Ah, New Manila. Its very name suggests a suburban vibe, a place for fresh starts where one can escape the maddening crowd. In fact, this was the whole idea behind the early 20th century migration to this address that was once known as the Hollywood of the Philippines. The migration saw the upper class seek a new life far from the hustle and bustle of the original Manila, which was then the center of commerce and industry.
Today, New Manila remains a center of urban life, nestled as it is in the literal crossroads of the cities of San Juan and Quezon City. With its unique location, New Manila is an ideal place for young couples to settle down and raise their families. Quality schools, diverse food choices, places of worship, bustling shopping centers, and other entertainment hubs are all just 15 minutes away. Here’s a sample of what is within reach of a New Manila resident.
Long a destination of bargain-hunters, Greenhills Shopping Center is still the place to go to for affordable buys. It may not have the same look as it did back in the 1970s and 1980s, but Greenhills still gives you the best value for your buck. It’s easily accessible via the MRT line and other modes of public transportation. A little further north, another 1970s staple, Cubao, offers its own unique shopping experience with a wide range of stores to pick from.
Wining and Dining
Whatever your budget or food preference, you’re sure to find it in New Manila. From traditional fast food joints to higher-end restaurants and hip bars, there’s always the right food choice to satisfy your palate and wallet.
The original JT’s Manukan and its famous chicken inasal, owned by actor Joel Torre, is still at its old spot along Granada Street. For those looking for a quiet, cozy spot, French restaurant La Creperie along Broadway Avenue serves up some tasty crepes. You can also check out New Manila’s longtime neighborhood deli Connie’s Kitchen Deli on the corner of 4th Street and Broadway Avenue for gourmet concoctions, bottled pasta sauces and specialty cheese products. Along Wilson St. in San Juan, Tori Tori Kushiyaki Snack Bar has some delectable Japanese dishes.
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Aside from the aforementioned Greenhills and Cubao, the Tomas Morato/Timog area has a thriving nightlife that offers a wide array of food and drink. Kandle Cafe is a bit pricey but serves good American and Asian cuisine. If you’re looking for some Latin American grub, you can check out Señor Pollo on the corner of Scout Rallos and Tomas Morato.
If you’re into live music, Tomas Morato and Timog should be high on your list of New Manila places where you can catch gigs of the best bands. For more family-oriented fare, the numerous shopping malls have more than enough movie houses to patronize. If you’re after something new, check out the Art in Island Museum in Cubao where you can spend hours marveling at the interactive art work. And when all else fails, the ever-reliable Smart Araneta Coliseum is still around to offer sporting events and bigtime concerts. Its smaller cousin, the Kia Theater, is just a stone’s throw away and home to other musical acts. And for your techie needs, Gilmore Avenue offers an assortment of IT hardware and software vendors who can meet whatever specs you need.
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Simply put, quality family time in an idyllic community need not be in faraway residential areas or exclusive subdivisions. Everything you’ll need is in New Manila, including the ideal home for a young family: a condominium with all the trappings of suburban living right in the heart of New Manila.
Situated along Bonny Serrano and accessible via public transportation with the MRT-3 line nearby, Avida Towers New Manila comprises five completed towers with ready-for-occupancy units and topnotch amenities in an atmosphere suited for raising a family. A clubhouse, gym, jogging path, swimming pools, children’s playground plus 24-hour security make this residential development a prime location.
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