44-hectare Alabang sprawl home to global business community


THE NEW Filinvest City is ripe for celebrating milestones.

WHAT A difference almost 20 years make.

In the early 1990s, this 244-hectare expanse of land in what was then the town of Muntinlupa was a stock farm, offered by the government to the best bidder.

Filinvest, the winner of the bid, then set out to transform the site from a farm to a booming satellite city at par with its contemporaries north of the metropolis.

NORTHGATE Cyberzone, the BPO IT park of the south, exudes that fresh campus vibe.

Today, Muntinlupa City’s premiere central business district, host to the first business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology (IT) in southern Metro Manila—aims to surpass all other satellite cities in the Philippines and become the preferred CBD-cum-garden city-cum-convergence hub.

Filinvest City houses the Northgate Cyberzone, the first BPO IT Park in southern Metro Manila, home to international BPOs.

During the recent launch of the new Filinvest City, the developer had announced that it already completed majority of the infrastructure works on site. Its version of the live-work-play community includes the presence of a business district, hospitality and leisure locators, residential developments, retail, shopping and dining destinations, corporate offices, entertainment and retail establishments, dining areas, wellness spots, schools and hospitals.

Filinvest Alabang Inc.’s executive vice president Catherine A. Ilagan said the aim has been to provide the best “live + work + play” experience. She added that the company’s thrust is to create a “breathing and living city where everyone could flourish and enjoy a multidimensional and cosmopolitan lifestyle with nature as a refreshing backdrop.”


THE PICTURESQUE cityscape softened by some 3,000 date palms lining the streets

Stressing its role as the gateway to progressive Calabarzon, Filinvest City hosts various known multinational and local companies located in high rises found in Spectrum District. Project proponents explain that these companies complement the labor force that Muntinlupa City produces every year, boosting job opportunities for the city’s graduates, including those from nearby Makati, Taguig and Pasay. The workforce comes from as far as Laguna, Cavite and even Batangas.

Festival Mall, the largest shopping center in the south Metro Manila, will be renovated to feature more green areas and outdoor promenades. Al fresco dining by the “living creek” in The River Park would set the stage for a romantic evening or an enjoyable gathering under the stars with friends. An amphitheater at the Water Garden will be the venue for concerts or theater productions.

Work, jog, surf

“Landscaping is an integral part of urban planning. Lush landscapes, open parks, tree-lined pathways, even the type of vegetation in road center aisles are all incorporated in the master plan; thus assuring locators, visitors and residents to enjoy work and play with the serenity of nature as a refreshing backdrop,” Ilagan said.

With over 3,000 date palms, canopy and rain trees providing cool shade and plenty of open space, jogging has become the pastime of residents and corporate neighbors in Filinvest City, which also boasts 90 percent of its power and communication lines run below ground, making it a safer place to run or stroll leisurely.

Project proponents explained how the underground cables are protected from a myriad of elements, such as growing or fallen trees, and addressing concerns of building too close to transmission lines; less exposure to the damaging impact of typhoons. Underground lines also require less land to install.

Fiber optic telecom system

Filinvest City has put into place a fiber optic telecom system, making the city ideal for the BPO industry and for heavy Internet users. The Filinvest City team said the system is particularly integral to its proposition of being a CBD, to ensure that the high data and communication demands of multinational companies, especially BPOs, would be aptly addressed by the infrastructure.

Filinvest City also caters to all income brackets. The retail/dining side of the Festival Supermall caters to both middle-income and mass market. Westgate, on the other hand, is designed for the upper-middle to high-end markets. Its residential options offer small studios for employees at the BPO IT Park and Northgate Cyberzone up to the big unit cuts in such projects as La Vie or even Aspen.

Security marshals would also complement the police force to ensure safety and security in Filinvest City. CCTVs will also be installed along the city’s main roads and side streets.

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  • Reynaldo Quijada

    Live work play without pray???

  • Tsuwariwap

    Gosh! The breeze outside Festival Mall is cooler.

    So you call that “living creek”, after you put tilapya and turtles on it? But still has that foul smell.

    Park? What park? Where? Maybe it means parking lot. The only honest to goodness park I’ve seen in Muntinlupa is the NBP’s Sunken Garden. A real park, not just an open park or empty space for sale.

    Oh serenity! That was the farm before.

    Refreshing? Amusing how breathing black smoke from jeepneys plying the avenues could be refreshing.

    Lush landscapes? After you cut dozens of trees as tall as a five story building, you call it lush.

    • CyberPinoy

      Another attack of the Pinoy crab mentality. Have you even thought of atleast there is a new city sprawling in the south as an alternative to MM. did you also notice all the trees that was not supposed to be there, that is because those are planted to for beutification, yes they cut trees pero they put another tree what ever they have done thats is for the purpose of redevelopment. alam mo if you dont have anything good to say then you should just shutup, atleast someone is doing something for development ikaw ano ba ginawa mo ? ano ba na-contribute mo sa pinas para umunlad tayo, perpektong tao ka ba tingin mo kasi dapat lahat perfect sa paningin mo.  Eto nalang isipin mo kung walang business development sa alabang 20yrs ago palagay mo ba papasok ang mga BPO sa south at magkaron ng trabaho mga tago duon, syempre hindi sila papasok kung walang infrastructure in place. Currently sa south area alabang lang ang viable maging business district to rival ayala makati. Developing a city is a work in progress dont expect it to be perfect agad-agad because it needs time and money to do all that. 

      Pinoy crab mentality nga naman talaga will always try to bring you down tsk tsk !!

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    • pilipino

      But they have planted much more trees than they have balled out, not just these date palms, most of the roads are now lined up with trees when all there was were tall shrubs on the hills prior to its development, wala silang pinutol. I should know because I have a house in Alabang. If you have seen trees with trimmed or cut branches, that’s part of the process of balling out full grown trees to reduce its photosynthetic activity so it won’t dry up while being processed.

      • Tsuwariwap

        Sobrang natawa ako sa sinabi mong “wala silang pinutol”. Kelan ka ba nagkabahay sa Alabang? Anyway, hindi mo naman talaga yun makikita, binabakuran muna kasi nila bago mag-putol.

      • pilipino

        In Ayala Alabang. Mrs. Ming Ramos and my Mom live in the same Block also. I am familiar with the place long before Filinvest came into the picture, when all there was were those stinky goats and sheep and Boom-na-Boom sa Alabang peryahan erected over those hills that were now flattened.

  • Bring back Phils Glory. Unite.

    nice to have an alternative in the south…keep on developing it…also please maintain the luxury of space…we don’t want places to look like manila again…

  • kismaytami

    Boosting job opportunities for the city’s graduates? Most of the city’s graduates works on factories in nearby provinces like Laguna and Cavite. Because most companies nestled on the business district like graduates from exclusive schools.

    Safety and security is still a BIG issue in the city. There are lots of snatchers and pickpockets. There are also modus where criminals would disguise as wanting help from you.

    One sad thing about this business district and Muntinlupa itself is, it has been left behind miles and miles away by younger business districts such as Eastwood, Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

    • Pepe Alas

      Wow. Most of the city’s graduates work on factories (he used the word MOST). And I worked in Northgate Cyberzone for years, I’m not even from an “exclusive school”, same thing with my colleagues there. There are snatchers and pickpockets, but “lots” is laughable. Miles and miles? Wow. I wonder where this guy got the statistics.

      • kismaytami

        Di ka pa yata nakakaranas na madukutan diyan. Don’t worry, walang tutulong sa iyo, the police and security guards there will be more happy to tell you ‘wala po kaming magagawa riyan.’

      • Pepe Alas

        O, pasulat-sulat ca pa ng inglés, pero yung sinabi co ¿bat di mo yata naintindihán?

        “THERE ARE snatchers and pickpockets, but ‘lots’ is laughable.”

        Paquigamitan na lang ng online translator. Guinamitan co ng emphasis, tulong na rin sa nahihimlay mong pag-iisip.

      • kismaytami

        May kasabihan, kung wala kang maipunto sa mensahe, eh atakihin mo ang mensahero. Napaka-low blow mo naman.

      • Pepe Alas

        That saying does not apply at all to my retort to you. It is crystal clear that you erred when you misconstrued me. Now you’re quoting proverbs just to save face (even if you don’t have, albeit one online). Shame.

    • Mike

      “it has been left behind miles and miles away by younger business districts such as Eastwood, Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.”

      If you look at Eastwood and Bonifacio Global City they lack the nature ambience which Filinvest City provides. You can still smell fresh air and feel cool temperature in Filinvest City compared with Eastwood’s pure building structures and Bonifacio Global City’s tree-less city.

      • kismaytami

        There are more trees in the area before Filinvest was established. The trees you see now are for ornamental purposes. Fresh air in Muntinlupa is JUST A DREAM nowadays. My family left Muntinlupa because of gross pollution and increasing violence. I can’t feel the coolness you’re saying everytime I pass by that area now.

  • Melvin_A

    As far I could recall, the development of Alabang as a premier CBD after Ayala Makati, became a reality during the incumberncy of former Mayor/Congressman/Presidential Spokesperson/Press Secretary/Now Monetary Board member – Atty Ignacio “Toting” Bunye. After more than 2 decades, the former site of DOH Serum Vaccine Laboratories & the Dept. Agriculture Alabang Stock Farm and Madrigal Farm is just my childhood memory.

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