Cubicles to Coffee Shops to Co-working Spaces in the Philippines
The Philippines has been a techno-hub of Asia for quite some time now. With the rise of the entrepreneurial mindset, technological advancement, and the EDSA still breaking our hearts northbound to south, freelancing boomed to such extent that in 2015, Upwork.com has recorded around 1.4 million Filipino accounts registered on their system.
However, the years of Filipino freelancers renting out space and free connection in the form of an overly expensive coffee have been dying down with the emergence of Co-working spaces. Freelancers see it not only as a place of solidarity to put the mind in the right mood, but as a spot to network with people of the same interests, skills and business outlook – coffee included.
Co-working spaces are spreading wide in specific (and strategic) corners of the Philippines. If you want a place to get back to the vibe and have a change of scenery; or just a better/faster internet connection, these spots are must-try’s:
As one of the most popular co-working spaces in the Philippines, A Space offers the best location to the best setup both for the solo freelancers and the not. It is strategically situated in four of the most urbanized site of the country: a branch in BGC, 2 in Makati, and another in Cebu.
Membership? They got it all covered in flexible terms and awesome labels too. The “Club” membership offered at a monthly rate of P9,000 to P12,000 price range includes a personal lockable storage, access to all facilities and meeting rooms, and your dedicated desk/workstation. Wait for the couch in the corner no more. But, if you’re not in for a long term stay, you can opt for a “Lounge” membership. At a P1,000 daily pass, you get the privilege to just drop in and do the deed – free flow liquids on them to.
“Rockstar” meeting rooms are available at almost all branches on a P1,400 an hour rate, head banging allowed. Events spaces are also available with rooms good for 10 to best for 120. Speakers, projector and screen all included.
2. O2 Space
Address: Unit 330 Milelong Building, Amorsolo St., Bgy. Pio del Pilar, Makati City
The O2 Space brims pride of their packages suited to relieve freelances of amenity worries. Located in the heart of Makati Business district, the space offers the address as your own too. For a price of P1,000 tax exclusive, you get the right of a mailing address and less the hassle on top of your free-flowing coffee. But, if caffeine and a good connection is all you ask for, a P600 rate for the 8-hour work hours isn’t bad at all.
Serviced offices good for 3-6 people each are priced from P25,000++/month to P40,000++/month on a minimum of 3 months. Aside from a Makati business address, call handling and use of meeting rooms are on them too. Spaces after all, are not meant to keep you off a good start.
Address: 7F Finman Building, 131 Tordesillas St, Salcedo Village, Makati City
This little space in Makati just got the best tag line ever. Who they target are those people who want to accelerate their business goals. Catchy? Acceler8.ph not only caters freelancers and business starters, but facilitates community events, trainings and workshops as well. Located in the urban giants Makati and BGC, the space offers flexible plans from a daily rate of P1,650 for three (P550 if you’ve gone solo), a 10-day membership for P4,450, and an unlimited access for P8,450. Options for long term dedicated desks and private offices plans are available too, and we haven’t discussed the perks yet.
Address: V Corporate Centre, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Impact Hub might be the largest co-working community to reach the country, yet. Although founded in Manila just last year, Impact Hub has around 81 branches across the globe, attracting solopreneurs and corporate starters alike. For a space opened a little later, the Impact Hub Manila already conquered the capital with 4 locations on Makati, Pasig, and two on BGC.
Membership are available on flexible terms as well starting at P400 to P4,900 a month. However, 24/7 access membership is available only upon request. All that, is inclusive of a digital access to the broadest co-working community in the world.
Address: 5th and 6th floor, OPL Building, 100 C. Palanca St. Legaspi Village, Makati City
Young businesses need not worry of anything but their thing. Penbrothers offer assistance with manning, employment and legal services in the 3 branches they have around Makati. The space is good for working, meeting and holding events – coffee and security in the contract. Terms are on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, all renewable.
Ortigas (Pasig City/Mandaluyong City)
Address: 3/F Unit 301 #3 Brixton Street Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City
As great ideas are not meant kept, Co.lab gives an edge for people to connect and collaborate. A stone throw away from Ortigas CBD, it is perfectly situated in the center of Manila’s techno metro. Rates vary for part-time and full-time, with membership terms coming soon.
Address: EDSA Beverage Design Studio, 209 CLMC Bldg. EDSA, Mandaluyong City
“The cure for the common cube” as the brand insist, is a space based in Mandaluyong City, just across the heart of EDSA. Daily and monthly terms are made available in Honeycomb because well, you are the boss. Sweet right? Day pass is priced at P400 on a 9AM to 4PM work hours while the monthly term aka the “Resident” is at P7,250 from 8AM until midnight.
One that make Honeycomb Manila Co-working stand out of the competition will probably be its “After hours” offering. For P200, you get all the necessaries within 7PM to 12MN time frame.
8. Boardroom PH
Address: Unit 210-214 Robins Design Center, 31 Meralco Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City
The Boardroom PH started not as a co-working space but as a financial tech service provider office. However, the vibe brought about by collaborated ideas inspired a cubicle-free layout to welcome entrepreneurs, freelancers and the likes.
Aside from a workspace, Boardroom PH is as well pleased to offer its showroom services best for the artisans at heart. Weekday individual passes are priced at a minimum of P450 daily to P7,500 monthly. Teams on other hand, are welcome with P4,500 on a 10-day period. Meeting room with a capacity of 6 are open on a varying cost, as well as their 30-pax capacity event venue.
Address: 27F Jollibee Plaza, Emerald Ave, San Antonio, Pasig
How brilliant. Can’t work on a messy space right? A Clean Place in Ortigas just got you covered. A little bit of good lighting to set the mood, hot coffee on your personalized cup, and you’re off on a good start. Rates start at P100 per hour, don’t miss the special deals for start-ups!
Bonifacio Global City
Address: Level 10-1 & 20-1, 25th Street & 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Short for Virtual Office, the space of 4 local branches are located in the urbanized Taguig and Makati, 28 more scattered throughout the globe. Voffices, are priced at P1,500 monthly membership fee the least, offering the best business addresses for a professional looking business profile. Private offices with a capacity of 3 each can be rented starting at a P32,000 rate, minimum of 3 months. Moreover, meeting rooms and conference rooms of varying capacity are also available on a lowest rate of P675 an hour.
11. Regus – BGC
Address: 14/F Net Cube Center, 3rd Avenue corner 30th Street, E-Square Zone, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
One of the many branches of Regus is this space strategically situated in The Fort. Virtual office services is priced at P2,190, address all yours. Work at the business lounge equipped with high quality tech support plus coffee and amenities on a P1,190 price tag. If collaboration is your thing, hot desks are available too, perfect for a network.
12. MyOffice BGC
Address: 12th Floor The Trade & Financial Tower U1206, 7th Ave. & 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City Taguig City
The MyOffice branches in Makati and BGC offers a more secluded margin for your desperate call of DND. Overlooking the well developed high street, this surely is a place to be. Phone lines, mailboxes are all accessible you can even hang out on the pantry day in and out. Not bad, eh?
13. 47 East
Address: 47 Esteban Abada St, Quezon City
47 East is considered as one of the most promising co-working spaces in the Philippines as featured on a number of websites and magazines. The space with a daily rate of P300 to a quarterly of P14,000 for solopreneur members is located in Quezon City, a huge part of the metro. Team of 3 rates are also available at P850 daily, P40,000 quarterly. Non-members? No problem! A day pass is worth P500 only.
Event spaces are available according to capacity, with price ranging from P3,000 to P25,000.
Address: Unit 3G, Symphony Tower 1, Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City
As co-working isn’t all about space but a community, Racket Room in Quezon City gives a vibrant space to work and collaborate and get the ideas rolling. Rates vary according to your demands: fixed period, consumable pass or just going virtual. Fixed period subscription starts on a daily cost of P600, weekly of P2,400 and P6,000 monthly. As for the consumable pass valid for a month or three, rates are at P2,400 and P6,000 too, respectively. If address and perks is what you want, you can get it for a minimum of P2,000 in a month. Say yey?
Address: 3/F 311 Katipunan Avenue (Above Sweet Inspirations), Quezon City
One of the wittiest, Cuago as inspired by the nocturnal bird, invites those who strive. Landing in the middle of Katipunan Avenue, this space is pretty much a student magnet, as it beats the odds of noisy and sometimes uncomfortable coffee shops setup. Per head rate starts at P60 an hour in the common area, and P80 for a quieter cubicle. Open until 2AM, keep those eye bags trending.
16. Launch Pad
Address: Unit 214-215 2/f Commercenter, Commerce Avenue cor. Filinvest Alabang and East Asia Drive, Filinvest Ave., Muntinlupa City
If the metro’s still of tormenting distance, spaces are also available down south. Launchpad Co-working provides an atmosphere of creativity and collaboration away from the busy streets of Manila to the heart of Alabang. The space offers its best at a varying rate, amenities not short. From a 3-hour rate of P200 for a desk, to a 6-digit private office lease, Launchpad is for your needs and convenience.
Meeting rooms are available for P700 an hour, and events can be booked whole day for P7,000.
17. Work Spot
Address: Somerset Alabang Manila, Spectrum Midway, Alabang, Muntinlupa, 1781 Metro Manila
A non-office office vibe, is what Work Spot’s trying to achieve. This co-working space is a perfect spot for freelancers and start uppers wanting to take a break from the usual POV. Spaces are available to your needs should it be just for a couple of hours, or weeks.
17. The Common Space
Address: Unit 203, The Pergola Mall, Aguirre Ave., Cor. Gaches St., BF Homes, Parañaque City
The Common Space is a coworking area where they offer different platforms of workspace for freelancers, startups, students, and ventures of all types. They support these core values: COMMUNITY. COWORK. CREATE. and COLLABORATE.
They have single space services is priced at P200 per 3 hour, Meeting Room(Up to 6 pax) P600 per hour and a Virtual Office services with a monthly rate of P900. For full rates you can check their website https://www.thecommonspace.ph/
19. Calle Uno
Address: 3 First Road, Quezon Hill, Baguio City
Co-working apparently reached the summer capital of the country too. Calle Uno in Baguio City is beyond awesome, as it does not only offer a place for the greatest ideas on the North, but creates a good atmosphere of work. A desk rate is at P350 a day, monthly pass at P5,000 and private office good for 3 costs P15,000. Cool weather and coffee, yeah?
20. The Tide
Address: 7th Floor, Skyrise 1, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
Cebu, the queen city of the South, has been urbanized for quite a long time as well. Business districts and IT parks are on trend, as well as freelancers and startups. In The Tide, co-working is all about productivity and engagement. At a starting desk rate of P500 a day plus the best location in Cebu, it’s hard not to. Monthly fixed seat is priced P5,500 a month.
Address: Unit 901 The Insular Life, Cebu Business Center, Mindanao Ave. corner Biliran Rd, Cebu City
Founded 2008, Cebu Seat Leasing has been providing space for business growth, with no strings attached. Hot desks are available on a day-to-day basis, for P500, 10AM to 10PM. Weekly and monthly rates are offered at P2,000 and P7,500 price tags, respectively. Aside from seats, computing equipment are also on the list, hassle free.
The table serves as a comparison of the spaces and rates on a daily, 8-hour basis. This may come in handy!
|Co-working Space||Daily Rate||Remarks|
|A Space Manila||P1,000|
|Impact Hub Manila||N/A||Membership only|
|A Clean Place||P800||P100 per hour|
|vOffice||N/A||Virtual or Private Office only|
|Racket Room Collective||P600|
|Cuago||P400||P60 per hour|
|Launchpad||P600||P200 per 3 hours|
|Cebu Seat Leasing||P500|
As the Philippines’ being saturated more and more by the growing technology, it is not a necessity anymore to work outside our comfort zone. As it was proven scientifically, creativity and productivity soars off the chart with stress-free environment and some change of scene. If work from home dulls you over time and coffee shops provide you good coffee but poor net connection, why not get your own space? Who knows, you could be seated next to your future business partner.
Which co-working space have you tried? Share your experience with us!
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