At SM...we've got it all for you!
If there is a survey for the most recognizable sign in the Philippines, this will be it. SM is a chain of shopping malls in the Philippines, with 43 malls across the country and 6 more under construction. The owner, Henry Sy, now 89 years old, opened the first SM (or Shoemart) in Manila in 1958 and expanded his shoe store chain in the 1960's. Now, Sy is the retail king of the Philippines--he and his family, have interests in retail, hospitality, banking, mining, education, real estate, and healthcare services. In 2011, Forbes Magazine listed him as the no. 1 billionaire in the Philippines.
SM City North Edsa is the largest shopping mall in Southeast Asia and third largest in the world in terms of leasable area (496.878 square meters). The second largest mall in the Philippines is SM Mall of Asia, the 3rd largest mall in Asia and the 4th largest mall in the world.
Even my niece, a toddler, recognizes the SM logo.:p
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I didn't realize that North Edsa is even bigger than the Mall of Asia. Of course when I was there North Edsa was the king as there was no Mall of Asia then. You can take a whole day just walking up and down North Edsa. Used to be my old stomping ground.
Interesting back story.
I need a tour...I have not been to any SM's. Been to Cebu.
i like that shade of purple :)
Great shot! That is a great story of a self-made man. Wow!
Funny how this can be so popular in the Philippines, and I've never heard of this store, nor this PERSON, at all. No. 1 BILLIONAIRE? Seriously?
Henry has done well!
I had not seen this before. Thanks for the story!
He must be quite the entrepreneur to have grown so rich! I like his logo - simple, with an elegant flourish.
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