Over the years, the Mall of Asia Complex (MoAC) has evolved from one of the largest commercial buildings in the world to a center of business in south of Metro Manila.
The interconnected commercial buildings of MoAC is now flanked by three office buildings, with the recent completion of Five E-Com Center. There is more to come for MoAC however, with the development of two more E-Com centers in the next few years. “What was once known as a mall, is now a thriving business district,” Senior Vice President of SM Prime’s Commercial Property Group David Rafael said during a media roundtable discussion at Two E-Com in Pasay City.
Despite its name, Five-Ecom Center is actually the third development in a six-building project under the E-Com name. The first two buildings: One E-com and Two E-com were completed in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
Five-Ecom Center was designed by Miami-based architectural company Arquitectonica, and has a gross floor area of 126,907 square meters, and a leasable area of approximately 88,000 square meters. The 15-level office building caters mostly to technology-based industries and business process outsourcing (BPOs) companies with Telstra, Business Switch, and Klaveness Shore Services Inc., being its high-profile tenants.
One of the office building’s amenities is the Prism Plaza. Similar to Two E-com’s Prism Plaza, Five E-com’s podium area is a combination of a landscaped deck and pond, with retail and office spaces surrounding it.
Following Five-Ecom is the 16-story Three E-com Center. It will be operational by 2017. The building’s design is inspired by the Grand Canyon. It will combine water and lighting features to set it apart from surrounding buildings. There will also be a podium level in the building dedicated to dining and entertainment establishments. Aside from its ambitious design, Three E-com will also be green and sustainable, as it will follow LEED (Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards.
Following these is Four E-com on 2018, and Six E-com on 2019.
The development of the Five E-Com center, as well as the rest of E-Com buildings at MoAC is driven by the positive growth of the BPO industry in the country. “Our commitment to contribute to the growth of our economy is firm, so much so that we are investing heavily on infrastructure to cater to the demand of the BPO sector, which is currently on a winning streak,” Rafael said.
The BPO industry reached $18.4 billion in 2014, with large and diverse demand from different global institutions driving the industry upward. “This is a clear sign that more and more players will be coming into the Philippines. These companies would require office spaces in prime and strategic locations such as the MoAC,” Rafael said.
MoAC is conveniently located near EDSA, the country’s longest avenue which connects the different cities of the Metro Manila. Just a few minutes away from MoAC is NAIA, the country’s most busy airport. Aside from being close to the gateways of Metro Manila, MoAC is also home to entertainment centers, hotels, and leisure establishments.
With all the established amenities and upcoming projects set in the pipeline, MoAC is in prime position to be the next go-to business district in Metro Manila. “MoAC is a prime destination for the business and lifestyle chasers,” Raphael said.