These 12 venues have been popular choices for some of the biggest conferences, trade shows, and exhibitions in the country.
Month after month, conventions, exhibitions, trade shows, and fairs are held within Metro Manila, proving that the country’s Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) industry is strong. The local and international events transcend various business and social interests, and all of them have specific venue requirements for successful execution, a need that has inspired developers to respond with convention and trade halls equipped with different amenities. Likewise, even decades-old venues are upping their spatial offerings to ensure guests’ comfort and safety.
For companies seeking a conference hall for their next business convention or clothing brands in need of a fashion show venue, here are the 12 top large-scale convention venues in Metro Manila worth considering.
The SGV Conference Room at ACCM. Photo via accm.aim.edu
AIM Conference Center Manila (ACCM)
Benavidez Street, Legaspi Village, Makati
ACCM is the flagship conference venue of the Asian Institute of Management, a pioneering institution on international management education. The venue sits right inside the campus, and is also built with over 100 guestrooms, making it an ideal venue for conventions to be attended by frequently traveling businessmen.
ACCM has two caserooms—the 210-sqm Security Bank Caseroom and the 187.5-sqm Don Jose Yulo Caseroom—that can hold from 75 to 80 people in classroom seating. A total of 16 smaller event venues called Flat Rooms can also be found on site: the smallest is the 39-sqm Uytengsu Room with a capacity of 30 in a cocktail setup; and the largest is the 249-sqm JV Del Rosario Room 2–5 that can be occupied by up to 200 in a cocktail setup.
The GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium. Photo via ac.upd.edu.ph
Magsaysay Ave. corner Katipunan Ave., University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
Established in 1955, the Asian Center is primarily an educational facility and UP Diliman’s sole unit with a regional area of specification, particularly in Asian and Philippine studies. It houses the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, as well as four exhibition halls (ASEAN Hall, Philippines Hall, Japan Hall, and China Hall), all of which can be rented for conferences, lectures, and art exhibits.
The GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium has a floor area of 23 m x 15 m excluding the stage, and a capacity of 460 guests. Renting the venue costs Php27,500 for the first three hours, and Php5,300 for every succeeding hour or fraction thereof. The ASEAN and Philippines Halls, which measure 70 sqm each, can be rented for Php7,000 each per day or a fraction thereof. Japan and China Halls, which are slightly larger at 80 sqm each, are available for Php8,000 each per day or a fraction thereof.
MK Tan Hall at Bayanihan Center. Photo via bayanihaneventscenter.com.ph
8008 Pioneer St., Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig
The Bayanihan Center was built in 2008 by pharmaceutical brand United Laboratories Inc. (UNILAB) as a solution for their need to larger and more equipped venues for meetings and other company events. Initially exclusive for UNILAB events, it was opened for public use in 2010.
The Bayanihan Center has three main halls—JY Campos Halls A and B (which can be combined) and MK Tan Hall—named after UNILAB’s founders, and all three have various capacities depending on the chosen setup. JY Campos Hall A has a floor area of 416 sqm and a capacity of up to 350 in a theater setup, while Hall B is 356 sqm in size and can accommodate about 150 in a banquet setup. MK Tan Hall’s floor area of 454 sqm can fit 150 people in a classroom setup.
Also within the premises are the Bayanihan Conference Rooms and Annex Conference Rooms—13 in all—ranging in size from 40 sqm to 237 sqm.
Le Pavilion. Photo via Facebook Page
Metropolitan Park, EDSA corner Roxas Blvd., Pasay
The 1,500-sqm Le Pavillon is one of two premier event venues built by local real estate developer Federal Land (the other being the 300-sqm Le Park). In a theater or classroom setup, Le Pavillon can accommodate up to 1,500 people. The tent-like venue is also built with a 250-sqm lobby as well as a 300-sqm bricked area. It has been the site of such events as the SuperSale Bazaar 2015, 3rd REBAP National General Membership Meeting, and the First Philippine Airport Modernization and Expansion Fair in 2016.
Le Pavillon can be rented as a whole starting at Php120,000 for up to 700 guests, or as half a venue starting at Php75,000 for a maximum of 350 guests. The tent is fully air-conditioned, and is also equipped with a full-serviced kitchen, a stage, and dressing rooms.
Megatrade Hall. Photo via smxconventioncenter.com
SM Megamall, EDSA, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Situated at the fifth floor of SM Megamall, Megatrade Hall spans over 4,000 sqm and is one of the first trade halls in the Philippines. It contains three combinable function rooms that can accommodate up to 3,878 people as well as two function halls that can fit up to 336, totaling a capacity of about 4,214 guests.
The 1,348-sqm Megatrade Hall 1 can fit 143 2 m x 2 m booths; Hall 2 is 1,610 sqm in size and can accommodate 169 booths sized 2 m x 2 m; and 126 2 m x 2 m booths can be set up in the 920-sqm Hall C. Combined, the three halls can fit 455 2 m x 2 m booths. Function Room A is 110 sqm and sits 100 people theater-style, while the 226-sqm Function Room B can handle 300 guests in the same setup. When joined, a total of 500 people can fit in theater seating.
As a fully equipped function hall, Megatrade Hall has a lobby, Wi-Fi connectivity, and pantry and storage areas.
National Museum of the Philippines
Padre Burgos Drive, Manila
Primarily serving as the country’s cache for historical and cultural artifacts, the National Museum also leases out various parts of its facility for both educational (conferences, trainings, workshops, seminars, etc.) and non-educational (tapings, photoshoots, concerts, etc.) purposes.
While government offices and non-government organizations (NGOs) are free to host events at the National Museum, private or commercial institutions are required to pay for its use depending on the area to be rented. The exterior area of the museum can be rented for Php50,000, while events can be held inside for Php100,000. The planetarium carries a rental fee od Php20,000, and the regional branches can host special events for Php30,000. Conference rooms are also available to the public for various activities.
The Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Michael Francis McCarthy via Flickr Creative Commons
Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
Vicente Sotto St., Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex, Pasay
Formally opened in 1975, the PICC is one of Asia Pacific’s most prestigious and versatile event places, having hosted various political summits and medical conventions, as well as concerts by renowned international artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, the Bolshoi Ballet, and Burt Bacharach.
Designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin, the PICC spans 70,000 sqm and comprises five building modules: the Delegation Building, which contains 12 meeting rooms, two banquet halls, and two corporate boardrooms; Secretariat Building, which contains meeting rooms, a banquet hall, exhibition areas, a restaurant, and a cafeteria; Plenary Hall, a 3,175-sqm theater with a 3,500-person capacity; Reception Hall, which has red carpeting, chandeliers, and a permanent stage with a capacity of up to 5,000; and The Forum, a 4,000-sqm multi-purpose facility that can accommodate up to 3,000 people. The site, which is a Wi-Fi zone, is also built to accommodate up to 400 vehicles, has high-tech security, and adapts practices environmental consciousness through efforts such as energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste management.
Philippine Trade Training Center. Photo via the PTTC Facebook page
Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC)
Gil J. Puyat Ave. corner Roxas Blvd., Pasay
Managed by the Department of Trade and Industry, the PTTC is a government-owned facility founded in 1987 through Executive Order No. 133. Aside from being a training venue that offers various programs like entrepreneurship, export management, and quality and productivity, the PTTC also serves as a venue for trade fairs and other business-related events.
PTTC houses three Exhibition Halls and a Main Lobby, as well as six seminar rooms. Past events include Philconstruct Manila, a construction exposition show; Green Breakthroughs 2015, a conference on sustainability that coincided with the launch of the Philippine Green Building Code; and the biannual design and lifestyle event Manila FAME.
SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia. Photo by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikimedia Commons
SMX Convention Center
Seaside Blvd., Mall of Asia of Complex, Pasay
A project by local real estate giant SM Prime, the SMX Convention Center is considered as one of the pioneering establishments in the country’s MICE industry. Totaling 21,000 sqm of leasable space that can accommodate up to 18,000 people, it is composed of four purpose-built halls, five function rooms, and 14 meeting rooms.
When combined, the four purpose-built halls have an overall floor area of 9,130 sqm and can accommodate up to 10,300 guests in a theater setup. The five function rooms can also be combined for a total of 7,100 sqm that can fit up to 8,200 in theater-style seating. The meeting rooms range in size from 24 sqm for small gatherings of up to 12 in a theater setup, to 235 for larger events of 270 attendees in theater seating.
SMX Convention Center Taguig. Photo via smxconventioncenter.com
SMX Convention Center Taguig
SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Launched in 2013, SMX Convention Center Taguig (or SMX Aura) spans 6,148 sqm, with a total leasable space of 3,137 sqm that can be occupied by up to 2,250. It contains three function rooms and eight meeting rooms, all of which can be found at the third and fourth levels of SM Aura Premier.
The function rooms can be combined to form a 2,202-sqm event area that can hold a total of 1,870 people in theater-style seating. The meeting rooms, each of which can hold anywhere between 55 to 218 people in a theater setup, can be combined in a number of ways to accommodate up to 241 guests.
The Filinvest Tent. Photo via The Filinvest Tent Facebook page
The Filinvest Tent
Commerce Avenue cor. Spectrum Midway, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Launched in 2012, The Filinvest Tent is built by Filinvest Land right in the developer’s 244-hectare master-planned community Filinvest City. Spanning 2,000 sqm and divisible into two halls, this air-conditioned venue is designed as a canopied ballroom that can host events ranging from business conventions to trade fairs to product launches. Past large-scale events held at The Filinvest Tent include GRIP 2013, a custom cars exhibition; the Gourmet Food Fair in 2013; and the Natural and Organic Product Expo in 2015.
Along with the two combinable activity areas, The Filinvest Tent also has a 400-sqm pre-function and registration area, a VIP lounge, a canopied driveway, and outdoor gardens.
World Trade Center Metro Manila. Photo via WTCMM Facebook page
World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM)
Gil Puyat Ave. Extension corner Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay
Occupying a total of 33,700 sqm gross area, the WTCMM is composed of 12,700 sqm of indoor space and 21,000 sqm of gated outdoor space. Some of the most popular events held at the venue are the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) and the World Food Expo, and it was also used as the International Media Center for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Philippines 2015.
The WTCMM’s Exhibit Hall A–C has a total floor area of 10,810 sqm, an exhibit area of 8,300 sqm, and a pre-function lobby space of 1,200 sqm. The 3,000-sqm Hall D is designed with a pre-function lobby of 300 sqm. The venue also has four function rooms ranging in size from 95 sqm to 140 sqm. The largest, Function Rooms 1 and 2, can accommodate between 126 and 130 guests in a theater setup. In theater-style seating, smallest function room (Function Room 4) can accommodate 102 people. For outdoor events, WTC provides a gated area that spans 8,200 sqm.
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