Glorietta Mall is a "complex" shopping mall complex with five buildings. While its buildings are conveniently adjacent to each other, the establishment can get quite confusing even to its regular visitors.
In February this year, when many simultaneously crushed their hearts watching Moira Dela Torre's "Paubaya" music video featuring a seeming closure between former couple Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto, some were witty enough to create memes from its heartbreaking scene and aligned it with their sentiments of Glorietta being the most confusing mall in the country.
But beyond comparing it to a maze, Glorietta can still be a go-to place to find whatever you are looking for within the enormous complex, from houseware, school supplies, clothing to a wide selection of restaurants and cuisines.
Glorietta was originally a park surrounded by establishments being a part of the wider Makati Commercial Center Complex. When Ayala Corporation decided to renovate the compound, the mall was redeveloped and converted into an indoor facility.
Beginning and expanding since 1992, Glorietta envisioned itself to be a premier shopping area in the country. The mall was formerly known as Quad until 1997 when it adopted Glorietta as its present name. The shopping center was initially divided into three parts until Glorietta 4 was inaugurated in 1999 and expanded through Glorietta 5 in 2009.
But Glorietta does not only disable someone to find his whereabouts. The shopping has also taken away some people from their families and never allowed them to hug their loved ones ever again.
Around lunchtime on October 19, 2007, a portion of Glorietta 2 exploded that instantly took the lives of 8 individuals, and injured at least 126. Three people died in the hospital.
The explosion was initially reported to be caused by the chemical compound RDX, a substance of the military bomb C4. But the police, later on, withdrew their statement.
The initial findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented that the explosion was not triggered by a bomb but by the accumulation of methane gas in the septic tanks of the establishment. Foreign experts supported these findings, saying, "there was no evidence to suggest that the explosion had been caused and/or initiated by an improvised explosive device."
However, Ayala Land, Inc. debunked these claims by commissioning experts from the United Kingdom who found that the blast was from a bomb with RDX components.
Retired Lt. Col. Allan Sollano, a member of an Army team who went to Glorietta to examine the blast immediately after the incident, said there were efforts to cover up the tragedy. Solano claimed that he recovered a plastic bag which subsequently tested positive for RDX.
Consequent to Sollano's revelations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reopened an investigation that later sustained the earlier reports that the methane gas caused the explosion and not an explosive device.
Previous bombings targeted Glorietta. On May 17, 2000, thirteen people were wounded after an explosion at Glorietta 2. According to the authorities, the blast originated from a restaurant's restroom and affected two game arcade centers and the bridge connecting the section of the mall to then Park Square 2. Friction between two rival gangs was seen as the cause of the incident.
On February 14, 2005, a passenger bus was bombed under the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) elevated Ayala station near Glorietta. Four individuals were killed while 36 were injured. The incident was simultaneously done with the bombing of a bus terminal in Davao City and a mall in General Santos City. Terrorist group Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility, saying that the series of blasts was "A Valentine's gift to Mrs. Arroyo (then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo)."
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