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GT TOWN Center in Pavia, Iloilo officially opened its doors through a two-day star-studded event recently.
The first day was dedicated to a thanksgiving mass with the Tan family led by no less than construction mogul Don Alfonso Tan and wife Helen were on hand for the event. Their children Allen Son, Allan Ryan, Patrick, Aljun, Aileen, and Alvin and Jojo and Jean Ann Ang were also present.
The following day Don Alfonso “Ponso” Tan, the founder of Intentional Builders Corp. (IBC), led the official opening of the newest shopping and leisure destination in Iloilo.
Also present were Senator Franklin Drilon, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor and son Rep. Arthur Defensor Jr., Iloilo City Mayor Joe Espinosa III, Pavia Mayor Michael Gorriceta along with SM Markets President CEO Herbert Sy, IBC Senior VP Jojo Ang, and PRO-FRIENDS Chairman Guillermo Choa.
The guests later were treated to a sneak preview of the GT Town Center Pavia. Mr. Allan Ryan Tan, VP for Real Estate and Land Development of GT Town Center, showed them the latest plans in the GT Town development by IBC.
“The commercial mall is the first phase of the town project, which will be later followed by the BPO and Business units in the next phase, then the residential development for the next phase. The mall architect is Hubert Co while famed urban planning group Palafox Associates did the whole GT Town project. This came from a vision of work, play, and green living spaces.”
The mall will feature mostly local entrepreneurs, all homegrown Ilonggo businesses, to help and promote local enterprise. It was a conscious decision on the part of the GT Town Center Pavia team to make sure that local traders will occupy the mall.
But it will not be complete without foreign brands to assure the public that they will get great finds and treats.
The mall has two floors and will also feature a park to cater to the public. The trees were not uprooted but preserved and the idea of a Green Town at GT was also followed by the addition of waste management and wastewater treatments.
It has everything one needs: a supermarket, a department store, an appliance store, a medical and diagnostic center, fashion and jewelry stores, party needs, printing shops, restaurants and cafes, spa and salons, pharmacies, optical shops, and government services (SSS, LTO, etc). This makes it easier for shoppers from nearby towns and areas to actually just go and get items from the mall.
There are also many housing developments in the Pavia area and the nearby homes will benefit from the convenience of the proximity of the mall. They no longer have to travel to the city for whatever they need.
Mr. Alfonso “Ponso” Tan said he plans to open 20 GT malls.
Celebrity guests Giselle Sanchez, Marco Gumabao and Tony Labrusca added pomp to the event. Shoppers who were treated to great deals and finds on the opening days.
GT was coined to honor the GO-TAN elders who are the parents of Mr. Alfonso Tan. They migrated to Iloilo from China, raised their family, and grew their businesses in Iloilo.
This project is a realization of hard work and a dream for the Go-Tan family, but also a testament to the booming development and progress of Iloilo.