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SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia
"No other mall comes close"[1]
Location Barangay 76, Bay City, Pasay, Philippines
Opening date May 21, 2006
Developer SM Prime Holdings
Management SM Prime Holdings
Owner Henry Sy, Sr.
Architect Arquitectonica
No. of stores and services More than 1000 shops, including 360 dining establishments
No. of anchor tenants 16
Total retail floor area 406,962 m2 (4,380,500 sq ft)
No. of floors Main & entertainment buildings: 2
The SM Store: 3
Carpark buildings: 6
Parking 8,000 cars[2]
Website SM Mall of Asia
SM Mall of Asia at SM Prime
Mall hours: 10am to 10pm

SM Mall of Asia is a shopping mall in Bay City, Pasay, Philippines, near the SM Central Business Park, the Manila Bay, and the southern end of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.

Owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall chain owner and developer in the Philippines, it has a land area of 42 hectares, a gross floor area of approximately 406,962 square metres (4.38050×10^6 sq ft),[3] and attracts a daily average foot traffic of about 200,000 people.[4]

It is the 10th largest shopping mall in the world in terms of gross leasable area.[4] When it opened in 2006 it was the largest shopping mall in the Philippines until SM City North EDSA was redeveloped in 2008,[5] and was relegated to third place by the expansion of SM Megamall in 2011.[6][7]


Main facade

The mall is the centerpiece project of SM Prime at the SM Central Business Park, where five one-story buildings serve as the company's corporate offices (the sixth building being occupied by TeleTech Holdings, Inc. as their flagship site in the country).

The SM Mall of Asia's design team includes Arquitectonica, design architect; GHT Services, project manager, and Hilmarc's Construction Corp. (for the south parking building, main mall, and entertainment mall) and Monolith Construction Development Corp. (for the north parking building), general contractors.

The mall would have opened before Christmas Day of 2005 but had been delayed due to hitches in the delivery of construction materials. Frequent rains in the last quarter of 2005 also delayed the turnover of mall space to tenants. SM Prime decided to move the opening date to March 3, 2006.

On February 27, 2006, local newspaper Manila Standard Today, reported that a team of Pasay City engineers found huge cracks underneath the structure, which was causing the structure to vibrate.[8] When questioned about the inspection, the Pasay City Engineering Department denied making any statement regarding defects in the Mall of Asia. Engineer Edwin Javaluyas, Pasay City engineering officer, in his letter to SM Prime Holdings Inc., said he never stated that the city hall's engineering department inspected the Mall of Asia on February 23, 2006.[9]

SM Prime however decided to move the opening to May 21 of that year. Jeffrey Lim, corporate information officer of SM Prime Holdings, emphasized that a rescheduling of the mall's opening was made to give the company an opportunity to allow more tenants to open shops and denied that the change was due to structural defects.[10]

The mall was officially inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with a special screening of Everest in the San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX Theater. The movie was shown three days after Philippine tri-athlete Leo Oracion reached the treacherous mountain's summit.[11]


Panoramic view of SM Mall of Asia (2009)

Mall of Asia consists of four buildings interconnected by walkways; the main mall, the entertainment mall, and the north and south carpark buildings.

Aerial view of SM Mall of Asia

The main mall includes shopping and dining establishments and the food court. The entertainment mall is a two-story complex, most of which is open-air, and faces Manila Bay. Both have concierge desks.[12]

The mall's 5,000 parking spaces are divided across two, six-story parking buildings conveniently designated the north and south parking buildings. The south parking building houses the mall's official SM Department Store, while the mall's supermarket, the SM Hypermarket is located at the north parking building.

Since opening in 2006, visitors to the mall have been welcomed by large steel framed globe on a roundabout at the southern tip of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue. In 2009, the globe was turned into Globamaze, an LED display.[13]


The mall includes branches of all of the standard anchor stores found in most of the SM Supermalls. The first-ever branch of Taste Asia, one of the SM Supermalls' food court brands, is located right outside the mall's supermarket, the sprawling SM Hypermarket.[14]

One of the mall's main attractions is the first ever IMAX theater in the country, along with a Director's Club Theater for intimate screenings (30 La-Z-Boy seats), a Premiere Cinema, and the CenterStage Cinema which can used for live musical concerts and theatrical performances. The San Miguel-Coca-Cola IMAX Theatre is one of the world's biggest IMAX screens in 3D including 2D screenings.

In addition to the mall's special theaters, it also has six regular two-tiered movie theaters similar to the ones found in almost every SM Supermall.[15]

The mall features the Philippines's first Olympic-sized ice skating rink. At 61 by 30 meters, the rink is described as the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asia. It can accommodate both recreational and competitive figure skating, as well as ice hockey. Along with plain access and skate rentals, the rink's operators also offer training programs in both figure skating and ice hockey.[16] Several ice skating competitions have been held at the mall's ice skating rink, the most prestigious yet having been Skate Asia 2007. It was also the first time that the Philippines had hosted any international ice skating event.[17][18]

The mall's open-air music hall directly facing the sea has also held several events, contests and concerts.[19]

The mall also provides office space. Dell International Services, a subsidiary of Dell, Inc. once occupied a 13,470.5-square meter area at the second floor of the north parking building of the mall. At present, Teleperformance has taken over that space.

OneE-com Center

OneE-com Center (known as SM Corporate Center) provides for the office and workspace requirements of prospective IT-related locator companies and to support office and backroom operations of business process outsourcing. The first building, OneE-comCenter, began March 8, 2006. The building was completed in the first week of October 2007. Its first occupant, Fitness First opened its doors on October 12, 2007. Office started to fill on January 2008.

The 105,857 square meter, 10 storey OneE-comCenter was designed by international firm Arquitectonica and Architect Felix Lim. The building itself will have a total of 71,934 square meters available for lease. Seven floors will be allotted for office space, and the ground floor for commercial use. The average floor plate will be 9,000 square meters. There will be two and a half levels for parking with 600 slots.

The building is connected by a second level pedestrian bridgeway to the mall's north parking building.[20]

TwoE-com Center

The TwoE-comCenter

The Two E-com Center is the second phase of the four BPO towers in the Mall of Asia complex. It has a gross floor area of 107,862 square meters and consists of two (2) Towers – Fifteen (15) storey office building with retail areas at Ground and 4th Floor Level. The parking areas are located at the 2nd and 3rd floor level. The TwoE-com Center is designed by the world-renowned firm Arquitectonica.[21]

Concert grounds


An esplanade was constructed at the back of the mall where it served as the observation center for the First World Pyro Olympics in December 2005. The second World Pyro Olympics were held at the SM Mall of Asia's boardwalk area in early January, 2007.[17]

The Esplanade was also the venue for Lovapalooza 2, wherein more than 5,300 couples kissed for 10 seconds on February 10, 2007, breaking Hungary's 4,445 in the Guinness World Records. Also, an events venue named One Esplanade was constructed here. One Esplanade is usually used for product launches, parties, and other events.

Ferris wheel

The Mall of Asia Eye is a 55-metre (180 ft) tall Ferris wheel which opened to the public at the SM Mall of Asia complex on December 18, 2011. It has 36 air-conditioned gondolas, each able to carry up to six persons, giving a maximum capacity of 216 passengers. It operates from 10:00 until 01:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon until midnight the rest of the week. Food, drinks, animals, and pregnant women are not permitted, and children under 42" must be accompanied by an adult.

Mall of Asia Arena

The Mall of Asia Arena is an indoor arena within the SM Mall of Asia complex which has a seating capacity of 16,000 and a full house capacity of 20,000.[22] The arena is the alternative venue of the Philippine Basketball Association and the main venue of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.[23][24]

EXPLOREUM Science Center

On October 13, 2007, the P313-million SM Science Discovery Center, the first of its kind in the world, was opened. SM Prime Holdings has partnered with US-based Leisure Entertainment Company (LEC) Worldwide for the SDC, it features a digital planetarium and a wide range of technology and science-themed exhibits.[25]

In 2009, it was renamed into Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center after being bought by Nestlé Philippines.

In 2014 Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center Has Rebranded To The EXPLOREUM Managed By SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc, Which offers 118 child-friendly all-new interactive exhibits and over 100 interesting nuggets of information situated in eight major interactive galleries namely the Natural World, Human Adventure, Zoom, Connect, Cyberville, Space Camp, the Living Earth, and Science Park.

SMX Convention Center

The SMX Convention Center (formerly Maitrade Expo and Convention Center) (Project Name: MAITrade) is the Philippines' largest privately run exhibition and convention center.[26] The 46,647-square meter building will have three floors and basement parking with a total leasable area of 19,800 square meters featuring large exhibition areas and function rooms. The convention center can fit approximately 6,000 people.

The groundbreaking was held on March 23, 2006. The P900 million project, was completed and inaugurated on November 5, 2007. It is used as an alternate with the nearby state-run Philippine International Convention Center and World Trade Center Metro Manila located in the CCP Complex.

The 46,647-square meter building is composed of three floors and a basement parking with a total leasable area of 19,800 square meters. The Architect, Arch. Jose Siao Ling, designed the structure maximizing the use of space, giving exhibitors flexibility and options in terms of their specific area requirements. The exhibition area at the ground level will have a floor area of 9,000-square meters, which can be divided into four halls. Commercial shops will be located along the perimeter. A bridgeway on the second level will connect SMX Convention Center to the mall's south parking building. The third level will have a total floor area of 8,730 square meters, which can be divided into six halls for functions and conventions, along with nine meeting rooms.[27]

Mall Expansion

A new 2-level expansion will be built at the top of the main mall to be built next year and set to finish by 2017. The new expansion will feature an iconic rooftop football field at the mall's 4th level and all-new shops and restaurants at the mall's third level. The new expansion will be accompanied by major changes on the mall layout and tenant mix. For instance, the ice skating rink will be moved on the topmost floor of the mall. In light of the preparations for the new expansion, a new parking floor in the parking building is constructed together with the newly opened steel parking near the IMAX Theater. The new expansion will relegate SM Mall Of Asia to be the biggest mall in the Philippines, surpassing SM Megamall's 490,000 square meter floor area. It will add an estimated Gross Floor Area of 140,000 square meters, adding it to the existing 390,000 square meters floor area which will be equated to 530,000 square meters. [28]


MetroStar Ferry Terminal

One of the mall's somewhat-unique features is a 20-seater tram traveling around the mall grounds to ferry shoppers around.

Adjacent to the convention center, the MetroStar Ferry Terminal ferry service cuts travel time to Cavite City from 90 minutes by road to less than 30 minutes. The terminal also serves as a passenger port for tourists who will travel to SM's tourism estate, the Hamilo Coast, in Nasugbu, Batangas.[29] On September 24, 2007, Philippine Export-Import Credit Agency (PhilEXIM) inaugurated the P135-million ferry project (between Cavite City and SM Mall of Asia). PhilEXIM President Virgilio R. Angelo stated that it guaranteed the loan of Metrostar Ferry, Inc. (Metrostar) for the government's Manila Bay Transport Project. Angelo stated that the ferry service would also open in the Cavite City-Luneta Boardwalk-Del Pan Bridge waterway. 20,000 riders are expected to benefit (cost of P60-70, 6:30 am until 7:00 pm).[30]

See also


  1. ^ "Home". SM Mall of Asia. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "About MOA". Philippines Today. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "SM Mall of Asia". SM Prime. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "25 Largest Shopping Malls In The World". List 25. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "SM City North Edsa's new annex makes it world's third-largest mall". GMA News. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "SM Megamall undergoing P1.5 B expansion". Philippines Today. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "SM Megamall opens new Carpark and Bus Bay". SM Prime. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Caber, Michael (2006-02-27). "Cracks endanger Pasay's Mall of Asia". Metro Stories (Manila Standard Today). Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  9. ^ Caber, Michael (2006-02-28). "Engineer denies threat to Mall of Asia". Metro Stories (Manila Standard Today). Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  10. ^ ""Philippines' SM Prime delays Mall of Asia opening to May". Yahoo! News. Yahoo!, Inc. 2006-02-22. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  11. ^ Everest
  12. ^ Vasquez, Dinna Chan (2006-05-19). "MALL OF ASIA: Raising the ante on shopping". Life & Entertainment stories (Manila Standard Today). Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  13. ^ "SM Mall of Asia lights up Globamaze", Philippine Star, 2009-12-07
  14. ^ Vasquez, Dinna Chan (2006-06-30). "Shop and dine at Mall of Asia's Hypermart". Life & Entertainment stories (Manila Standard Today). Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  15. ^ Red, Isah V. (2006-05-31). "New malls, new cineplexes". Life & Entertainment stories (Manila Standard Today). Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  16. ^ Libarios, Gabby (2006-06-27). "For your ice only". Life & Entertainment stories (Manila Standard Today). Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  17. ^ a b Salumbides, Willie A., jr. (2007-01-16). "Pretty young thing on ice". Sports stories (Manila Standard Today). Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  18. ^ Salumbides, Willie A., jr. (2007-01-25). "Leslie wins ice skating's top award". Sports stories (Manila Standard Today). Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  19. ^ Red, Isah V. (2006-12-04). "QTV's music video block's first anniversary bash". Life & Entertainment stories (Manila Standard Today). Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  20. ^ "One Ecom Center Rises To Meet Strong Demand for BPO Offices". Business stories (SM Investments Corporation). 2006-07-25. 
  21. ^ "SM’s Two E-Com named best office dev’t in Philippines". Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  22. ^ Mall of Asia Arena
  23. ^ "New SM arena to host majority of UAAP basketball games". InterAKTV. 30 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Big Dome still main PBA venue, but MOA Arena an alternative option". InterAKSYON. 30 May 2014. 
  25. ^ Buban, Charles E. (2007-08-10). "Sci-tech park in RP's largest mall". Headlines ( Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  26. ^ SMX Convention Center - About Us
  27. ^ "SM Investments Gears up for the uptrend in property". Business stories (SM Investments Corporation). 2006-06-20. 
  28. ^
  29. ^ Loyola, James (2006-07-31). "SMIC to build ferry terminal near Mall of Asia". Business stories (Manila Bulletin). 
  30. ^ "PhilEXIM unveils P135-M ferry project for Metro Manila". 24 September 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
Preceded by
SM City Clark
25th SM Supermall
Succeeded by
SM Center Pasig
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