The Grand Opening of Robinsons Place GenSan on October 5, 2009 should be one of the most anticipated events in the history of the Tuna Capital. This is judging from the countless comments that we got here in every blog post that we published about the mall and from the various forums, news articles, blog write-ups which tackled the issue prior to its inauguration.
Being his biggest mall project in Mindanao, JG Summit‘s Chairman of the Board John Gokongwei‘s children, Lance (President of JG Summit Holdings) and Robina Pe, were present for the Opening Program, together with what must have been all their board officers and members. [quote1]
When asked by ABS-CBN news reporter Jay Dayupay on their reasons for putting up a mall here, Mr. Lance Gokongwei specified three things: GenSan’s population, its being the “crossroads and trading center of Soccsksargen“, and “a very enlightened political leadership“.
These were corroborated by Robinsons Land Corporations COO and General Manager Frederick Go and Commercial Center Division President Cornelio Mapa, who revealed that the property on which the mall stands was bought 15 years ago.
Of course, GenSan City local officials headed by Mayor Jun Acharon and Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio were there to personally welcome and thank the city’s biggest investors. They were joined by GenSan celebrities like Dionisia Paccquiao and daughter-in-law Jinkee who were most sought after for photo ops among guests from Manila.
The Pacquiaos opened a franchise of BluGre Coffee in the mall plus their very own Team Pacquiao Novelty Shop.
Ably emceeing the program was ABS-CBN host Donita Rose while Christian Bautista provided the kilig factor with his rendition of a couple of songs. Congressional spouse Ms. Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo, image model of Robinsons Department Store was also there with her son, adding glamour to the event.
Here then are the Robinsons GenSan Grand Opening exclusive photos shot by Bariles himself.
Finally, here is the video of the ABS-CBN Socsksargen news report on the Robinsons GenSan Grand Opening which contains interviews of Mr. Lance Gokongwei, Mr. Frederick Go, Mr. Cornelio Mapa and Mayor Acharon. Thanks to Rammyboi for uploading it to YouTube.
[…] flies so fast that it seemed only yesterday when Robinsons was formally unveiled to the public. Now after 12 months of positively changing the way people of Soccksargen shop and dine and […]
Well,our own Robinsons mall in Gensan is not that big but convenient for us shoppers to shop around for several minutes unlikes other supermalls that u had to walk for hundred meters just to buy your goodies inside which makes our feet tired easily..haha..Robinsons mall Gensan is a unique classy mall and caters to middleclass and upper market kaya sosyal ang dating .hehe..Mas malaki ata Robinsons mall d2 in comparison with other Robinsons in Mindanao..This is the best Robinsons mall branch kc flagship store e2 nila in Mindanao.. I’m an avid shopper to Robinsons and were happy to shop here almost everyday..hehe..I love Robinsons a lot..hope more shops to open soon and fashion shows..hehe..Good luck po..GOD blez
i w went to rob mall gensan yesterday for the 1st time and i was disappointed i thought malaki sya pero parang mini mall lang walang second floor and it just took me 20 minutes nalibot ko na ito na siguro ang pinakamliit na rob mall na napasok ko i dont konow sa rob mall tacloban kung ganito din ba kaliit parang nag tiptd ang mga gkongwei kung magput up sila ng mall yong malaki na mas malaki pa ang kcc mall at parang sm ang dating by the way im from cagayn de oro may mga mall din kami but not kasing liit ng rob mall gensan
[…] Robinsons Place GenSan Movieworld offers its luxurious upholstered seats and cinema ambience for their own Pacquiao-Cotto Fight Live Telecast to the tune of P250. Below is their poster. […]
Oh, i can no longer wait to see my fave shopping mall here in Bkk. I love Robs because of the quality products it sells so even if it’s a bit farther from our place, I really go there to shop. Buti na lng meron na sa Gensan.
At grabeh, si mommy dionisia ganyan na pala kasikat tlga di na paawat:)
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kami dito sa butuan city of caraga region inggit sa inyo dahil may robinsons place na kayo , kami dito nagtitiis sa gaisano mall na bisaya talaga ang serbisyo figurativley and literally speaking , sana di kayo matulad sa butuan na nagboom during the 70s pero nadown ng magcollapse ang logging industry, sana masustain nyo ang pagiging tuna capital, baka kasi maubos na ang supply dyan ng tuna magclose tuloy ang mga factories ,dahil sa global warming nasa ilalim na ang mga isda at ayaw magsilitawan
PRE! ikaw na ged!!! hahaha… well again, in behalf of the whole RLC team, Thank you for all the support and we hope that you will continue to support us. More exciting activities are in stored for the Generals so yuo guys better watch out.. 🙂
God Bless Robinsons Place GenSan!
absent ako sa rob nung opening 😀
[…] the country’s most hip cult fashion brands with a strong street following, has just opened in Robinson’s Place, General Santos City. It is jointly owned by a young and pretty “general” Tisha Ang and her equally […]
Pertij jud posing nii mommy D.!!! Pagka gwapa na lang
@Pre! NICE! I know you’re going to visit this site! hahaha! Well, I think I you have a point there… I think it’s too early to tell about the traffic thing, but I hope this situation would not last… (^_^) Na-enjoy ko talaga ang first trip ko sa mall… hahaha! Parang kelan lang, dinaan-daanan ko lang yang place na yan papuntang Davao, but ngaun, bungga na kaau. hahaha! Well, I hope there’s more to come… Pre, kita tau sa Rob Mall one time? hahaha! Meet ang mga Dopples ba. Ikaw host… ^_^
@Kuya Avel – Thank you for the reply… I am sorry I think I acted prematurely… It’s too early to say those things pero I think these inputs will help Rob to improve later on. hahaha!
I LOVE ROBINSON’S PLACE GENSAN!
I LOVE GENERAL SANTOS CITY!
Magandang GenSan to all! hahaha! Peace Ya’ll…
Hi Sir Avel! Thanks so much for all your support in Robinsons Place Gensan. I’ve been reading your entries and comments and I’m very overwhelmed with all the things people have been saying about the Mall. We are trying our best to make operations better, doing marketing, leasing out new and better players etc so that every General and other neighboring consumers will enjoy the Robinsons mall experience.
There will be more shops that will be opened before this year ends. Mercury Drug Store, National Bookstore, Res/Toe/Run, to name a few, more exciting activities in the upcoming season. Thank you again for all these! See you around the mall! 😀
@fahdingding., nice information. so gensan now belongs to billionaire’s club in terms of revenues contribution. wala pa kasali diha ang robinsons sales this year and the year to come. plus SM will be coming so dako na jud ang income sa city when this development keep on going. Unta, mas ma improve pa ang infrastructure,services, agricultural and industrial sa gensan. We should be a balance city, environment and economic wise.
calling the attention ng mga taga ibang lugar na mahilig mag-comment sa Gensan..
hala! mag-comment na kayo..! hahahahahaha
how i miss reading those posts….kakatuwa!
anyway… Goodluck to Robinson’s Gensan..
It’s Triple D for my mga crush pala….. Dawn, Donita and Darlene!!!
How much tickets sa Movieworld? Maganda ba?
Indeed, GENSAN is one of the most progressive cities in the country… In terms of population, we ranked 14th overall in 2007 with an approximate population of 529,000… We are expecting that by 2010 close to 600,000 inhabitants na tayo! WHAT A HUGE MARKET it is for investments! In fact, isa ‘to sa ating competitive advantage kaya madami ng nagiinvest ngayon sa GENSAN and especially the peace and order situation here in the city is improving at stable din ang political leadership…
As far as income is concerned, malaki rin itinaas ng GENSAN… From a realized income of 892,000,000 plus in A.Y. 2007… Now, according to the latest release of COA Annual Report, GENSAN has a realized income of 1,005,000,000 Pesos or 12% increase (113,000,000 plus increase) in just 1 year. Thus, our city is now a bonafide member of the elite “BILLIONAIRE’S CLUB”
And there’s more… LET’S JUST WAIT AND SEE for further developments in our BELOVED GENSAN… MAGANDANG GENSAN!
just curious. about dionisia and jinkee, they seem to be in all the pictures. were they invited to join? thankx.
Boom na talaga ang gensan grabe,i been always watching on net mag ng gensan everyday….cant wait to be home in my homeland……
Even though i did not been on robinson yet some of my friends told me that prices is high compare sa ibang malls….wish pang masa lang hehe
Im so anxious to see the ROBINSON MALL,cant wait to see na tlaga,so happy gensan is on highest level na,d na behind sa other cities,go go gensan!
Sana nga maayos na ang traffic sa area na yan and also sa buong Gensan na rin…isa sa mga solution to ease the traffic in that area is to strictly implement the travel routes of the jeepneys so that habal-habal, tricycles and trisikads dont converge on that area daily..
I noticed an error in one of the captions of your pictures taken at the opening day of the mall, I would like to correct you in what you mentioned as “Press Sec Jess Dureza” while in fact he longer holds such office because he is now the Presidential Adviser for Mindanao…
Very nice “coverage” and pics kuya.
While I might not totally agree that super malls are landmarks of prosperity, it is an indicator of the city’s progress, it’s stable source of income and more importantly, a better shopping option for the people of Gen San. So all well is good Generals!
I echo Paulo’s comments above, about the cumbersome traffic signage and flow. It took us almost 30 minutes just to get around the mall and park. But I guess, that’s the reason why they have the so called ‘soft opening”. Hopefully this will be okay soon.
And I think I like Darlene’s “tan” more than Jinky’s anemic white recon skin…Must be my bias to our kayumanggi ladies.Hahaha
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ganda talaga ng mga crush ko! double D as in Dawn and Donita!
Nakita at Narinig ko na ‘to Kuya saTV Patrol SocSkSarGen! Makes me proud again of my hometown (to the highest level)…
Finally, GENSAN is now living up to its name as “THE BOOM CITY of the South”
OT: METRO DADIANGAS magandang pangalan if maging metro na ang area!
nice photos…nakipagsiksikan din kami sa grand opening ng robinsons, hehe. hoping for more investors to come here in gensan 🙂
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Miss PHOTOGENIC: NANAY DIONESIA! lol
Hi Sir Avel. I just want to share my thoughts and feelings about the new Robinson’s Place General Santos.
This is a very good opportunity for GenSan to show it’s economic power to the whole country… This has been a good sign for us… Sana marami pa ang mag invest dito sa Gensan…
Last Sunday, pumunta ako and my parents sa Robinson’s. What I immediately noticed is that wala silang proper signage for the traffic flow. As in. Pagmakapasok ka na around the mall, masikip ang daanan… Sana they would impose a ONE WAY traffic scheme para di na magkagulo ang mga sasakyan… ^_^ Buti na lang sadyang matulungin ang mga guards doon.
Sa loob ng mall, napansin ko rin na di pa lahat ng mga stalls are open and marami nang tao. What if na lang kaya kung fully operational na lahat ng mga stalls doon. Mas dadami siguro ang mga tao. hahaha!
Anyways, marami din akong likes sa Rob mall. One is ang pag open ng Team Pacquiao. I was really curious about that stall because I am a really big fan of Manny. I was really delighted to see his products being sold there…
Overall, I would say na maganda talaga ang Robinson’s and I think GSC is not faraway from being the best city in the Philippines… (sana nga… xD)
@Paolo S., and Bone, Robinsons is here to stay and let’s give her some slack muna. Am sure some of its managers have been reading all your comments, together with our local officials and will be acting upon some very immediate concerns, especially the traffic issue. A new traffic lights signal system will be set up at the corner Bula-Lagao Road and J. Catolico in the next few months and hopefully, will be the answer to the buildup of traffic in that are. Thank you, my friends. DocBone, mahilig ka nga pala sa Morena. Joy to the world! Hehehe!
@liezl, yes I agree. The more investors, the better for the city! Nice to see you at the Eyeball.
Nice SHOTS Kuya!
@Fahdz, thanks! Check out the video and listen to the interviews of the owners.