANDA. The comedian waves to fans at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars, alongside his 'The Mall The Merrier' co-stars. Photo by Alecs/Ongcal

Ayala Malls awaken amazing experiences with new campaign

Dec 16, 2019 - 7:02 AM

This year, Ayala Malls ushers in a new era with a brand-new campaign tagline "Awaken Amazing"

Vice Ganda to MMFF movie critics: 'Can you imagine Christmas without comedy?'

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Comedy is a genre. It’s a legit genre. It’s as special as drama, adventure, action,' says Vice

Photo by rob reyes

LOOK: Starbucks' 400th PH store in Estancia Mall

Nov 29, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Estancia's new Starbucks Reserve store is bigger and offers Reserve-exclusive beverages and pastries

Mall schedules for Christmas 2019

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:40 AM

Here are the operating hours of shopping malls in the Philippines during the holiday season

Moana, Coco banner 2019 Disney On Ice in Manila

Oct 30, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Watch your Disney favorites come to life on ice!

SETTING SAIL. Moana and Maui voyage into this year's Disney On Ice in Manila. Photo from release

Bleak Christmas for workers displaced by fire in Robinsons Place Tacloban

Oct 26, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Almost half of the stalls inside the mall were gutted by the 15-hour blaze

CLOSED. Robinsons Place Tacloban remains closed after a 15-hour fire gutted half of the stores inside the mall on Wednesday evening, October 23. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio