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SM Mall of Asia Issues a Statement Regarding the Foundation Rumor

Rumors that the foundations that hold the mall have been compromised had started circulating recently.

  • SM Mall of Asia is one of the largest malls in the Philippines and is located near Manila Bay and what is now known as Bay City
  • A post in Facebook that appears to have been removed already says that an engineer spoke with MoA’s management regarding a failed foundation and that water is seeping into it
  • SM has issued a statement debunking the said claim, assuring the public that the shopping mall is on solid ground and that they will not compromise the safety of their customers and employees

Manila, Philippines – SM Mall of Asia is one of the most iconic malls in Luzon ever since it was opened back in 2006. Situated at the far end of EDSA, near Manila Bay, its open areas have attracted a lot of customers and tourists, along with the opening of the SMX Convention Center and the MoA Arena recently, the shopping mall keeps on growing and expanding.

SM Mall of Asia, with the MoA Arena visible as well. Image credit: wikipedia.org

Recently there was a post in Facebook, that was since removed, that referred to Mall of Asia. In the post, it refers to an engineer, who was a family friend of the one who made the post, that was called upon by the mall’s management to check on their foundation. It was said that the foundations have failed and that seawater is seeping in, and that a pumping system is what keeps the entire structure upright. It was also mentioned that if the pumping system fails, the whole mall will collapse.

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Screenshot of the rumor, that have since been removed from social media

SM has issued two official statements debunking this claim. In their first statement, they simply said that the post about the Mall of Asia foundation being compromised is false and that Senior Management has not called nor spoke to any engineer recently.

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Screenshot of SM Mall of Asia’s first official statement regarding the rumor. Image credit: SM Mall of Asia Official/Facebook

In their second statement, which contained a screenshot of what was circulating online, they had clarified that the Mall of Asia foundation is set with concrete piles which reaches down to the bedrock, and any information about water seeping in is false. They also assured the public that annual checks of the buildings’ integrity is done properly to ensure everyone’s safety.

 

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Written by Drew Tetangco

An anime lover and an avid toy collector. He transforms into a wordsmith by night.

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