ACI, Inc. is the owner, developer and manager of the Araneta City. Built and developed on a 35–hectare (90-acre) property right at the heart of Metro Manila, Araneta City is a hub of retail, entertainment, residential, hospitality, and office developments that sees an estimated 1,000,000 visitors daily.
It straddles the crossroads of two major roadways, EDSA and Aurora Boulevard, giving visitors an unparalleled access to the North–South and East–West corridors of Metro Manila. It also provides commuters a strategic link between two major train systems, the MRT–3 and LRT–2.
The City has 2,108 tenants in over 1.1 million square meters of shopping area. Its current count of 20,000 BPO employees is projected to rise to 100,000 in the next few years, with eight hectares of land primed for high-tech office spaces for technology-based companies.
With the opening of Novotel Manila in the last quarter of 2015, the City now offers 400 hotel rooms to leisure-seekers, and business clientele that can also avail of its 1,000-capacity ballroom and other function rooms. Eleven out of 18 residential high- rise towers have now been built at the City. The Manhattan Gardens will provide an estimated 9,000 units upon completion, which will be home to over 36,000 residents.
On the axis of all these developments is the 20,000- seater Smart Araneta Coliseum, the country iconic sports and entertainment mecca. Serving attendees of local and international events are 7,000 parking spaces that include those in the Parking Garage South.
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Redevelopment Master Plan
The Araneta City is in the midst of an extreme transformation towards mixed-use real estate development in a transit-oriented commercial, office and residential district. Patterned after a lush “garden city” environment, it aims to attract a wide range of visitors that will enjoy various activities in the City.
Integral to its development is an information technology backbone that would best serve the needs of tech companies and business process outsourcing firms. With this master plan, Araneta City will become an ultimate lifestyle destination that is striking, vibrant and alive with 24-hour activities.
It also cements its mark among commercial and business developments in the country, and is instrumental in the consistent growth of Quezon City, the largest and most populated city in Metro Manila with an estimated 55% belonging to the mid- to-upper market.
The Araneta City Properties
The flagship mall that sparked the renaissance of the Araneta City, Gateway Mall was hailed as Shopping Center of the Year “Hall of Fame” by the Philippine Retailers Association. It was also a Merit Awardee at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 30th Innovative Design and Development Awards, and a finalist at the 2008 Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence.
Anchored by Rustan’s Department Store, Gateway Mall has five levels of the finest in shopping, dining, fashion, services, and entertainment shops, with three levels of basement parking. It has a total floor area of 100,000 square meters, and caters to about 220,000 shoppers every day. The mall is linked to the two major transit systems, the MRT-3 and LRT-2.
Another highlight in Gateway Mall is The Oasis, a one–of–a–kind interior floating garden that opens up to the sky. Mall goers can have their meals there, served by accredited restaurants from the mall; or book the venue for private functions.
Opened to the public on June 30, 1976, Ali Mall was named after boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who came out victorious in the 1975 “Thrilla in Manila” bout against Joe Frazier at the historic Araneta Coliseum. Muhammad Ali returned to the country a year after the fight as guest of honor during the mall’s inauguration.
The Philippines first enclosed and fully air- conditioned mall, it boasted many firsts: It housed the first Cineplex with two initial cinemas that later became four upon mall expansion; had the largest indoor skating rink at the time, the widely successful Skatetown; and pioneered the concept of the food court.
Known to be the first and then the only integrated shopping and parking complex in the Philippines, Ali Mall changed the shopping experience by putting a premium on customer comfort and convenience.
The redeveloped Ali Mall now carries a wider variety of shopping and dining choices, environment-friendly air-conditioning, and a stadium-seating, state-of-the-art Cineplex. It features a one-stop government and banking center, and now has a retail pedestrian link to the SM Department store lined with cafes and food kiosks.
Araneta City’s gateway to EDSA, the redesigned Farmers Plaza has a modernized facade, upgraded facilities and amenities, and enhanced security to ensure customer safety. Its highlight is the newly opened Farmers Plaza Bazaar, a beacon to bargain-hunters. With the EDSA-MRT station directly connected to the plaza’s shopping concourse, it offers utmost comfort and convenience to shoppers from all over the metropolis.
ARANETA CITY PARKING GARAGE SOUTH
In August 2012, this weather-proof, state-of-the- art parking facility opened right beside the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Araneta City Parking Garage South features five floors aboveground and three basement levels of luxurious parking for 1,500 vehicles.
The Gateway Tower is a PEZA-certified skyscraper with direct access to the MRT-3 and LRT-2 stations as well as the Manhattan Garden City residential condominiums via an elevated walkway.
Strategically located, this premier 29-storey mixed-use building has three levels of basement parking, five levels of retail seamlessly extended from Gateway Mall, a helipad, and 24 levels of premier office spaces housing mostly BPO offices, serviced by multiple telecom providers. It has a centralized air-conditioning system and 100% back-up power. The building’s two topmost floors house the offices of the Araneta City, Inc.
A project of the Araneta City and Megaworld Corporation, Manhattan Gardens will be comprised of 18 residential high rise towers with roughly 9,000 apartments for about 36,000 residents upon completion. The 11 high-rises that make up the first three phases–Manhattan Parkway (three towers), Manhattan Parkview (three towers), and Manhattan Heights (four towers)–are already 100% sold out and turned over to buyers.
As the country’s first transit-oriented residential development, all 18 towers will eventually be linked via elevated bridgeways to Gateway Mall and the terminals of the MRT-3 along EDSA and LRT-2 along Aurora Boulevard. The whole project will also be connected below-ground via a network of basement parking. Residents have unprecedented easy access to and from P. Tuazon Street and Aurora Boulevard without passing through the City’s road network.
THE ARANETA CITY CYBERPARK
The P15-billion mega project, Araneta City CyberPark, will ultimately deliver a total of 550,000 gross floor area of prime office space in an eight-hectare PEZA-registered IT Zone location.
The whole complex will comprise of five high-rise towers, 2-level seamlessly connected retail podium and 3-level basement parking
CYBERPARK TOWER 1
The first building completed in the development is the CyberPark Tower 1 (CPT 1), which has 29 levels of prime office spaces, three levels of retail, and three levels of basement parking. Compliant to the green building code of Quezon City, this 90,000 sq.m PEZA-registered tower has 100% back-up generator power, multiple telecom service providers that ensure high-speed telecom backbone access to its tenants.
Office locators include Accenture, 24/7 Intouch, Stellar Philippines, Genesys Telecommunications, and Sterling Talent Solutions.
CYBERPARK TOWER 2
Completed in 2018, Cyberpark Tower 2 is the second PEZA– registered tower in the development, which has retail spaces and dining areas at the ground floor and second floor, prime office spaces from the 3rd to the 30th floors, three levels of basement parking, and a roof deck.
It is an environment-friendly building that uses double-glazed energy-efficient windows to reduce heat penetration and features a rainwater recovery system.
CYBERPARK TOWER 3
Already under construction in the 8-hectare PEZA-certified Araneta City Cyberpark complex, Cyberpark Tower 3 answers the pressing need for companies and locators who are looking for a better atmosphere for business growth, and a solution to cramped office spaces and worsening traffic conditions in other CBDs.
Like its two predecessors, Cyberpark Tower 3 will offer large floor plates, typically 2,700 sqm., and highlighted by floor-toceiling windows. It has interiors of massive open spaces that can be adapted to company needs. With top-of-the-line facilities like the Smart Elevator System, 100% backup power, as well as up-to-date security system with CCTV, metal detectors, and turnstiles, employees can work well-equipped offices that boost performance and productivity.
It has 28 levels of office spaces, three floors of parking, and two floors of retail space at ground level. The planned inter-connecting retail space gives workers better dining and shopping options for enhanced lifestyle and leisure experiences.
Cyberpark Tower 3 pushes forward the Araneta Group’s green initiatives. The tower will also be fitted with energy efficient double glazed windows to reduce heat penetration, and a rainwater collection system, among others. ACI Inc., which manages Araneta City where Cyberpark is located, is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council®.
Moreover, Araneta City is enabled with ultra-speed fiber optic network infrastructure that enhances Citywide connectivity up to 5G. This will be an added advantage to businesses that will call the Araneta City Cyberpark hom
Cyberpark Tower 3 is expected to be completed in 2022.
SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
At the very core of the Araneta City is the 20,000- seater Smart Araneta Coliseum, which caters to over 260 shows a year.
The Smart Araneta Coliseum, known as The Big Dome, is an indoor multi-purpose sports arena in Araneta City, Quezon City, Philippines. It is one of the largest indoor arenas in Asia, and it is also one of the largest clear span domes in the world. The dome measures approximately 108.0 meters making it the largest dome in Asia from its opening in 1960 until 2001 when it was surpassed by the Ōita Stadium in Japan with a dome measuring 274.0 meters.
The Smart Araneta Coliseum is mostly used for sports such as basketball. It is a main venue of the Philippine Basketball Association and for the basketball games of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. The Big Dome is also used for boxing, cockfighting, local and international concerts, circuses, religious gatherings, beauty pageants and more.
March 2012 marked the start of the historic makeover of the Big Dome—the country’s sports & entertainment mecca—with the construction of a 4-storey glass curtain wall atrium at the Green Gate entrance. It serves as the grand ceremonial entrance of the Coliseum featuring the new SMART Araneta Coliseum logo.
To accommodate the technical demands of current international / foreign shows, the renovation includes improvement of back-of-house facilities; addition of safety features; new access gates; a VIP / Sports Bar; and replacement of all 20,000 arena seats.
NEW FRONTIER THEATER
The classic 60’s entertainment landmark New Frontier Theater has been reborn into a 2,500 capacity ultra-modern theater equipped with the latest in audio, visual and lighting technologies.
The New Frontier Theater is a multi-function venue that can house everything from mid-size concerts and private gatherings to conventions and seminars. The ground level seats may be taken out to accommodate more people. It has al-fresco dining restaurants and fast food joints along its perimeter.
Capturing the elegance of the past and mixing it with the aesthetics and functionality of a modern entertainment venue, New Frontier Theater greets patrons with an elegant drop-off points that opens into an expansive lobby fit for upscale events. A staircase and matching escalators bring patrons to the mezzanine level, a perfect venue for meet-and-greet sessions with the stars before the show.
The redeveloped theater officially opened on August 15, 2015 with the Manuel L. Quezon play, which was quickly followed up by the world-renowned Disney Live. Since then, it has a steady line up of shows featuring top foreign and local artists. To accommodate the technical demands of current international and foreign shows, the renovation includes improvement of back-of-house facilities; a museum; addition of safety features; new access gates; construction of a VIP / Sports Bar; and replacement of all 20,000 arena seats.
- South Parking Garage
A 2000-slot, multi-level parking building adjacent to the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
- Bus Station
This station caters to 30 provincial bus companies with up to 600 provincial buses leaving daily bringing passengers to places as far as Davao.
- Bus Port
This ultra-modern transport facility provides comfort and security for thousands of travelers with A-grade amenities like spacious and clean comfort rooms, concierge for passenger concerns, and check-in baggage.
- Aurora Tower
Located along Aurora Boulevard, this 22-level Aurora Tower houses commercial and office spaces, underground parking, two penthouse floors and a helipad. Its first seven floors is occupied by Isetann Department Store.
- SM Department Store – Araneta City
One of the biggest retail chains in the country, the SM Department Store at the City is its largest outlet at 85,000 square meters.
- Shopwise Hypermarket
The first supercenter in the Philippines, Araneta City is home to its biggest branch offering basic necessities at affordable prices.
The New Gateway
A fitting extension to the awarded Gateway Mall , this USD 125 Million 8-level expansion of Gateway Mall will feature 1.1 million square feet of premium retail development scheduled for completion by 2020.
Gateway Mall 2 is seamlessly connected to the Smart Araneta Coliseum (20,000- seater sports and entertainment venue), Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Ibis Styles Araneta Center, and MRT 3 and LRT 2.
It will feature a 40,000 square feet Food Hall with an edible garden deck at Level 4, a Cineplex with 9 theaters and private cinema lounge, activity areas at various levels, and a roof-deck chapel that can comfortably accommodate 500 people.
IBIS STYLES ARANETA CITY
The first Ibis Hotel brand in the Philippines, Ibis Styles Araneta City is located at the top of Gateway Mall expansion and within walking distance to key establishments of the Araneta City.
This 300-room uniquely designed budget hotel is operated by the ACCOR Group. It offers modern meeting rooms, roofdeck pool bar and infinity pool to suit a wide range of clientele.
THE CITY PLAZA
More than 2 hectares in the middle of the Araneta City is earmarked for a mixed-use development featuring luxury residential towers, 4-star hotel, premium grade offices and a City Plaza right at the axis of the property. This Plaza serves as a community space and green lung of the City.
The South-West portion of the Araneta City is dedicated for a large-scale entertainment complex that combines gaming with hotels, fine-dining, conference centers and luxury retail. With more than 8 hectares of developable space, Araneta City’s Integrated Resorts will capitalize on the 2 accesible international airports in Manila and Clark City.