The SM Mall of Asia opened last May 21, 2006 at the Bay City just west of Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. We went there last Thursday to take some pictures and to snoop around for new shops. All we got back home were bags of groceries and two dozen pictures.
This mall is practically the largest in the Philippines, 2nd largest in Asia and 3rd largest in the world. It is composed of several interconnected building — the Main Mall, Entertainment Mall, and the North and South Parking buildings.
The North Parking building also hosts Dell Philippines Call Center which was inaugurated a couple months back while the Entertainment building holds the new IMAX theater (Superman Returns is in 3D so you can better appreciate it in IMAX). The theater, named as the San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX Theater would also have the largest screen in the Philippines at 22 x 30 meters, similar to the height of an eight-story building.
The place is really huge with lots of open spaces for mallers to roam around and relax. The parking spaces has a 5,000-car capacity and the total floor area is around 380,000 square meters which only dwarfs its sister-mall, the SM Megamall. There are also several service vehicles (like those golf carts) that carry people around the mall for free, however you’d have to wait for it to be filled up before it moves to its next stop.
Don’t miss the ice skating rink too!
There are still lots of empty shopping spaces around the top floors but the construction signs indicate most of them will open by mid to last week of June. My only gripe about the place is that the location maps are really hard to figure out. They tried color coding but the place is so huge, the 4-color scheme does not work. We had to ask security guards for directions all the time.