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The 10 tallest towers in the Philippines for 2017

by Jillian CariolaPublished: July 18, 2017Updated: April 17, 2018

Local property developers continue to change the Philippines’ city skylines by outdoing each other in developing one concrete monolith after another.

As you traverse the country’s major highways at night, you probably cannot help but marvel at the sight of the constellation-like lights dotting the horizon, all thanks to the numerous buildings standing side-by-side and making up the skylines of the country’s major business districts. Makati, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), and Ortigas Center are all famous for the presence of awe-inspiring skyscrapers where people live, go to work, or unwind every day. Whether they are residential condos, office towers, or mixed-use buildings, there is no denying that these colossal edifices have literally and figuratively altered the Philippine property landscape as we know it. As of this writing, these are the tallest towers in the country.

1. Metrobank Financial Center

Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Towering over the BGC skyline, the 66-story Metrobank Financial Center (also known as the Federal Land Tower) is currently the tallest building in the Philippines since its completion early this year. The the top twenty-five floors of the monolith are dedicated to the Grand Hyatt Manila, a 461-room luxury hotel, and the rest will consist of office, commercial, and residential units. Along with the 50-story, 239-unit residential tower Grand Hyatt Residences, the Metrobank Financial Tower is part of a mixed-use development by Bonifacio Landmark Realty & Development Corporation, a joint venture between Federal Land and Japanese financial services group ORIX Corporation.

2. PBCom Tower

Salcedo Village, Makati

PBCom Tower, a joint development between Filinvest Asia Corporation (FAC) and the Philippine Bank of Communications, was the tallest building in the country until 2017 (when it was surpassed by the Metrobank Financial Tower). Located at the corner of Makati’s Ayala Avenue and V. A. Rufino Street, 44 of the tower’s 52 stories are dedicated to offices of various companies, including PBCom, Philam Insurance Co., Inc., Fortune Cement, Philips Electronics & Lighting, Inc., and Laboratories Fournier Phils., Inc. PBCom Tower is accredited by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) as an information technology (IT) zone.

3. Gramercy Residences

Century City, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati

Recognized as the tallest residential condo in the Philippines, Gramercy Residences by Century Properties rises within the mixed-use development Century City in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati. Comprising 73 floors containing more than 1,400 units, Gramercy possesses an aesthetic inspired by the luxury of New York as interpreted by world-renowned architect Jon Jerde in collaboration with Roger Villarosa Architects and Associates and interior designer Chat Flores.

4. Discovery Primea

Ayala Avenue, Brgy. Urdaneta, Makati

If you are coming from EDSA, the 68-level Discovery Primea is one of the towering edifices that will greet you as soon as you enter Ayala Avenue.  From the fourth to the 16th floor are 141 hotel rooms—a combination of business flats, suites, and lofts. Also within the building’s walls are a heated infinity pool, several banquet halls and meeting rooms, sundry shop Lily, restaurants, 24-hour gym, salon, and spa.

5. Shangri-La at the Fort

Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Completed in 2016, Shangri-La at the Fort is composed of 61 floors, within which are a total of 576 guest rooms and suites found from the 18th to the 40th floor. Nine floors beneath the hotel are occupied by Shangri-La Residences—97 serviced units wherein guests can experience hotel living and also have access to the hotel’s facilities. The hotel/residence complex also houses facilities like restaurants, swimming pools, conference halls and event rooms, retail stores, children’s playground, entertainment club, and the two-level indoor lifestyle and leisure club Kerry Sports Manila.

6. Grand Riviera Suites

Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila

Completed in 2015, Moldex Realty’s 55-level high-rise residential tower Grand Riviera Suites is said to be the tallest building in the City of Manila. At the eighth-level amenity floor are facilities such as swimming pools, an open lawn, pocket garden, lounge area, function room, and fitness gym. Aside from its imposing size, its location close to Roxas Boulevard provides residents with a magnificent view of the famous Manila Bay sunset.

7. One Shangri-La Place

Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong

Developed by Shang Properties Realty Corp., One Shangri-La Place is a 64-level twin-tower condo development. Aside from housing over 1,300 residential units, the towers are also equipped with amenities and facilities such as swimming pools, sauna and steam rooms, banquet halls and function rooms, and direct access to Shangri-La Plaza.

8. BSA Twin Towers

Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong

The BSA Twin Towers is 55 floors tall containing condo units and serviced apartments, as well as commercial and office spaces. Residents and guests of the condos and apartments can access various amenities in the towers, which include swimming pools, a fitness gym and jogging path, children’s play room, breakfast area, function room, and business center. These two towers make up two-thirds of the three-building complex St. Francis Square, the remaining one being the St. Francis Square Mall.

9. Knightsbridge Residences

Century City, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati

Also found within Century City is the residential tower Knightsbridge Residences, another project by Century Properties. Completed in 2014, the 64-level condo is said to take inspiration from its British namesake, the prestigious Knightsbridge in London, England. Available for the enjoyment of Knightsbridge Residences unit owners are various top-of-the-line amenities such as a swimming pool, fitness center, children's playroom, spa, library, arcade, movie room, and an observatory.

10. G.T. International Tower

Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati

Named after Metrobank Group and building owner George Ty, the G.T. International Tower is a project by Metrobank’s real estate arm Federal Land. The office skyscraper rises along Ayala Avenue, sitting close to fellow towers RCBC Plaza and LKG Tower. G.T.’s most distinguishing feature is its fin-like apex, a design brought to life by local architectural firms GF & Partners Architects and Gozar Planners Philippines, in cooperation with international architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Aside from anchor tenant Metrobank, G.T. also serves as the home of companies like Federal Land, Du Pont Far East, Inc., and Panay Power Corp.


Keep in mind that these are only the completed towers; many more in the works are bound to replace these once they are finished. Some of these are the Stratford Residences by Picar Development, the 60-story office building Iconique Tower by Rockwell Land, and the 57-floor Trump Tower Manila by Century Properties.



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