// posted October 15th, 2012

Condo Mandaluyong City, Philippines


Most of us are dreaming of going to highly urbanized metropolises for two reasons; one is for employment and the other is to visit and experience the infinite amenities that only few cities could offer.  Commercially developed Mandaluyong City is one of the best cities to visit considering a lot of central businesses such as banks, offices and service establishments; and they almost dominate the whole roads in the city.

Aside from the condominiums in Mandaluyong, this article also serves as the window, presenting the known places from parks and recreational facilities, religious structures to malls and famous hotels.  The city has several places of interest that the tourist and visitors will surely enjoy their stay.

Top 5 Known Condominiums in Mandaluyong

  • St. Francis Tower

    St. Francis Tower also known as St. Francis Shangri-La Place, it is a twin tower residential condominium skyscraper.  It is the tallest residential skyscraper and one of the tallest buildings in the country with a height of 212.88 meters from the ground to its architectural spire.

    This condo Mandaluyong has also the highest number of storeys in the Philippines which has 60 floors including a podium which connects the two towers, and 5 basement levels for parking.  The interiors of the building are spacious and feature large windows, high ceilings and individual balconies.  Cool sleek floorboards set the style with marble and granite detail.

  • Dansalan Gardens

    Dansalan Garden has three residential buildings namely Palo Verde (31-storey), Sycamore (31-storey) and Willow (18-storey).  These buildings are specially configured to maximize the 8,000 sqm property.  This is a well-planned residential unit that gets fantastic views of the Makati and Bonifacio Global City Skylines, and of the Manila and Antipolo Hill horizons.  There are no high-rise developments nearby to obstruct the view, and each unit commands a spectacular glimpse of the city.

    Dansalan Garden is a kind of condo Mandaluyong that has resort-like amenities.  Located at the 1st Tower - Willow, the fitness gym helps residents stay in tip-top shape.  You can also have your small gatherings at the Sycamore Tower sky lounge with an intimate and casual ambiance.  It also has multi-purpose hall with snack bar, billiards area, audio visual room, and a business center.

    Boracay condo

    The Palo Verde tower sky lounge has this 270 degree magnificent view of the skyline by which you can see Manila Bay sunset at the west, Makati CBD skyscrapers at the south and Antipolo Hills at the east.  You can rent a fully-furnished condo for as low as Php 20,000 per month for a minimum of 6 months to 1 year.  You can also own one for Php 4,100,000.00.

  • Gateway Garden Ridge

    This residential Bi-level floors condominium is located along the Historic EDSA right beside the Robinsons Place Pioneer Mall.  This 3-tower and 30-storey building is just a few steps away from the MRT Boni station, that makes it accessible to Makati and Ortigas Central business district.

    Gateway Garden Ridge is best suited for starting family and young executives.  It has good amenities, such as swimming pools for adults and children, jogging path, Gazebos, children’s playground, functional room, fitness center and a landscaped garden at the ground level.  It has 29.00-91.98 available unit sizes and prices range from php 1.62M - php 4.94M.

  • Aqua Private Residences

    This is located across power plant mall; and is accessible via newly constructed bridge that traverses the historic Pasig river.  This gives the advantage of being located right at the meeting point of two cities—Makati and Mandaluyong.

    Units at aqua are available in 1 to 3 bedroom configuration.  Aqcua Prive is a private collection of special units.  It  has been carefully crafted for clients who are looking for a wider selection of condo units, like townhouses, penthouses, sky garden, and private garden condominium.

    This residential landmark is surrounded by a majestic tropical rainforest and they also provide water shuttle that will take residents and guests to and from the Makati riverside.  Unit prices range from php 2.5 M - php 18 M.

  • Twin Oaks Place

    This is the first condominium in the Philippines that allows you to enjoy the technological advancements of the 21st century.  It has ‘internet ready’ appliances and manages your home with a push of a button through a fiber optic backbone that provides high speed internet connections.

    This condominium in Mandaluyong is just a 5 minute drive to important places and your favorite spots: from hospitals, churches, private schools, banks, police and fire station to malls, hotels and terminals.  It also has several amenities: swimming pool (Adult & Kiddie pool), function rooms, fitness gym, lounge area, WiFi Station, and landscaped gardens. 

About Mandaluyong City

Mandaluyong is a city that lies at the heart of Metro Manila in the Philippines.  It enjoys an economically strategic location as manifested in the prime business districts just around her borders, Quezon City and Pasig City on the east, San Juan on the north, Makati City on the south and the City of Manila on the west.  

Mandaluyong City's remarkable rate of development since early 80’s made the city as one of the most progressive economic centers in the country today.  Because of its notable number of shopping malls, entertainment hubs, financial hubs, and hotels it is considered as the "Tiger City of the Philippines".  Local and foreign investors will surely find Mandaluyong a prime location for both business and leisure.

The largest land area in Mandaluyong is Barangay Wack-Wack, which comprises a little over one-fourth of the city’s total land area; next is Barangay Addition Hills, which comprises almost fifteen percent.  Followed by Barangays Plainview and Highway Hills, at about ten percent each respectively.  Today, Mandaluyong is bustling with vibrant economic activities and among many other city accomplishments.

Story tells that Mandaluyong derived its name from the two lovers namely “Manda” and “Luyong”.  Some also said that it derives from the tree called “luyong” - beautiful canes and home furnitures were made of.  Another claimed that the Spaniards named it from big waves from the sea called “daluyong” which rolling hills were frequently lashed at.

Mandaluyong is part of what was once the Kingdom of Sapa of the Great Majapahit Empire around 1300.  Later expanded and was called Kingdom of Namayan.  It was first known as a barrio of Sta. Ana de Sapa, which was part of the District of Paco, Province of Tondo.

Mandaluyong City's Festival

The City’s Festival is Lanvandero.  This is usually the highlight of the week-long activities from February 1-9.  There are also times the festival is also held in November.

This festival was created by the City Administration office in 2000 which celebrates the traditional means of livelihood in old Mandaluyong during the Spanish era and after the World War II.

The city was known for its men, supporting their families while washing clothes.  They whip it against the rocks or stones by the banks of Pasig River then twist it.  These were the days when the river is still clean and teeming with fish.  This ancient trading emphasizes of the festival.  Instead of women, the focal points are the men participants washing the clothes.

During the festival, male residents are dressed up in a typical washerwoman’s attire (a red maroon “patadyong” with a white hand towel wrapped around their head) while dancing during the parade carrying wash basin and wooden “palo-palo”.

Top 5 Facts

  • Mandaluyong City is located at the center of Metro Manila, Philippines.
  • Mandaluyong city is composed of 27 barangays, divided into two (2) political districts.
  • Shopping malls plays an important role in the economy of the city.
  • One of the most prominent pharmaceutical laboratories and factories, Unilab is located in the city.
  • As of Census Year 2000, Mandaluyong City has a total population of 278,474, accounting for about 2.8% of the total population of the Metro Manila which is 9,932,560.

Sizzling Spots You Shouldn’t Miss in Mandaluyong

There are many sizzling spots that you shouldn't miss in Mandaluyong City - such as St. Francis Towers, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Megamall, Amando T. Reyes Park, San Felipe Church, Dambana ng Alaala and Bantayog ng Kabataan.

Shangri-La Plaza Mall is affectionately called “the shang”.  This upscale shopping mall had lots of international stores such as Calvin Klein, Gucci, Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana, Hugo Boss and Polo Ralph Lauren.  There are plenty of casual fine dining restaurants too.  In the streetscape section, you can chill with the band performances for free!  This seven-storey shopping mall is located at Ortigas Center, a business/commercial district in the City.

SM Megamall is owned by Henry Sy Sr., this large shopping mall is located in the Ortigas business district of Metro Manila.  It stands along the main EDSA thoroughfare and is almost adjacent to the Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Ortigas station.  This mall is one of the largest SM Supermall developed and operated by SM Prime Holdings, which is the largest mall operator in the country.

It has a maximum capacity of 4 million people, and is as large as the Changi Airport Terminal 2 in Singapore.  In a study done on the world's largest shopping malls by Eastern Connecticut State University, the mall was ranked seventh among the world's largest shopping malls by "ground level area".

Another spot is the Armado T. Reyes Park; it is named after the previous mayor of the City.  This is the right place to relax together with your family and loved ones.

San Felipe Church is one of the famous churches in the Philippines, located in Mandaluyong.  It is established in the year 1863.  This church is one of the oldest churches in the metropolis.  In fact, Mandaluyong was first called San Felipe Neri during the Spanish regime.  According to the Philippine History, it was run by hostile Spanish friars.  This was the site of bloody encounter between Filipino revolutionaries and Spanish soldiers.  This heritage site is dedicated to the patron saint of Rome.

There had been no writings about the church being damaged from fires, earthquakes, or war.  There are some accounts that this church served as a hub for katipuneros during the 1896-1898 Spanish revolution.

Speaking of its look, the exterior of the church was designed with clearly defined forms.  Its symmetry in all sides gives it a little touch of Romanesque architecture.  Its simplicity is also incorporated at the interiors of the church .  There’s also a garden at the back side where niches are arranged against the walls.

Dambana ng Alaala is also a known spot in Mandaluyong.  This memorial is constructed to give tribute to the Mandaluyong Heroes — the brave citizens who fought to achieve the liberty and peace they long to have during the period of revolution.  This is located at Maysilo Cirlce, Brgy. Plainview.

The last is the Bantayog ng Kabataan.  This is a monument of the youth of the city, and it is also located at Maysilo Circle, Barangay Plainview.  This indicates the youth’s proper care and guidance; and inspires them to have a brighter future.

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