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I have been to SM MOA probably twice or thrice before. I usually go there for bowling or to watch a movie. When my friend booked tickets for the 8:00PM Rorouni Kenshin movie in MOA, I also took the chance to walk through the vibrant “new Baywalk” or, By the Bay.
The fact that it was only 4:00 PM in the afternoon and the sun was still high up in the sky did not stop families, barkadas, lovers etc. to walk and bond in this 1.5 km stretch of land. Because it is already the Christmas season, the place was decorated with a giant Christmas Tree and lots and lots of lights.
In the afternoon, families with children can enjoy the multitude of kid-friendly rides. There is also a train that zigzags across the place. Older visitors can enjoy the zipline installed as well as try out the motion activated scooters.
The MOA Eye (it’s one HUGE ferris wheel) can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Tourists and locals can enjoy photo-ops in front of the metal statues of Manny “Pac-man” Pacquiao and what looked to be nurses, construction workers, etc (I think to depict OFWs, the “bagong bayani” of the country.) And what’s a visit to Manila Bay without a picture of its famous sunset?
While food kiosks are plentiful, you can also settle in for dinner at the various restaurants located on either side of the area. These establishments range from sit-down restaurants to grill/bars which also offer live entertainment by way of bands and singers.
If none of the restaurants suit your fancy, cross the street to the gigantic SM Mall of Asia where other restaurants are located. Once dinner is over, cross back to the By the Bay area and walk off all the carbs you consumed along the Christmas lighted paths.
I have not explored the area outside of the Christmas season but other blogs I’ve read show that By the Bay remains a people-oriented place where, tourists and locals can enjoy bonding time with their friends and loved ones!