It was a rainy Sunday afternoon on the first weekend of July. The C5 going to Bonifacio Global City was bit deserted from vehicles. And it was fun to drive my car. Upon arriving at the BGC, traffic becomes more imminent. Our destination was SM Aura Premier. A shopping mall by the SM Prime Holdings located along McKinley Parkway and C5 Road corner 26th Street in the BGC, Metro Manila.
SM Prime Holdings is the country's largest mall developer. SM Aura is the 13th SM Supermall in Metro Manila and 47th SM Prime mall in the Philippines. The shopping center is situated near its rival mall Market! Market!, owned by Ayala Malls, a real estate subsidiary of Ayala Land.
SM Aura name is derived from the two elements gold (which has the chemical symbol Au) and radium. According to SM Prime putting them together defines “luxury and elegance that emanates from within.”
We went to the roof-top where the botanical garden, the 1,000-seat Samsung Hall and the 250-seat Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod are located. The mass at the chapel was about to start and we while away at the botanical garden. As it was Sunday, the church was crowded with churchgoers. We could not secure seats for us. And we decided to have a dinner first at the food court in the fifth floor.
The development of SM Aura Premier includes the SkyPark, a multi-level green roof which apart from its environmental advantages, also provides a much needed green and communal space in Metro Manila’s dense cityscape. It contains al fresco bars & restaurants at the fifth floor.
Aside from shops and F&B outlets, the mall also includes its anchor tenants The SM Store and SM Supermarket, SMX Convention Center, Food on Four, 2 regular Cinemas, 2 Director’s Club facilities and an IMAX Theater.
Designed by Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica, the structure will be a basic “dumbbell” arrangement determined by the narrow site, with the main entry at the north corner, and the office tower located at the southern end. The main vehicular drop-off is provided on the western side, with taxi stations on the first basement, accessed from the lower, eastern road.