Muntinlupa City was once an agricultural town mostly devoted to livestock farming. It transformed into the new residential haven in the southernmost part of Metro Manila, bordered on the east by Laguna de Bay; on the southwest by the provinces of Laguna and Cavite; on the west by Las Piñas; on the northwest by Parañaque; and, on the north by Taguig City. Due to its general topography, which is hilly, this diminutive población was referred to by its citizens during the Spanish period as “monte de lupa,” a vernacular phrase meaning “hills” from which, many believed the name of Muntinlupa coined. Just a few decades ago, this place was at the receiving end of unfair jokes and bad press and has received excessive infamy. The mere mention of the word “Muntinlupa” always suggested the terrifying image of the New Bilibid Prison which is located within its jurisdiction. However, profound advancement, particularly the Alabang and Madrigal Business Center district, has a way of changing for the better negative remarks and impressions created by the stigma of it being the home of toughened offenders, but it was dubbed by the Department of Tourism as the “Emerald City”.
Muntinlupa City is home to its own luxury hotels and accommodations, various business process outsourcing corporate offices, financial institutions, luxury automotive stores, commercial properties and lifestyle centers.
Undiscovered by most, the National Bureau of Prison Reservation (NBP) is home not just to the biggest prison compound in the country, but also to several historical landmarks in Muntinlupa – Jamboree Lake, the smallest natural lake in the Philippines. It’s a beloved retreat spot for nature lovers who are seeking tranquility beyond the walls of the noisy city. Adjacent to the lake is a recreational area where visitors can birdwatch, fish, and have picnics.
Situated a few meters from the lakeshore is the Memorial Hill, a small hill discovered in the NBP compound that showcases a vintage mortar from World War II. The hill is legendary for it is where the remains of Major Eriberto B. Misa Sr., the Prison Director from 1937 to 1949, was buried. The hill was named in honor of his great service of developing programs for prisoners’ recreation while inside Bilibid Prison and he was the longest-serving prison director to date.
Similarly, within the NBP, the Japanese Garden Cemetery is devoted to the Japanese soldiers who were detained in Muntinlupa during World War II. Also identified as Yamashita Shrine (a peace monument between the Philippines and Japan can be found), as the General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Japanese general tagged as the Tiger of Malaya who was executed for war crimes committed under his leadership during the war, was buried here.
You can find the Vivere Suites, Bellevue Hotel, Hop Inn Hotel, Parque España Residence Hotel, Azumi Boutique Hotel, Acacia Hotel and Ranchotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. These lodging places are near the Evia Lifestyle Center, and Alabang Town Center making the location a high-foot traffic zone.
With heavy foot traffic in Muntinlupa City, restaurants and other lifestyle centers have flourished in the area. It has metamorphosed into a haven for foodies. Take your friends and families for a sumptuous meal at these international cuisine-serving bars and restaurants:
· 8 Cuts Burger Blends
· Bar Pintxos Tapas y Mas
· Sigekiya Ramen
· Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice
· Soga Miga Korean Restaurant
· Da Gianni
· Mr. Roboto
· Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle House
· Kenji Tei
· Vue Bar
· A-Won Commer Center
· Soban K-Town Grill
· Café d’Asie
· Appenzeller Bar and Restaurant
· Shi Lin Taiwanese Restaurant
· Romulo Café
· Kanin Club
· Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant
· Project Pie
· The Nest
· Butamaru Ramen
· Coco Hut
· The Black Pig
· Yoree Korean Barbecue
· Mona Lisa Ristorante
· Akrotiri Real Greek Restobar
· Ramen Yushoken
· Petit Bistro
· Café Eight
· Neil’s Kitchen
· Wooden Horse Steakhouse
· Caviar Restaurant and Champagne bar
· Mary Grace Café
· Hanamaruken Ramen
· Phoenix Court Chinese Restaurant
· Alba Restaurante
· Sushi Ninja
· Union Jack Tavern
· Crisostomo Restaurant
· Manong’s Bar and Grill
· The Perfect Pint; and
· The Café Mediterranean
Hospitals and other health institutions abound the vicinity of the commercial properties, apartments and condominiums for rent in Muntinlupa City such as:
· Alabang Medical Center along Alabang–Zapote Road
· Alabang Medical Clinic–Muntinlupa Branch along the National Highway, Putatan
· Asian Hospital and Medical Center on Civic Drive, Filinvest City, Alabang
· Babaran–Echavez Medical and Psychiatric Clinic on Amparo Street, Poblacion
· Beato Cauilan Hospital in Villa Carolina, National Highway
There are prestigious schools and educational institutions which are easily accessible from the commercial properties for rent in Muntinlupa City, such as the following:
· De La Salle Santiago Zobel School
· San Roque Catholic School
· PAREF SouthCrest School
· PAREF Woodrose School
· Parents for Education Foundation
· Muntinlupa Science High School
· Pedro E. Diaz High School
· The Younghusband Football Academy
· MIT International School
Muntinlupa City is where the entire city ends. Beyond its boundary is where CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Region begins. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) traverses the south of Metro Manila from the Magallanes Interchange through Muntinlupa City and ends at Santo Tomas, Batangas.
One of the country’s biggest and most expensive residential communities in the country can be found in Muntinlupa City – Ayala Alabang Village. Most famous celebrities, politicians, elites—and a former Philippine President—have built their mansions in this most exclusive and secure community in the city. There is a centralized public transport that runs through the village which is allowed by a special gate pass confirmed and consented by an official homeowner that resides here.
The Northgate Cyberzone is the IT Park within Filinvest Corporate City in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. It is bordered by Northgate Avenue on the north, North Bridgeway on the east and Filinvest Avenue on the west. This cyber city is a dynamic metropolis curated to provide more productivity to the businesses that thrive here and to the lifestyle of the consumers. It was future-proofed by optimizing the use of a comprehensive infrastructure system that strengthens the city’s total advancement.
· Manila to Muntinlupa and Back: Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses ply the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), which is the main way going to Muntinlupa City. Coming from Manila, you can take the bus at Taft Avenue corner Buendia Avenue station and alight at Alabang. Traffic is sometimes horrendous at the SLEX and the trip could take about at least two hours.
· Vis-Min to Muntinlupa and Back: To reach Muntinlupa from the south, you can either fly from any parts of Visayas and Mindanao to the Manila Domestic Airport in Pasay or sail from there to Manila. From your point of disembarkation, you can take a jeepney or taxicab to the bus station in Taft Avenue corner Buendia Avenue and board the bus bound for Cabuyao, Laguna and alight at Alabang.
Safety is one of the factors to be considered when choosing a location for your business. As informed by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS), the west valley fault traverses different cities and towns of Bulacan (Angat Dam), Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, and Laguna. The WVF can generate a large earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 or commonly known as “The Big One” which poses threat to people, livelihood, buildings and infrastructures.
Specific to the Northgate Cyberzone, it has its own estate management group who accomplishes its pledge of providing safety and convenience within and around the self-sustained master-planned community. Its team of experts in estate management operates on modern and ecological urban planning and design and is more than prepared to take action on the evolving lifestyle needs of citizens of this cyber garden city.
In total, there are 90 commercial properties for rent in Muntinlupa. The average price for a commercial property for rent in this location is ₱2,213 per month. The most expensive rental for a commercial property here costs about ₱119,784 while the most affordable rental price is about ₱450.
You may find the most expensive and luxurious commercial properties for rent in Muntinlupa at Alabang and Northgate Cyberzone. While you can find classy yet affordable ones at Alabang and Alabang Hills Village.
These properties are fully equipped with the following amenities and unit features: