Where to go if you need a top-notch coworking space in Metro Manila? Find out the options on this iSensey post.
“The one thing that is constant is change.” -Heraclitus
This is true even with work. We have evolved from the conventional workplace, to online work, work-from-home and now to what’s a rapidly growing trend called the coworking space. What is a coworking space? This is basically an office space outside of the normal office.
We’re not talking about coffee shops, well almost but not quite, because coffee shops are not altogether designed for a work space. Factor in the noise plus it cannot provide you everything you may need from the office while you’re away from it.
Co-working spaces are establishments where services normally needed by an office employee are present and accessible. Example: a fast internet connection, telephone lines, photocopier, meeting room, etc.
The main difference between working in the office versus in a coworking environment is that in a regular office you’ll be with people employed by the same company, whereas in coworking spaces you may find yourself working on your tasks alongside online freelancers, startups, office base workers who are on out-of-town-business-trips, home-based-professionals who needs more power than what their home internet subscription provides, even students working diligently on their thesis, and many more individuals who are all doing their own work. You all share the space, hence the term co-working spaces.
These coworking establishments rents out to the members of the working class the space and facilities therein. There is usually no restriction as to who can go there and rent a space. However, the rental fees among different coworking-space places, differs. It pays to do research or shop around for rates especially if you need to go to a co-working space on a regular basis and you are on a budget.
The clientele’s preference of these establishments may also be different. Some individuals may pay to work in the ‘office’ for just an hour, or several hours, or full day. While others may pay for a full month, or 6 months or longer as in the case of some digital nomads from all over the world who makes a visit to the Philippines and like it here.
These are some of the reasons why co-working spaces are attracting more and more people to try them out:
- It gives the individual greater autonomy in doing his/her work.
- Can focus better too since you are away from the distractions ever-present at home.
- Fits the digital lifestyle of working while traveling, freelancing, not being tethered to an office desk.
- Good services, amenities, and offers.
A brief history to when the idea started, in 2005 in San Francisco, Brad Neuberg was given the credit as the person who started coworking. He came up with the word “coworking”, without the hyphen as a term for the movement. This evolution aimed to merge the concept of office work and freelancing.
iSensey listed 8 of the Best Coworking Spaces you can go to in Manila:
- A SPACE MANILA
They earned the reputation as popular coworking space in the country. They also have one of the largest shared work areas in the city. Their “CLUB” membership can be availed at the monthly rate between P9,000 to P12,000. Now for short term deals you can opt for the “LOUNGE” membership at P1,000 per day. Their meeting rooms have an hourly rate of P1,400. They are open 24/7.
Location: 110 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 542-7842
2. O2 SPACE
This is highly recommended for those individuals who seek peace and quiet while working. This establishment is known for its brick wall and huge window, lively and cozy at the same time. You pay P448 for 4 hours and P672 for 8 hours; you’ll get a work station, unlimited coffee and a very reliable internet connection.
02 Space is open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mondays through Fridays, and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:00nn. They are close on Sundays.
Location: Unit 330 Mile Long Building, Amorsolo corner Rufino Street, Brgy., Pio Del Pilar, Makati City
Phone: (02) 317-6677
- WAREHOUSE EIGHT
Their goal is to be able to offer more than just a space but a home. The spaces that they provide have the flexibility for the coworking individual.
This is a place where minds meet, where great ideas spark and where everyone can share a common working area where each can grow. Regular office hours are from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Mondays through Fridays. They are open anytime for events.
Warehouse Eight rates for their coworking seats start at P500 good for 11 hours use, which include Wi-Fi, aircon, coffee and water. They also have Event Spaces, Virtual Office, 10 sqm and 20 sqm Private Office, the rates of which you can check out in detail on the website listed below.
Location: Warehouse 8-A, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roses Avenue, Makati City
Phone: (02) 812-8643 loc. 211 | 09175379438 (Globe)
4. ACCELER8 Coworking Manila
Acceler8 is a coworking space where entrepreneurs and professionals gather. They boast their place as sophisticated and classy. Their Coworking Space day rate starts at P550, Virtual Space P750 per month, Meeting Rooms P675 per hour, Event Space P5,000 per hour and Dedicated Space P15,000 per month. Acceler8 business hours are from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mondays to Fridays. They are closed on the weekends.
Location/s: (THEY HAVE TWO OFFICES IN MANILA)
7F Finman Building, 131 Tordesillas St, Salcedo Village, Makati City
LG, 111 Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 917-8118
- VOFFICE (Virtual Office)
This office for coworking is largely ideal for businessmen and entrepreneurs. It is described as a dedicated desk in Manila with cost effective office solutions for an individual or a group. Check out VOffice rates and services offered via their contact information below. They open at 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM Mondays-Fridays and 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturdays.
Location/s: Level 10-1, Fort Legend Tower, 3rd Avenue & 31st Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Phone: (02) 224-2000
- Racket Room Collective
“Ideas in motion,” is what they live by. What they claim to offer is a shared work environment that is fun and productive. Their rates vary depending on the type of service you will avail. They have the Fixed Period, Consumable Pass and Virtual Address. They are open every Monday to Friday 9:00am till 9:00pm.
Location: Unit 3G, Symphony Tower 1, Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City
Phone: (02) 358-5735
Email: cowork@ racketroomcollective.com
LaunchPad Coworking offers an array of space, service and a community to help in your work and business. Their coworking structure is categorized in two: LaunchPad Coworking and LaunchPad Coworking Plus. You can check the details on their website including rates. Their business hours are from 9:00am till 7:00pm Monday-Friday and 10:00am till 5:00pm on Saturdays.
Location/s: (Two locations listed)
Launchpad Coworking: Unit 214-215, 2/f Commercenter Alabang, Commerce Avenue cor. East Asia Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Muntinlupa
Launchpad Coworking Plus: Unit 212, 2/f Commercenter, Commerce Avenue cor. Filinvest Alabang and East Asia Drive, Filinvest Ave., Muntinlupa City
Phone: (02) 776-3321 | (0956) 359-8065 (GLOBE)
8. 47 East
47 East coworking space go by a simple formula of work + play + collaborate. They are open Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturdays. Their rates are categorized into three:
- Membership Fee P500
- Daily P300
- Monthly P5, 000
- Quarterly P14, 000
- Yearly P 40, 000
WE’RE A TEAM (with 3 Members)
- Membership Fee: P1, 000
- Daily: P850
- Monthly: P14,100
- Quarterly: P40,000
- Yearly: P98,000
DAY PASS (For Non-Members)
- Whole day: P500
- Half day: P300
Location/s: #47 Esteban Abada St., Brgy. Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Phones: (02) 426-0133 loc.300 (02) 866-0415 | 09183867406 (Smart)
09178088421 (Globe) 09771994828 (Globe)
Students can get a discount like this promo being offered by 47 East that will run until December 2017:
In major Philippine cities, you can now also find coworking spaces like the following; some of these listed are still located in Metro Manila:
- A Clean and Well-Lighted Place for Work (Ortigas)
- BoardRoom (Ortigas)
- Station 902 (Ortigas)
- Brownroots Coworking (Mandaluyong)
- Builtable Coworking (Mandaluyong)
- Penbrothers (Makati)
- The Office Project Coworking Studio (Makati)
- QBO Philippines (Makati)
- SocialSpace Coworking (Alabang)
- Upnorth Coworking Fairview (Quezon City)
- DOJO 8 Coworking Spaces (Bacolod City)
- CALLE UNO Coworking Space (Baguio City)
- Dreamwork Co-Working Space (Davao City)
- A Space (Cebu)
- The Tide (Cebu)
- Workplace Café (Cebu)
Back in the day it used to be just the typical office environment. You go in, sit with the same set of people working for the same company, day in, day out. Then we were introduced with the work-from-home set up, now this coworking spaces and tomorrow, who knows what?
The fact of the matter is we never stop evolving to better alternatives, so we keep pace. Go ahead and share this latest trend to anyone who may need to break free from the routine at the usual office or get away from the distractions at home once in a while. Let’s go have coffee and cowork!