By Lawrence Casiraya
CEBU, Philippines--I have never been to an SM mall this spacious. Not even that overly hyped Mall of Asia sitting near (no, on top of) Manila Bay.
While covering a Smart event
held at SM Cebu, I got to kill some time in the recently opened North Wing. The picture above was taken from the second floor. Also this one below but from the other side -- and on a different day, spot the difference yet?
Or maybe because the place is still brand-spanking new (a guard told me it opened only last December), which explains the gleaming floors and the brightly-lit ceilings. But take a look at the wide, wide walking space. Wider than Mall of Asia, I think.
To illustrate further, I took a 360-degree video while standing inside that smaller circle in the lobby. And then it hit me (after getting a bit woozy from turning), it looks a lot similar to malls Iâ€™ve been to in Singapore.
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Should you get hungry walking around, hereâ€™s one restaurant I can recommend -- Chikahan, located on the second floor. Try their crispy pata â€“ crispy all right but soft and chewy on the inside.