Coworking in Southeast Asia: Manila

Date of publishing: 29/07/2016 00:00



In recent years, thanks to the surge in remote workers and opportunities in the growing gig economy, shared offices and coworking spaces have experienced a modern renaissance, with innovative office concepts and novel workspaces proliferating across the globe.



Founded on ideas of flexibility and collaboration, these coworking spaces have themselves evolved from mere desks and dividers to fully-furnished multi-purpose spaces. Unique features and diverse personalities add character and charm, while also attracting a more expansive audience.


Coworking spaces have adapted to fit their market. From hosting must-attend events to offering specialty coffee and competitive Wi-Fi speeds, Flyspaces has witnessed both the growth and progressive development of these coworking spaces. To start off this series, we’re delving into the uniqueness of our partner spaces found in Manila, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. Each country has a distinct flair and flavor.


Manila, in particular, is brimming with a communal energy that’s characteristically Filipino. Coworking spaces often provide their tenants ample opportunities for bonding over food and drink. Design is often lively, colorful, and eclectic, similar to the playful aesthetic of jeepney decor. Below is a sampling of some of the spaces in Manila, highlighting some of the more unique details that give each coworking space that extra edge.


As one space manager relates, “A true coworking space should take part in the process of helping their clients grow and collaborate with each other.”



Diversity, flexibility, and adaptability are at the heart of A Space Manila, which offers gallery space, a demo kitchen, and an office lounge with a vinyl player along with its more traditional work desks and conference rooms.


Besides the popular events frequently hosted at A_Space, they entertain their members with lunch time yoga sessions as well as beer nights.



Following the movement toward free-flowing liquor, this contemporary coworking space has an in-house bar with premium whiskeys as well as occasional wine nights. Here, there’s a premium put on the individual’s downtime, with a projector screen that isn’t only used for business presentations, but TV and movie marathons too.




Location and accessibility are often an important consideration for freelancers and virtual workers. With two separate locations, both in the central business district of Makati, Pen Brothers brings professionalism together with rustic urban appeal.



With an interesting collection of residents, from social enterprises to headhunters, Pen Brothers is a great place to network and gain insight from a wide range of industries.



As more and more co-working spaces pop up around the metro, their reach now extends from the most congested, busiest hubs to more remote areas. Launch Pad is the first coworking space in Alabang, presenting urbanites living in the South with a spacious and inspiring venue for work.




Further South, Bit Space Batangas is bright and airy, with interesting pods and an invigorating work environment that comes at a budget-friendly price. They also have spaces in Makati city at the same affordable price points.




Comfort and convenience are another typical selling point for coworking spaces. Co Start in Quezon City, for instance, exudes a homey vibe with plush couches and sofas, well-suited to its northern Metro location.




Meanwhile, A Clean Well Lighted Place is a dream for those with active lifestyles. It comes equipped with bike racks and ping pong tables. Found in the middle of the Ortigas CBD, their meeting room also offers sweeping penthouse views.




Another office with a view, Igloo is nestled in the heart of the Makati CBD. Their minimalist design and cozy furniture go well with its productive environment.




Spacious and accommodating, Warehouse 8 is a must-visit for workaholics as well as coffeeholics, with their specialty in-house artisanal coffee to perk up anybody’s mood.




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