Mandaluyong has seen a noteworthy growth in its economy since its conversion into a highly urbanized city from being a municipality in 1994. One of the 16 progressive cities that constitute Metro Manila, it is bordered by San Juan to its north, Quezon City to its northeast, Pasig to its east, Manila to its west, and Makati to its south. Despite being the second smallest city in the entire Philippines next to San Juan in terms of land area, it has a total land area of 11.06 square kilometer and a population of 386,276 residents according to the 2015 report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
As a municipality, Mandaluyong became a part of the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila in November 1975. It was one of the municipalities in the Province of Rizal. Today, it houses 27 barangays divided into two political districts mainly by Boni Avenue and G. Aglipay Street. District 1 is composed of Addition Hills, Bagong Silang, Burol, Daang Bakal, Hagdan Bato Itaas, Hagdan Bato Libis, Harapin and Bukas, Highway Hills, Mauway, New Zaniga, Pag-Asa, Pleasant Hills, Poblacion, and Wack-Wack Greenhills, while District 2 include Barangka Drive, Barangka Ibaba, Barangka Ilaya, Barangka Itaas, Buayang Bato, Hulo, Mabini – J. Rizal, Malamig, Namayan, Old Zaniga, Plainview, San Jose, and Vergara.
Once a sleepy town, Mandaluyong is now a prosperous city in Metro Manila. It is now a self-sustaining area where low to high-end residential communities, headquarters of local and international corporations, malls, banks, dining options, shopping centers, and entertainment hubs are sited. In addition, its accessibility is an advantage. There is never a lack of public transportation in the city. Major thoroughfares including the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and Ortigas Avenue are within Mandaluyong to help commuters and drivers reach key locations in Metro Manila with ease.
Mandaluyong is deemed as the “Tiger City of the Philippines.” The title was given by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center in 2002 due to its aggressive and persistent economic growth. In fact, it is home to the second most important business district in the Philippines, which is Ortigas Center.
The Ortigas Center is located within the joint boundaries of Mandaluyong, Pasig, and Quezon City. A successful central business district (CBD) based on its income, global competence, and workforce, it is the headquarters of many local and multinational corporations. Filipinos and expatriates choose to work in the CBD for the countless opportunities it provides. In fact, companies within the center offer globally competitive salaries. Businesses in the area range from Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and IT to finance companies, making it an ideal place of work to professionals who aspire to jumpstart or fast track their career. Aside from corporate towers, it is also home to deluxe hotels, large shopping malls, and entertainment centers.
One of the factors that contribute to the steady growth of Mandaluyong is its accessibility. Traveling to and from the city is nearly trouble-free. It is accessible through Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and Makati via the Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge, Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, and Guadalupe Bridge. Residents who work in the Makati CBD or Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig can travel without worrying about commutes, as almost all means of public transportation are available within Mandaluyong. Tricycles, jeepneys, taxis, trains, buses, and even ferries are some of the transportation options it offers.
Mandaluyong is also popular as the “Shopping Mall Capital of the Philippines.” It houses some of the largest malls in Metro Manila including SM Megamall, which is the second largest mall in the country and the fifth in the world based on total floor area; the upscale Shangri-La Mall, Robinsons Galleria, The Podium, and St. Francis Square. These malls house low to high-end boutiques, supermarkets, restaurants, recreational facilities, movie theaters, and other commercial establishments that ease life in the city. In addition, they serve as a place where residents of Mandaluyong and those who live nearby can de-stress, spend time with family and friends, and buy everyday needs.
Decades ago, despite the trades that happened between Mandaluyong and other municipalities, it is predominantly residential. Today, it remains as a sought-after address, a home that offers its countless opportunities to grow in the many facets of life. While living in a condominium community is fast becoming a popular option to its residents now that it is home to some high-rise residential towers including Tivoli Garden Residences and Acqua Residences, the majority still prefers to live in a house in Mandaluyong.
Wack-Wack, or more popular as Wack-Wack Greenhills, is perhaps the most high-end residential barangay in Mandaluyong. It occupies a total land area of 294.48 hectares and is located at the northern part of the city, between Addition Hills and the intersection of Pan-Philippine Highway and Ortigas Avenue. Aside from condominium communities in Wack-Wack, it has houses that promote comfort and put a high premium on privacy. In addition, to elevate convenience further, strategically located commercial establishments and institutions are a few minutes’ drive away.
Once a vast plain used to cultivate rice and corn, Plainview is now home to thousands of residential properties, the Mandaluyong City Hall, public institutions, and commercial establishments. It has a total land area of 115.92 hectares and a total population of 26,575 according to the 2015 census of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Plainview is ideal for residents who want to be surrounded by restaurants, cafés, schools, government institutions, and thoroughfares for trouble-free transportation.
Occupying 29.30 hectares of total land in Mandaluyong, Hulo is an accessible barangay consisting of thousands of house and lots. Aside from humble commercial establishments and government institutions, it is also home to several schools including the globally competitive Mandaluyong City Science High School. Residents of Hulo are those who prefer a convenient and comfortable modern lifestyle not far from key areas like the Ortigas Center and the Makati CBD, which is accessible via the Mandaluyong-Makati bridge.