SMX Convention Center Manila
SMX Convention Center Manila in 2023
LocationSeashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°31′55″N 120°58′53″E / 14.53194°N 120.98139°E / 14.53194; 120.98139
OwnerSMX Convention Center
(design consultant)
Jose Siao Ling and Associates
(architect of record)
OpenedNovember 5, 2007; 16 years ago (2007-11-05)
Construction cost
₱1.8 billion
Former names
MAITRADE Expo and Convention Center
Classroom-style seating
Theatre seating
Enclosed space
 • Total space46,647 square meters (502,100 sq ft)[1]
 • Exhibit hall floor17,480 square meters (188,200 sq ft)[1]
Parking400 slots[1]

The SMX Convention Center Manila, also simply known as SMX Manila, is a convention center located in Pasay, Philippines. It is the largest private venue in the Philippines for trade events, industry conventions, corporate functions, and international exhibitions. The building is located beside the SM Mall of Asia, and is considered part of the Mall of Asia Complex. It is owned by the company of the same name. It can fit approximately 6,000 people.


Work on the construction of the SMX Convention Center, then known as the MAITRADE Expo and Convention Center, began with the groundbreaking ceremony held on March 23, 2006.[2] The cement pouring ceremony was held a few months later on September 21 of the same year.[3]

The SMX Convention Center was opened on November 5, 2007. It was constructed at a cost of 1.8 billion.[4]


Flag poles in front of SMX Convention Center Manila

The SMX Convention Center Manila has 4 exhibition halls, 5 function rooms, and 14 meeting rooms, with 21,000 m2 (230,000 sq ft) of leasable space. It is suitable for many events.[5] It is designed by the architect Jose Siao Ling, who maximized the use of space, giving exhibitors flexibility, and options in terms of their specific area requirements.

Exhibition halls, located on the ground level, occupy a total floor area of 9,130 m2 (98,300 sq ft) with a combined capacity of up to 10,240. On the second level, the function rooms occupy a total floor area of 7,100 m2 (76,000 sq ft) with a combined capacity of up to 9,408, while the meeting rooms span a combined area of 950 m2 (10,200 sq ft), each accommodating capacities ranging from 12 to 112.[6] SMX Convention Center Manila also has a basement parking that can accommodate 400 cars, with an entrance on Coral Way and an exit on Marina Way. Commercial shops are located along the perimeter, specifically at the ground level and mezzanine. Truck bays are situated at the back, along Ocean Drive.

Bridgeways on the mezzanine connect SMX Convention Center Manila to SM Mall of Asia's south parking building, S Maison at Conrad Manila's podium, MOA Square, and National University MOA, respectively.[7]


Main article: List of entertainment events at the SM Mall of Asia complex § SMX Convention Center Manila

Since its opening in November 2007, the SMX Convention Center Manila has held some of the largest trade events in the country, including CITEM's Manila FAME International, International Food and Beverage Expo, Global Link MP's China Products Exhibition, Manufacturing Technology World Series, and Primetrade Asia's Manila International Book Fair. The ASEAN Tourism Investment Forum 2008 and the 8th International Conference of Asian Clinical Oncology Society were also held in the SMX Convention Center.

SMX Manila is the main venue of Cosplay Mania's series of events since 2010, after their initial tenure at the Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall. It is also the venue of Bo Sanchez's Feast Conference since 2012, when it was previously known as the Kerygma Conference.[8]

On November 28 and 29, 2011, the 5th National G12 Conference was held in the SMX. The event used all four exhibit halls and the function rooms. With almost 20,000 guests, the event exceeded the typical capacity of the Convention Center of 12,000. The four halls were converted into one huge space.

On November 12, 2017, the Gala Dinner of the 31st ASEAN Summit was held in the SMX.[9]

On March 24 and 25, 2018, ComicCon Asia was held in SMX.

In addition to exhibitions and conventions, the Convention Center it can accommodate other events and concerts. In August 2008 international artist Alicia Keys' As I Am Tour and the grand finale of GMA Network's Pinoy Idol were held at the convention center.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "SMX Manila Brochure" (PDF). SMX Convention Center. 2019. Retrieved April 27, 2024.
  2. ^ "SMIC builds expo center". The Philippine Star. March 31, 2006. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "SM forays into largest private convention, exhibition facility". GMA News. October 4, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Dela Peña, Zinnia (November 6, 2007). "SMX Convention Center opens at MOA". The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "Overview". SMX Convention Center. May 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "SMX Manila". SMX Convention Center. Retrieved April 27, 2024.
  7. ^ "SM Investments Gears up for the uptrend in property". Business stories. SM Investments Corporation. June 20, 2006. Archived from the original on September 20, 2007. Retrieved July 22, 2007.
  8. ^ "Kerygma Conference 2012". The Feast. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  9. ^ "Schedule of Activities: ASEAN Summit, November 12-14, 2017". Rappler. November 10, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2022.