Here are photos taken during the opening program of the launching of Ayala’s newest mall, Centrio.

As early as 8 o’clock, people were massing in front of the three main entrances of Centrio. Meanwhile, at around 9 AM, the opening mass inside was already underway officiated by Fr. Rey Monsanto.

Photo below shows the Activity Center during the mass. Ayala personnel led by Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (JAZA) and invited guests as well as media people and some mall workers attended the mass.

Photo below shows the top management of Ayala Land with JAZA (lower right).

Fr. Rex Monsanto during his homily.

While the mass was going on, I took some time touring the mall. Below shows the Centrio Garden.

Photos of some of the shops inside the mall. Some were inaugurated yesterday while others were still doing some last minute preparations.

Other shops will open in the following weeks.

You probably noticed some “shoppers” even before the mall opened to the public. The first shoppers or “mallers” were actually workers of merchants inside the mall and some invited guests.

A lot of shops in Centrio are opening their first branch in the city.

You could see people walking along the hallways taking photographs and getting ready for the grand opening.

Some bigwigs of Abenson were around.

Fastfood chains were the first to have their complete service crew oriented and getting ready.

It’s Christmas time at Centrio….

Robinsons is expected to open early next year. They will occupy the 2nd and 3rd floors of the anchor store building.

Lets save the environment…

Going back to the Activity Center, the mass was ending.

JAZA with Cong. Rufus Rodriguez…

The mass has ended…let us go in peace and let the new adventure begin….

Behold….

Right after the mass is the official launching program hosted by Marc Nelson and Cagayan de Oro-born actress Maricar Reyes who proudly announced that her parents are from Cagayan de Oro.

Ayala Land President Antonino Aquino…

City Mayor Emano delivering his speech.

JAZA listening to VYE’s speech.

The ceremonial turning of the “keys”…

More shots of the mall just minutes before the opening.

The crowd eagerly waiting to get inside Centrio.

Some last minute works…

The giant Christmas Tree will greet you as you enter the main entrance along CM Recto.

JAZA now leaving Centrio after a brief tour…

My final shot of Centrio Garden just before the mall was opened to the public.

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