If the U.S. has NYC, the Philippines has Eastwood City. Like "the city that never sleeps," Eastwood is lively by day, and livelier by night. Even though Eastwood is relatively young (being launched only in 1997), it's fast becoming one of the residential, commercial, and lifestyle centers in Metro Manila. For those who plan to drop by this neck of the woods, here are the reasons you should do more than stop and stare at Eastwood.
Eastwood is a BPO hotspot.
Like Makati and BGC, Eastwood is a popular location for multinational companies. Some of the "big names" you'll find here are IBM, Toei Animation, and Citibank. If you want to work for a company that has plenty of other expats, Eastwood is a good place to start looking.
Eastwood has 3 lifestyle malls.
Want a branded shirt that screams "Proud to be Pinoy?" Head over to Eastwood Mall. Looking for the latest, coolest gadgets? Drop by Eastwood Cyber. Looking for luxury brands from the Philippines and abroad? Look no further than Eastwood Shopping Mall.
Five words: Eastwood City Walk of Fame.
You know how Hollywood honors celebrities with a Walk of Fame? Well, the Philippines has its own version of that too. Like its counterpart in Tinseltown, the Eastwood City Walk of Fame recognizes Filipino actors who have contributed — in one way or another — to the local entertainment industry. If celebrities aren't your cup of tea, no worries: The City Walk also has a lot of clubs, bars, and other places where you can party 'til the sun goes up.
Another five words: Eastwood Mall Open Park Fountain.
In front of Eastwood Mall is a park, where you can see all sorts of people stroll by. You can watch cute girls walk their equally cute pets, fashionistas chatting with their friends, and the occasional bystander who's "just there." It's a great place to go people watching — as long as you take care not to look like a creepy stalker!
Also, there's a music and lights show near the fountain every night. If you want to see water spouts "dancing" to the tune of pop and jazz music, Eastwood Mall's Open Park fountain won't disappoint.
Eastwood is very pet-friendly.
Aside from Open Park, Eastwood has plenty of other places where you can take your pets. In fact, Eastwood is so pet-friendly, it was granted the Order of the Platinum Paw and the Golden Paw Award for having the country's first pet-friendly mall since 2004. Eastwood is partnered with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), ensuring that its pet-friendly status won't go away anytime soon.
Eastwood Ultra 7 is a movie buff's dream come true.
Most movie theaters in Manila are content with the "screen-chair-fire exit" setup. Not Ultra 7, though: Aside from the standard amenities, the theater also has comfy reclining chairs, DVD-quality movies and — wait for it — unlimited popcorn and drinks. Sure, their tickets are pricier than most at Php400 (US$8), but considering all those perks, it's a pretty good deal, yes?
Eastwood allows you to hire your own butler.
Did you know that Eastwood Mall offers butler services, and is the first mall in the Philippines to do so? All you have to do is approach the Eastwood Mall Concierge, ask for a butler, and you're set! You can have him carry your bags, buy your tickets, and give you a private tour of Eastwood's attractions. Granted, you can't keep your butler forever, but it's nice to feel like a Victorian aristocrat once in a while.
Eastwood will pamper you.
Whether you're in the mood for a total makeover, or you're exhausted from work and you need the services of a masseuse, you'll find what you're looking for in Eastwood. Some of the best salons in the area are Bench Fix, Richmonde Hotel's Basement Salon, The Spa, Blue Water Day Spa, Svelte Wellness Center, Nail Tropics, and many more.
Food, food, and more food.
Eastwood is also a foodie haven, with holes-in-the-walls and luxury restaurants tucked in every corner. Aside from the eateries in Eastwood's malls, you also have the Weekend Gourmet Market, where you can find fresh produce, healthy treats, savories, sweets, and other gourmet food.
Eastwood is nice to look at, period.
Tired of the gray, grimy landscape that seems to permeate every other city in Metro Manila? At Eastwood City, you'll only find lights, laughter, and happiness. The only sad thing about Eastwood is that you'll have to leave it eventually. And isn't nostalgia for a place a good thing?
Eastwood City is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Metro Manila. It offers all the perks of places like Makati and BGC, and ramps them up with special services like unlimited popcorn and butlers. So why haven't you visited Eastwood City yet?