Are you a Filipino looking for greener pastures? Maybe you’re a foreign investor looking to take advantage of the booming Philippine economy? Or you’re just someone looking for a change of scenery? Whatever you are, do yourself a favor and put Ortigas Center in Metro Manila at the top of your places-to-consider list.

Second only to the Makati Central Business District, Ortigas Center is a growing business area, making it a great place to start anew. So whether you’re thinking of working or living in a new place, or both, Ortigas is the place to be. And here are three reasons why:

Livelihood opportunities

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Being a business district, Ortigas offers a wide range of livelihood opportunities. If you’re looking for employment, many IT and BPO companies are operating in the area. You can also try applying for a job at well-established organizations, like the Asian Development Bank, San Miguel Corporation, and Jollibee Foods Corporation, which are all headquartered in the business district. On the other hand, if you want to put up your own business, the offices, schools, malls, and hotels found in the area will provide you with a steady flow of potential customers. Just be sure to pick the right type of business—a food business is always a viable option—and commercial space in Ortigas.

Public transport

Getting to, from, and around Ortigas won’t be a problem even if you don’t have your own car. There are several public transport options available in the business center. If you’re coming from another part of the metro or even nearby provinces, you can take the commuter train MRT-3, buses, or shuttle vans that ply along the highway of EDSA. For getting around the business district, jeepneys and shuttle vans are the most common types of mass transport. Of course, if you’d rather have a public utility vehicle all to yourself, you can always ride a taxi or use app-based services, like Grab (cars) and Angkas (motorcycles).

Key amenities

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Working—and even living—in Ortigas is made easier, more pleasant, and more comfortable by the many amenities offered in this modern business area. For one, there are several malls, such as SM Megamall, The Podium, and Robinsons Galleria, where you can shop for almost anything, dine at a great variety of food establishments, have fun at movie theaters and arcades, and get in shape at fitness centers. And if you’re planning to relocate to Ortigas, you won’t have to worry about finding reputable academic institutions, including the University of Asia and the Pacific and St. Paul College, healthcare facilities like The Medical City, and various places of worship for you and your family.

Ortigas Is the Place to Be

So whether you’re a local or foreigner looking for a place to work, live, or just start anew, consider Ortigas. This thriving Philippine business district offers great livelihood opportunities, reliable public transport, and excellent city amenities. And if all these are music to your ears, then you might find that Ortigas is the perfect place for you to be.