Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena: Lady Gaga Concert & UAAP Basketball.

After uploading a few photos on Facebook, I received a few questions about the new Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.

At first, I was a bit hesitant to write about it because I don't want my non-Filipino readers to think that the Philippines is outdated. Aside from being my personal outlet, I use my blog to promote Philippine tourism as much as I can! But I realized that in terms of venues, it's true. Before, there was only the Smart-Araneta coliseum for big events, already decades old and very worn out. But now, we have the MOA Arena, the first venue in Southeast Asia to have private deluxe rooms called the corporate suites (similar to the luxury boxes in the United States). Rumor has it that the rent for these suites is P12M/$300,000 a year!

And since everyone's curious about the place, might as well post an entry about it. I've been there only twice -- during the Lady Gaga concert last May and the UAAP game last weekend.

The Lady Gaga Concert
May 2012

If I'm not mistaken, Lady Gaga was the first to hold a concert at the MOA Arena. This event created quite a stir here because of the highly-conservative groups that were of the opinion that Lady Gaga was promoting devil worship through her song "Judas".

VIP Patron tickets to the concert cost around P15,995/$360 each but ours were actually just a birthday gift from a really good friend. Thanks to her, at least I got to celebrate my birthday this year (I was in the hospital the whole of my birthday week).

Mosh pit (VIP Patron) ticket holders get a loot bag from the sponsors.

The guy giving them away told me to check my loot bag because there was some kind of promotion and the grand prize (a mobile phone) will be hidden in one of the bags. I peered and saw... A shirt ;)

Before entering the doors of the main area, I wasn't expecting to be wowed.

But I was! Even speechless! The production was amazing.

Regardless of what others have been saying about her, Lady Gaga is a really good performer. Hands down.

T taking videos of the concert with my iPhone, when his Flip ran out of battery.

With my good friend and distant cousin Waldo Bautista (now head writer of ABS-CBN's X-Factor, naks!) and his pretty girlfriend and also a batchmate of mine from highschool, Jen Soliman.

With one of my bestfriends in college, Ara Sam. Yes, that's her last name. Cute no? :)

We all had a great time. Can't wait to watch another show there!

July 2012

Since we were really young, my sister and I would religiously watch the UAAP (college basketball) and NBA games. Years later, we rarely followed the NBA, but our love for the UAAP remained.

Games for today:
3pm - De La Salle University (DLSU) vs University of the Philippines (UP)
5pm - Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) vs Adamson University (ADU)

Guys are saying that the MOA Arena reminded them of Staples Center in LA.

Bringing of food from the outside is prohibited. But it's ok because they have a snack bar inside. The corndog is really good, a bit salty but I like it.

There's also a Starbucks and few other food establishments.

We were seated at the UP side. But had really good seats so no one was complaining :)

Again I was wowed.

I wore green flats while Syg wore white, to show support for the DLSU Green Archers.

Let the games begin!

I love our floor seats because no one can stand in front of us and block our view (which is very common during basketball games).

Half time! The DLSU Pep Squad.

It's UP's turn next. I've always admired the UP Pep Squad.

When UP was catching up to DLSU, Ateneo started cheering for UP. For my non-Filipino readers, the DLSU and Ateneo rivalry goes waaay back. Maybe even before I was born! So they'll cheer for any team playing against DLSU, and vice versa.

DLSU won over UP.

The UP Maroons singing their alma mater. I wasn't able to take a photo of the DLSU Green Archers singing theirs because I was singing along with them.

A few of us stayed for the next game, Ateneo vs Adamson. To return the favor, the DLSU crowd stayed as well ;)

Ateneo dominated most of the patron seats while Adamson stayed at the upper areas and was confined to this corner. Hmm. So much for equal ticket selling ;)

Ateneo won over the Adamson.

So there's my sneak peek of the new MOA Arena. To my Filipino readers, I hope you'll all get to see it soon. You'll be amazed! Can't wait til my next MOA Arena experience!

More Quick Facts About the Mall of Asia Arena
(Source: MOA Arena's Official Website)
- Seating capacity of 15,000 and a full-house capacity of 20,000.
- Robbins floorings, eight-sided, center-hung scoreboards by Daktroniks, retractable Spalding basketball goals and an LED ribbon boards—all of NBA standards.
- CCTV cameras provided by Mobotix, the same company that equips the Vatican Apostolic Library at the Vatican with professional-grade, high-resolution security devices.
- Four dug-outs, a mess hall for an event’s technical team, a room exclusive for press conferences and even a special area for meet-and-greet affairs (this is to comply with international standards).
- More than 2,000 parking spaces located on the south side of the mall, with an additional 1,400 more accessible at the neighboring Mall of Asia Arena Annex (MAAX) building (this is so important which the Smart-Araneta Coliseum doesn't have!).
- PWD access and smoking lounges in all floors


  1. Yeah, we shall watch another concert there soon!!!!

  2. Hi, I haven't watched a concert in MOA Arena. I just want to get tips on what seat to get. I'm torned between Patron (standing) or Lower Box (reserved seating). And is professional cameras allowed? or digital cameras?

    Hope to hear from you.


  3. LIZ. Hi Liz! What concert are you watching? Because it depends on the set-up. Not all concerts have standing for patron. Some have seats. But for the 2 concerts that I attended, Lady Gaga and David Guetta, patron was a good choice (even if it were standing) because we could dance and move around. I'd always prefer patron (standing or not) because it's closest.

    Re: camera.. According to the sign outside, professional cameras are not allowed. Digital cameras are ok. I brought in a mini DSLR though and they let me in.

    Food is definitely not allowed so don't buy outside. There's plenty of food inside anyway :)

    I hope this helps!

  4. You're one busy lady but I love that you can still squeeze in fun time with friends and loved ones! :)

  5. Hello. Wanna ask about your Lady Gaga experience, since you were at the VIP standing. What time did you arrive? And how long was the line?


  6. yes was wondering about the vip standing thing too. is it crowded. can kids still see the stage?

  7. DUJU. I arrived late so there wasn't any line anymore.

    BARBS. If it's a standing VIP Area, probably no. Imagine being on a field, the view's like that :)


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