UP-Ayala Land Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Posted March 20, 2010on:
A Hub in the Suburbs
March 20, 2010
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En route to my main event of the day in the La Mesa Eco Park, I made a pit-stop to get myself acquainted on an unassuming retail spot in Quezon City.
Nestled on the former raw land across the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus is the UP-Ayala Land Technohub, which is a mere 600 meters from the Quezon Memorial Circle landmark and is a stone’s throw away from the Iglesia ni Cristo main temple.
Property giant Ayala Land leased the land from UP and converted it into an Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) hub. Opened in late 2008, the major business locators include IBM and HSBC Electronic Data Processing, among others.
The place is a mini-replica of Greenbelt, minus the well-heeled crowd and the expensive restaurant brands. The spacious open space at the center of the retail facility looked deserted at 8AM. Where were all the hordes of call center agents hiding?
An overzealous guard tried to stop me from taking pictures of the area. Maybe he thought I was casing the place for a future terrorist bomb attack. What the heck. I just discreetly snapped photos without catching anyone’s attention. No guts, no glory.
There were three coffee brands in the hub to satisfy the caffeine fix of the employees and transients – Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Figaro. The outlet that had the best view of flora and fauna was Starbucks, which had the back garden view that gave a laid-back suburban feel.
The other retail establishments in the Technohub include the following:
The Old Spaghetti House
Razon’s of Guagua
Le Ching Tea House
National Book Store
Yellow Cab Pizza
All the establishments, except for Ral’s, can be found in your friendly neighborhood mall. In fact, the mammoth SM North Edsa and Trinoma of the Ayalas are just a few kilometers away along the main thoroughfare EDSA.
So why go to the Technohub? If you are looking for that rare Starbucks outlet that offers a tranquil spot to read a book (or project to read a book to the public) while you sip your coffee, plus overlooking lush greens to boot, then your search is over. The Technohub fits the bill.
UP-Ayala Land Technohub
Diliman, Quezon City