SM inaugurates huge complex at Global City


MANILA, Philippines—Tycoon Henry’s Sy’s SM Prime Holdings has debuted in Bonifacio Global City with the launch of SM Aura, a state-of-the-art civic center with office and retail space that was built as a partnership with the City of Taguig.

SM Aura, which has a gross floor area of 234,892 square meters, is an integrated development that incorporates office towers, a chapel, a convention center, and a mini-coliseum, supported by a retail podium with an upscale look and feel.

“We are glad to be given this opportunity to work with the city of Taguig in building a state-of-the-art civic center which will redefine the city’s landscape. We support Taguig’s bid to be a world-class city as SM Aura is an innovative concept with its fashion, dining, entertainment, business and lifestyle selections and ground-breaking architecture and first-rate design that will appeal to other cities that want to showcase their best for the world to see,” SM Prime president Hans Sy said in a press statement on Thursday, during the blessing of the new structure.

With this new complex, the SM group said it aimed to transform Taguig’s town center into a “landmark and prestigious address, showcasing the best in building design and environmental sustainability, with superior engineering, cutting-edge technology and modern facilities for conventions, exhibits and other community events.”

SM Aura also aims to be one of the first civic centers in the country to be certified Gold under the US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, an internationally recognized green building program established in 135 countries.

Designed by the Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica, the design of this building forms three curvilinear ribbons evocative of a tree extending its roots. Each ribbon is subdivided to form large staggered windows at the northern end. At the southern end, the three ribbons turn vertically to form the office towers, with each ribbon being slightly angled and finishing at different levels.

A dome-shaped, state-of-the-art, 1,000-seat event hall to be named “Samsung Hall” will serve as a  venue for concerts, stage performances, plays, and product launches. A modern arched structure forms the roof of The Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod, which can seat 250 people.

For anchor tenants, the civic center has SM Department Store and SM Supermarket, as well as the Trade Hall, Foodcourt, two regular Cinemas, two Director’s Clubs and an IMAX Theater. It will also house a convention center that has three main function rooms and eight meeting rooms.

NBA Café is also making its first entry into the Philippines in this structure. SM Aura will also have Trattoria Chef Chris of the famed My Kitchen By Chef Chris at Paco Park, as well as well-known restaurant brands like Lugang Café and Yabu.

In cooperation with Manila Hotel, SM Aura also plans to bring in the Champagne Room at the terrace of SM Aura’s Sky Park, a favorite venue for elegant gatherings and celebrations.

Aside from the NBA Café, Boulangerie Paul, and Todd English Food Hall will be making their debut at SM Aura. To enhance the shopping experience, SM Aura will also provide a host of global brands opening in the Philippines for the first time such as Suiteblanco, Stefanel, Minelli, TM Lewin, J. Lindberg, B.B. Dakota and River Island for fashion.

“SM Prime, through SM Aura, has a remarkable opportunity to lead the shift to sustainability in buildings. SM Aura has set a higher standard with high performance technologies that use less energy, consume less water, and leave a smaller footprint on the city’s resources,” Sy said.

Pollution and waste are reduced from construction activities by controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation, the company said. A large green roof is seen to reduce the structure’s heat island effect, as well as provide occupants with landscaped recreational areas consisting of various plant species. All waste water will be treated on site and can be reused for non-potable purposes. A third of the construction materials budget is allocated for building products that are either locally sourced or have high recycled content.

SM Prime also announced that the building would maintain “superior indoor environmental quality through enhanced ventilation and the use of low emitting materials.” Use of energy and water use is seen being reduced by as much as 19 percent and 30 percent respectively compared with conventional buildings through a “high performance building enclosure, and efficient equipment and fixtures.”

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  • upupperclassman

    SM thinks it is too big to be able to build its malls anywhere without consideration of environmental and traffic factors. This is how it managed to build a monstrous structure on property donated by BCDA to Taguig City for open space and civic center. Now SM Aura wants to be considered a legitimate part of Fort Global City coming in through the back door. BCDA and Ayala by all means should stop this otherwise the monstrous traffic will bring miseries to people living near the area.


      inggit ka lang.. typical crab.. magsumikap ka.. para yumaman ka!

      • upupperclassman

        Mayaman na ako. D ko kailangan and trapik at gulo dala ng SM Aura.


        LOL.. obviously di ka pa mayaman.. kung talagang mayaman ka, eh di sana nag helicopter ka para walang traffic.. di ko alam kung dapat akong maawa or matawa sayo LOL

      • upupperclassman

        Mabuti umiyak ka nalang. Kawawa ka kulang sa pansin.


        LOL ikaw yata ang kulang sa pansin.. Self declared upperclassman haha.. Ikaw yata ung tipong nagkaroon lang ng 1million pesos akala na kung sino lol

  • common_juan

    Nang dahil sa awayan ng mga naglalakihang businessmen & government agencies dyan sa lupa na yan, sobrang grabe ang traffic na nilikha. Ganyan talaga pag awayan sa lupa, buong Pilipinas madadamay.

    Kung sa ibang bansa pa yan bibitayin na kayo sa sobrang pagkagahaman nyo dyan. Iikot kapa sa malayong lugar para lang makalabas ka ng EDSA. Interest ng taong bayan ang nasasakripisyo nang dahil sa inyo.

  • eight_log

    In partnership with Taguig City … ano kaya ang ibig sabihin nito? After 20 years the property belongs to Sy and company? Bakit hindi ninyo isa publico ang contrata para magkalinawagan????

  • go88

    That’s where OFW remittances go … into the tsekwa mall, if there is extra money into intsik made crappy condos … it’s fun to be an intsik in the Philippines. OFWs get worked to death abroad, beho stay in the Philippines and collect slave money ….

    Don’t expect this situation changing as long as inutil chinese of haciendero origin get elected.


      well what can you do? you need tsekwa mall because tsekwa knows how to conduct business and attract customers… unlike you and fellow OFWs na modern day slaves of foreigners.. this situation will never change no matter what president.. because you are too $tupid to know that the problem is YOU yourself! we are living in a globalized world na po kabayan.. ang daming pinoy sa US or Canada.. some were able to make it big.. eh ikaw, reklamo pa rin ng reklemo, sinisisi ang pagkaLOSER mo sa tsekwa or inutil nating presidente.. i agree inutil nga sya, but i never DEPENDED my success on him or on anyone.. i depend on my hardwork.. kaya namumudmod ako ngayon sa pera. LOL

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