Metro Manila is composed of 16 cities that contain most of the Central Business District in the Philippines. Being the country’s capital city, many investors and business owners put their companies in Metro Manila mainly because it's where the talent pool is. The problem however with Metro Manila is its lack of transportation infrastructure which affects a lot of business activities. Matter of fact, a 2019 study released by ADB reported that Metro Manila is the most congested among 278 cities in developing Asia.
Although the government is on its way to resolving this issue to promote the economy with its Build, Build, Build program, office developers which are mainly from the private sector, need to be more proactive to attract locators.
Here are the top 3 choices for Best Grade A Offices based on factors such as accessibility and lifestyle offerings within Metro Manila. Please note that this list is not in rank form and is subject to change should new office buildings come up or improve.
1. SM Mega Tower
First on the list is SM Mega Tower, one of the newest addition to SM Prime Holding’s growing roster of green buildings. It is located along EDSA and serves as the gateway to the exciting central business district of Ortigas.
Due to its location, SM Mega Tower is a building that can easily be accessed through public transportation such as the buses that traverse along the highway daily which can bring you to different points of the metro.
SM Mega Tower also features its very own Public Terminal Interchange (PTI) which is mostly catered towards their commuting tenants that ride PUVs or shuttle vans. It also has its own driveway that is located just beside main thoroughfares while being close to a variety of public transportation.
Last but not the least, it is within walking distance to 2 MRT3 stations--Shaw Blvd and Ortigas Avenue--as it stands right in between.
SM Mega Tower is also a building that has direct access to SM Megamall, and is surrounded by other commercialized establishments like Shangrila Plaza Mall and Hotel, St Francis Square Mall, Robinson Galleria, and The Podium.
2. Vertis North
Vertis North is located at the heart of the northern Metro Manila which we dub as the North Triangle.
This 29-hectare property was developed by property giant AyalaLand where they master planned a seamless blend corporate offices, retail locators, hotels, and public facilities. With its prime location, this area is very accessible by several of the main thoroughfares of the metro such as EDSA, North Avenue, and Quezon Avenue. Lastly, its also connected to the first station of MRT3 coming from the north and the first station of LRT1 com via Trinoma Mall which is part of the development of Ayala. You can actually ride the train and come back to Vertis North without changing your mode of transport!