Tallest buildings in the Philippines
People around the world gauge a city's success according to the number of skyscrapers it has. The more a place contains, the more progressive it should be. And if it contains several, then height becomes crucial.
While not the tallest ones in the globe, the Philippine skyscrapers rank as some of the highest in southeast Asia. Most of them are office buildings situated in the business districts of Ayala Avenue and Ortigas Center.
1. PBCom Tower
PBCom Tower in Makati is currently the Philippines' tallest skyscraper, and the 83rd highest in the world. Located along Ayala Avenue, it is the headquarters of the Philippine Bank of Communications, one of the oldest Philippine banks, and also home to various call center companies. It stands at 259 meters (850 feet), which translates to 52 stories and an 8-level radio tower. The building was designed by international architect firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Its construction was finished in 2000.
2. G.T. International Tower.
The second tallest skyscraper in Makati is also the second highest in the Philippines. G.T. International Tower, located a few blocks away from PBCom Tower, stands at 217 meters (712 feet) and 47 stories. It is one of the distinguishable buildings along the Makati skyline for its distinct wedge shape. MetroBank chairman George Ty is the owner of the building, and the said bank is the structure's main tenant. Construction concluded in 2002.
3. Petron Megaplaza.
Before the construction of the PBCom Tower, the Petron Megaplaza, standing at 210 meters (689 feet), enjoyed the distinction of being the tallest structure in the country. Another Makati resident, the building is the headquarters of Petron Philippines. It contains 45 stories, and finished construction in 1998.
4. Union Bank Plaza.
Strolling along Ortigas Center one will immediately notice the tallest building in the business district: the Union Bank Plaza. Built in 2004, this 49-storey skyscraper stands at 206 meters (676 feet). The exteriors are very distinct for the use of blue glass walls and steel columns.
5. 1322 Golden Empire Tower.
The Golden Empire Tower, standing at 203 meters (666 feet), is the tallest residential building in the Philippines. This condominium is in the prime location of Roxas Boulevard, in front of Manila Bay. Construction finished in 2004.