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Mall Of Asia Arena (MOA) : Fast Facts of 65th Miss Universe Pageant Venue

“The Miss Universe beauty pageant will be on January 30, 2017 here in the Philippines. We have a President who comes from Mindanao and our Miss Universe is from Mindanao so I think it is the best time for us to do Miss Universe in the Philippines.”
 - Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo

The Department of Tourism (DOT) headed by Secretary Wanda Teo  confirmed the Philippines will host the next edition of the prestigious Miss Universe pageant. The pageant will be held on January 30, 2017, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

video credit to TV Patrol/ ABS-CBN

At the morning of July 21, the Miss Universe 1974 was held for the first time at the then newly constructed Folk Arts Theater.  It was the first time in the  history that the beauty  event was held in Asia. The Folk Arts Theater is big: it has a capacity of 8,458 divided into ten sections.

Amparo Munoz of Spain, Miss Universe 1974/ Folk Arts Theater

It was staged again here in the Philippines at the PICC (Philippine Convention Center) in 1994. Sushmita Sen of India declared as the queen. The Philippine International Convention Center is Asia's first purpose-built convention facility. The Plenary Hall is the PICC's so-called "jewel in the crown", with a seating capacity of up to 4,000 people on two levels, plus a third lounge level for VIPs.

Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994 of India / PICC

Next Stop : Mall of Asia Arena
Mall of Asia Arena is an indoor arena within the SM Mall of Asia complex, in Pasay, Philippines. It has a seating capacity of 15,000 for sporting events, and a full house capacity of 20,000. The Arena officially opened on June 16, 2012. It has retractable seats and a 2,000-capacity car park building.

** The arena opened on May 21, 2012, almost two years after construction began in 2010. The structure was built at a cost of approximately P3.6 billion.

** The design of the arena was based off of several different arenas from the US.  They got the best quality from each arena and put it here. It is equipped with 10 elevators and 34 escalators, plus special access lanes for persons with disabilities.

** Both the mall and the arena were developed and are owned by the SM Group of businessman Henry Sy.

** The indoor arena is also furnished with professional-grade and high-resolution CCTV cameras from supplier Mobotix, the same company that armed the Vatican Apostolic Library with security cameras.

** The arena has an eye-shaped exterior, which the developers explained was a symbolism of the arena’s aim to bring “feast for the eye” events to its audience.

Here are list of entertainers who have performed at the Mall of Asia Arena :

* Lady Gaga held the first concerts at the arena with her two night sold-out concert for her Born This Way Ball tour on May 21–22, 2012.

* Several other international artists have performed at the arena, including The Script, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Zedd, Avicii, Bruno Mars, Aerosmith, Paramore, Pitbull, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Linkin Park, The Vamps, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Chris Brown, One Ok Rock, Super Junior, BTS, EXO and 5 Seconds of Summer.

* Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour concert last February 24–25, 2016 had the highest ticket prices of any concert in the Philippines with an average cost of P34,913.

* Regine Velasquez was the first local artist to perform at the arena, while Darren Espanto was the youngest artist to hold a solo show at the arena at age 14.
One Ok Rock is the first Japanese artist to headline a show in the arena, while EXO was the first Korean artist to perform in the arena for two nights.

* The Mall of Asia Arena served as the main venue for the Encounter with the Families event, led by Pope Francis during his papal visit to the Philippines on January 16, 2015. The event was a dialogue between Pope Francis and an audience of families.

* On November 18, 2015, the Mall of Asia Arena served as the venue for the welcome dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino III for the visiting economic leaders participating at the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting

This would be  the first Miss Universe event to be held outside United States under new management of  WME/IMG.

SOURCES: Mall of Asia Arena website,,, wikipedia, 
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