A Garden in the Sky

SM Sky Garden

SM Sky Garden

A garden in the sky flies high north of Metro Manila. SM City North Edsa‘s much anticipated newest outdoor attraction on the second floor called the Sky Garden will formally launch on Friday, May 29.

Built at the heart of Quezon City north, the long awaited opening of the elevated park is finally coming to completion. It was the former parking lot in front of the main mall.

Sky Garden

Sky Garden

It’s now getting the finishing touches of the facades since it started construction about mid of last year. The sudden change actually came as a surprise to many mall shoppers as Shoe Mart (SM) had just built an adjacent building – The Block, a few years ago.

Reminiscing & Looking Back

I still remember back in the 80′s, more specifically in 1985, when the first supermall in the Philippines was built – the SM City North Edsa.  One of my uncles brought me to this newly opened mall as we just live a few kilometers away at Balintawak, north of Quezon City.  It was really an awesome experience since the place was so big. My cousines even call it ‘the Mansion.’ Our weekly grocery habits then transferred from the old “Glo-ri Supermart“  located along Del Monte Avenue, to that of SM City’s Supermarket.

Just like most Chinese family in the Philippines, we have a big clan with 4 uncles, two aunties, and the eldest – my dad. Add to that their children – my cousins and we are like one barangay in two cars in convoy going to ‘SM City.’ And of course,  ‘Angkong‘ (grandfather) and ‘Ama‘ (grandmother), would not allow us to leave them at home. Especially that they are the ones who are ‘taya‘ (in charge of paying our shopping bills).

SM City North Edsa Sky Garden

SM City North Edsa Sky Garden

The Old Has Passed, The New Has Come

Twenty-Four years after, much have changed now. My uncles and aunties all have their own families and they live in different households. ‘Ama‘ has passed away and ‘Angkong‘ is now wheelchair-bound. The same with SM City North, much have changed. From the single main building, they expanded to having the annex and the carpark through the years.

A major addition to the cluster of buildings was ‘The Block‘ which was followed by the reconstruction of an even bigger annex building and the latest – the truly awesome Sky Garden.

Sky Gardens Green Carpets

Sky Garden's Green Carpets

Details

The biggest mall in the Philippines now brings the concept of ‘green’ to another level by coming up with a family-friendly park right beside the mall.

Sky Gardens Roof Garden

Sky Garden's Roof Garden

Filled with different trees, plant variants and green carpet grass, a family can enjoy the whole 15,500 square meters of open-air outdoor park.

It’s For Everyone

It has dining establishments for the hungry dad, retails shops for the shopaholic mom and entertainment centers for the kids.

The open-air park was also made pet-friendly for the animal-loving patrons.

SM also made sure that the Sky Garden considered PWD (persons with disability) customers.

Interestingly, the management  limited the commercial establishments to occupy only about 15% of the total floor area, or 2,000 square meters of the Sky Garden to maintain its unique space dynamics and a cozy atmosphere for the people.

Roof Garden

Roof Garden

Food, Food, Food!

Dining spots are predominantly grills and cafes that suit the open-air outdoor set-up. These include Padi’s Point, Ineng’s BBQ, Pixie’s Sinugba, La Mesa Grill, Marina, and Gerry’s Grill. The coffee shops will never be complete without Coffeeworks, Coffee Experience, and Starbucks which is situated as a floating coffee shop amidst a small pond. Other establishments include Cello’s Donuts, Freshbar by Big Chill and Kitchen of Cakes & Coffee, among others.

The long curvilinear Sky Garden also serves as a shaded common access point for the whole mall as it links the main mall building, the Block, the new Annex building and the car park.

The Sky DOme

The Sky Garden‘s most prominent attraction would be the Sky Dome. It is a huge half sphere protruding structure on the west side of the park highly visible along Edsa and nearby places.

Sky Dome

Sky Dome

The Sky Dome is an amphitheater that can house an audience of about 1,200. It is suitable for concerts, conferences, and exhibitions; the latest of which are the concerts of international singing child wonder Charice Pempengco and American Idol star David Cook.

The Sky Dome

The Sky Dome

Other attractions include the Roof Garden and Water Features including a floating restaurant that will house a world-famous coffee shop and a man-made water-fall.

Water Features: A Man-Made Waterfalls

Water Features: A Man-Made Waterfalls

I’m just glad that SM City North Edsa continues to improve this mall which stood witness to the growth of our extended families through the years, or rather, decades. It was the mall where we spent our weekends to bond and share our cheers as a family. Until today, though distant apart since some of our relatives now live in different parts of Metro Manila and as far as Makati, we still have our annual reunions in the restaurants here.

SM City North Edsas Sky Garden from afar

SM City North Edsa's Sky Garden from afar

It has, and it continues to be the vessel which binds our family together – that is SM City North Edsa to my family, then and now.

More SM City North Edsa Sky Garden Pictures including the Press Walk last Monday: Enjoy your photo tour. :)

SM City North Edsas Sky Garden

SM City North Edsa's Sky Garden

SM City North Edsas Sky Garden

SM City North Edsa's Sky Garden

Sky Garden Press Launch

Sky Garden Press Launch with Mr. Hans Sy

Sky Garden Press Launch

Hosts Mark Nelson et. al, with the Laptop Winner

Sky Garden Location Standee

Sky Garden Location Standee

One of Sky Garden Sculptures

One of Sky Garden Sculptures

Sky Garden Sculptures

Sky Garden Sculptures

Sky Garden Sculptures

Sky Garden Sculptures

Sky Garden Sculptures

Sky Garden Sculptures

Sky Garden Sculptures

Sky Garden Sculptures

A wide shot of the Sky Garden

A wide shot of the Sky Garden beneath the really blue sky

Another Angle of the 1,200-seater Sky Dome

Another Angle of the 1,200-seater Sky Dome

Tiled Walkway along the Sky Garden

Tiled Walkway along the Sky Garden

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Waterfalls in the Middle of the City!

Waterfalls in the Middle of the City!

Sky Gardens Shaded Walkways leading to the Mount

Sky Garden's Shaded Walkways leading to the Mount

Refreshing Sounds of Fountain Water

Refreshing Sounds of Fountain Water

A Bonsai Garden along the Pond

A Bonsai Garden along the Pond

Padis Point - One of the many dining spots @ Sky Garden

Padi's Point - One of the many dining spots @ Sky Garden

Marina Restaurant has a fantastic spot just right above the Waterfalls!

Marina Restaurant has a fantastic spot just right above the Waterfalls!

More angles and walkways

More angles and walkways

Shaded Walkway to the Mount

Shaded Walkway to the Mount

A Pink Bonsai Plant on the Pond Water Feature @ Sky Garden

A Pink Bonsai Plant on the Pond Water Feature @ Sky Garden

This is the end of your amazing SM City North Edsa Sky Garden Photo Tour. :) And let me end this article with a 5-minute video of some of SM’s top executives giving a brief history of SM City North Edsa:

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