Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Commute To Ortigas Center Buildings From MRT Shaw Station

If you're going to a building located inside Ortigas Center and you don't know how to get to its exact location, just continue reading and this simple guide will show you the fastest way to get to that building. But first, please check if the building you're heading to is in our list below. Then, patiently read the entire article. The direction to these buildings is written based in the order of their locations along the route. The nearer gets the first direction. The farthest building is mentioned towards the end of the whole direction. If your building destination is not listed below, go to How To Commute From EDSA To Buildings Inside Ortigas Center and Walking Directions From MRT Station To Ortigas Center Buildings. The building you're looking for might be situated in the north part of Ortigas Center.

In this article, the third chapter of our series on how to commute to the buildings inside Ortigas Center CBD, you will know how to get to the buildings located to the south of Ortigas Center. The posts How To Commute From EDSA To Buildings Inside Ortigas Center and Walking Directions From MRT Station To Ortigas Center Buildings explain best routes to get to the buildings located to the northern side of Ortigas Center, which are all to the north of Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, the main road that runs through the middle of Ortigas Center from east to west. When you look at the map, you will notice that Dona Julia Vargas Avenue divides Ortigas Center into two parts - north and south.

Here is the list of the buildings situated to the south of Dona Julia Vargas Avenue:

AMA Pasig Campus
Amberland Plaza
Antel Global Corporate Center
Banker's Center Building
Belvedere Tower
Benpres Building and Lopez Museum
Development Academy of the Philippines or DAP
Gabriel III
Greenrich Mansion
Hanston Square
Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Jollibee Center
Linden Suites
Manila Luxury
Medical Plaza Building
Medico
Octagon Center

OMM Citra Building
One Corporate Center
One San Miguel Building
Oriental Assurance Corporation or OAC
Pacific Center
Pacific Place
PCRDF Building
Pearl Plaza
Residencia 8888
Richmonde Hotel
San Miguel Corporation Complex
Tektite - Philippine Stock Exchange
The Crescent
The Exchange Regency
The Pearl
Tycoon Building
University of Asia and the Pacific

The main road that enters Ortigas Center from south is San Miguel Avenue. It begins in Shaw Boulevard, the main arterial road that bordered Ortigas Center to the south. MRT Shaw Station is situated at the intersection of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard. The distance between Shaw Station and San Miguel Avenue is approximately 500 meters or half a kilometer.

The sign of jeepneys that serve commuters going to the buildings located in the southern part of Ortigas Center is "Ugong Tektite". The jeepney is filled up with passengers in its terminal in Mayflower FX and Jeepney Terminal, which is located at Greenfield District, the new development opposite Ortigas Center to the other side of Shaw Boulevard. But if the building of your destination is situated along San Miguel Avenue but nearer to Shaw intersection, there's no need to ride the jeep from Mayflower Terminal. That's because Mayflower Terminal is approximately 450-meter walk from Shaw Station. And you can ride a jeepney right below the MRT-3 Shaw Station, alight at San Miguel Avenue and walk across Shaw Boulevard to get to your destination building. The sign of jeepney that you must ride along Shaw Boulevard near corner EDSA, just a few meters from Shaw Station is "Pasig Palengke". It will pass by San Miguel Avenue. Pay minimum fare. Use the pedestrian overpass to get to San Miguel Avenue.

First building situated right at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and San Miguel Avenue is One San Miguel Avenue, a skyscraper with 54 floors and stands 203 meters. It's just across Shaw Boulevard. Next to it is AMA Pasig Campus, followed by Development Academy of the Philippines or DAP. These buildings followed, respectively: Jollibee Center, Hanston Square, Belvedere Tower, and Richmonde Hotel. Buildings beyond Richmonde Hotel are relatively far. So, we go there by jeepney from Mayflower Terminal.

To get to the Mayflower Terminal, you must exit MRT Shaw Station at the north exit which goes to the lane of EDSA where buses that pass through are bound for Monumento, Cubao, Fairview, Novaliches, Malanday and Bulacan.

Now there are two sides of north exit - Shangri-La Plaza and EDSA Central. You must head out to EDSA Central. Here's what you do after getting off the train at Shaw Station. If you get off the train that comes from Taft Station, go towards the rear of the train. If you get off the train that comes from North Station, go towards the front of the train.

Use the escalator to exit, go left from the turnstile, then go right after you get out of the ticket booth area, and follow the walkway that links MRT and EDSA Central Mall until you get to glass doors with "Greenfield District" signs on both sides. That's EDSA Central Mall. Pass through EDSA Central Mall, exit at the back, then go to the back of the public market next to an open space covered with green grass. Mayflower Jeepney and FX Terminal is right there at the corner of Mayflower and United streets.

Look for a jeepney with "Ugong Tektite" sign. It usually occupies the first jeepney slot so you get to see it quickly. The sign in front should read "Ugong Tektite". If the sign only read "Ugong", confirm to the driver if it will pass by Tektite. Pay minimum fare.

From Mayflower Terminal, the jeep goes left on Mayflower Street, then it turns left on Reliance Street and turns left again on Sheridan Street. It passes by TV5 five-hectare Broadcast Complex which is bordered by Pioneer, Reliance, Williams and Sheridan streets.

The jeepney then cross Shaw Boulevard to traverse San Miguel Avenue. From the corner of Shaw Boulevard to the corner of Lourdes Street, the jeepney passes by One San Miguel Building, AMA Pasig Campus, DAP or Development Academy of the Philippines, Jollibee Center, Hanston Square, Belvedere and Richmonde Hotel, in that order.

Get off the jeepney at the corner of San Miguel Avenue and Lourdes Street if you're going to any of these buildings: Greenrich Mansion, Medico, Manila Luxury, Pearl Plaza, Residencia 8888, The Pearl, University of Asia and the Pacific, PCRDF Building and San Miguel Corporation Head Office. Lourdes Street is the first intersection of San Miguel Avenue from Shaw Boulevard with traffic lights.

San Miguel Corporation is situated to the left of San Miguel Avenue. You can also walk from MRT Shaw Station to San Miguel Corporation Entrance located at the back of SM Mega Mall. Watch for separate post coming soon. Medico is situated opposite Richmonde Hotel to the left corner of Lourdes Street. Next to Medico along Lourdes Street is The Pearl. Next building to Richmonde Hotel along Lourdes Street is Greenrich Mansion. Both The Pearl and Greenrich Mansion is situated at both corner of Lourdes Street and Pearl Drive. Go right on Pearl Drive if you're going to Manila Luxury which is next to Greenrich Mansion along Pearl Drive. Go left on Pearl Drive if you're going to Pearl Plaza which is next to The Pearl along Pearl Drive. Next to Pearl Plaza is Residencia 8888. University of Asia and the Pacific is located to the right of Pearl Drive opposite Residencia 8888. PCRDF Building or Philippine Coconut Research and Development Foundation, Inc. is situated to the right of Pearl Drive just opposite the corner of Lourdes Street and Pearl Drive.

The jeepney continues along San Miguel Avenue from the corner of Lourdes to the next corner of Exchange Road. Along San Miguel Avenue, the building next to Medico is Medical Plaza Building, followed by OAC or Oriental Assurance Corporation. Next to OAC is The Crescent, followed by Pacific Center, and next to it is Gabriel III. Next to Gabriel III is Linden Suites, followed by OMM Citra Building. Last building in the row is Octagon Center where a big sign of Teleperformance is attached to it.

A parking area is situated next to Octagon, next to it Exchange Road. The jeepney turns right onto Exhange Road to get to Tektite Towers. Get off the jeepney before it turns right onto Exchange Road if you're going to either Banker's Center Building or Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Walk along San Miguel Avenue northward and towards main intersection of Dona Julia Vargas Avenue. Banker's Center is situated at the south corner of San Miguel Avenue and Dona Julia Vargas Avenue. Integrated Bar of the Philippines is next to it along Julia Vargas Avenue's south side.

Tektite Towers, home of Philippine Stock Exchange is situated to the right of Exchange Road. It's a twin towers corporate office that also bordered by Pearl Drive to the west. You must get off the jeepney at the corner of Pearl Drive and Exchange Road if you're going to either Pacific Place or Tycoon Building. Pacific Place is to the right of Pearl Drive, exactly located at the corner of Pearl Drive and Amethyst Street, the first street from Exchange Road. Tycoon Building is next to Pacific Place along Pearl Drive. Get off the jeep at the unloading area near the front of Tektite Towers if it's your destination.

Exchange Road ends in Meralco Avenue. The jeepney turns right onto Meralco Avenue. If your destination is Benpres Building or Lopez Museum which are situated next to Tektite Towers along Exchange Road, then get off the jeepney before it gets to Meralco Avenue.

The tall buildings that you see opposite Benpres to the left of Exchange Road are: The Exchange Regency, situated at the corner of Exchange Road and Meralco Avenue; One Corporate Centre, next to The Exchange Regency along Meralco Avenue and situated at the corner of south corner of Dona Julia Vargas and Meralco Avenue; and Antel Global Corporate Center, next to One Corporate Centre along Julia Vargas south side. Amberland Plaza is a small building along south side of Julia Vargas across parking area in front of Tektite Towers. You can walk to any of these buildings from drop off in front of Tektite or Benpres Building.

How to get back to MRT Shaw Station?

Go to Meralco Avenue. Walk past Exchange Road towards the direction of all vehicles passing through Meralco Avenue's south lane. All jeepneys that go back to Mayflower Terminal pass through Meralco Avenue-Julia Vargas flyover. So, you must wait for a jeepney at the loading area after the ramp of the flyover. The jeepney sign is "EDSA Crossing". Note: You can ride jeepney that goes directly to MRT Shaw. The sign of these jeepneys is "EDSA Parklea" or EDSA Crossing Ilalim".

Commute Map from MRT Shaw Station to the buildings in the southern part of Ortigas Center


Ortigas Center's Northern & Southern Parts


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