Here Are 3 ‘Hoods That Own Up To A Unique Vibe Of Their Own

Just as your weekly loaf of bread expires, and flaired pants have officially died, places-to-be have expiry dates too. Before, New York and Sydney had a prestigious gold trim around its vicinity, until Brooklyn and Melbourne sprouted about as better living options. In Manila, the same thing is happening. Prime spots are losing their luster to more neighborly communities.

But here are the three neighborhoods that own up to that unique vibe of their own:

1| Quezon City: Cubao

With more developments taking over in this area, Cubao’s Araneta Center is the middle of its rebirth. It is a great example of a city preserving its roots and context. The renovated New Frontier entertainment hall is one, the preservation of Cubao Expo’s eccentric-ness is another. Farmer’s Market is a huge plus if you’re a cooking maven, they have the freshest produce and the cleanest wet market. Being the gateway for two out of three Metro Manila railways, it is a catch basin of commuters, from students and 9-6 office workers. Foot traffic is always busy here, especially if there’s a university league basketball game or a sold-out concert in the Coliseum.

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2 | Mandaluyong: Pioneer and San Antonio

It’s not too North, neither is it too South; Mandaluyong is at the center of it all. Ortigas is much more chill than BGC or Makati but has the same business district vibe and massive malls around it. Pioneer, to be more specific, is also in the middle of development. There are a lot of condos being built in the area but the warehouses, factories, and residential villages are still intact. The concept of these spaces cohabiting in one area results to a beautiful balance of place (and the inevitable knot-like traffic). Being so near Kapitolyo means you can just walk to the latest hole-in-the-walls, making it perfect for foodies.

3 | Makati: Salcedo

While we love our Poblacion party nights and weekend markets in Legaspi, Salcedo is the new place to be. The area has a relaxed vibe from the rest of Makati, it almost feels like a suburb. There’s a park where kids often play and sidewalks utilized as jogging trails. With several brunch spots and a handful of bars to choose from to turn into your local, there’s definitely a neighborhood feel in this part of Makati.

This story first appeared on CondoLiving Magazine’s March 2018 issue. Edits were made for

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