In 2002, Mandaluyong was named “New Tiger City of Metro Manila” by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center. It derived its name from the latent characteristic of its land. Back in the days, Mandaluyong was inundated with lush and tall cogon grasses that sway with the wind like giant waves or “daluyong” in Tagalog. When the Spaniards came and asked the name of the place, a native dweller described the town as “madaluyong” which later came to be “Mandaluyong”. Some legend ascribed the name of the town to the romance of a tribal couple named “Manda” and “Luyong”.
With a population of roughly 330, 000, Mandaluyong City is considered as the 18th largest metropolitan city in the world. It is primarily occupied by residential lands such as the famous neighborhood of Wack Wack, Addition Hills, Plainview, and Highway Hills. Mandaluyong also prides itself in housing a line of shopping malls like the massive SM Megamall, Forum Robinsons, Podium, Robinsons Galleria, and Shangri-la Plaza Mall where events and fun activities never run out. Quality time on weekends or holidays can also be spent strolling around fully air-conditioned tiangge malls like St. Francis Square, Star Mall, and Greenhills Shopping Center.
Metro Manila’s exceptional schools like La Salle Greenhills, Saint Pedro Poveda College, Xavier School, OB Montessori Center, Mandaluyong Science High School, Don Bosco Technical College, and Rizal Technological University are also in Mandaluyong.
For growing families or working professionals who hold jobs in Ortigas Central Business District, renting an apartment in Mandaluyong is always a wise decision. For one, there is an available one-bedroom unit worth PHP16,000 in the seventh floor of the residential building, Libertad Plaza. The unit is just walking distance from Starmall, Shangri-la Plaza, Greenfield District, and Lourdes School of Mandaluyong. Another residential unit worth PHP 12,000 per month is available in Libertad Plaza. It is a studio-type unit with a bedroom and a bathroom. Both come with the same amenities.
At Rio Suites, however, one can afford to rent a room on a weekly basis. The standard room can be rented for as low as PHP1, 386 per week and can accommodate two persons with set breakfast for two included. A serviced apartment in Rio Suites, on the other hand, costs around PHP15,000. The room is semi-furnished with functional LED TVs and air-conditioning units. Amenities include free wifi, housekeeping room service, 24/7 security, CCTV, pantry, linen change, laundry, and spa. Rio Suites is near The Podium, Cardinal Santos Hospital, Robinsons Forum, and Shangri-La Plaza Mall.
For people who wanted a tranquil neighborhood, there is a two-story apartment available in Concepcion Street, Plainview for PHP17,000 per month. It can accommodate four people and is fully-furnished with a spacious garage for one vehicle only. Children and pets are strictly not allowed. Another apartment in Plainview can be rented for a rate of PHP15,500 a month. It has two bedrooms and a laundry area. Both apartments are near The Podium, United Arab Embassy, Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Robinsons Forum, and Circuit Makati.
Around Highway Hills, there are also available apartments for rent. The apartments cost PHP13,000, PHP13,500, PHP14,000 respectively; and are near Robinsons Forum and SM Megamall. For women looking for space around Boni Avenue area, there is an available room for rent that costs around PHP5,000, exclusive of electric charges.
If one is looking for a luxury residential space, St. Francis Shangri-la Place has available rooms for rent for as low as PHP38,000 a month. Amenities include CCTV, jacuzzi bath, swimming pool, sauna, music room, and access cards.
Mandaluyong is commuter-friendly and gives you flexibility in accessing commercial and business establishments. But more than just a roaring tiger with prestigious companies crowding over its land, Mandaluyong is a convenient and secured residential place to provide you safer grounds to dwell.