Before we started adapting to remote working setups and relocating to our home provinces over the last year, there was already a number of business districts across the country that have risen and flourished. The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions to our country have accelerated many industries to go digital, innovate, and expand opportunities outside Metro Manila. Let us take a close look at the other metropolitan cities across the country:
1. Clark, Pampanga
In the central part of Luzon we'll find the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone, which covers portions of the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat, as well as portions of the town of Porac and some parts of Tarlac. Formerly the United States Air Force Facility, the Clark Air Base has been converted to the about-to-be inaugurated Clark International Airport, boasting an impeccable design by Casas + Architects for its interiors, and Budji+Royal for its structural design.
Since the '90s, Clark has been right at the heart of growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region and takes pride in its modern infrastructure facilities, generous fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, professional support services, amenities and other advantages making it an ideal place for investment.
Within the freeport zone is the 177-hectare land where Clark Global City will soon rise. It is planned to be a mixed-use central business district for various industries, including aviation, education, tourism, gaming, fitness, and entertainment.
Also found in Pampanga is Ayala Land's Aviera and Crescendo estates that have high investment potentials, especially for residential property purchases outside Metro Manila.