Yep, Calamba now has its very own SM City. There were a lot of people in the mall, Anna observed, as she went there to check out the shops in the afternoon. I then decided to visit, and buy groceries, during the last shopping hour, figuring that most of the first-day visitors would've left.
I got there at around 8.30pm, pleasantly surprised that the traffic wasn't jammed at the side entrance (the Calamba-Los Banos stretch of the National Highway). I bet however, that I wouldn't be able to say the same thing about the Real Road (where the main entrance is located). A lot of people were still inside, looking in the shops, but most people leaving the mall carried plastic bags from the supermarket or from the department store. Obviously, in this part of the province, the eco-friendly bag has yet to gain popularity (but I'm sure with the SM campaign for the use of the green bag, it will become a regular thing in Calamba).
The mall isn't too different from the other SM City branches I frequent, although it's smaller than the Sta Rosa and the Lipa branches (or was this an illusion due to the crowd). I should visit it again when the crowds have thinned, so I could visit the shops without being mauled by teenagers who want to see and to be seen on the escalators.