Gateway to the Philippines, Pasay City was once a small farming village; now, it is a busy hub of commerce and culture. As a mix of cultural center and business quarters, the city attracts both art enthusiasts and business travelers, and is defined by a spirit of fun-loving. This makes Pasay City event venues fun and imaginative.
The fastest way to Pasay is by taking a flight to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on the city's borders, serving the Metro Manila area. The airport receives carriers from major domestic locations, and also connects the region to Asian and Middle Eastern destinations including Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Dubai.
Pasay City event venues include Asia's first international convention center, the 70,000-square-meter Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), among others. PICC has five buildings and has hosted major international conferences and political delegations. It has a reception hall for 5,000 persons, a 3,175-square-meter plenary hall for 4,000 persons, and an outdoor facility for up to 1,000 persons. Elsewhere, the privately owned, 46,647-square-meter SMX Convention Center has a capacity of four exhibition halls across 9,130 square meters that can accommodate 10,300 persons and its 14 meeting rooms can be customized for groups as small as 10. The World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) is a world-class convention venue with 11,300 square meters of exhibition space that can accommodate up to 14,000 persons.
Hotel venues include the 609-room Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, which has 17 meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 2,000 persons. The 342-room Manila Marriott Hotel in Pasay has 1,142 square meters of total meeting space, 10 meeting rooms, and a 916-square-meter ballroom, accommodating 990 persons. The 312-room Hotel Jen Manila accommodates up to 600 persons in the 641-square-meter ballroom.
An evening of traditional Filipino folk dances can be organized alongside dinner to showcase a typical “barrio fiesta,” with native costumes and ceremonial dancing. A day-long sightseeing tour of Pasay could begin with a visit to the Cultural Center of the Philippines to explore the octagonal Coconut Palace; groups can then proceed to the "Walled City" of Intramuros to see church ruins and relics of Spanish architecture, culminating with a visit to an old fortress at Fort Santiago. A sunset cruise along the shores of Manila Bay is a great way to view the city's lit-up skyline and can be arranged as a group event for participants and spouses.