Manila—a City where Fortunes are Made
What do Metrobank, SM, Bank of Philippine Islands, San Miguel, and International Container Terminals Incorporated have in common? They are among the top ten Philippine corporations and are listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange. All of them also started in the city of Manila.
So what makes Manila an ideal place to do business and to live?
For one, Manila is the most densely populated city in the entire Metro Manila. Furthermore, it is the gateway of many transient people as it is the home of Manila North Port Passenger Terminal, Santa Cruz Bus Terminal, Victory Liner Terminal and Santa Lucia Bus Terminal. The sheer number of people, both residents and transients, ensures that there is a huge market for wide range of products and services. Furthermore, the large number of transients coming in and going out of Manila ensures that there is a vibrant rental market in Manila, especially well-maintained residences such as Noble Place.
Manila, being an international port city, is also a major global logistics hub. In 2011, the Port of Manila handled 3,260 twenty foot equivalent units (TEU’s) of goods and ranked as the world’s 38th busiest port. In monetary terms, this amounts to US$16.4 billion. This figure is just for external trade alone! With the upcoming ASEAN economic integration in 2015, the volume and total value of traded goods will surge for sure, thereby, increasing the opportunities available to the people working and living in Manila.
Manila—National Capital Region’s Transport Hub
As mentioned earlier, Manila houses the international Container Terminal, Harbor Center, and Manila North Port Passenger Terminal. Santa Cruz is the location of a large bus terminal. It is also the site of 2 interchange stations—between LRT-1 (Doroteo Jose Station) and LRT-2(Recto Station) and between Blumentritt LRT station and Blumentritt PNR station.
Meanwhile, the tree-line Roxas Boulevard facing the beautiful Manila Bay links downtown Manila to Metro Manila’s airports.
Manila—the Core of Nation’s Education
Manila thrives as Philippine’s economic powerhouse not only because of its people and its transportation system. More importantly, Manila prospers largely due to its highly-educated workforce, most of whom receive their education from Manila’s schools and universities.
Manila is the home of the nation’s most esteemed institutions of higher education such as De La Salle University, Santo Tomas University—Asia’s oldest university, San Beda College, Far Eastern University, University of the East, Centro Escolar University, Philippine Normal University and Mapua Institute of Technology, UP Manila. Universities such as Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines Diliman, though based outside Manila, have their roots in Manila.
Unique in Manila is the presence of large number of Chinese schools such as Chiang Kai Shek, Saint Jude Catholic School, Hope Christian High School, Saint Stephen High School, Uno High School, Philippine Cultural High School, and Saint Peter High School among others. These schools aside from offering high quality education, also offers lessons in Chinese language—an increasingly necessary skill as we integrate closer with economic powerhouses such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Manila—the Heart and Soul of the Philippine Politics and Economy
Manila, being the capital of the Philippines, is the center of political power in the Philippines. This is highlighted by the fact that Malacañang is located in Manila. Other powerful government bodies in Manila include the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Department of Justice, and National Bureau of Investigation.
Aside from being the nexus of political power, it is also the center of economic power. Government agencies making decisions affecting our economy such as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Finance, Department of Tourism, and Bureau of Customs are based in Manila. International banks such as Hongkong Shanghai Bank and Citibank has branch in Binondo Manila, proof that Manila is center of economic power.
The Lighter Side of Manila – Tourist’s Haven
Manila is not only a place for serious activities such as study, work, and business. It is also a Tourist’s Haven where one can relax. Lucky Chinatown Mall, Philippine’s New Chinatown, offers shoppers respite from heat and work. It contains a big Super market, several high-end boutique stores, 4 state of the art cinemas, amusement center, and eateries ranging from upscale restaurants to budget-friendly fast-food stalls. It also houses the 200 meter long 20 meter wide Chinatown Walk where one can enjoy al fresco dining.
Manila contains the country’s best museums such National Museum, Museo Pambata, Casa Manila, Bahay Tsinoy, Metropolitan Museum of Manila and Nationalities Museum of the Philippines. Manila is also popular on the country’s historic sites—Binondo—the world’s oldest Chinatown in the north bank of Pasig River and Intramuros, Manila Hotel and the United States Embassy (classified as historic property by the National Historical Insitute and as Register of Culturally Significant Places by the United States Department of State) in the South Bank. Taking a stroll in these two places will remind how we Filipinos, by thoroughly fusing Malay, Indian, Arab, Chinese, Spanish, and American cultures, have become Asia’s and perhaps the world’s biggest melting pot.
Finally, there is Manila Bay for nature lovers. Watching the spectacular sunset at Manila Bay is a good way of relaxing oneself after a day’s work or study.
Being a Tourist Destination, Manila is home to 5 Stars hotel like Manila Hotel, Hyatt Hotel, Diamond Hotel & Century Sheraton Hotel.
Noble Place—Megaworld’s Response to Booming Manila
In response to the growing demand for high-quality housing in Manila wrought by its burgeoning economy and its strategic location, Megaworld has decided to build 47-storey luxury glass tower—the Noble Place. Noble Place is located in the corner of Juan Luna and Dasmariñas Streets. Hence, it is very accessible to the chinese schools, universities, and offices based in Manila. It is also walking distance to several restaurants, shops, malls, banks, financial institutions, travel agencies, and churches, thus, making life convenient for its residents.
Nevertheless, Noble place tenants need not get out of their comfortable abode to enjoy life’s comforts. This is because Noble Place has many amenities. Its amenities include restaurant, coffee shop, gym with sauna and spa , tennis court (convertible to 2 badminton courts), adult and children swimming pool, exercise courtyard, kid’s tutoring room, game room, clubhouse, mail room and business center. For those who wish to go malling, there is a shuttle bus that takes the Noble Place Residents to the nearby Lucky Chinatown Mall and Cityplace(less than 5 minutes ride). Finally, Noble Place is the only glass tower condominium in Binondo where each unit is equipped with video intercom, thus enhancing the residents’ security.
Megaworld not only puts premium on material comfort but takes the buyer’s ability to pay into consideration. Considering buyers differ in terms of payment capability, we offer different payments plans. All of them have zero percent interest. For the investors and young professionals, Megaworld offers Noble Place studio units at No Downpayment, No Lumpsum Payment, No interest payable in 48 months.
To know more about Noble Place, please visit our showroom at the fourth floor of Lucky Chinatown Mall Annex. We are open from Mondays to Sundays at 9AM to 9PM. Call 241800 & 2414969.