Tearing down Aldevinco feels like old Davao is being taken away

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Tearing down Aldevinco feels like old Davao is being taken away #ThisIsOurMindanao

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DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 January) — Dabawenyos expressed sadness when the management of the Aldevinco Shopping Center announced it had closed its doors on December 31, 2021, many of them sh…

While others say Aldevinco was not exactly closing down as tenants would just be transferred to a new location, Poblacion Market Central,  Mindanawon filmmaker Jay Rosas told MindaNews that tearing down the 56-year-old shopping center to pave way for the so-called “cosmopolitan goals” feels like a part of old Davao is being taken away.

pasalubonglomi“To some, it may just be a drop-off point and nothing but a waiting place for jeepney rides, that tearing it down for some fancy high-rise condo would be cosmopolitan goals… I just feel like we’re adhering to the kind of skyscraper development that we have been told is the kind that fits for everything,” he said.

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By - January 22, 2022 10:35 pm DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 January) — Dabawenyos expressed sadness when the management of the Aldevinco Shopping Center announced it had closed its doors on December 31, 2021, many of them sharing nostalgic memories of the popular tourism landmark, home to various souvenir shops for nearly six decades.siltation of the Mapagba and Pinatatagan rivers in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.“I received the report yesterday (Jan.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has suspended the operations of a mining company in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental due to water discoloration and heavy siltation in two of the province’s rivers.

  While others say Aldevinco was not exactly closing down as tenants would just be transferred to a new location, Poblacion Market Central,  Mindanawon filmmaker Jay Rosas told MindaNews that tearing down the 56-year-old shopping center to pave way for the so-called “cosmopolitan goals” feels like a part of old Davao is being taken away. Aldevinco, he explained, was not just any shopping center but a “cultural identifier” and, at the same time, a familiar landmark of his childhood.17) confirming that the river has turned red due to extraction activities. Rosas said he could not help but feel nostalgic about the closure of Aldevinco, with that old and unsophisticated shopping center being forever etched in his memory as his go-to place either to look for costumes to wear for school presentations or to buy foreign currency for his travels abroad. Cimatu said in a statement. “Aldevinco isn’t a mall but it’s mostly souvenir stuff, no trendy brand names, a touristy landmark, a name of place you’d think of when a first-time Davao tourist would ask where to buy  pasalubong  or unique stuff,” he added. Initial investigation and assessment of DENR-Davao region, together with the region’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Environmental Management Bureau showed the siltation and discoloration of the Mapagba and Pinatatagan rivers were attributed to the extraction activity of Riverbend Consolidated Mining Corp. He said Aldevinco had been a part of his childhood and, just like any other Dabawenyo, he had a fair share of fond memories while growing up that kids belonging to “generation Z” who expressed indifference over Aldevinco’s closing down could not resonate with.” The siltation of the rivers was attributed to the extraction activity of the said mining firm, according to an initial investigation and assessment conducted by DENR-Davao Region in collaboration with the region’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Environmental Management Bureau.

  “In college, there’s a small resto at the back where I would eat  lomi  or take it back to the office I’m working at in Ateneo as an errand,” he said. “Heavy and continuous rains last Jan. Residents reported the changes observed along the rivers on Jan. The 56-year old Aldevinco Shopping Center in Davao City, the go-to place for Mindanao souvenirs closed its doors on December 31, 2021. MIndaNews file photo by Bobby Timonera Rosas said he would miss Aldevinco, a shopping center bereft of any commercial trappings of a bustling cosmopolitan city that once stood at the heart of downtown Davao. The DENR in Davao issued a cease-and-desist order, notice of violation, and show-cause order to the mining company. “To some, it may just be a drop-off point and nothing but a waiting place for jeepney rides, that tearing it down for some fancy high-rise condo would be cosmopolitan goals… I just feel like we’re adhering to the kind of skyscraper development that we have been told is the kind that fits for everything,” he said. On Jan. Former Davao City-based reporter Boom Castillo, a graduate of mass communication at the Ateneo de Davao University, said she was sad about the closure of Aldevinco. “This is for them to face the consequences immediately. If they will be suspended, so be it.

  “College life would not be complete” without crossing over to Aldevinco from the Roxas Avenue entrance of the university. Aldevinco is on the corner of Claro M. If penalty, or combination of the two, then better–to avoid this from happening again,” he said. “While the minerals industry continues to be cited as among the country’s economic drivers, some industry practices need thorough review and operations require close monitoring,” Secretary Maria Belen S. Rector and Roxas Avenue. Across Recto is Marco Polo Hotel which was among the earliest casaualties of the COVID-19 pandemic. When it reached the river, the residents raised their concerns, particularly the fishermen,” he added. The hotel closed in mid-June 2020. Acosta said keeping mining operations in check was vital “to prevent pollution and contamination, distortion of the ecological balance and damage to water systems..

  From Aldevinco to Poblacion  The Aldevinco Shopping Center, a popular go-to destination for the Mindanawon arts and crafts of homegrown property developer Alcantrara and Sons Development and Investment Corporation (Alsons Dev), closed down last December 31, 2021 but its tenants have been transferred to the Poblacion Market Central along Bangoy Street where Madrazo Fruit Stand once stood, about a block away from Aldevinco. “I understand the public is more focused on the closure kasi nga naman Aldevinco is a Davao landmark, but the last thing we want people to think is that Aldevinco is totally gone. The brand will live on sa Poblacion. DENR Regional Director Bagani A. It’s just a change in address, to better, upgraded facilities,” said Margarita Rey-Gross, marketing manager.  She said 59 out of 90 Aldevinco tenants have found a new home in the Poblacion Market Central which is also run by Alsons.

  Some Aldevinco tenants and other local shops have been operating at Poblacion since December “but in a bazaar set-up for now while their stores are being renovated,. Evasco said.” “We are looking at opening in March,” she said, adding the renovations would likely be done by then.  Poblacion Market Central in Davao City, the new go-to for Mindanao souvenirs after Aldevinco Shopping Center ceased operations on 31 December 2021. Photo courtesy of Alsons Gross said that the company’s initial plans for the Aldevinco property have been pushed back due to the pandemic but added that re-planning is still underway. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. “We had initial plans for the Aldevinco property but we are currently reviewing everything considering the pandemic,” she said.

Studies for the property are still ongoing, she said. Vertical expansion  During the 50 th  anniversary of Aldevinco Shopping Center at the SMX Convention Center Davao in 2015, Tomas I. Alcantara, then chairman of Alcantara Group, told reporters that the Aldevinco property could accommodate a vertical expansion that may include a condominium and an office space as “we look forward to transforming Aldevinco Shopping Center into a structure that will complement the new and growing cityscape around it.” “Over the years, we’ve been able to cater to an increasing number of tourists that come every year. Tourists are here and they have made Aldevinco a necessary stop before they go back home.

In a way, we’re able to contribute in making Davao a destination and we hope that we will continue to be able to perform that function no matter how small in the years to come,” he said.  Alsons Group, one of the country’s largest and most diversified Filipino-owned conglomerates, has interests in agriculture, aquaculture, mining, real estate, and power generation The real estate projects in the city under its wing include Ladislawa Garden Village, Woodridge Park, Las Terrazas, Northcrest, Fernwood, Woodlane, Eden Ridge, and Northtown. The company said the Poblacion Market Central is a celebration of the city’s promising art, retail, and food scene. “Aside from your favorite Aldevinco shops, the new commercial development will also feature more retail brands, a food hall, and establishments for essential services,” Alsons said in a recent pres srelease.  Continuing Aldevinco’s legacy  It added that property developer Alsons Dev “aims to continue Aldevinco’s legacy of promoting local and Mindanawon culture, heritage, and identity through Poblacion Market Central.

” It said the Poblacion had its seminal debut when it hosted Mindanao Art 2021, the biggest celebration of creativity featuring the works of over 300 artists from all over the region, which attracted thousands of art enthusiasts last October. “Through the exhibit, we have created city-wide appreciation and expanded cultural consciousness while putting food on the artists’ tables,” Mindanawon artist and Lawig Diwa Inc. president Kublai Millan said. The Poblacion Market Central reopened its doors last December to hold its first-ever Christmas event entitled “ Pasko sa  Poblacion,” where a curated mix of some of Davao’s best art, retail and food brands were invited to set up pop-up shops while giving local artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their works and products. Kublai Millan’s 73-piece exhibit entitled “Prosperity Paintings” will remain until March this year, along with the pop-up stores of Aldevinco shops, Fasta Pasta, Hootsa, Luckydog PH, MJ, Lilo & Kent Landscaping and Ornamentals/ Naye’s Garden and Green House.

  Roxas Avenue corner Claro M. Recto St. in Davao City .will no longer be the same without the Aldevinco Shopping Center, a landmark for half a century. MindaNews file photo by BOBBY TIMONERA Tourism regional director Tanya Rabat-Tan, said Aldevinco has been the go-to place of tourists and residents for souvenirs.

“It is indeed sad to see it cease operations as it has played a significant role in the city’ shistory as an iconic destination, well loved by both tourists and locals.” But looking on the bright side, she said, Aldevinco’s tenants are moving to a  “better location” at Poblacion Market Central, “with bigger leasable space that can accommodate more homegrown brands, more local food and beverage merchants, and other allied products and services .”  (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews) Share this: .