Quickie Tour: SM Mall of Asia and its Arena

It’s been quite a while since I was last at the SM Mall of Asia, and like with other business centers in the country the development in the area is going full throttle.  Among the most prominent structures under construction is the SM Mall of Asia Arena.  Here are some pictures from my quick tour of the area:

SM Mall of Asia Arena

The SM Mall of Asia Arena under construction

It was a Sunday and a mall-wide sale was on-going when I was in the area so you can just imagine how many people crowded the huge compound.  I was there ironically not for shopping, but instead for a product launching.  Afterwards, I started my “photowalk” to see the many changes in the area.

Of course SM Mall of Asia is known for being mostly outdoor-oriented

With nice bridges connecting the mall buildings

Even the main mall is having face-lifts

Isn’t it obvious which company resides here? 🙂

Where to?

The One E-com Center: one of my favorite spots in the area because it houses a branch of my gym which is practically my home away from home 🙂

The Philippines’ first IMAX Theater

One E-com’s new neighbor

At the bayfront

In fairness, the bay is “clean” although there’s not much to see but rocks

Food lines up the bayfront, perfect after running 🙂

This one was unexpected: there’s a zipline!

Another view of the zipline: it’s the lowest and slowest one I’ve ever seen but it’s good enough

This one is called “Aray Ko, Galing Ko”

I have no idea what this is

Some Segway-looking transporter

The back of SMX Convention Center

...home to numerous conventions

Residential condominiums rising in front of the mall compound

The globe in front of the mall which also marks the end of EDSA Extension, as seen from the SMX side

The SM Mall of Asia Arena in front of SMX, under construction

How it would look like once completed next year

The garden at the front of the mall

One of the iconic designs of the SM Mall of Asia

The SM Mall of Asia is one of the best places to run in the Metro, and like its Bonifacio High Street counterpart, fast development is compromising our running routes here.  Already, the area gets crowded at times, but it’s still definitely one of the best places to eat after a good run!

The SM Mall of Asia Arena would be a good addition to our aging concert venues.  Could it be the end of open air concerts in the area?  I guess we won’t know until 2012.

With the construction of another indoor stadium, it made me wonder, when will we see a stadium oriented for sports?  I doubt that the Mall of Asia Arena will have an indoor track, and there’s really not much space in the metropolis dedicated to sports.  I hope that in the future, some private entities also consider investing in these infrastructures.  We can’t really encourage people to get fit if we don’t have facilities that allow them to do so.

9 Responses to “Quickie Tour: SM Mall of Asia and its Arena”

  1. 2011-09-26 at 10:15 AM

    Tagal ko na hindi namasyal sa MOA.. Ang dami ng bago! Will bring Sky there on a weekday kapag walang tao 😀

  2. 2 Sey
    2011-09-26 at 12:48 PM

    Arena? I love how it would look like once it’s finally done. But what I like are the transporters…I wanna try one. natawa ako sa aray ko galing ko..anu kaya meaning nun?

  3. 3 rah
    2011-09-26 at 1:18 PM

    kahit lakad lang sa buong MOA, work out na maituturing. 🙂 nice photos, Photo walk and photo running is the best. 😀

  4. 2011-09-26 at 1:34 PM

    @HuggingFit Mum: Avoid weekends! 😀
    @Sey: It’s commissioned by Alaxan, though the one at the center kinda looks like the Hulk 🙂
    @rah: Of all the people there during mall hours, photowalks are all you can do at the bayside

  5. 5 Jun
    2011-10-02 at 9:18 PM

    Thanks for sharing these photos, I really miss philippines. Ang sarap mag bakasyon

  6. 2012-04-25 at 3:54 PM

    Ano pong sasakyan papnta sa ARENA

  7. 8 manuelskie13
    2012-05-12 at 11:05 PM

    mag kadikit lng ang mall of asia at arena kz dun nag work pintor hhehehhe

  8. 9 ariel chriz
    2012-05-20 at 5:19 PM

    ayos sarap manood ng basketball ska concert jan….:)

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