Hanging Out at The Peak

The Peak, Gaisano Mall  © Jojie Alcantara

The Peak, Gaisano Mall © Jojie Alcantara

Hanging Out at The Peak

Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara (published in SunStar Davao)

Gaisanao Mall has something to be proud of.  It has transformed its rooftop into a very attractive hangout for families and friends.

The Peak, Gaisano Mall  © Jojie Alcantara

The Peak, Gaisano Mall © Jojie Alcantara

While it is quite ordinary-looking at daytime, once sunset casts its orange glow over the rooftop and darkness settles in, the whole area is transformed into a dazzling display of changing multicolored pool illuminations, lighted plants, and twinkling displays on arch beams.

The Peak, Gaisano Mall  © Jojie Alcantara

The Peak, Gaisano Mall © Jojie Alcantara

Another draw is the well-lighted row of restaurants along the al fresco area. Have a choice from various dining outlets that offer culinary delights within reasonable ranges. They also provide entrance to the mall’s food court in the interiors.

The Peak, Gaisano Mall  © Jojie Alcantara

The Peak, Gaisano Mall © Jojie Alcantara

Barkadas, families, and lovers hang around, taking photos and savoring the cool breeze at the top, while others head for a wide array of meals. My family’s favorite is Mamma Maria’s Pizzeria, where they offer buy one take one pizza (not for takeout, though, so the outlet is mostly filled up) from 2pm-6pm daily. To date, more restaurant outlets are opening here.

The Peak, Gaisano Mall  © Jojie Alcantara

The Peak, Gaisano Mall © Jojie Alcantara

The Peak has since opened late last year, and has been drawing crowds at night because of its fancy view of downtown Davao and its comfortable ambience for those who are not in a rush somewhere else. A wide parking area is available as well.

Try and visit The Peak sometime.

The Peak, Gaisano Mall  © Jojie Alcantara

The Peak, Gaisano Mall © Jojie Alcantara

Hanging Out at The Peak by Jojie Alcantara

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About Jojie Alcantara

Jojie Alcantara is a semi-retired TV host and a Davao-based journalist since 1995. A multi-awarded photographer and artist, her works are featured in tourism campaigns (DOT's It's More Fun in the Philippines) and on covers and spreads of books and international magazines. Her personal advocacy is to promote her country positively to the world. A columnist and solo traveler, she roams the islands in search of inspirational stories and images of nature. She is a Getty Image contributor and three time Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards nominee in two categories, Travel Journalism and Heritage and Culture. More info on http://about.me/jojiealcantara.