There’s lots of fun for everyone: only here in fabulous Ortigas Center.
Ortigas Center sprawls across three cities. This complex is home to some famous commercial centers. Office buildings, as well as condominums, dot Ortigas Center’s vast expanse of premium land. Architectural designs in Ortigas vary from modern marvels to timeless elegance. Whether they’re all-glass façades or handsome marble walls, buildings in Ortigas Center are pleasant to look at, unlike those in other business districts.
Yet fun is what Ortigas Center is all about. Ortigas is where speed marries familiarity. Its beautiful streets, named after precious substances, prove that wealth is everywhere in this business district. Not only is Ortigas home to San Miguel Corporation’s corporate headquarters, but it is also home for many big players in global finance. Business process outsourcing is also big in Ortigas, offering employment to thousands of people passing by its streets 24/7. Web-based businesses are very popular in Ortigas. Many multinational companies make Ortigas their extension office, or transform premium office spaces into their corporate headquarters.
Metrowalk, at Meralco Avenue, is home to many recreational facilities that cater to many lifestyle choices. It’s great for drinking, for karaoke, or even for healthy eating, with many choices available to visitors or office workers out for fine weekend nights. Metrowalk played host to Feté dela Musique this year, but is famous for its nightly musical reverie. Bands play to entertain hundreds of patrons on weeknights at its sprawling center court.
SM Megamall has always been SM’s definitive mall. With two sprawling shopping complexes, “Mega,” or “Gamol,” as it is affectionately called, is deeply engrained in Philippine popular culture. Robinson’s Galleria, just west of SM Megamall, is pioneering for its choice of classy but affordable shopping for everyone. For that classy, elegant shopping experience, visit EDSA Shangri-La at Shaw Boulevard. For bargain goods, visit Saint Francis Square, across Megamall.
Ortigas has more to offer than just shopping. Ortigas Park is great for unwinding after your work shift. Restaurants at Pearl Plaza, just along Pearl Drive, offer tasty gourmet dishes at reasonable prices. Coffee shops abound in Ortigas, featuring selections of coffees that cater for everyone from casual coffee drinkers to true connoisseurs of fine coffee.
Ortigas is easily accessible via train, Ortigas Station northbound, or Shaw Boulevard Station southbound. You can also take buses plying EDSA. Some jeepneys also have routes along San Miguel-ADB avenue, passing EDSA Shangri-La to Robinson’s Galleria. You can also take taxis at reasonable rates.
Visit fabulous Ortigas next time you’re here. Choices abound here, whether it’s for work or play.
POSTSCRIPT: Bluejackal sent a heads-up today that a certain in-flight magazine of a major airline company did not pay a dude the 15-cent rate for the words “a,” “and,” and “the.” (Source article here.) I sort of chuckled, knowing how close to my heart this particular story is, whether it’s true or not. The story reminds me of a famous novel by Ernest Vincent Wright entitled “Gadsby: Champion of Youth,” where the whole novel was written without the use of the letter “e,” just because publishers said it’s impossible.
The haphazard travel magazine article above was written without the words “a,” “and,” and “the.” – Marocharim