Unlike the other central business districts in the metro, Binondo has remained true to its roots of being one of the most historic addresses in the Philippines. But while many of its renowned heritage buildings have survived for decades, the changing times have encouraged the oldest Chinatown in the world to gradually transform into a bustling metropolis. In fact, the most modern of all residential towers, aptly called Noble Place, is set to rise in the heart of the historic location by 2017.
The streets of Manila are often stereotyped as chaotic, but getting around is actually a lot less complicated than you can imagine. The most convenient mode of transportation would be riding the trains, as doing so allows you to skip the traffic and even saves you time on the road. The closest to Noble Place are the Doroteo Jose station on LRT-1 and the C.M. Recto station on LRT-2. Both are directly linked to the MRT-3 line running from north to south of EDSA, thereby serving as your gateway to the business districts of Makati and Ortigas. Taxis and jeepneys, as well as electric tricycles and traditional kalesas, are also widely used in the area.
Why You’ll Love the Place
One of the best things about residing in Binondo is having all your needs at arm’s reach. Noble Place, which promotes the “Live-Work-Play-Learn” concept of Megaworld properties, is only one of the sprouting residential developments in Binondo that afford you the luxury of an urban oasis. It likewise introduces a new way of working, one that allows you to do business at your own pace in the nearby commercial streets.
Walking by foot brings you to an enclave of dining and shopping options—from authentic Chinese restaurants and herbal medicine shops along Ongpin to outdoor markets in Divisoria to Hong Kong-style shopping meccas at the corner of Reina Regente.
Also a few minutes away are several Chinese-owned schools like the Chiang Kai Shek College, UNO High School, St. Stephen’s High School, Hope Christian High School, Philippine Tiong Se Academy and Philippine Academy of Sakya, and some of the country’s top colleges at the University Belt: University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, San Beda College and Centro Escolar University.
Culture and the Arts
Considering that Binondo is one of the earliest commercial hubs in the country, it comes as no surprise that it is home to numerous heritage buildings that have eventually become tourist destinations. There is something about historical buildings that makes you look beyond their worn-out façade, yet it is the same old appearance that gives each its distinct beauty. The Binondo Church, for example, conforms to a European Baroque architectural style, while the El Hogar Filipino Building along Juan Luna Street best exemplifies the Beaux Arts style. Neo-classical architecture is evident in the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corporation Building at the corner of San Gabriel and Muelle dela Industria streets, in the same way that an Art Noveau theme is reflected by the Uy-Chaco Building along Cervantes Street.
Standing out from the crowd are the all-glass exteriors of Noble Place, which grant residents panoramic views of significant landmarks right from the comforts of home. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls are your windows to magnificent views like the Manila Bay if your unit faces west, and the Intramuros Golf Course and Luneta if your unit is on the south side of the property. Aside from overlooking the Malacañang Palace and Makati skyline at the east wing of the project, the condominium development also offers a 360-degree view of the entire Manila from the tower’s view deck located at the 47th floor.
On Top of the World
Literally soaring 47 floors high, this condominium lets you experience luxurious living that you probably didn’t think existed in the old town of Binondo. The residential tower uses its historical setting to its advantage by banking on a culturally rich past to define how city living should be like at present.
Living spaces in this modern condominium development are airy enough even for the studio units, but the one- to five-bedroom units may be equipped with their own balconies. Convenience takes on a new form with the complementary transfer services from designated points in Binondo to and from any Megaworld township development in the metro. Safety, as always, remains to be a top priority with the 24-hour security system. Each unit is equipped with video intercom that allows you to view your visitor from the lobby before the receptionist grants them entry.
Other recreational facilities include an infinity pool that overlooks Manila Bay, private sky gardens that serve as exclusive observation decks, gym that comes with an outdoor spa, badminton courts, children’s playground, game room, picnic area, and landscaped gardens.
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