ABOUT MUNTINLUPA CITY
The City of Muntinlupa (Filipino: Lungsod ng Muntinlupa) is the southernmost city in Metro Manila. It is bordered on the north by Taguig City; to the northwest by Parañaque City; by Las Piñas City to the west; to the southwest by the municipality of Bacoor, Cavite; by the municipality of San Pedro, Laguna; and by Laguna de Bay to the east, the largest lake in the country. It is nicknamed the "Emerald City of the Philippines". According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 379,310.
Muntinlupa is home to some of the best commercial establishments in the metropolis and is the location of Ayala Alabang Village, one of the country's biggest residential communities, where many of the wealthy and famous live. Among the village's well-known residents include former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, actor Aga Muhlach and his wife, actress/host Charlene Gonzalez, the Prince of Brunei, Simone Snoeijenbos and her brother Mateo Snoeijenbos.
ECONOMY AND DEVELOPMENT
The town of Alabang, part of the Second district of Muntinlupa City, has undergone tremendous growth in the last decade. As the Southernmost city of Metro Manila, it has boomed in the last 10 years and acquired urban standards. Because of two large scale commercial real estate development projects namely; the Filinvest Corporate City by the Filinvest Development Corporation, and Ayala Land, Inc.'s Madrigal Business Park, both of which changed the landscape of Muntinlupa City--from what was once vast fields of cow pasture in the late 1980s, into a supercity that houses new residential, business, industrial and commercial establishments. Examples of these are: one of the country's premier shopping centers, Alabang Town Center, the Festival Supermall (One of Asia's biggest malls), the towering Insular Life Towers, the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, and the Northgate Business District, which specializes in hosting information and technology industries. Nightlife is still relatively staid compared to those of its neighbors, and younger residents often flock to other cities in Metro Manila, particularly Makati, Taguig, or Manila, during the weekend to enjoy the night out. Many companies from other crowded cities are planning to, or already have moved their base of operations into Muntinlupa City, in a transformation reminiscent of Makati's development boom 30 years ago. This city has recently acquired the status "Most Competitive City" and the "Most Improved City" in the Philippines.