Enter The Double Dragon: The Inauguration Of DD Plaza
Today, May 7, 2018, DoubleDragon inaugurates its flagship project in Metro Manila, DoubleDragon Plaza at DD Meridian Park. (In photo are Finance Secretary Carlos 'Sonny' Dominguez - Guest of Honor, with DoubleDragon Chairman Edgar "Injap" Sia II, DoubleDragon President Ferdinand Sia, DDMP Vice Chairman Emeritus Amb. Benedicto Yujuico, DoubleDragon Co-Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong)
Ever since Edgar ‘Injap’ Sia sold his Mang Inasal to Jollibee, he’s been watched like a hawk by the business community, curious to see what his second act would consist of. So when Double Dragon was formed with Tony Tan Caktiong, the CityMalls and Hotels (Jinjiang and Hotel 101’s) that ‘flowed’ from the partnership similarly hogged the Business Section headlines. As the CityMalls are located in Tier 3 and 4 cities, it was high time for Double Dragon to make its presence felt here in Metro Manila. And they’ve done it in a big way as the Double Dragon Plaza, the cornerstone of the Double Dragon Meridian Park, located on the corner of Macapagal Avenue and EDSA Extension, Bay Area, was formally inaugurated earlier this week.
Injap Sia and Peter Coyuito at the Double Dragon Plaza inauguration
Adrian Eleazar with Ferdie Sia
A jovial Tony Tan Caktiong
Rowell Vijandre at their DD Plaza Jollibee outlet
A Pre-Certified LEED Silver edifice, the DD Plaza is only the first phase of the DD Meridian Park development; and already it boasts of 130,000 sq. m. of office space split across 4 towers, with a retail podium on the ground floor. Each tower has its own Lobby and set of elevators; with three floors of Parking underneath that can accommodate some 2,200 parking slots.
This retail podium is 1.2 hectares of retail space with the usual suspects already open for business—Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Burger King, Highlands Coffee, J. Co, Gerry’s Grill and Ramen Kuroda, to name a few. Of special interest is the soon to open, 2,500 sq. m. Islas Pinas: Filipino Food & Heritage Village. It’s conceptualised as a celebration of Filipino cuisine, culture, & architecture, with handicrafts and specialised products forming part of the Retail offerings. The Dining aspect will be handled by Gaita Fores, and she’ll have over 700 seats to service.
Soon to open at DD Plaza
Inside Islas Pinas
Phase Two consists of office towers Double Dragon Center East and West, which should be completed by the end of this year; while Phase Three and Four will see the Ascott-Meridian Park & the Double Dragon Tower rise by 2020.
In total, we’re talking of 280,000 sq. m. of leasable space. With Double a Dragon, it’s truly Double the vision and fun, and things aren’t done in half-measures. Look to the Double Dragon Plaza to be a new hub for Food and Recreation in the Bay Area.