Filinvest City: Rise of the CBD of the South

PUBLISHED IN MANILA BULLETIN ON JANUARY 25, 2017

The Filinvest Group, a pioneer in masterplanned developments, continues to break new ground with the sustained development of Filinvest City. As a world-class central business district south of Metro Manila, Filinvest City fulfills the legacy of its founder Andrew Gotianun, Sr.

From humble beginnings, Filinvest now boasts of a diverse portfolio of notable projects all over the country. What started as a mission to fulfill the simple dream of Filipinos to own a house is now one of the country’s formidable real estate developers.

In 1995, the Gotianuns developed a 244-hectare lot in Alabang and established it into what is now the CBD of the South.

“It was a bold move indeed to build a CBD in the South,” said Filinvest Alabang Inc. EVP Catherine Ilagan. “Back then, Alabang was known as a bedroom community and was not considered for urban development. Now, Filinvest City is regarded as a prime urban development in Metro Manila.”

Masterplanned township

Filinvest City serves as a showcase of the founder’s vision. A masterplanned township, it has been enjoying unprecedented growth with the continuous construction of large-scale multi-use developments, office structures, as well as residential projects catering to different market segments.

Situated at the heart of Filinvest City is Festival Mall. A flagship of Filinvest’s LifeMalls category, Festival Mall continues its growth with the completion of a new wing with over 150,000 additional square meters.

That includes a four-storey Landmark Department Store, bolstering it as the biggest regional mall with a total of 321,768 sqm of shopping and dining options apt for every lifestyle need.

Filinvest City is also home to some of the country’s premiere institutions and global companies like Filinvest’s own Crimson Hotel, Palms Country Club and other locators like Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Insular Life, Bellevue Hotel, and the Northgate Cyberzone – Filinvest’s 24/7 IT Campus, a PEZA-registered Ecozone that houses various business process outsourcing  (BPO) companies.

Also set for completion are office towers like Polaris and Capella as well as Far Eastern University.

The next three years will see the completion of Filinvest’s anchor projects such as Botanika Nature Residences Tower 1 and Bristol at Parkway Place for high-end residences, and Parkway Corporate Center which is a new iconic office condominium structure.

‘Green spine’

Another pioneering enhancement of Filinvest City is its innovative “green spine,” the Spectrum Midway Linear Park. Enjoy this foliage-canopied walkway that spans across the north and south ends of the township that creates a pedestrian-friendly CBD with a healthy dose of the outdoors.

Further promoting Filinvest City for pedestrians, bike lanes will also be created across the city with provisions for bike stands and parking by city locators. This move will decrease vehicular traffic and encourage a healthier lifestyle.

With a greener and more dynamic development, Filinvest City is ahead of its time. Its sustained transformation and enhancements, guided by the pioneering vision of its founder, will continue to enhance the lives and experience of its residents and visitors.