More Than Just Retail: The Podium Manila Officially Opens
Developed in three phases, The Podium complex began with the development of its retail mall which opened in 2002. The following phase was the revamped and expanded retail space that became operational in 2017. The final phase was the construction of The Podium West Tower, finally completed last May 2019.
To celebrate the momentous feat, Keppel Land Limited and BDO Unibank hosted an official launch earlier today at The Podium. Guest of honour Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore accompanied by Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee graced the ceremony as a mark of strong diplomatic relations between Singapore and the Philippines. Held at the atrium of The Podium retail mall from 6 to 15 September, Enterprise Singapore is staging Singaporium — a celebration and exposition of 17 Singaporean brands.
Of the momentous occasion, BDO Chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson had this to say, "The Podium project clearly demonstrates the shared optimism of Keppel and BDO on the growth prospects of the Philippines’ retail and office sector as economic growth and domestic demand remain strong.”
The Podium development is comprised of around 50,000sqm of retail space and 90,000sqm of office area. It is also home to a 2,000sqm garden wall, the largest vertical green wall in the country with over 6,500 plants. The Podium was awarded the LEED Gold Mark (Core & Shell) pre-certification by the US Green Building Council and is also the first building in the Philippines to receive the provisional Green Mark Gold Award by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore.
There is a lot in store for those visiting the Podium complex. Some of the best brands may be found in the high-end shopping space along with various activity and service centres. Today's celebration was a formal opening to an establishment that has been providing the best service for visitors since its opening in 2002, proving that there are only more good things to come for all patrons who visit.