Manila Metropolis is a multi-centered Capital Region of the Philippines.
Did you know that there's at least 30 central business districts in Metro Manila alone? Yup, more than its interconnected cities, CBDs have been scattered like mushrooms in the metro for years and decades.
Central Business in the PhilippinesA central business district (CBD) is the commercial and business center of a city. In larger cities, it is often synonymous with the city's "financial district".
Metro Manila is home to 15 Million people, as well as massive Central Business districts. In 1594, the creation of a Financial District centered in Binondo-Escolta area.
After the devastation of The Battle for the Liberation of Manila in February of 1945, the need of office space began due to reconstruction efforts.
This gave way to the first major CBD in the Philippines, the Makati Business District in 1950’s (from Binondo to Makati), which grew larger in the past 60 years.
As the metropolis expanded, more and more CBD were set up to cater the growing population and economy of the Metropolis. These CBDs include Ortigas Center and Alabang (1980’s), Bonifacio Global City (1995), and Manila Bay Area (2007).
As the metropolis expanded, more and more CBD were set up to cater the growing population and economy of the Metropolis. These CBDs include Ortigas Center and Alabang (1980’s), Bonifacio Global City (1995), and Manila Bay Area (2007).
As of now, there are 30 CBDs inside the 600 square kilometers of land within Metropolitan Manila. New CBDs such as Arca South, Bridgtowne, Eastwood City, Greenfield District, Ortigas East, Century City and many more start to shape Manila’s future skyline.
Metro Manila CBDsThis list includes the Major Districts and secondary CBDs within Metropolitan Manila.
The Makati Central Business District, also known as the Makati CBD, is the leading financial and central business district in the Philippines located at the heart of Makati in Metro Manila. The financial district is managed by two groups—the Makati Commercial Estates Association (MaCEA) and the Ayala Property Management Corporation (APMC).
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The Makati CBD is a modern urban landscape that emerged from the vision outlined in Presidential Decree 824, signed in 1975 by then-President Ferdinand Marcos. This decree officially declared Makati as the country's financial center, paving the way for its remarkable metamorphosis.
It is politically known as "Central Cluster" in the West District of Makati. It is different from the civic center of Makati known as "Makati Poblacion" which is situated at the north-east portion of the district.
It is bounded by EDSA, Gil Puyat Avenue, Arnaiz Avenue, and Chino Roces Avenue. The whole district occupies barangays of San Antonio, San Lorenzo, Bel-Air, and Urdaneta.
At the nucleus of the Makati CBD is Ayala Avenue, an iconic thoroughfare that serves as the district's financial spine. Lined with towering skyscrapers housing multinational corporations, financial institutions, and embassies, Ayala Avenue is the embodiment of Makati's economic prowess.
Beyond its corporate identity, the Makati CBD caters to a diverse range of interests. High-end shopping centers like Greenbelt and Glorietta offer a retail haven, while an array of restaurants, bars, and cafes create a lively social scene. Parks and open spaces provide a breath of fresh air amid the urban hustle.
Bonifacio Global City (Taguig)
Bonifacio Global City or simply BGC, stands as a testament to urban sophistication and modernity. This burgeoning central business district has swiftly become a powerhouse in the Philippine economic landscape.
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The skyline of BGC is a mesmerizing symphony of skyscrapers, each telling a tale of corporate success and innovation. Iconic structures like The Finance Centre, Bonifacio High Street Corporate Center, and Uptown Tower contribute to the district's distinctive profile. BGC's skyline is a visual testament to its role as a burgeoning economic and financial hub.
What sets BGC apart is its appeal to multinational corporations, technology firms, and start-ups. The district hosts the regional headquarters of various global companies, drawn to its state-of-the-art office spaces, accessibility, and commitment to sustainable urban planning. BGC is more than a CBD; it's a corporate ecosystem.
BGC also prides itself on pioneering sustainable and green urban living. Parks and green spaces are strategically integrated, providing residents and workers with pockets of nature amidst the bustling cityscape.
While business is at its core, BGC weaves a rich cultural tapestry. The district hosts events, art installations, and cultural festivals that add vibrancy to the urban experience. The Mind Museum offers hands-on science displays, while the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial honors WWII soldiers. Colorful street murals make the area popular for strolling. Definitely, one of my favorite cities in Metro Manila.
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Ortigas Center (Mandaluyong, Pasig & San Juan)
Ortigas Center is a central business district located within the joint boundaries of Pasig, Mandaluyong and Quezon City, within the Metro Manila region in the Philippines. With an area of more than 100 hectares, it is Metro Manila's second most important business district after the Makati CBD.
Recognized for its skyscrapers, commercial complexes, and vibrant lifestyle, Ortigas Center has evolved into a dynamic hub that seamlessly blends business and leisure. Ortigas Center is a testament to the Philippines' economic prowess, housing the headquarters of prominent corporations, financial institutions, and multinational companies. The district's skyline is adorned with towering office buildings, symbolizing the economic vitality pulsating within its boundaries.
World-class shopping malls, including SM Megamall, The Podium, and Shangri-La Plaza, provide a diverse array of retail options, from international brands to local favorites. The malls not only cater to shoppers but also serve as social hubs offering entertainment and dining experiences.
Ortigas Center isn't just a place of work; it's a community. The district hosts upscale residential condominiums and apartments, providing a convenient living space for those who prefer to reside close to their workplace. The residential offerings range from luxurious penthouses to stylish, modern units.
Entertainment is ingrained in Ortigas Center's DNA. Cinemas, theaters, and concert venues host a variety of events, from international performances to local productions. The district's nightlife is vibrant, with bars and clubs offering diverse experiences for those seeking after-hours entertainment.
Gastronomic delights await in Ortigas Center's myriad of dining establishments. From upscale restaurants to street food stalls, the district caters to every palate. Food hubs like the Kapitolyo neighborhood have gained fame for their eclectic culinary offerings, making Ortigas a haven for food enthusiasts.
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Filinvest City (Muntinlupa)
Filinvest City is a premiere garden CBD designed to provide modern conveniences in harmony with nature. It is a residential haven, business central, leisure destination, learning and education zone, and medical and wellness hub amid lush, green landscapes in a modern urban development.
The development of Filinvest City began in 1995, by Filinvest at the site of the former Alabang Stock Farm. Under the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos, the farm was opened for joint development with the private sector and the government-owned property was placed for bidding.
Filinvest City stands as a beacon of economic growth in the southern metro. With its modern skyscrapers housing corporate offices, BPO centers, and multinational companies, the district has become a catalyst for economic progress, drawing both local and international businesses seeking a strategic location.
As a forward-thinking CBD, Filinvest City is also recognized for its commitment to technology and education. The Northgate Cyberzone serves as a hub for information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) companies, contributing to the district's economic resilience.
A testament to its dynamism, Filinvest City boasts commercial centers like Festival Mall and Westgate Center, providing a plethora of retail options, dining experiences, and entertainment venues. These destinations not only serve the daily needs of the workforce but also offer leisure activities for residents and visitors.
Accessibility is a key feature of Filinvest City's allure. Connected to major thoroughfares such as the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the Skyway, the district ensures seamless transportation for commuters. Moreover, the upcoming Skyway Extension further enhances connectivity to and from the central business district.
Rockwell Center (Makati)
Rockwell Center is a high-end mixed-use area in Makati. It is a project of Rockwell Land Corporation which is in turn owned by the Lopez Holdings Corporation. Named after James Rockwell, the former President of the Manila Electric Railroad and Light Company (Meralco), this upscale enclave is a testament to luxurious living and urban sophistication. The district was first developed in 1998 and is being expanded since 2012.
The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) carried out the design under the direction of former design partner Larry Oltmanns, while Felino Palafox and his company, Palafox Associates, became responsible for the master-planning of the complex.
Its centerpiece, the Power Plant Mall, opened on December 26, 2000. The Rockwell Center includes office buildings, condominium towers, a law and business school and a shopping mall.
Its centerpiece, the Power Plant Mall, opened on December 26, 2000. The Rockwell Center includes office buildings, condominium towers, a law and business school and a shopping mall.
Ayala Center (Makati)
The Ayala Center is a recreational, shopping, dining, and entertainment development located in the heart of Makati. It is bounded by Ayala Avenue on the east, EDSA on the south, Arnaiz Avenue on the west, and to north by Legazpi Street and Paseo de Roxas. The Ayala station of MRT Line 3 serves the area.
The development originally started in 1988 and 1991 with a number of separate shopping arcades and Greenbelt Park before expanding to cover over 50 hectares of facilities.
Today the complex now includes several malls, each with its own shopping and restaurant arcades and cinemas; three department stores, a number of hotels; and the Ayala Museum, showcasing exhibits on Philippine history and art.
Some of the countries top shopping malls are located here: Glorietta, Greenbelt and The Link. Ayala Center also house biggest department stores not only in Makati but in the whole Metro Manila: Rustan's, SM Makati, The Landmark, Adora, Marks & Spencer.
Eastwood City (Quezon City)
Eastwood City is an 18.5 hectares mixed-use development complex located in Barangay Bagumbayan Quezon City. Launched in 1997, it is Megaworld Corporation’s first “live-work-play” community that offers complete facilities, amenities, and establishments for living, working, playing, and shopping.
Home to the largest business process outsourcing (BPO) locators, Eastwood City is the country’s first IT park and the first project to be granted special economic zone status by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). Since its establishment as a premier Cyberpark, it has become a top employer and leading dollar-earner in the Philippines.
Apart from being business community, Eastwood City is a residential community with 19 high-rise residential towers.
Eastwood City offers families, professionals and urbanites a variety of shopping, dining and recreation offerings at its three lifestyle malls Eastwood Mall, Eastwood Cyber and Fashion Mall and Eastwood Citywalk, which are managed under the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls brand.
Greenfield District (Mandaluyong)
Greenfield District carries the innovative vision of Greenfield Development Corporation by being a remarkable urban development built on two primary foundations: a technologically advanced infrastructure and an eco-efficient master plan.
Bordered by the main thoroughfares EDSA and Shaw Boulevard, and stretching towards Reliance Street and Sheridan Street, the 15-hectare Greenfield District sits at the heart of the new Mandaluyong CBD, making it conveniently located near central business districts, schools, hospitals, malls and lifestyle centers.
Designed to give a truly distinctive brand of city lifestyle, the masterplanned development is known as a “smart and connected” urban center with buildings technologically interconnected with a fiber-optic framework. Along with these ultra-modern high-rise buildings, the community is further redefining the Mandaluyong landscape with sweeping, green open spaces that comprise a generous portion of the development, and further enhanced by a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.
Urban dwellers will also find ideal, future-ready homes in the development. The Twin Oaks Place is Greenfield District’s flagship condominium project, where every unit is integrated with fiber-optic connectivity that enables features such as smartphone-controlled home automation.
Meanwhile, Zitan, another fiber-to- the-home condominium development, is particularly designed to be transitoriented as it is linked to the Shaw Boulevard station of the MRT along EDSA.
Greenfield District’s retail spaces are being redeveloped into modern, convenient and efficient lifestyle centers such as The Hub and The Portal. Its well-selected variety of restaurants, bars and cafés serve the emerging lunch and after-office crowd of employees and executives from within the vicinity of office buildings.
Mall of Asia Complex (Pasay)
Nestled along the picturesque Manila Bay, the Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex stands as a sprawling testament to modernity, entertainment, and lifestyle in Metro Manila, Philippines. This vibrant and dynamic complex is a multifaceted hub that seamlessly blends retail therapy, entertainment, business, and leisure, creating a one-stop destination for locals and tourists alike.
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At the heart of the complex lies SM Mall of Asia, one of the largest shopping malls in the world. Boasting an extensive array of retail outlets, dining establishments, and entertainment options, SM Mall of Asia has become a retail haven that attracts millions of visitors annually. From international fashion brands to local delicacies, the mall offers a diverse shopping experience for every taste and preference.
Adjacent to SM Mall of Asia is the Mall of Asia Arena, a world-class events venue that has hosted international concerts, sporting events, and theatrical productions. With its state-of-the-art facilities and a seating capacity of over 15,000, MOA Arena is a key player in the Philippines' entertainment scene, drawing both local and international talents to its stage.
For business and corporate gatherings, the SMX Convention Center within the complex serves as a premier venue. With its versatile event spaces and cutting-edge facilities, it has become a top choice for conventions, trade shows, and conferences, contributing to the Philippines' emergence as a hub for regional and international events.
The Mall of Asia Complex doesn't just cater to shopping and business; it also provides a range of recreational activities along Manila Bay. The MOA Eye, a giant Ferris wheel, offers breathtaking views of the bay and the cityscape. The nearby SM By the Bay Amusement Park provides family-friendly attractions and fun-filled rides for visitors of all ages.
Seaside Boulevard, stretching along Manila Bay, is an integral part of the complex. This scenic boulevard offers a tranquil escape for joggers, cyclists, or those seeking a leisurely walk by the bay. Lined with palm trees, open spaces, and occasional events, it provides a refreshing contrast to the bustling activities within the complex.
Entertainment City (Parañaque)
Entertainment City, also known as E-City (formerly PAGCOR City and Manila Bay Tourism City), is a gaming and entertainment complex under development by PAGCOR spanning an area of 8 km2 (3.1 sq mi) in Bay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
It was first envisioned by PAGCOR in 2002. Alongside the Aseana City business development, it lies at the western side of Roxas Boulevard and south of SM Central Business Park (SM Mall of Asia), part of Parañaque.
The project is officially named as the Bagong Nayong Pilipino-Entertainment City through an executive order by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and has been called several other names by the press. The most common name being referenced is "Entertainment City".
The site has been declared a PEZA-approved economic zone and in 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte named Entertainment City as Expo Pilipino Entertainment City will be named after the exposition for the centennial of the independence of the Philippines in 1998 called Expo Pilipino.
Five Integrated Resort projects have been qualified to date in accordance with the Terms of Reference and are under construction by phases namely, Solaire Resort & Casino, City of Dreams Manila, Okada Manila (formerly Manila Bay Resorts), Westside City Resorts World - (formerly Resorts World Bayshore), and NayonLanding.
ASEANA City (Parañaque)
Aseana City (also known as Aseana Business Park) is a 204-hectare (500-acre) mixed-use central business district development located in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines. Aseana City is a vision brought to life, conceived to be a comprehensive business and lifestyle district. Its development began to take shape in the early 2000s, fueled by a desire to transform the landscape near the iconic Manila Bay.
Owned and developed by D.M. Wenceslao & Associates (DMWAI) through Aseana Holdings, it is situated in the centermost portion of the Central Business Park (alongside PAGCOR's Entertainment City) between the SM business complex in the north and Asiaworld in the south within the Bay City area.
Situated along the coastal stretch of the Manila Bay area, Aseana City benefits from its strategic location. It is easily accessible via major thoroughfares, making it a convenient destination for both local and international visitors. The proximity to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport adds to its allure, making it a gateway for travelers entering and leaving the country.
Aseana City also boasts modern office spaces and commercial hubs that cater to the diverse needs of businesses. This includes BPO offices, corporate headquarters, and retail establishments. Aseana City is not merely a business district; it's a destination where lifestyle and entertainment take center stage. Visitors can enjoy a vibrant nightlife, dine at a diverse range of restaurants, and experience the energy of live events and performances.
The area is home to entertainment hubs and leisure complexes that offer a plethora of options for recreation. Visitors can explore theaters, gaming centers, and other entertainment facilities. With the influx of tourists and business travelers, Aseana City features a variety of hotels and accommodations, ranging from luxurious stays to more budget-friendly options.
Aseana City provides a range of residential options, from high-rise condominiums to upscale apartments. The residential offerings are designed to provide residents with a comfortable and convenient urban lifestyle.
Vertis North (Quezon City)
Vertis North breathes new life into the heart of Quezon City with its seamless blend of all the elements of sustainable urban living in one destination.
The 29-hectare Ayala Land development, a joint venture with the National Housing Authority, gives new meaning to urban development in being the first modern mixed-use property to bring business, leisure and lifestyle together in one buzzing but serene spot.
Vertis North is designed to be an energized and sustainable central business and lifestyle district, with the 2-hectare Vertis Park garden at the hub of this ingenious urban concept. Surrounding the sprawling green and lifestyle spaces are corporate centers and workplace facilities, such as the three-tower Vertis Corporate Center, conducive for both small enterprises and multinational companies.
Its accessibility to the city’s main thoroughfares—particularly EDSA and North Avenue—also gives it a unique advantage, with quick access to public transport connecting to other business hubs in the metropolis and surrounding provinces in the North.
Eton Centris (Quezon City)
Eton Centris is a development in Quezon City by Lucio Tan's Eton Properties Philippines. Eton Centris is located at the southeast corner of EDSA and Quezon Avenue. It is a major component of the Triangle Park business district. It covers an area of 12 hectares (30 acres).
Eton Centris was announced in October 2008 as Eton's second major mixed-use development township project, after the 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) Eton City in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
The 18,000 square metres (190,000 sq ft), 12-floor Eton Cyberpod Centris office building targets business process outsourcing companies. Each floor has 2,000 square metres (22,000 sq ft).
Capitol Commons (Pasig)
Capitol Commons is a mixed-use development under construction in Oranbo, Pasig. It is a redevelopment of the former Rizal Provincial Capitol complex located in the village of Oranbo adjacent to the Ortigas Center financial district.
The 10-hectare (25-acre) site being developed by Ortigas & Company Limited Partnership, the same developer behind Ortigas Center, features Pasig's first high-end shopping center called Estancia at Capitol Commons.
When completed, the P25-billion mixed-use commercial, residential and office development will have 35,000 square meters (380,000 sq ft) of retail space, 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft) of office space for knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) companies, and 280,000 square meters (3,000,000 sq ft) of residential units.
A Capitol Commons Park and open spaces are also planned within the property which would take up more than fifty percent of the development.
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Newport City (Parañaque)
Newport City is a 25-hectare (62-acre) township development situated next to the Villamor golf course and Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila, Philippines.
Awarded as the Mixed-Use Development of the Year by the Philippine Retailers Association in 2015, Newport City is a Megaworld Corporation township development and is designed to combine accommodations and entertainment with residences, hotels, a mall and Resorts World Manila, the country's first fully integrated entertainment complex.
Newport Mall is a lifestyle mall development of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls located inside Resorts World Manila complex in Newport City, Pasay. It also specializes in restaurants. For entertainment, Newport Mall offers 24-hour weekend movie screening in its four cinemas.
Bridgetowne (Quezon City / Pasig)
Bridgetowne is a real estate development spanning the border of Pasig and Quezon City in Metro Manila, the Philippines. It is a mixed township and business park situated in a former industrial area on both banks of the Marikina River near the junction of Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (C-5 Road) and Ortigas Avenue.
The 30.61-hectare (75.6-acre) masterplanned community is the first integrated township project by Robinsons Land Corporation, the real estate arm of JG Summit.
It is currently anchored by four office towers in its information technology park dedicated to the business process outsourcing sector, its second in Metro Manila after Robinsons Cybergate in Mandaluyong.
Once completed, the township will be a community consisting of seven office towers, a shopping mall, five-star hotel and residential condominiums, with a landmark bridge and a light art installation called The Victor as its centerpiece.
Arca South (Taguig)
Championing synchronicity, Ayala Land puts you at the core of a visionary destination attuned with contemporary lifestyles. Accessibility remains the key advantage of ARCA South through the government’s infrastructure program of creating a direct link from the Skyway. Through the extension of the C5 and C6 highways, the district will only be a few minutes away from NAIA, Makati City, and Bonifacio Global City.
The 74 hectares of mixed-use development presents a quality of life with myriad opportunities for growth – best estate practices, diverse retail options, residential developments, and an intermodal transport system.
Efficient urban planning integrates green spaces and refreshing streetscapes throughout the district. An integrated basement parking frees the streets, increasing pedestrianization and connectivity. Through a centralized operation system; traffic, power, and security management are attuned to the needs of the community.
Circulo Verde (Quezon City)
Circulo Verde is a mixed-use development in Quezon City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. It is a primarily residential enclave on a meander of the Marikina River in the village of Bagumbayan on Quezon City's border with Pasig. The 12.47-hectare (30.8-acre) riverfront community is a redevelopment of the former cement plant owned by Concrete Aggregates Corp., a subsidiary of Ortigas & Company.
It is one of the four major estates owned and developed by the company in Metro Manila, which in 2019 maintained a combined land bank of 50 hectares (120 acres) across the Eastern Manila cities of Mandaluyong, Pasig and Quezon City.
Circulo Verde is located along Calle Industria in the southeastern edge of Quezon City just south of the Eastwood City and Nuvo City developments. It is on the confluence of the Marikina River and the Manggahan Floodway surrounded on three sides by the river and the village of Manggahan, Pasig.
Arcovia City (Pasig)
Arcovia City (sometimes styled ArcoVia City) is a mixed-use development under construction in Pasig, Metro Manila, the Philippines. It is a 12.3-hectare (30-acre) riverside township located by the Marikina River east of Ortigas Center being developed by Megaworld Corporation.
The centerpiece of the development is a triumphal arch surmounted by a bronze sculpture of a charioteer emperor accompanied by three horses called the Arco de Emperador.
When completed, the township will have residential condominiums, a retail hub, LEED-registered office towers and over a thousand trees dotting the mixed-use community making it the greenest urban development by Megaworld to date.
Circuit Makati (Makati)
Makati continues to be the leading city for entertainment, lifestyle, and business, and Circuit Makati adds to the growing list of premium developments in the area.
The 21-hectare mixed-use development on the former Sta. Ana Racetrack property of the Philippine Racing Club Inc. (PRCI), Circuit Makati is poised to be the unequivocal destination for all things entertainment, with its world-class indoor theater, multipurpose entertainment spaces and open grounds integrated with commercial, hotel and residential blocks.
Catch a concert or an international show at the sprawling Globe Circuit Event Grounds and join thousands of other enthusiasts in enjoying the world-class features of this entertainment venue. Drop by Power Mac Center Spotlight to see what’s on at this black box theater, which can be transformed for product launches, exhibits, concerts, or seminars.
A collaboration among Ayala Land, Inc., PRCI, and the City of Makati, Circuit Makati completes the vision for Makati to be a leading city for entertainment, lifestyle and business.
Mckinley Hill (Taguig)
Inspired by cities in Italy and Spain, the 50-hectare McKinley Hill—Megaworld’s largest township development in Metro Manila—brings to the Philippines the sophisticated culture of Southern Europe.
The combination of upscale, exclusive residences, premium-grade offices, and topnotch dining and leisure areas offer uniquely vibrant and complete lifestyle experiences to those who wish to be part of McKinley Hill.
McKinley Hill is located beside Bonifacio Global City, making it among the most prominent central business districts in Metro Manila. It is directly connected to C-5 Road, and is easily accessible to other main road arteries in Metro Manila, such as EDSA and other key expressways.
Mckinley West (Taguig)
McKinley West is Megaworld’s 34.5-hectare ultra-high-end township on the former JUSMAG property in Fort Bonifacio beside Forbes Park and Manila Polo Club.
Aside from an exclusive residential village where lots have appreciated as much as 110 percent since its launch in 2010, McKinley West will have rows of luxury residential estates, which will include properties having their own state-of-the-art security features and first-of-its-kind luxury amenities.
The posh residential enclave will be supplemented by a modern business district, living up to the lifestyle of the neighboring Forbes Park. Residents and people working in McKinley West enjoy direct access to McKinley Hill, as well as more convenient access to Fort Bonifacio, South Luzon Expressway, C5 Road, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), and the Makati CBD.
Eton Properties and Ayala Land, two of the country’s leading property developers today, will build PARKLINKS. An estate that embodies connections, exchange and collaboration, at 35 hectares, Parklinks will be the biggest mixed-use development along the prime C5 corridor.
Parklinks will link Quezon city and Pasig through an iconic bridge over the marikina river, creating new connections and pathways to progress.
The newest estate is also touted as Ayala Land’s greenest urban development in Metro Manila, dedicated 40% of its land to open spaces. Accessible via C5, Amang Rodriguez ave. and Ortigas avenue.
With future connections to Circulo Verde and Metropoli.
Cloverleaf (Quezon City)
Amidst a bustling transit convergence point, Cloverleaf enlivens Quezon City’s western block with an ingenious compact mixed-use community.
Fresh choices in retail, dining, and leisure intersect with urban essentials for healthcare, business, and living.
Enriched with transportation links to destinations points beyond, an emerging city core invigorates historic Balintawak, complementing a lifestyle experience of total urban efficiency in the north.
Araneta City (Quezon City)
Nestled in the heart of Quezon City, Araneta City stands as a vibrant and iconic district that has played a pivotal role in shaping the urban landscape of Metro Manila. This dynamic city within a city is home to a rich tapestry of commerce, entertainment, culture, and lifestyle, making it a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.
The story of Araneta City dates back to the mid-20th century when J. Amado Araneta, a visionary entrepreneur, acquired a vast expanse of land in Cubao. This marked the beginning of a transformative journey that would see the area evolve into a bustling urban center. The Araneta Coliseum, popularly known as the Big Dome, became the cornerstone of the development, hosting legendary events and earning its place as an iconic symbol of Philippine entertainment.
Araneta City's strategic location at the crossroads of major thoroughfares positions it as a gateway to progress. Its accessibility via the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and multiple road networks makes it a convenient hub for commuters from various parts of Metro Manila.
Araneta City stands as a commercial haven, hosting a myriad of shopping destinations that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. The Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza collectively offer a vast array of retail options, from high-end fashion to local finds. This commercial synergy has made Araneta City a premier shopping district in the metropolis.
Beyond its commercial prowess, Araneta City is a cultural and entertainment nexus. The Araneta Coliseum continues to be a hallowed venue for concerts, sports events, and cultural spectacles. The New Frontier Theater, a historic cultural landmark, has been revitalized to showcase a diverse range of performances, adding to the city's vibrant arts and entertainment scene.
Araneta City is not just a destination for commerce and entertainment; it is also home to thriving residential communities. The rise of modern condominiums within the vicinity provides residents with a unique urban lifestyle, characterized by accessibility to amenities and the energy of city living.
UP Techno Hub (Quezon City)
The U.P.–Ayala Land TechnoHub is an information technology hub jointly developed by the University of the Philippines Diliman and property developer Ayala Land. It is located in Commonwealth Avenue, Barangay U.P. Campus, Quezon City.
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It occupies 20 hectares (49 acres) within the 37.5 hectares (93 acres) of the U.P. North Science and Technology Park.
The land where the TechnoHub now stands is owned by the University of the Philippines Diliman. Sometime in October 2006, the land was leased to Ayala Land by the state university so an information technology hub could be developed. In that month, Ayala Land announced that it would invest P6 billion over the following five to ten years to develop the Commonwealth Avenue property.
Then-Quezon City mayor Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. signed an order in December 2006 adjusting the zoning classification of part of UP Diliman so that the project could legally proceed.
South Park District (Muntinlupa)
Muntinlupa City is an emerging business, residential, and lifestyle district in the South favored by many companies and families. South Park District by Ayala Land contributes to the city’s rapid growth, creating new and enjoyable experiences, and uplifting urban living.
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With South Park’s homey enclaves, transit-oriented amenities, and commercial potential, the district presents limitless opportunities to Muntinlupa City and its neighboring communities.
Ayala developments in Alabang and surrounding Muntinlupa City have always been bustling hubs filled with highly sought-after business and residential addresses. With the addition of South Park District in Muntinlupa, Alabang strengthens its position as a dynamic lifestyle destination.
Triangle Park (Quezon City)
Triangle Park, also known as the Quezon City Central Business District, is a 250 ha (620 acres) central business district in Quezon City, Philippines. It is organized around five districts namely: Commons, Downtown Hub, Emporium, Residences at Veterans and Triangle Exchange.
It is one of the three existing main business districts of the city - alongside Eastwood City in Libis and Araneta Center in Cubao. It is also one of two business districts currently being developed or redeveloped, the other being Neopolitan Business Park in Novaliches.
This business district spans from the East and North Triangles to the Quezon Memorial Circle also encompassing the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) property along North Avenue. The World Bank dubbed the project as “the center of gravity of commercial developments in Metro Manila in the coming years.”
It is linked to the EDSA frontages and served by the LRT Line 1, and MRT Line 3 rail systems. The World Bank contracted the Japanese firm, Almec, to complete the framework plan.
Two companies have been given permission to develop the remaining empty lots, Ayala Land in cooperation with the National Housing Authority (Philippines) for the North Triangle and Eton Properties Philippines of the Lucio Tan Group for the East Triangle.
Ermita CBD (Manila)
Ermita, situated in the heart of Manila, is a district that weaves a rich historical tapestry, showcasing its significance in the development of the Philippine capital. Once a district dominated by colonial influences, Ermita has evolved into a dynamic business hub while retaining its historical charm.
Ermita's historical roots date back to the Spanish colonial era when it served as a settlement for hermits, giving the district its name. The area flourished with colonial architecture, and remnants of this heritage can still be seen in landmarks such as the Malate Church and the historic Paco Park.
Ermita stands as a testament to Manila's transformation into a modern metropolis. The district hosts a myriad of government offices, educational institutions, and medical facilities, making it a hub of institutional presence. The proximity to the Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the Philippine President, adds to Ermita's significance in the national narrative.
Beyond its commercial endeavors, Ermita thrives as a cultural and arts hub. The district is adorned with museums, galleries, and theaters that celebrate Philippine art and culture. The National Museum complex, including the National Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Anthropology, showcases the country's cultural heritage.
Ermita's charm extends to its appeal as a tourist destination. Rizal Park, a sprawling urban oasis, pays homage to the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. The park serves as a recreational space and a venue for various cultural events and gatherings. The iconic Manila Bay waterfront enhances Ermita's allure. The bay area has been revitalized to create a vibrant promenade, offering breathtaking sunset views, recreational spaces, and dining options.
Ermita is recognized as an educational nexus, hosting prestigious institutions such as the University of the Philippines Manila and the Philippine Normal University. The presence of these academic institutions contributes to the district's vibrancy and youthful energy.
Ermita has embraced modern urban living, with the rise of contemporary condominiums and residential developments. The district provides residents with accessibility to various amenities, including shopping centers, entertainment hubs, and recreational spaces.
Binondo CBD (Manila)
Binondo, Manila's Chinatown, stands as a testament to the city's rich history, vibrant culture, and economic dynamism. As the world's oldest Chinatown, Binondo is not only a melting pot of Filipino and Chinese traditions but also a bustling central business district that has played a pivotal role in the economic growth of Manila. Its influence extends beyond to the places of Quiapo, Santa Cruz, San Nicolas and Tondo.
Binondo's story dates back to 1594 when Spanish Governor Luis Pérez Dasmariñas designated the area as a settlement for Chinese immigrants. Over the centuries, Binondo has evolved into a vibrant community, preserving its cultural heritage while embracing progress. Its narrow streets are adorned with ancestral homes, temples, and businesses that narrate a tale of resilience and entrepreneurship.
Binondo is renowned as a commercial hub, home to a myriad of businesses ranging from traditional family-run enterprises to modern establishments. Ongpin Street, the district's main thoroughfare, is lined with a kaleidoscope of shops, restaurants, and markets that offer a diverse array of products, from traditional Chinese herbs to contemporary fashion.
Beyond its cultural allure, Binondo is a significant player in Manila's financial landscape. The district houses the offices of various financial institutions, trading companies, and investment firms. Binondo is evolving to meet the demands of contemporary urban living while preserving its historical charm. Recent urban development projects focus on enhancing infrastructure, promoting sustainability, and creating spaces that cater to both residents and businesses.
Binondo's streets echo with the lively hum of commerce, a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that permeates the district. From quaint tea shops to bustling markets, Binondo is a haven for those seeking a taste of authentic Chinese-Filipino cuisine and a glimpse into the pulse of Manila's economic activity.
Binondo is not just a center for commerce; it is also a repository of cultural and religious landmarks. The Binondo Church, also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, stands as a symbol of the strong Catholic-Chinese heritage. During the Chinese New Year, the streets come alive with vibrant celebrations, dragon dances, and traditional rituals that showcase the district's cultural richness.
In conclusion, the central business districts (CBDs) in Metro Manila collectively embody the dynamic and diverse economic landscape of the Philippine capital. From the bustling financial hub of Makati to the vibrant mixed-use developments of Bonifacio Global City and the historic charm of Binondo, each CBD contributes uniquely to the metropolitan tapestry.
These districts serve as more than just commercial and financial centers; they are microcosms of the city's evolution, reflecting the historical, cultural, and economic transformations that have shaped Metro Manila. The CBDs not only showcase towering skyscrapers and bustling commercial activities but also provide spaces for recreation, entertainment, and cultural enrichment.
As Metro Manila continues to grow, these CBDs stand as symbols of progress and serve as magnets for local and international investments. They not only foster economic development but also offer a glimpse into the rich history, cultural diversity, and resilient spirit of the Filipino people.
List of Central Business Districts in Metro Manila
- Bonifacio Global City
- Makati Central
- Ortigas Central
- Filinvest City
- Ayala center
- Eastwood City
- MOA Complex CBD
- Entertainment City
- ASEANA City
- Vertis North
- Eton Centris
- Capital Commons
- Newport City
- Arca South
- Circulo Verde
- ArcoVia City
- Circuit Makati
- Mckinley West
- Mckinley Hills
- Clover Leaf
- Araneta City
- UP Techno Hub
- South Park District
- Triangle Park
- Ermita CBD
- Binondo CBD
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Sources: Taguigeño, Pasig City Guide, Rising Star, Philippines Today, Netizens Alert, Manila City Updates