When in Manila shopping is not at option, it is a national pastime. Malls are second homes to Filipinos primarily because the air-conditioning provides respite from the scorching and humid climate. SM Prime has proven it time and again that if you build it they will come. The anticipation is over, SM Aura Premier held its grand opening on May 17, 2013 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. SM Aura is a new upscale mall and state-of-the-art civic center with office and retail space, built by SM Prime in partnership with the City of Taguig. SM Aura 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. It was designed by Arquitectonica of Miami and mall interiors by Edge Design of Australia. SM Aura derived its name from the elements gold (AU) and radium (RA), which evokes luxury and elegance. SM Aura has 3 basement levels of parking with 1,771 parking slots.
Sarah Jessica Parker was flown in as the new face and brand ambassador of SM for her legendary status as a fashion icon and arrived in a Jaguar to cut the ribbon for the new luxe SM Deparment Store in SM Aura. SM Aura has a total floor area of 249,861 square meters for the mall and office building. The Sky Park is located on the 5th Level with its al fresco dining stands amid landscaped garden and water features. The Samsung Hall will be a dome shaped 1000 seat event hall set against a lush garden. The SM Aura chapel seats 250 people and is dedicated to San Pedro Calungsod.
The anchor tenants are SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, Foodcourt, two regular Cinemas, two Director’s Clubs and an IMAX Theater which take note is smaller than the IMAX at the SM Mall of Asia.
What new to expect:
Many global brands will have their first stores in the country at SM Aura. Among these are Suiteblanco, Stefanel, Minelli, TM Lewin and Petit Bateau for contemporary fashion; as well as Paul Boulangerie, NBA Café and the Todd English Food Hall for dining.
NBA Café is also making its first entry into the Philippines and is a restaurant to watch out for. SM Aura will also have Trattoria Chef Chris by the famed Chef Chris Locher of C! Italian Dining and My Kitchen at the Paco Park Hotel, as well as favorite foodie haunts like Lugang Café and Yabu.
SM Aura Premier
26th Street corner Mckinley Parkway
Bonifacio Global City
SM Aura Premier Grand Opening