Metro Manila Skylines

Top 10 Metro Manila Skylines

A distinct characteristic of Metro Manila is its clustered skyscrapers. This is a personal ranking of the top commercial business districts in the metropolis.

10. Newport City


A residential and commercial area situated next to NAIA Terminal 3. Home to Resorts World Manila.

Shot from Runway Manila.

9. Bay City


A reclamation area on Manila Bay. It houses the SM Mall of Asia, Aseana City and Entertainment City.

Shot from the MOA Eye. SM Mall of Asia with the Metro Manila skyline.

8. Araneta Center


The Araneta Center is situated in Cubao, Quezon City. It hosts establishments such as the Araneta Coliseum – Asia’s largest dome from 1960 to 2001, venue of “Thrilla in Manila”; Ali Mall – the first major shopping mall in the country, named after the boxer Muhammad Ali; Kia Theatre – considered to be then the country’s biggest theater, among others.

7. Binondo Downtown


World’s oldest Chinatown. Established in 1594, Binondo derived its name from the Tagalog word ‘binondoc’ which means mountainous as it is set on a hilly landscape.

Shot from the Bayleaf Intramuros.

6. Eastwood City


The country’s first Cyberpark. The residential, commercial, business, and entertainment complex in Quezon City is one of the hottest hangout spots in the metro.

Photo taken from Aspire Tower.

5. Roxas Boulevard (Downtown Malate)


Roxas Boulevard is a popular waterfront promenade and runs along the shore of Manila Bay famed for its sunset, yacht club, hotels and parks. Malate serves as Manila’s center for commerce and industry.

Shot from Harbour Square.

4. Filinvest City


The CBD of the South. Filinvest City started as a 244-hectare property in the then largely undeveloped Alabang district in the mid ’90s to a thriving, fully integrated and self contained community.

3. Ortigas Center


Ortigas Center sets itself apart as one of the most important central business districts in Metro Manila, located within the joint boundaries of Pasig, Mandaluyong, and Quezon City. During the 1960s, it started blooming into a financial center, initially housing structures like the Chronicle Building (now Benpres) and the Meralco building.

Shot from Sky High Bar.

2. Bonifacio Global City


BGC is the home of the country’s tallest building, the Grand Hyatt. The Fort has become one of the fastest growing business districts in the Philippines, its growth is promising enough it might overtake Makati City as the country’s top CBD soon.

1. Makati CBD


Finally, the country’s leading financial and central business district, producing the metro’s best skyline. It contains the Ayala Center, one of the region’s major shopping centers, and Ayala Avenue, nicknamed the Wall Street of the Philippines.

Made this shot at a rooftop along 5th Avenue, BGC.

All Images Copyright © 2016-2018 Lui Velasco. All Rights Reserved.

4 Replies to “Metro Manila Skylines”

  1. Nice countdown bro. I think Bay City will got a higher ranking in the future. BGC also has more iconic buildings compared to the others.


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