- The second location will expand WeWork’s reach to the country’s premier business district
- WeWork will help facilitate multinational companies to enter the Philippines and Southeast Asia by leveraging Manila as a launchpad into the region
- WeWork supports homegrown companies looking to grow their presence globally through WeWork’s community
WeWork—a platform for creators that provides the space, community, and services to help people make a life, not just a living—officially opens its second location in the Philippines in RCBC Plaza on Ayala Avenue in Makati City, a strategic and accessible location in one of the largest and busiest business districts in Metro Manila.
“Following the success of our first WeWork space in Bonifacio Global City, our Makati CBD location is testament to our commitment to supporting local companies to be able to tap onto our global network,” said Turochas “T” Fuad, Managing Director, WeWork Southeast Asia. “Through culture, design, collaboration, and technology, we are committed to promoting growth and innovation that will enable local enterprises, freelancers, startups, and MSMEs to collaborate locally, regionally and globally.”
Integrating WeWork’s expertise across design, technology and community for empowering homegrown and regional members
Currently, WeWork has locations in Manila, The Philippines, as well as Singapore, Indonesia (Jakarta), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and Thailand (Bangkok) across Southeast Asia. Fostering dynamic community, connections, and collaborations among Filipino companies and other WeWork members and collaborators across the globe through access to its global network of 485 workspaces and 466,000 members through a network app, WeWork’s second home in the Philippines features signature WeWork elements such as common areas, phone booths, community bars, and breakout areas.
With the space inspired by the streets of Manila – a bustling and vibrant city full of colours, lights and sounds in every corner, a mural sprawling across the wall by the staircase curated by WeWork’s in-house Arts & Graphics team demonstrates an abstract illustration of the traditional Filipino folk dance ‘Panagbenga’ that signifies the flower blooming season festival.
Grounded in WeWork’s mission of supporting its members, WeWork is also growing in tandem and is here to connect people through intelligent design by fostering community and opportunities. Following WeWork’s commitment to amplifying the impact by bringing people together, WeWork RCBC Plaza welcomes members ranging from global enterprises — a world leader in connecting job seekers with matching employment opportunities, Monster.com; tech-enabled express logistics company, Ninja Van; world’s fastest-growing social advertising solutions provider, Strike Social — small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to start-ups and freelancers such as FinTech startup Bukas; renowned supporters of startups like early-stage impact incubator and investor, Villgro Philippines.
“As we are looking for a space that enables us to adapt and scale based on our growth, we were attracted to WeWork as it enables our cross-functional teams to collaborate more effectively with each other. By providing purpose-built environments for our teams, we have seen an uptick in employee satisfaction and productivity,” said Martin Cu, Country Head, Ninja Van. “We are excited to be part of the WeWork Philippines community and look forward to connecting with other homegrown companies and enterprises as we continue to expand our presence in the Philippines.”
WeWork economy helping individuals and businesses thrive, and energizes neighborhoods
WeWork recently released its first annual Global Impact Report, measuring the economic effect of its community in 75 cities around the world.
With WeWork bringing new people, businesses, and economic activity to neighborhoods. seventy percent of WeWork members are new to the neighborhood, and one in 10 has moved closer to their WeWork locations since joining. This means more business for neighboring shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs.
Over one third of the Global Fortune 500 are WeWork Members, citing access to talent and global reach. With WeWork helping enterprises grow, enterprise members use WeWork as a way to grow their global footprint where 49% of them have been able to enter new markets.
As WeWork establishes its presence in the Philippines, whether it’s work, living, education, wellness, or retail – WeWork looks forward to being able to reimagine, reshape, and re-humanize the architecture of spaces, buildings, and cities to support and encourage human connection and creativity in the nation, as it journeys into a new era of growth.