ORTIGAS CENTER, PASIG
The Ortigas Central Business District is Manila’s second CBD, where towering skyscrapers of multinational and homegrown companies fill the busy skyline. Conveniently located near hotels, malls, schools, healthcare centers and homey neighborhoods, Ortigas is the ideal place for work and play.
Asian Development Bank
Established in 1966, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) leads sustainable economic development in Asia and the Pacific, being modeled closely on the World Bank. It admits the members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and non-regional developed countries, with 67 members to date. Located along ADB Avenue, the bank is the workplace for some 3,000 employees, of which 48% are from the Philippines.
Its iconic headquarters is built around a garden courtyard adorned with shade trees and quaint fountains, and its buildings are based on architecture indigenous to Asia, with the tropical climate significantly influencing the design. The complex is built of reinforced concrete to Zone 4 earthquake standards, and is clad entirely in granite.
SM Megamall is the largest shopping mall in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, and the 3rd largest mall in the world with its 1,200 shops and 270 dining establishments. The mall’s latest expansion, the Mega Fashion Hall, houses 125 new retail stores, 90% of which are global brands including the three-level H&M and Uniqlo stores. The Mega Fashion Hall comes replete with an IMAX theater, a 56-seater Director’s Club Cinema with butler service, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink and a 14-lane bowling center.
Along ADB Avenue is The Podium, an upscale shopping mall offering an intimate movie theater, specialty boutique shops and high quality clothing, leather goods and electronics. The mall features a myriad of beauty and wellness options, from award-winning salons, trusted yoga and fitness studios and acclaimed makeup stores. Its restaurants, cafes and gourmet delis make it a convenient yet exquisite dining destination in the city.
Greenhills Shopping Center
Occupying 16 hectares of land along Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills Shopping Center is the city’s massive mecca for clothing, jewelry, accessories, appliances and gadgets at bargain prices. Shopaholics are spoilt for choice with over 2,000 stores to choose from. Restaurants, food courts, salons, cinemas, karaoke rooms and even dental, optical, and beauty clinics make it a total family destination. It also hosts a Roman Catholic chapel and a Muslim prayer room.
The Lopez Museum and Library
The Lopez Museum is the oldest privately-owned museum and library specializing in Philippine art and history. Founded in 1960 by Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr., a leading industrialist of post-World War II Philippines, it was built to provide scholars and students access to his personal collection of rare Filipiniana books, manuscripts, maps, archaeological artifacts, and fine art.
Located at the ground floor of the Benpres Building in the corner of Meralco Avenue, The Lopez Museum is the permanent residence of works by legendary Filipino painters Juan N. Luna (1857-1899) and Felix P. Resurreccion Hidalgo (1855-1913). Visitors can also witness the priceless personal effects of Philippine National Hero José Rizal (1861-1896). With over 500 works in its collection and over 20,000 titles in its expanding library catalogue, the museum cares for holdings covering 600 years of scholarship and artistry.
The museum is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Ortigas’ newest lifestyle destination is Capitol Commons, a 10-hectare mixed-use urban development located along the corner of Meralco Avenue and Shaw Boulevard. It features a spacious green park enveloped by modern living and commercial spaces, swanky concept restaurants, a delicatessen and the Estancia Mall, which houses a collection of international fashion brands. It will soon be the home of the sprawling 10,000 square meter Unimart for quality grocery shopping.
Within walking distance is the laidback neighborhood of Kapitolyo, which has an eclectic selection of family-owned homegrown restaurants and coffee shops, perfect for serious food lovers.