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Robinsons Place GenSan Soft Opening today, September 30

Bariles was very fortunate to have been able to attend the blessing of Robinsons Place General Santos City yesterday, September 29, 2009, Tuesday.

Robinsons Place GenSans Main Entrance ready for todays soft opening.

"Photo of Robinsons Place GenSan's Main Entrance ready for today's soft opening."

The mall which is Robinsons’ biggest in Mindanao, occupying almost 4 hectares of its 8-hectare property along Jose Catolico Avenue, Barangay Lagao at the Tuna Capital was still closed to the public when a Catholic mass was celebrated at its cavernous atrium at 3:00pm, prior to its blessing.

GenSan News Online Resident Photographer at the center of Robinsons Place GenSan Atrium

"GenSan News Online Resident Photographer Marz at the center of Robinsons Place GenSan Atrium. Photo by Romarie."

Only a few tenants, some mall personnel and invited guests were invited to the spiritual service officiated by no less than the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel, His Excellency Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD and six other priests who were later dispersed to bless the different areas of the mall.

Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD concelebrating a mass with 7 other priests at the Atrium of Robinsons Place- GenSan on September 29, 2009.

"Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD concelebrating a mass with 7 other priests at the Atrium of Robinsons Place- GenSan on September 29, 2009."

Although carpentry work has stopped on most of the leased spaces inside Robinsons, Bariles discovered that some workers were still doing finishing touches on a good number of establishments scheduled to open today, September 30, the “SOFT-OPENING DAY”.

Councilor Meg Santos, representing Mayor Jun Acharon cuts the ribbon at Jollibee Robinsons with franchisees, Philip and Doming Teng. Behind them is Cherry, Domings ageless beauteous wife.

"Councilor Meg Santos, representing Mayor Jun Acharon cuts the ribbon at Jollibee Robinsons with franchisees, Philip and Doming Teng. Behind them is Cherry, Philip's ageless beauteous wife.""

Those ready to serve its customers when the mall opens its doors at 9am, like the Jollibee Franchise of the Teng Family, Giacomino’s Restaurant of Rombar and Aymie Bartolome, and Sunset Bistro of Tony and Petite Veneracion with Mandarin Oriental Garden had their own individual and separate inaugural parties after the mass.

"Giacominos Robinsons and its all new hot fastfoods concept."

"Giacominos Robinsons and its all new hot fastfoods concept."

BluGre Coffee Shop the Team Pacquiao Shop of Manny and Jinky Pacquiao followed suit in the evening and graced by the lovelier and sexier Jinky herself.

The reinvented Sunset Bistro also had a private opening last night.

"The reinvented Sunset Bistro also had a private opening last night."

Today, other locally-owned stores like Havaiianas supplier Sun Lab of Tisha Ang, Big Ben Steaks of Ben Tupas, Ice Crops of Rey Billena, among others, will likewise be serving their first customers.

Jinky Pacquiao smiles for the cameras at her husband Mannys Team Pacquiao Novelty Store, behind her 2nd BluGre Coffee shop Franchise.

"Jinky Pacquiao smiles for the cameras at her husband Manny's Team Pacquiao Novelty Store, behind her 2nd BluGre Coffee shop Franchise."

Bariles was able to visit most of these establishments and had a grand time hobnobbing with a lot of GenSan’s movers and shakers.

Most of them were visibly ecstatic with what will be a major change in GenSan’s shopping habits and night life.  All the mentioned restaurants also have alfresco dining spaces outside the mall, fronting the National Highway.  This also includes FIESTA RESTO KTV BAR of Donna Mae Congson, opening on October 2, Friday.

It is good to note that all of the owners and franchisees of these establishments are GenSan residents and so with most of the tenants of Robinsons.  This plus the fact that 80% of the staff and workers of the mall owners themselves have all been certified to be genuine “generals”.

Robinsons Place General Santos will have its Grand Opening on October 5, 2009, Monday.  This is when its flagship stores, the Robinsons Department Store, the Robinsons Supermarket, the HandyMan finally open wide its doors to the people of Soccsksargen.  Its four Robinsons Cinema follow suit on October 15, 2009.

Bariles FAN Ernan at the entrance of the soon-to-open-on-October-15th Movieworld leading to its four cinemas.

"Bariles' FAN Ernan at the entrance of the soon-to-open-on-October-15th Movieworld leading to its four cinemas."

From us here at GenSan News Online, congratulations to the Gokongwei Family and the people behind this mammoth project.

Special shout-outs of gratitude and commendation also go to the local entrepreneurs of General Santos City who joined them in this endeavor.

And to Group Property Manager for Mindanao Danilo Camat, who’s overseeing the whole thing, Bariles would like to say, “Mabuhay kayo!

Watch out for a series of blog posts on the different stores of Robinsons Place GenSan, only here at GenSan News Online Mag!  Check back regularly or SUBSCRIBE WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.

About Avel Manansala

Avel Manansala aka Bariles, is a native of a bustling city down south of Mindanao Island. He is a consultant on Blogging, Social Media, and Marketing . He is co-founder and head of the SoCCSkSarGen Bloggers and manager of Google Business Group (GBG)- General Santos. You may add him to your circles on G+ - If you need more info on any of these fields, please leave him a message.

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  1. orman says:

    kada punta ko sa robinson’s place parang nagta-time warp ako… parang wala ako sa gensan. am happy that most if not all of the al fresco shops are locals… tulungan naman natin silang lahat na maging worth ang investments nila…
    .-= orman´s last blog ..HBO Presents Chick Flicks =-.

  2. dimple says:

    .-= dimple´s last blog ..CARING CAREERS LTD – THE COST… =-.

  3. jecel says:

    masaya na talaga dito sa gensan kay marami ng mall dito>>>>>>>>>>

  4. hangal of fishport says:

    excited n talaga kami……..ano kaya ang nasa loob ng robinson<<<<<<<<<<<

  5. climax says:

    yank… ur a JACKASS.

  6. ging says:

    hi kuya avel anung mga stores po ang nsa loob ng robinsons?sana merun ng shop for apple products like iphone….thanks

  7. gagz143 says:

    from vienna,austria europe to robinsons gensan yahooooooo.lapit 5 tulog nlng shopping na nman.thnx guyz look for me libre ko kayo.

    1. bariles says:

      @gagz143, pasalubong ko ha?

  8. gagz143 says:

    cant wait na,last na vacation ko gngwa plng yan ngaun tapos kaya uuwi me from vienna dahil dyan…shopping to the max na nman toh.yahoooooooooo..masarap mag shopping pag may kasama.libre ko ang sasama….huhuhuhu

  9. glengonz says:

    NAKAKA EXCITE talaga
    when avel makes reviews of anything new in gensan! thanks vel!

    1. bariles says:

      @glengonz, you’re welcome! See you at the Grand Opening! 🙂

  10. orman says:

    lahat yata ng tao sa gensan nasa robinson’s place ngayong araw! ang lungkot sa plurk at facebook! hahahahaha!
    .-= orman´s last blog ..Air Supply Invades Gensan =-.

  11. Paolo S. says:

    Sir Avel… Nice talaga ang Robinson’s Place… hahaha! God bless you… ^_^

  12. francis says:

    @yank ur name stinks! ur face looks funny. kataw anan man ka oi! pag tanum nalang ug camote sa inung bukid kay for sure insecure lang ka kay nganung ana man ka mag comment. cguro daghan sari sari store sa inu noh? kanang mag ana gud ka “ayo ayo nang, palit daw ko suka piso”. ana cguro noh.haha! anyway kung mag harvest nakag camote panghatag ha?!

  13. armand says:

    gamay ra ang rob gensan pero tsada….dili lang kayo enjoy suruyan kay masangko dayon ka sa dulo….pero murag wa ka sa gensan pag naa ka sulod….ang grocery mahal ang prices sa baligya compared sa kcc. from rob, we went to kcc para mag grocery…pero sa rob mi shopping ug clothes….grocery ra kcc…unta mag open sab guess, crocs, levi’s, la coste ug uban pang branded nga products sa rob….

    1. bariles says:

      @armand, ang crocs, nag-open na sa KCC North Wing. Pakihanap na lang doon. Thanks. 🙂

  14. armand says:

    wa gani levi’s diay ilang department store…daghan ang wala….bigby’s ako ginahulat mag open…..

  15. armand says:

    yup, nag open na ang crocs sa kcc, and other stores…unta kumpleto ang rob para at least di na kinahanglan pa adto kcc ug gusto mag shopping ang mga tao…

  16. orman says:

    had the chance to do my grocery shopping at robinson’s yesterday afternoon. medyo nakakalito lang ang arrangements nila. masikip din when pumila na sa cashier. but i will give them a second look-see kapag di na masyadong marami ang shoppers. gusto ko lang ang pagkaka-display ng mga items nila. maliwanag ang lugar and SURPRISE SURPRISE hindi ako pinawisan kahit madaming tao. that means hindi sila nagtitipid sa AIRCON! di muna ako magko-comment sa wet market nila kasi iniwasan ko yun kahapon dahil andaming tao talaga. maganda ang rollee’s bakeshop! sosyalan ever so much talaga! mabilis din ang cashier nila pero naglalagare ang packer nila sa apat ng linya ng cashiers…hmmmm…
    .-= orman´s last blog ..I’m Attending the 3rd Mindanao Bloggers’ Summit =-.

  17. odette says:

    wow, congratulations to gensan!
    .-= odette´s last blog ..happy birthday! =-.

  18. dbaa says:

    hello bariles, thanks for posting this information and specially the nice pictures, tagal ko na di nakapunta sa gensan, gusto ko tuloy pumunta. hehehehe!!!

    I really like your blog so much information in different topics.

    more power to your blog!!!

  19. Mark says:

    Congratz to Robinsons place Gensan.There’s a world class shopping experience for all of us Generals..It’s a very wide mall and very long too..hehe..parang nasa Manila ka pag andun ka sa loob..Nice store selections ang great supermarket and department store..Hope to have fashion and runway events there soon for us Gensan models to showcase our talents on the runways for style preview this holidays..Hope my Starbucks,Burger King and Wendy’s store soon sa loob ng mall in the future..hehe..Star studded mall e2 since the grand opening..Hope to watch Tanging Pamilya the movie soon at Robinsons movieworld.andun me as extra wd friendz..hehe.Enjoy shopping there.. God blez

  20. tazyjhen says:

    oohh my God…. mas lalo akong na excite umuwi next year sa gensan…. sana dat tym open nA din ang SM….. can’t w8 to go home…. sa wakas hindi lng kcc ang pwede paghang-outan na mall in gensan….. im really really excited to go home…. miss ko na ang panga…. ang dayok…. kinilaw…. bbq sa lagao…. at iba pa….. by the way how kcc? kumikita pa ba?

  21. romrom says:

    inggit kami dito sa butuan, sana may robinsons supermall din kami , buti pa kayo meron na and sm city is coming also inggit talaga , mantinir rami og gaisano mall nga pwerteng inita jud oy , hope makabisita kami dyan sa gensan, pupunta talaga kami sa robinsons mall at icompare namin ito sa robinsons tacloban

  22. BrAvO SiX says:

    @romrom: i’ve been in Robinsons Tacloban.. indeed it is bigger than Robinson’s Gensan..

  23. sally says:

    k lang..

    kzo kulang pah

  24. Engr Devin Abreu says:

    Excited pa naman kami makapasok sa robinson gensan with my family kaya lang hindi kami pinapasok ng guardia kc pvt tricycle lang service namin, bawal daw mag-parking sa magara nilang parking lot as per robinson management. Feeling namin biktima kami ng discrimination.
    Sa mga naka tricycle po na balak magpunta sa robinson, huwag na kayong tumuloy baka maging biktima rin kayo ng discrimination, masakit po..

  25. dezz says:

    Can’t wait to go home and shop at Robinson Gensan! The mall looks nice outside.

  26. joan cortez says:

    love it here, tambayan ng buong family

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