If you’re planning on moving to Mandaluyong City, there is a number of things you should know. One of the major benefits of living in the Tiger City is accessibility. Everything is within reach. The city is home to malls, office spaces, schools and public transport. From the roof deck, you’d see four cities surrounding you: Makati City, Pasig City, Manila and San Juan. Living in Mandaluyong City is the perfect definition of being at the heart of Metro Manila.

Here are creative ways to explore the charms of Mandaluyong City and enjoy condo living in the city.

Walk, walk, walk

Walk, walk, walk

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The horrendous traffic in nearly all parts of the National Capital Region is common knowledge. You can’t use it as an excuse for arriving late to a meeting. If you choose Mandaluyong City, you’d have various modes of transportation to beat your daily time-in. The MRT station is one jeepney ride away, or a few minute walk if you live near EDSA. There are also ferry boats that traverse the Pasig River. If everything else fails, remember that you can always walk.

Mandaluyong City is intimately connected to Makati Central Business District (CBD). From Tivoli Garden Residences, you can reach Ayala Avenue via Makati Avenue in 15 minutes by foot. You can walk to J.P. Rizal, Rockwell or Greenbelt. Get a reliable pair of sneakers and bring a jug of water. Your condo renting guide should include a map of Mandaluyong to know possible routes in and out of the city.

Get another degree

Get another degree

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Mandaluyong City is home to top-notch educational institutions. There are private elementary and high schools, as well as two universities: Rizal Technological University, and Jose Rizal University. Your proximity to these schools can open up opportunities for further studies. If you may want to pursue a law degree or a course in astronomy, move into the Tiger City.

Live in a condo

Live in a condo

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Looking for properties for rent in Mandaluyong City is not a problem as there is a wide selection of accommodations. There are townhouses, apartments and lots of condos. The city can very well call itself the “Condo Capital of the Philippines.”

The city is home to a growing number of millennials working in Ortigas Center and Makati CBD. This hardworking bunch is always-on-the-go whether in their professional or private lives. Convenience and efficiency are their top considerations when looking for accommodations. Luckily, condo renting answers for these unique needs. DMCI Homes’ Flair Towers not only offers the usual condo amenities such as a common lounge and fitness facilities. This condo for rent in Mandaluyong City also has a music room, a jogging path, and swimming pools.

Put up a business

Put up a business

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Mandaluyong City is a gold mine for investment opportunities. According to the World Bank, the city ranks 9th among 25 cities/regions in the country in terms of ease in starting a business. There is a large inventory of office spaces for start-ups as well as real estate projects for investor-lessors.

Condo leasing is big business in any major city in the Philippines. It is a fact that the country is disaster prone, thus, the high demand for condo renting. With minimal association dues, property owners need not worry about floods destroying their personal belongings or scorching summers resulting to health issues. Condo renting in the Philippines offers peace of mind through state-of-the-art facilities that would otherwise be too costly for house and apartment owners.

This business opportunity is even made simpler with the assistance of leasing professionals. The only thing left for the Mandaluyong condo owner to do is to pick-up his check!

Go out and look up to the sky

Look up to the sky

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As the Tiger City provides everything you need within arm’s reach, there’s no reason for you not to see the outdoors. If you want to enjoy the sun without exposing yourself to pollution, you can stay within your condo community.

Dansalan Gardens, a DMCI condo for rent in Mandaluyong, has lots of green open spaces that are too welcoming to refuse. Find inspiration near the koi pond or the landscaped walking paths. Marvel at the clouds and beautiful sunsets while relaxing at the sky lounge.

Stir your inner film critic

Stir your inner film critic

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Mandaluyong City is the cradle of cinemas. It caters to various types of movie-goers from different social segments. There’s Star Mall, Robinson’s Place and Shangri-la Plaza. Megamall and Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas is also within close proximity.

If you’re into European and Asian art films, you should catch film festivals in Shangri-la. Artikulo Uno, the geniuses behind top-grosser historical movie “Heneral Luna,” host film screenings in their office in San Juan, which is walking distance from Shaw Boulevard.

Visit unique shops

Visit unique shops

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If you’re into vinyl records and other “throwback” items, Mandaluyong City offers a number of options. Check out Tres Kuleros Records & Dry Goods along Boni Avenue and be overwhelmed at their impressive collection of records. For home decors and accessories for your condo unit, visit Chrysana NEST in Addition Hills. There’s also a  line of furniture shops for your interior design needs along Shaw Boulevard.

Have a gastronomic adventure

Gastronomic adventure

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Mandaluyong City has a wide array of restaurants, bars and street food options. Walk around Pioneer in Boni Avenue and you’ll find grill restaurants, a Persian diner and lots of Korean cuisine restos. You can’t miss Adelina’s Ham Store at Kalentong Street as it is one of the first food stops in all of Metro Manila.

You can stroll along Kapitolyo and find panciterias, Japanese noodle houses and ihaw-ihaws. If you want some good ‘ol fast food treats, drive along Shaw Boulevard. The choices are endless.

Share a cup of coffee

Share a cup of coffee

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The soul of a city is in its people. Share a cup of cappuccino with a friend and reminisce beautiful memories. Mandaluyong City never sleeps. If the upscale coffee shops are too much for you, you can get your coffee fix from 24/7 restaurants scattered everywhere. Better yet, brew your own caffeine goodness and enjoy it with companions in your condo unit.

Shoot a short film

Shoot a short film

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Mandaluyong City has its unique charms and undeniable flaws. Well, all places do. The secret is in discovering beauty wherever you may be. You can plan a small project with friends and shoot a short film in different parts of the city. There are empty alleyways near Shaw Boulevard perfect for an action-drama and a scenic view on the Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge for a tearjerker. Don’t forget to get an aerial shot of this magnificent city.

Life in Metro Manila can be stressful. There’s traffic, pollution, noise and a lot of distractions. But like any other place, there’s beauty in this urban chaos. It’s just a matter of finding the right place to create your refuge.