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Progress rushes into ‘Tiger City’ by Aye P. UbaldoPublished: May 27, 2014Updated: February 16, 2015

Here are 10 reasons the heart of the Metro will make your heart beat in excitement.

Be it the undulating waves—daluyong—of the seas hitting this land in Colonial times, or the abundance of the anahaw, also called luyong, or both, Mandaluyong was named, and its name has stuck—until it was briefly called San Felipe Neri from 1841 to 1904. In 1907, it got its local name back.

Mandaluyong’s leaders have branded their locale the Tiger City, and The Shopping Center capital of the Philippines. From 2011 to 2013, Mandaluyong was named the Green Banner City. In 2011, it was the Most Child Friendly.

So what are the top 10 reasons for staying in Mandaluyong?

01 Strategically convergent. Many roads lead to and from the city. It’s at the core of the Metro that the main transportation artery that is EDSA has three Metro Rail Transit (MRT) stations in Mandaluyong. The city is the heartland where steel skyscrapers and humble homes claim their stead.

02 Shopping capital. It has Robinsons Galleria, the country’s first multi-story shopping complex that brought EDSA to life in 1986, and brought the “mall culture” into the Filipino consciousness. SM MegaMall followed suit in 1991. This massive structure now houses call center giant Convergys, and was hailed the “Philippines’ biggest mall”. Shangrila Mall is sophistication under one roof, with easy access via MRT.

03 Wonderful Pioneer Street. This amazing stretch of winding road from EDSA to Shaw Boulevard locates an eclectic, bohemian collection of residents that include the Unilab Bayanihan Center, a cozy convention and meeting center, and Anvil Publishing, one of the most renowned book publishers in the country. FMF Compound has the showrooms of Stoked Inc, Regalong Pambahay and Komodo Crafts. Across FMF is Ethan Allen, a high-end furniture brand from the United States. Robinsons Forum and Cybergate Tower are also accessible on Pioneer Street.

04 The city is a haven for manufacturers. San Miguel Corp, Southeast Asia’s biggest food, beverage and packing company is at San Miguel Avenue. RFM Corp, another diversified food and beverage company, has its HQs in Mandaluyong. Goldilocks, its tasty treats and sweets everyone’s favorite, is along Shaw Boulevard. The country’s biggest locally owned pharmaceutical company, United Laboraties (Unilab) is at United Street. There’s GoHotels along EDSA.

05 The Pasig River passes by the city. When the Pasig River Ferry Service restarts in June, residents of Mandaluyong can hop on this air-conditioned river ride sans traffic to reach Chinatown in 45 minutes or less. There’s a lovely stretch of the Pasig River that the city has lighted up where people take leisurely walks by.

06 Lots of places to come home to. Mandaluyong’s accessibility is drawing more residents in. Ayala Land, Robinsons Land, Empire East, DMCI and SMDC are putting in the steel and concrete on future high-rises along Edsa. For the more established, there’s Wack-Wack Village, with its own Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, one of the first in the country, and across that is The Palladium, modest and exclusive. For the home away from home, the city shines with the 5-star EDSA Shangri-la Plaza, a plush favorite for both business and pleasure.

07 Mandaluyong can also be the country’s banking and finance center. The bank that “fights poverty in Asia and the Pacific”, the Asian Development Bank, has its offices on ADB Avenue. And, from regional to local, just a few blocks from ADB is the Sy conglomerate’s Banco de Oro main office.

08 For starting families, there’s a choice of good schools. St. Pedro Poveda College along Poveda Road is for girls. Lourdes School of Mandaluyong along St. Francis Street, and La Salle Greenhills High School on Ortigas Avenue and Don Bosco Technical College are for boys. The city has Rizal Technological University, a state university. Another is Jose Rizal University that produces its fair share of bar topnotchers.

09 The National Center for Mental Health. Most residents of this city are often asked this in jest, “Sa loob, o sa labas?’ (Inside, or outside?) It’s an insider joke (no pun intended), and residents of Mandaluyong City are in on it.

10 Manuel V. Pangilinan’s TV5 is building its HQ not far from where Globe Telecom left its Pioneer Street residence of many years. That’s certainly something the city looks forward to, and would wish to broadcast to all and sundry, as well.

There are over 8.700 properties in the Mandaluyong City area offered for sale or for rent at Log on now, and live, work, and play at the vibrantly beating heart of Metro Manila.

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