The 42-hectare Mall of Asia (MOA) or SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City is the second biggest mall in the country and the fourth largest in the world. Situated in the southern end of EDSA at Bay City in Pasay City, the mall attracts at least 200,000 visitors daily for its IMAX theater, dining and shopping establishments, food court, supermarket and open-air entertainment mall.
The mall’s welcome icon is a multicolored bronze globe similar to that of Universal Studios Theme Parks. The mall has 20-seater trams providing free rides around the mall.
Apart from carrying the shops of both mid-range and high-end brands, MOA has a music hall that hosts concerts and events. The mall’s Imax Theater is the biggest in the country, with an eight-storey screen, 44 digital-surround speakers, and the most advanced 3D technology in the Philippines.
For kids, there is the interactive Science Discovery Center, the country’s first technology-based theme park with two floors of walk-in galleries. The SMX Convention Center, and the country’s first Olympic-size ice-skating rink, is also one of the biggest in Southeast Asia.
Shopping and dining
The mall’s San Miguel by the Bay is a dining and nightlife strip while its esplanade is the venue of the World Pyro Olympics and Lovapalooza, which broke Hungary’s Guinness World Record for the most number of kissing couples.
Since pets are allowed to walk freely only in non-air-conditioned areas, the mall has pet stations, equipped with disposal bins and free plastic bags. These stations are located in the North and South Arcade of the Entertainment Mall section. Small pets, however, can be brought inside the mall but are prohibited from roaming alone or from being tied at any corner. In case of emergency, professional assistance can be sought at the Animal House in the mall’s south wing or in Dogs & The City, located at Entertainment Mall.
For valet services, visit Ocean Drive and Seaside Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight. For package pick up convenience, deposit any package to a participating store, ask for a claim stub, and surrender the claim stub upon pick up of packages. The package pick-up service will not be responsible for any lost or damaged valuables, so it is discouraged to leave jewelry, cash, food, gadgets, and other important items.
MOA is open from Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit http://www.smmallofasia.com/moa/index.php?p=1097 for more information.
How to get there
You can go to MOA via a taxi from anywhere in Manila (flag down rate: Php30). You can also ride the LRT Line 1 or MRT, get off in EDSA Station (ticket: Php15 for LRT, various for MRT), and from there, ride a jeepney going to MOA (fare: Php7). All buses from EDSA, with placards saying “SM Mall of Asia” or “Mall of Asia,” will also stop by the mall itself. Most hotels in Manila also provide shuttle services to and fro MOA.
Allow a travel time of 30 minutes to an hour if you’re going through a taxi from anywhere in Manila, 15 to 30 minutes via taxi from the airport, an hour to one and a half hours by bus, and 30 to 45 minutes via MRT or LRT. MOA also provides a ferry service to Cavite via the Metro Star Ferry Terminal behind the SMX Convention Center.