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Bay City – Yet Another New City In Manila

Bay City is located in the City of Pasay. This thriving new City has risen to become one of Manila’s world-class entertainment, residential and business districts. Built on reclaimed land, Bay City has become a Vegas-style development. It features casinos as well as scores of residential buildings, hotels, shopping malls, offices, resorts, amusements parks and theatres.

A few of the main features of Bay City is Mall of Asia (MOA), drawing over 200,000 people per day to the area, along with Solaire Casino and City of Dreams (Crown) Casino. Mall of Asia (MOA), is the eleventh largest shopping mall in the world. It has everything you could imagine including Imax cinema, dozens of restaurants, ten pin bowling, amusement arcades, etc. However, it’s the surrounding area that is also very attractive.

Entertainment galore

Right next to MOA is one of my favourite places in Manila, Seaside Boulevard. Seaside Boulevard is almost two kilometres in length. It has become a very popular destination for those wanting to experience a real beach-side, boulevard-style setup. At night time, Seaside Boulevard really comes alive. There are epic sunsets, plenty of lights, regular firework displays, live local bands, buskers, amusement park and plenty of action and entertainment.

Another place to check out is The Roadhouse Manila Bay. This is a saloon-style expat bar with a US/biker theme. It makes you feel like you have stepped into a mid-western US bar. This bar is reasonably priced and has great live blues/rock bands seven nights a week. If you enjoy some good blues and rock, its well worth checking out.

World-class performances

Another nearby attraction is the Mall Of Asia Arena, which has played host to many major events including the very first UFC in the Philippines, Monster Jam Motorsport event, WWE and regularly hosting local and international music acts which have included the likes of Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Rhianna, Aerosmith, Maroon 5 and Lady Gaga to name but a few.

If you are looking for something different to the usual Makati entertainment district, then Bay City is certainly a place to consider. There really is a lot to see and do. There is a massive spectrum of entertainment to suit all sorts of people and budgets.

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The MOA boardwalk starting to come alive as the sun goes down. There is plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied. This includes an amusement park for the kids and the MOA Eye ferris wheel (pictured in the background). The latter offers great views of Manila Bay and Bay City.

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Manila Bay faces west and offers some amazing sunsets. As such, it attracts loads of people who sit along the sea wall taking in nature’s great spectacle.

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Looking north along the MOA boardwalk with the tall buildings of Pasay City in the background.

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One of the many casinos that are sprouting up in the area. I’m not a huge fan of gambling, but there is still good fun to be had at the various restaurants and nightclubs that are housed inside.

How to get there

If coming from Makati, Pasay is only 7kms, or about 30mins drive down EDSA (the traffic can get pretty bad so good luck). There are plenty of taxis available, which should cost less than P200, or you can take Uber. If coming from the airport, MOA is about 8kms from Terminal 3 of NAIA Airport.

There are also a number of buses available from the many terminals and stops from Makati, but they can get very crowded so I would recommend to take a taxi or Uber if you don’t have a car and driver.

Dezza´s Tip

I have mentioned in another section of my places to visit, Intramuros. Intramuros is only about 8kms from the MOA area, so my tip would be to visit Intramuros by day, and then head over to MOA esplanade for dinner whilst taking in the sunset, then check out some of the many live bands that play there, most times, seven nights a week.