Muntinlupa has become one of Metro Manila’s most urbanized cities in recent years. Nicknamed as the Emerald City of the Philippines and the Gateway to Calabarzon, Muntinlupa is the location of some of the country’s most expensive residential subdivisions, luxury hotels, and premier shopping malls and lifestyle centers. In fact, the city has been previously awarded Most Improved City for its rapid and continuous development in various aspects.
Muntinlupa is now regarded as one of the Metro’s leading business hubs because of the presence of corporate establishments and large scale commercial and real estate developments, a product of the city’s vision of enhancing the investment climate of the city. Despite this, however, the laid-back culture commonly associated with the cities in the south of Metro Manila is still evident in the relaxed, suburban lifestyle Muntinlupa embodies. Living in Muntinlupa is ideal for families who prioritize a close-knit community culture, but an abundance of opportunities for one’s career is also readily available for working professionals. Thus, more people are now interested to find a home in Muntinlupa.
Aside from the many malls and shopping centers located around the city, also located in Muntinlupa are international offices, multiple car dealerships, and a prestigious hospital in Asian Hospital. Alabang is home to two large-scale business developments in the city, namely the Filinvest City’s Northgate Cyberzone and the Madrigal Business Park. Northgate Cyberzone is the leading IT hub of the city where renowned technology-based companies, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), and e-commerce, among many others. Meanwhile, commercial and retail establishments can be found along Madrigal Business Park, as well as several other banks, hotels, and industrial developments.
Ease of Travel to and from Muntinlupa
The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), C5 Road, and Skyway ease the commutes of residents of Muntinlupa to cities such as Makati and Taguig. The Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) connects Muntinlupa to cities of Cavite such as Imus and Bacoor. Those bound for Pasay or Manila can take the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), while those heading to Batangas City can take the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR). These roads aren’t just accessible for those with cars, as public vehicles pass these expressways as well for faster and safer travel.
Barangays in Muntinlupa
The city is divided into two districts and nine barangays. In each of these barangays are numerous subdivisions or villages, some of which are known to be premiere residences in Muntinlupa. District one consists of Bayanan, Poblacion, Putanan, and Tunasan, while district two consists of Sucat, Cupang, Buli, Alabang, and Ayala Alabang.
The most populated barangay in the city of Muntinlupa is Poblacion. An approximate of 115,387 people reside in six villages of the barangay which include Camella Homes Alabang, Pulong Diego, and Southville III.
Barangay Poblacion is also where the National Bureau of Prison Reservation can be found. The NBP is home to many historical landmarks in Muntinlupa – and not just the biggest prison compound in the Philippines. Some landmarks that can be found are Jamboree Lake, the smallest natural lake, in the country and the Japanese Garden Cemetery or Yamashita’s Shrine, where a peace monument between the Philippines and Japan can be found.
Dubbed as the Most Blessed Barangay in the City of Muntinlupa, Barangay Cupang is the address of several of the city’s prominent and upscale subdivisions. Private villages such as Alabang Hills, Alabang 400, Tierra Nueva Subdivision, and even Hillsborough Homes, accessible through the West Service Road, all fall within its vast land area.
By living in Barangay Cupang, residents remain a few minutes’ drive away from Alabang Town Center and Molito Lifestyle Center. From Alabang Hills, BF Homes in Paranaque and Alabang-Zapote Road in Las Pinas can also easily be accessed through a private sticker, opening up hundreds of other options in terms of lifestyle or recreational activities.
Barangay Ayala Alabang
Ayala Alabang Village (AAV) is known as one of the most sought after residential areas in Metro Manila. Spanning over 700 hectares with, the AAV has luxury homes, and is one of the most desired villages to live in. There is no lack of resources in AAV, as they have their own transport network, fire trucks, and ambulances that service its residents. But aside from their exceptional service, it’s the privacy that AAV prioritizes giving its residences that they are well-known for. There are three gates through which one can enter AAV, and each gate leads to a different side of Alabang’s rich urban district.
Cuenca Community Park inside AAV is a vast space for residents to catch-up, play in an open field, or simply sit back to enjoy the fresh air and take in the breathtaking view of the sunset. Also inside the village is the famous St. James the Great Parish, a favorite venue in the south for weddings because of its beautiful architecture, lovely courtyard, and intimate atmosphere. A more exclusive park also within AAV, Alabang Country Club, features an 18-hole golf course, polo, and a riding school. The village, extensively urging an active lifestyle among its residents, also has a swimming pool and several covered courts for basketball, badminton, and tennis.
Years ago, factory warehouses and fishing sites were the only things to be found in Barangay Sucat, which is also one of the smallest barangays of Muntinlupa. The village is located along the edge of Laguna de Bay. Now, however, some high-rise condominiums, commercial establishments, and premiere townhouses can be found in the area. Perhaps its most popular subdivision is La Posadas where upscale townhouses can be purchased or rented. The village is beside Lakefront, a community mall that features several restaurants and retail stores.