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Why It’s More Fun to Work and Live in Ortigas

Ortigas Center is a social, business and residential hub that straddles three major cities, namely Pasig, Mandaluyong, and Quezon City. This 100-hectare prime business location, which is also close to Makati and Taguig, is the headquarters of some of the biggest businesses in the country. It is home to the biggest corporations, such as Meralco, Asian Development Bank, Jollibee Foods Corporation, and San Miguel Corporation.

However, Ortigas is more than just a business address. Here are reasons why.

An evolved urban lifestyle

For people who enjoy a dynamic urban lifestyle in a fast-paced setting but also need some peace and quiet from time to time, the Ortigas Central Business District is the best place to be. This business and financial hub is the perfect place to live in because of hotels, shopping malls, and entertainment places within walking distance or a quick drive from one another. You have SM Mega Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, Greenfield District, and Robinson’s Galleria for various shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

It is also a great location for couples with children. Topnotch schools, such as La Salle Greenhills, Xavier School, St. Pedro Poveda College, St. Paul College Pasig, and the University of Asia and the Pacific can be found here.

Accessibility and connectivity

With traffic and long transit times becoming a persisting problem in Metro Manila, those who work in Ortigas can easily travel to and from key places. Ortigas is surrounded by major access roads such as EDSA to the west, Meralco Avenue to the east, Shaw Boulevard to the south, and Ortigas Avenue towards the north. Moreover, it offers safe and easy access to several parts in the metropolis. The major thoroughfare EDSA is approximately 10-12 minutes away from Ortigas Avenue.

Brave enough to take the MRT? You can easily access two nearby stations, which are Ortigas next to SM Megamall, and Shaw Boulevard near Shangri-La Plaza. There is also a wealth of passenger vans plying different routes to and from Ortigas, making the daily commute a little more dignified and comfortable for thousands of employees who work in the area.

Room for growth and expansion

Ortigas Center continues to expand as more companies choose to invest here. As of 2018, it has over 2 million square meters of office space. Compared to BGC and Makati, Ortigas Center also offers more affordable office units for rent. This gives business owners and startups more value for money. Grade B office locations cost roughly about P450-P500 per square meter. A prime office is at P650, which is already rated Grade A.

Ortigas Center is the best hub for small and startup businesses on a tight budget. It is no surprise that countless BPO companies have opened shop here in recent years.

This CBD has all the amenities for businesses and homes alike. That is why many people want to live and work in Ortigas, with its proximity to key places in the metropolis. Expect to spend less time in traffic and get more things done every day.