By Angela Casco
In recent years, shared offices, commonly known as co-working spaces, have proven to be useful for those who want to get their work flow going: creatives who would like to work on their craft, startup entrepreneurs who seek to grow their business, freelancers who want to get ahead of their deadlines, employees who wish to have a bit of a change in their usual work environment, and even students who can never accomplish school work in a noisy cafe.
With flexible rates and various services, it’s no surprise that these spaces have become go-tos for anyone who’s itching to get some work done. Though there are more of such places now more than ever, the reality is this: not all are created equal. Some are stylish. Others functional. The better spaces combine both. Take your pick from these
co-working hubs in the metro.
1042 G.M. Tolentino Street, Sampaloc, Manila
(Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m.)
The 933 Creatives, as its name suggests, is for the creatives. It’s mismatched interiors–desks that give off a
professional vibe and other spots that look more laid-back–give a quirky look to the space
A gigantic and vibrant wall art by the stairs also encourage creativity. Drafting tables are also available upon request.
The best part? You have access to showers, a napping area, free-flowing drinks and snacks, as well as fast Wi-Fi.
Rates: ₱50 per hour; ₱120 per four hours; ₱150 per four hours with access to a dedicated desk or drafting table;
₱300 for a whole-day pass; and ₱350 for a whole-day pass with a dedicated desk or drafting table. You can also avail of the seven-day pass for ₱1,499 (valid within one month) and the 30-day pass for ₱3,999 (valid within three months)
Homeroom Co-Working and Study Lounge
Dioresa Plaza, 1521 Dapitan Street, Sampaloc, Manila
(Open from Sunday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 a.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.)
Whatever it is that you’re working on, Homeroom Co-Working and Study Lounge’s flexible and vibrant spots will give you all the space you need. Their desks are spacious enough for all your books, files, and pens. Cushioned seats and carpeting are also available for those who prefer working on the floor. They also have a separate pantry, as well as a shower area and a napping room.
Rates: ₱88 for 90 minutes; ₱188 per five hours; ₱388 for a half- day pass (1:30 p.m. until closing); ₱488 for a full day pass (from 10 a.m. until closing). You can also avail of a three-day all-day pass for ₱888 and a month’s worth of unlimited all-day access for ₱4,888
AL Bldg. Campanilla cor. E. Rodriguez St., Quezon City
(Open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
With personal desks and meeting rooms in one place, the local counterpart of the Bangkok-born concept that is Paperwork creates a kind of environment that encourages collaboration and respects isolation. Creatives can happily find their place in this hub, too, as there’s a collection of design references, swatches, and contacts available in a library. All of it stands out against the space’s cozy yet sleek and modern interiors.
Rates: ₱500 per day or ₱6,000 per month for a flexible desk or personal work space; private suite worth ₱30,000 per month for up to four working professionals with access to basic amenities; small or big meeting rooms for as low as ₱1,000
Quarks and Quill Study Center and Work Cafe
43-H Nicanor Roxas corner Apo St., Santa Teresita, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City
(Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
If there’s one place where you can access a co-working space, a tutorial center, and a restaurant, it’s Quarks and Quill Study Center and Work Cafe. The place, made cozy through the wooden tables and warm lighting, now offers healthy and filling food options after noticing that most customers eat fast food. You can sign up for classes, too, in case you
Rates: Available upon inquiry
40 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
This hub’s clean and bright interior provides an environment conducive for accomplishing any pending tasks. It is especially cozy and well-lit during the day, when the natural light comes in from its floor-to-ceiling windows. As the former library of a culinary school, which is where the place’s name was derived, The Lib also offers food. From filling meals like rice bowls and pizza to sweet treats like cakes and smoothies, their options will power you through your work day.
Rates: Available upon inquiry
Unit 2 Mezzanine, Burgundy Place Condominium, Loyola Heights, Katipunan, Quezon City
(Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.)
You can come to this co-working hub for the swing but you’ll definitely stay for the space. The Swing Space offers fast and reliable Internet connection, multiple sockets, printing and scanning services, food, lots of coffee, and even an Instagrammable atmosphere. Its relaxing interior features rattan, hammock-style swings, wood elements, and even a man-made tree, making you feel comfortable while working.
Rates: ₱80 per hour with unlimited coffee, tea, and complimentary snacks
First Co-working Community
5/F First United Building, Escolta St., Manila
(Open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays; for advance reservation on weekends)
Old Manila’s Escolta street has become a creative hub, which is why having a coworking space in one of its historic structures, First United Building, makes total sense. First Coworking Community boasts of an earthy and vibrant atmosphere, thanks to the wide, floor-to-ceiling windows, which also provides a magnificent view of other still-standing neoclassical buildings in the area.
Rates: ₱350 daily; ₱6,000 monthly; ₱5,750 quarterly (payment per month); ₱5,500 semi-annually (payment per month); ₱5,250 annually (payment per month)