Six Reasons that the Bay City Area is the Best Place to Work

Several of the Metro’s leading business districts emerge as crucial players in the country’s booming economy. Yet, with the increase of luxurious residential properties, first-class corporate offices and extravagant recreational sites, this emerging development is on its way to being the next major player – the future of real estate developments.

The Bay City is situated on the reclamation area along Manila Bay. Spanning from Parañaque City on the south to Pasay and Manila on the north, the hub serves as vicinities for the Metro’s most booming destinations. This is the district that houses the popular Mall of Asia, the largest IKEA, the world-class City of Dreams and numerous offices and residences that define the area.

Economic prospects of the entire area has been long foreseen since its inception. Land reclamation over the Manila Bay was executed to expand the limited area of Metro Manila for usable land. Since then, the area became the site of many of the region’s most lucrative development that it was organized as “Manila Bay Freeport Zone”.

Several of these prospects defined the potential of Reach as the next ideal business center of the Bay Area. The built environment, the bourgeoning waterfront and the brimming opportunities also factor in to Reach’s inception, construction and completion. As it opens its doors to the public, there are six prolific approaches that clients, workers and visitors can look at on choosing the MOA Complex Area as their most ideal real estate development:


The rise of numerous office buildings is an immediate indicator of the economic opportunities poured into the area. One of the most prominent is the SM Central Business Park, which contains the main headquarters of SM Prime Holdings. The area hosts six E-Com Centers, SM Corporate Offices and the Philflex Bay Center, among many others.

One part of the reclamation area houses the Aseana Business Park, where several office buildings are located, including the DFA. The middle portion hosts the DD Meridian Park and the Metropolitan Park. And the northern part contains offices for Metrobank and the Philippine Reclamation Authority.

Yet, most importantly, the mixed-use building Reach opens its doors as the next big office development. With its strategic location (a 10-minute drive from the airport), Reach intends to serve as a major link to corporate entities, startups and services in the area, one that unlocks major potential for businesses.


As many businesses and companies flock to the area, same goes for real estate developments that raise the bar of quality leisure living in the Metro. The most notable is a series of seven residential complexes, comprising of the Sea, Shell, Shore, S, Sail Residences and the upcoming ICE Tower.

On the south side, the economic boom of the reclamation area has spurred the presence of some affluent residential areas and high-rise apartments, intending to draw denizens who work around the area. As such, educational institutions like Singapore School Manila, The King’s School and Manila Tytana Colleges are at residents’ disposal. And public attractions like the MOA Complex’s SM By the Bay and CCP Complex’s Star City gives families and general audiences the privilege to unwind and enjoy the area.

For families and young professionals, the Bay Area offers all their needs in the highest quality and the fastest access.


While the area houses the largest mall in the Philippines, the Bay City zone is brimmed with first-class commercial destinations. On the south portion of the area resides an Ayala-owned mall location, while the middle portion hosts three outlet malls for food and shopping alternatives.

But the main attraction is SM Mall of Asia. With an expansive retail floor area of an estimated 600,000 square meters, the entire complex operates two world-class hotels, a convention center, an indoor area, numerous residential condos and office towers, al fresco restaurants, an amusement park, a museum and the largest Ikea store of the world (with an estimated 60,000 square meters of floor space). Likewise, the mall is a premier food and shopping destination.

Also in the complex is the LUXE Duty Free Mall, featuring many notable high-end fashion, fragrance, cosmetics, liquor and confectionery brands. The location itself stands out with its gold-plated façade.


When it comes to the Bay Area, its vibrancy lies on its recreational spots. Starting from the south is where the Entertainment City awaits for eager tourists. The area contains four of the Metro’s most prolific integrated resort developments: Solaire Resort & Casino, City of Dreams Manila, Okada Manila and the upcoming Westside City. Collectively, they define the energy and flow of the games-and-entertainment complex. Along with them are topnotch restaurants, boutiques and attractions that complete the experience for visitors.

Many recreational spots are also placed in other areas, with the MOA Area operating its in-house arena and concert grounds and the CCP Complex housing its own theme park and outdoor parks. The latter area also hosts the country’s own Sofitel hotel chain, targeted for tourist lodging and events functions.

With numerous potentials of the area, the Bay Area is poised to be a world-class tourist destination and recreational haven.


The northernmost part of the area holds the most cultural baggage of the emerging development. Each of its landmark is brimmed with cultural context and historical intrigue that visitors may take a day to absorb all of its significance towards the Manila Bay City Area.

The CCP Complex houses the iconic Tanghalang Pambansa building, where theatrical productions, film screenings and art exhibitions are regularly shown. Adjacent to it was the Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas, which served many popular musical acts and stage performances. The most notable feature over those brutalist structures is their architecture, designed by prolific Filipino architect Leandro Locsin. In fact, many buildings around the area are crafted by Locsin, making it a treasure trove for admirers of design.

Other cultural landmarks around the area, like the Manila Film Center, Coconut Palace, MBC Building, Aliw Theater and the CCP Asean Plaza, are guaranteed to feed cultural interests of visitors.


The scope of the Bay City Area intends to cover several of the Metro’s busiest throughways. In terms of roads, the Roxas Boulevard surrounds one side of the area, directing Cavite motorists to the south and Manila travelers to the north direction. The EDSA Extension stretches to the front portion of the Mall of Asia Complex, intersecting with Macapagal Boulevard.

Speaking of, both Macapagal and J.W. Diokno Boulevards help navigate motorists and passengers on all areas of the development. Buses, jeeps, taxis and tricabs serve as modes of public transportation. Several of them take passengers to the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), one of the Metro’s major transportation connections to other cities, provinces and regions.

Finally, given its proximity to the area, NAIA also places the primary northern entrance of its elevated expressway over the area. Motorists can access the highway that directs them to three terminals of the airport, as well as the Skyway and the Manila–Cavite Expressway.


Despite the numerous constructions to be done, the Manila Bay Area is rife with potential to be the next greatest development that the country has seen. And Reach is at its prime to open up the possibility as the ideal mixed-used office building and, given the opportune angles mentioned, the epitome of the Bay Area’s triumphant prominence. When unlocking the potential of the Bay Area, the future is at reach.

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