The Plaza Mart, which opened in 1965 and is considered one of the original shopping malls in Bacolod, is believed to be the first establishment in the city to have an escalator, which was a big deal back in the day. To date, Negrenses still flock to Plaza Mart that has been steadily serving their basic shopping needs.
Outside Plaza Mart is a wide array of clothes and shoes stores, save for some cellphone shops. Inside, aside from more ready-to-wear clothing and shoe stores, there are bridal shops, beauty parlors, optical clinics, stores selling wellness and herbal products, and photo studios. Plaza Mart also features a BINGO venue and a food court right at the second floor while the uppermost part of the building is composed mostly of consultancy and manpower offices.
Generally, in most large-scale shopping centers, your Php 1,000 can get you a pair of jeans. But in Lopue’s and Plaza Mart, as well as in most clothing stores in Bacolod City’s Downtown Area, your Php 1,000 can easily be an entire #OOTD-worthy ensemble.
For Php 1,000 ($ 22*), even if you aren’t ardent enough to shop and scour all the clothing stores in Downtown, ladies can get a decent pair of denim jeans, a pair of ballerina-inspired flats, an off-shoulder top, and accessories or a shoulder bag.
For men, meanwhile, Php 1,000 is good for a pair of shorts, a casual short-sleeved cotton shirt, and a pair of boat shoes or classic sneakers.