Snapshot of a city: Ortigas Center at a glance

Therese Reyes

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Snapshot of a city: Ortigas Center at a glance
Fast facts on the people, places, and things that make up the Ortigas Center

MANILA, Philippines – With a skyline full of skyscrapers and roads filled with vehicles, Ortigas Center sets itself apart as one of the most important central business districts (CBD) in Metro Manila. 

But it wasn’t always this way.

Before Ortigas & Company acquired development rights to the area, the 4,033-hectare estate was unused and barren. Eventually, fractions of the huge land were sold in big parcels and others were developed by Ortigas, including the CBD. During the 1960s, it started blooming into a financial center, initially housing structures like the Chronicle Building (now Benpres) and the Meralco building.

Today, the actual Ortigas Center is made up of more than 100 hectares and covers 3 main cities: Mandaluyong City, Pasig City, and Quezon City. It is a comprehensive “mini city” in itself, boasting of a lively mix of commercial, residential, and technological zones. (READ: Ortigas Center: A bustling CBD in the heart of Metro Manila)

Apart from Ortigas Center, the land acquired by Ortigas & Co. was also eventually developed into the nearby Greenhills, home of one of the first shopping centers in the country, and Tiendesitas, a collection of shops that offer some of the best local delicacies, furniture, and handicrafts.

Today, the entire Ortigas area continues to progress with the new Viridian condominium at Greenhills and Capitol Commons, a brand new, 10-hectare mixed-use development.  

Below is a comprehensive visual map of Ortigas and everything it offers. – 

This year, Ortigas & Company is celebrating its 85th year of building some of the country’s most iconic places for living, shopping, business, and entertainment. Their newest mixed-use development, Capitol Commons is a lifestyle destination with residential and office spaces as well as shopping, entertainment, and dining options. For more information on their projects, visit

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