The SM Mall of Asia is a shopping mall that opened on May 21, 2006 and is the Philippines’ largest mall, surpassing its cousin, SM Megamall, and the third biggest mall in the world in terms of gross floor size. It is owned and operated by SM Prime Holdings, under the management of Henry Sy, a Filipino-Chinese business tycoon â€” regarded as one of the wealthiest men in Asia. (Forbes 2006 ranks him as the 14th richest person in southeast Asia, and “Henry Sy and family” as 74th richest person in the “Asia and Australia” region)
During its opening day on May 21, there were 1 million visitors, more than the regular visitors of Megamall and SM north combined. The next day, 400 thousand visitors came. Henry Sy says that a lot of customers came from provinces. The taipan invested 7 billion pesos in Mall of Asia’s 500 outlets, 180 restaurants and other facilities. Sy expressed that the investments manifest his strong confidence in the Philippine future.
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This globe reminds me of the United Nations. Don’t tell your friends to meet you by the globe. It’s confusing. The best feature Of SM Mall of Asia is the marina area where the breeze from Manila Bay cools restaurant diners even at 12 noon. The walkway affords one of the best views of the bay. It’s even prettier at night or when the sun sets.
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- SM Mall of Asia (October 18, 2006)
- SM Mall of Asia (June 7, 2006)
- SM Mall of Asia (may 24, 2006)
- Food stalls in SM Mall of Asia
- SM Mall of Asia Photos
- Manila Bay Sunset as seen from SM Mall of Asia
- The Manila Bay in SM Mall of Asia
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Directions to go to [tag]SM Mall of Asia[/tag]
If you’re coming from Quezon City (going south), go towards the end of Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue or EDSA crossing Taft Avenue then Roxas Boulevard. After crossing Roxas Boulevard, the road is now called Macapagal Blvd. Just continue driving towards the end of the boulevard. You won’t miss it because you will see the above-mentioned globe at the end of the boulevard.
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