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Megaworld to build mall by the beach at Mactan Newtown

The Mactan Newtown township in Lapu-Lapu City (Ventures Cebu)

Property developer Megaworld Corporation has revealed plans to build a mall at a shoreline cliff within the 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.

Kevin L. Tan, chief strategy officer, said the company will spend P1.5 billion to build the Mactan Newtown Beach Walk. It is targeted to be completed in 2021.

The mall complex will also feature a three-storey boutique hotel, offering 48 rooms with retail shops at the ground level. This will be operated under the Megaworld Hotels brand.

The mall itself will have two levels, a gross floor area of 30,000 square meters, four cinemas, a Food Hall, al fresco areas, traveler’s lounge and a view deck, which will provide a panoramic view of the sea and nearby islands.

At the center will be a 1.4-hectare man-made lagoon, which will have floating boardwalks, a man-made shoreline, and a bridge that will connect both sides of the mall.

With a maximum depth of around 1.5 meters, the lagoon can also serve as venue for future water sports activities such as jet ski, wakeboarding, stand-up paddling, and boating.

Another highlight is a chapel surrounded by a garden by the Cliffside, overlooking the sea.

The mall will be designed and operated under the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls brand.

“Megaworld Lifestyle Malls is bringing a fresh, new concept of mall development in Cebu that recreates and innovates the beach lifestyle experience,” Tan said in a statement issued on September 19, 2019.

“We take inspiration from some iconic coastline commercial developments in South California, where visitors can enjoy coffee, meet friends over lunch or dinner, watch a movie, or simply shop around in this laid-back beach atmosphere,” he added.

To ensure sustainable operations, Tan said they will use solar roof panels and adopt an open layout scheme for passive cooling and natural lighting in most common areas.

Almost half, or 40%, of the entire development will be dedicated to green and open spaces.

“We will even have some untouched areas for bike trails, airsoft shooting, and tree-top activities. This part of the Mactan Newtown is abundantly surrounded with trees, and we want to keep them,” Tan said. (Ventures Cebu)

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