Ortigas Center sets itself apart as one of the most important central business districts (CBD) in Metro Manila.
Before Ortigas & Company acquired development rights to the area, the 4,033-hectare estate was unused and barren. Eventually, fractions of the huge land were sold in big parcels and others were developed by Ortigas, including the CBD. During the 1960s, it started blooming into a financial center, initially housing structures like the Chronicle Building (now Benpres) and the Meralco building.
Apart from Ortigas Center, the land acquired by Ortigas & Co. was also eventually developed into the nearby Greenhills, home of one of the first shopping centers in the country, and Tiendesitas, a collection of shops that offer some of the best local delicacies, furniture, and handicrafts.
Today, the actual Ortigas Center is made up of more than 100 hectares and covers 3 main cities: Mandaluyong City, Pasig City, and Quezon City. It is a comprehensive “mini city” in itself, boasting of a lively mix of commercial, residential, and technological zones.