Written by Phillip Anthony
Metro Manila is definitely Philippine’s busiest region and the most inclusive to co-working spaces nationwide. With around 89 co-working spots in its 16 cities and municipalities, Metro Manila comprises a hub for young entrepreneurs and business start-ups.
These wide varieties of places ensure the satisfaction of different segments of business owners, freelance professionals, and rising start-ups, too.
We’ve compiled for you the top spots that Metro Manila has got to offer.
LOFT Co-Working Space
Located in the Ortigas Central Business District, Penthouse, Pasig. LOFT is a well-known and loved spot by working individuals and rising start-ups. Offering a great set of amenities to facilitate the working environment of its members.
Let us begin with its basic services:
LOFT is popular for super friendly staff, strong internet connection, and great air conditioning and 24/7 member accessibility. The place is also spacious; LOFT members enjoy a nice lounge and outdoor terrace on their quick breaks. They, too, have access to a Skype room, free coffee, tea, and drinking water, a great kitchen, and an on-site cafe.
LOFT doesn’t only take care of the basics; the place is highly equipped with MACs, PCs, dual/single monitors, sound and video recording tools, photocopiers, printers, scanners. On top of that, LOFT also has comfortable seating options; bean bags, ergonomic chairs, and standing desks.
However, what signifies LOFT the most is its great working environment that is backed up with a great monthly events schedule of workshops, talks, and even music events or parties, hence, numerous networking potential for its members.
“[I]Had a great and productive time working in Loft Coworking Philippines. The staff [is] super accommodating and very, very nice. Everything started with a tour of the place to familiarize yourself with the amenities. The ambiance was nice, the air conditioning was just right, and everyone there was just doing their own thing. Will definitely recommend this place.” Via LOFT’s Facebook Page.
A Clean and Well-Lighted Place for Work
Located at Jollibee Plaza, Ortigas Jr. Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City, This co-working space is strongly recommended for IT professionals and internet software start-ups since it’s located only a few steps away from Philippine Internet domain name registry. Just as the name entails, this place aims to provide freelancers and young entrepreneurs with a comfortable setting to carry out their work. Unfortunately, A Clean And Well-Lighted Place For Work operates from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the weekends are off.
The good news is that you can always request a day pass before you sign up, you can also schedule a tour around the place. Meeting rooms are available upon inquiry.
The place has the basic services covered. They have a good internet connection, comfortable seating options, free-flowing drinks; tea, water, and coffee as well as a selection of events and workshops for its members.
A Clean and Well-Lighted Place for Work is definitely a great inexpensive co-working space option that solely focus on what matters to freelancers; cleanliness and well-light space.
“This place is one of the best-kept secrets in Ortigas. Quiet and well lit.. solid value proposition, blazing fast fibre internet, strong coffee. I was able to focus and get 4 hours of work done in 2. Great for freelancers like me who appreciate a quiet workspace and need time away from the house to refresh their perspective.” – Via A Clean and Well-Lighted Place for Work’s Facebook Page.
Clock In BGC
Located in 1F Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st Corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Clock In is a sight for sore eyes. It’s popular for its great, spacious design and incredible services and amenities. For starters, Clock In has a pet-friendly policy. How cool is it to take your dog with you to work? Clock In also has parking available on-premise, secured personal lockers for your belongings, free rounds of coffee, tea, and drinking water, a fully functional operating kitchen and a chill-out area for you – and your pet – of course.
Clock In operates between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays for visitors and bookings, but it guarantees 24/7 members’ access. You can request a free day pass to try everything out before making a long-term commitment.
“I love the location, it is right on High Street and near Track 30th Park. The place is very work conductive, I worked on the large meeting room near the common area but the table didn’t have working sockets so i went to the common area. I was amazed by the download and upload speed of their wifi and the coffee is great. Everything is neat and I love the pantry area and that there is a standing workstation available. The meeting rooms looked complete with mics and projectors and ergonomic chairs. There are also private workstations available that have amazing views.” Via Clock In BGC Facebook Page
IMPACT HUB MANILA
A place that is solely dedicated it to empower you and your business? Yes, please. Impact Hub, located in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, has a wide variety of events and workshops aimed to develop people’s professionals skills, inspire and motivate them to excel at what they do. This hip workspace has plenty of amenities and services; personal lockers, a lounge, and outdoor terrace. Impact Hub Manila also provide consultancy and guidance to rising start-ups and young entrepreneurs.
“This is such an awesome community of cool folks who are helping start-ups grow their businesses by guiding them through their growth phases and introducing them to more opportunities, both locally and on a worldwide scale! Come for the exposure, and stay for the good friends you will encounter.” Via Impact Hub Manila
VOffice or Virtual Office
Located at the Fort Legend Tower in Bonifacio Global City, VOffice offers comparable prices along with a kickass location and setting. Not only will members get offices, they, too, will have access to all needed services such as meeting and conference rooms, event spaces, and basic amenities. Private offices are available upon reservation.
VOffice is a trusted name with 35 branches around the globe. They have a set of business solutions which aim to help growing start-ups and facilitate tasks for large-scale corporations.
VOffice provides business registration and accounting services, creatives needs and even legal consulting and services.
“GREAT TEAM!!! I would love to recommend your company to anyone who needs affordable serviced office in the future. Keep up the good work.” Via vOffice Phils Inc. Facebook Page.
Shuffling between tasks? It’s only right to give Shuffle Makerspace try if you’re around San Juan, Metro Manila. This working space is designed to suit your various needs. Shuffle Makerspace has loads of cool amenities; TVs, movable furniture, sound systems, high-speed internet, and free-flowing coffee for the Caffeine addict in you.
Shuffle Makerspace is located at 187 N. Averilla Street, San Juan del Monte.
“With the rise of the start-up industry, the freelancing boom and the overall globalization of Manila came the birth of co-working spaces in just about every important business district in the metro. Clean, creative, and practical like a virtual office should be, Shuffle Makerspace has all your basic co-working needs covered. But it is so much more than that.” Via Shuffle Makerspace’s Website.
Warehouse Eight is located at Don Chino Roces Ave. Warehouse 8-B. The place is extremely cozy and fun to work and attend events at.
This workspace has become a marvelous hub for ambitious individuals, and young entrepreneurs. Make sure you check out their weekend events if you want to develop your professional skills, market your business and increase your network.
“Just had the opportunity to attend an event at Warehouse Eight and it was an exceptional experience. Staff was accommodating, lots of room, lots of parking space, really fast wifi, and the place really made up for the hot weather outside. A great experience, will definitely be coming back.” Warehouse Eight Facebook Page.
Business start-ups, rejoice! Finally, an all-in-one place that has got everything you might possibly need to kickstart your business. Penbrothers provide HR assisting, legal and employment services to help you set a steady foundation and operation scheme for your start-up. On top of that, Penbrothers offers you comfortable co-working spaces with flexible payment methods.
Find Penbrothers in Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.
“Penbrothers is one of the coolest office I have been to. They have created a new kind of working environment, they have set the bar high in this criteria. I recommend working with Penbrothers, their employees are customer service oriented and you’d definitely see how much they love what they are doing, they are happy to provide service at all times.” Via Penbrother’s Facebook Page.
Located at E Asia Dr, Alabang, Muntinlupa; Launchpad Coworking is a practical space for all co-workers’ needs. Launchpad offers both walk-in hot-desking, dedicated spaces and private offices. This place has the usual amenities every freelancer looks for; good internet connection, free drinking water and complimentary coffee, printers, scanners, and a cool lounge.
“Visited yesterday and the place was nice. Modern looking similar to Google offices, just without the slides. Recommended if you are a freelancer looking for a place to work. Also accessible to people from South of the metro since it’s in Alabang near Festival Mall.” Via Launchpad Coworking’s Facebook Page
Launchpad Coworking is renowned for its versatility. And we got to give to their staff, not all co-working space make great places for hosting workshops or events. One of the downsides of this place is its peculiar opening hours. Launchpad operates from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and closes on Sundays.
“Held my brush lettering workshop here. Communication with them was smooth as I easily secured my preferred schedule. Special mention to Kath for being very helpful and accommodating to everyone. Would love to do another workshop here soon.” Via Launchpad Coworking’s Facebook Page
Located at Ground Floor CTP Alpha Tower Investment Drive Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa, SocialSpace is not just a typical workspace. What will strike you most when first entering is the color burst coming from the place’s furniture and captivating graffiti. Not only is SocialSpace artsy, it’s also a practical choice for freelancer and students alike. It’s open 24/7 to members, with free parking on premises.
The place itself is sort of an all-in-one dream for working individuals. It has a library, a podcasting room, a Skype room, personal lockers, advanced equipment such as video and sound recording tools, photocopiers, printers, scanners. Also, free-flowing coffee, tea, and drinking water, along with a great kitchen and an on-site cafe.
And if that is not enough, the team at SocialSpace Coworking also provide end-to-end solutions for starting businesses, rising start-ups and working individuals.
“[The] best coworking space in the south. Smartly designed with kickass pricing, all to meet the high standards of young entrepreneurs and artists. Coffee’s incredibly good. I’ve stopped being a nomad in cafes, asking for wifi passwords and hunting for electricity sockets. I’ve decided to simply take my spot in SocialSpace. All convenient, flexible to my needs.” Via SocialSpace’s Facebook Page
We’ve listed various co-working and private space rental options in Pasig, Taguig, San Juan and Makati City. the places vary in their membership types, offered amenities, incubation assistance, events and workshops, and more. However different they might be, one thing is guaranteed; you’ll definitely find an option that suits your business needs.