The Conferenc Venue

The Philippine International Convention Center

The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) made history as Asia’s first international convention center, setting a trend that led other countries to build their own.

Designed by Leandro V. Locsin, a Filipino National Artist in Architecture, the PICC Complex formally opened on September 5, 1976.

An architectural landmark on its own, housing works of various Filipino master artists in painting and sculpture, it opened in 1976 to host the World Bank – International Monetary Fund Annual Meeting. After this, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) established itself as one of the most versatile event arenas in the Asia-Pacific region by being the venue of political summits, medical conventions, and concerts of international artists as varied as Luciano Pavaroti, the Bolshoi Ballet, Ricky Martin and Burt Bacharach.

Built on reclaimed land along scenic Manila Bay in the Philippine capital, the PICC has more than 70,000 square meters of floor area and a range of facilities that can accommodate almost any gathering of any size.

The PICC has five (5) building modules, the Delegation Building, Secretariat Building, Plenary Hall, Reception Hall and The Forum. Spaces herein are versatile enough to be transformed into almost any number of settings for any kind of exhibition, convention or special event.

In a nutshell, the PICC is the first of its kind in the Philippines and the first international convention center in Asia:

  • As an architectural landmark on its own housing work of various Filipino master artists in painting and sculpture, it stands as a constant edifice in an ever-changing environment;
  • A competitive advantage is its hugeness. With more than 70,000 square meters of floor area and five (5) building modules, it has a wide range of facilities that can accommodate almost any gathering of any size;
  • Rich in terms of cultural heritage and significance in Philippine history. Hosted countless prestigious and notable events such as Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, World Law Conference, World Congress of Anaesthesiologists, 74th Annual World Dental Congress of the FDI and a roster of other events;
  • Strategically located. PICC is at the heart of Manila, a few minutes away from the international airport, close to major hotels and exciting nightlife, shopping malls and other interesting tourist spots;
  • Center is well-secured round the clock with closed circuit television cameras (CCTV). Also equipped with baggage x-ray machines and metal detectors. Has bomb-sniffing canines and roving security guards to ensure safety and security in and around the center;
  • Meeting rooms are equipped with Simultaneous Interpretation System (SIS) from a minimum of two (2) to a maximum of seven (7) languages.
  • Center is equipped with ramps, porchlifts and elevators for the physically-challenged
  • Has ample parking spaces up to as many as 400 vehicles;
  • Has medical clinic, ATM Machine and bank services
  • PICC is a member in good standing with international & local associations such as the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), Assosacion Internationale Palais de Congres ( AIPC), PCVC, & the Philippine Association of Congress/Exhibition Organizers & Suppliers (PACEOS)
  • The Center has adapts environmental programs on such as energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, and other environmental practices in air quality, building & lawns, food & beverage services, transportation, general office procedures and communications, training & capability building and purchasing & contract compliance. PICC continuously evaluate existing practices and look for new and better alternatives that would support sustainability that benefits the stakeholders, lessens negative impact on environment and makes business sense.
  • The core strength of PICC rests on the talent and expertise of its principals and professionals. PICC has a unique team of individuals whose wide range of skills, dedication and experience are difficult to replicate in such a small number of people.

Currency Exchange

The Land Bank of the Philippines is located in the main lobby where delegates can exchange currencies. You have to present your passport for proper identification.


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