Fine-tuning a luxe mall in Manila—with the help of a homegrown genius.
By Peter Burgoyne
If you’ve ever spent time in Manila, you know how its broiling streets can make you want to duck into a climate-controlled mall—and stay there. Little wonder the likes of Power Plant Mall at Rockwell Center draw such crowds. But this isn’t value shopping: At Manila’s malls, shoppers tend to be either privileged members of the local moneyed class or jet-setting tourists and businesspeople from around the globe; building a box and filling it with brands like Starbucks or North Face is simply not enough.