SOMEONE TOLD YOU

It looks like our friends at Manila Recruitment have been sharing. In July we soft-launch Manila's first hybrid hub. For entrepreneurs and their teams, freelancers, and free thinkers. Think of it as a non-elitist private members club with workspace, cafe, lounges, gardens, studios.... No deposits, no onerous lease agreements, just a fresh, safe space to work, gather, create, recharge.

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AM I SUPPOSED TO BE HERE?

Like us, you are living and/or working in Manila. You care about your city, your community, and the effect the pandemic has had. You need somewhere that isn't home, isn't a public café, isn't a traditional office. We have that space, and then some. Five floors of gardens, studios, workspace, café, gallery, quiet lounges, meeting rooms. Open 24/7 in Poblacion Makati, with a strict capacity limit for crowd-free connections.

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I LOVE IT

We thought you might. Beyond the space there is a calendar of events, activities, and impact programs. Mixed into all that are buisness and personal services, private film screenings, yoga and meditation, technology workshops, private dining, music, deep conversations, previews. Recruitment, retention, and involvement.

COME AS YOU ARE

July is our soft-launch and intake for individuals and teams. The fastest way to know if we are a fit for each other is to start a conversation using our live chat function. You can also keep browsing to soak-up even more details such as pricing, benefits, and eligibility critera. As a connection of Manila Recruitment, you are eligible to an additional 20% discount from the published rates in July for their allocated block of Memberships.

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire

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NON-RESIDENTS
10,000/ month
  • Eligibility criteria
  • 8-to-late access
  • Mon-Fri or by appointment
  • 20 personal check-ins per month
  • Plus events and activity invites
  • From July 15 onwards
  • One year Membership
Apply
TEAM + PARTNERS
25%Discounted additional Memberships
  • Requires x1 Resident Membership
  • 25% discount applied to subsequent Memberships
  • Consolidated billing
  • Personal partnerships or Teams
  • Transferable
Apply

You’ll find us in the heart of the avant garde, a 5-storey oasis within the heritage district of Makati: Poblacion. Walking distance to Rockwell, Z Street, Sinigang Valley, Salcedo Village, and Ayala.

For each intake, if there is any availability, we prioritise different sectors and profiles to rebalance the Membership. This ensures diversity and harmony, the aim being that everyone you meet should be connected and fascinating in their own way. It also allows us to remain within our capacity levels and avoid crowds during this pandemic period.

Sectors and focus areas we prioritise include creative industries, ethical tech, arts, social impact, sustainability and environment, urban planning, progressive food & lifestyle.

Entrepreneurs + Venture
100
Creatives + Arts
100
Technology
100
BPO
0
Social Impact
100
Food + Lifestyle
80
Business + Backing
60
Social climbers
0
  • Resdident Members have 24/7 access to the Astbury (our hybrid hub).
  • We have three intakes per year, the next is July 15 to July 31.
  • Pricing during our soft launch is discounted to ₱100,000 /person /year.
  • Members can book discounted private rooms, request business or support services, subscribe to private workspace, host events, grab studio time, opt for parking… the list goes on.
  • Member privacy is important, and we treat Members as we treat ourselves, with class and discretion. No Members lists are sold to third-parties, no names are dropped to attract applications, and non-Members have limited or no access.
  • You can dine-anywhere, choosing menus at our own Sunbird Fire Deck (our rooftop grill) and the ground floor Café at Astbury. You can also cook your own masterpiece in the _Kitchen or order in from your favourite neighbourhood resto. 
  • Most of what you need is included in the Membership dues.
  • You might require a private workspace. No deposits or lease agreements needed. Subject to availability and priced at fair local market rates per square meter. 
  • You might require a dedicated parking slot. If we have one available we’ll book it for you in blocks of 1 hour to 1 month.
  • You might require help with biz registration, recruitment etc. We connect you to the people we use. 
  • Perhaps you need a bottle of wine to take home, or a catered dinner for your people. That will be extra, but always great value and we’ll help you make it happen.

In 2009 we pioneered coworking and trashed the office cubicles and outdated hierarchies. In 2011 we rather lazilly called ourselves “A SPACE” (just a space for fun people) and accidently started the coworking movement in the Philippines. Since then our Members and collaborators number among the most original thinkers and doers in the country. We’ve been creating, crafting, and inventing original spaces and experiences for a decade. This is what we love to do.

Since the arrival of Covid though, we’ve experienced the near collapse of our business, tragedies within our families, and the erosion of community energy as we knew it. For us it has prompted stark and radical change. We’ve always tried to create workspace that recharged us instead of drained us, and social space with more meaning than just alchohol and beats. With our new project we move beyond our most creative coworking design into a world of possibilities packed with purpose, fueled by passion and necessity.

At the heart of this change is a greater confidence that offices are outmoded, and the hybird habits that we have long embraced – working from home, from ASPACE, from the pool, or from a café – is more closely aligned with our human preferences. What’s more, if we could only encourage a culture that energised us at work, and connected us socially with the best of each other, amplifying the ideas and causes we champion.

You work and you play, and you sustain positive change along the way. That has become our starting point for this next phase in our evolution, a space where just by being present we contribute more, and benefit from the change wrought by this Pandemic.

Gifted and sponsored memberships are offered to the broke + talented, the nascent startups working on impactful issues, and the under represented entrepreneurs and artists. Express your interest using the application form below and we’ll be in touch with more detail. In short, you pay, and they apply for the membership you have bought. In return you’ll be able to make a direct connection with the recipient(s).

Can you see the icon popping up in the bottom corner? That’s all you need to start a conversation with Matt (Founder), JP, James, or Marinela. You’ll mostly find us enjoying screen time through the day, and at night you can just leave us a message, request a guestlist pass to visit, or learn more about how to get involved.

This page is for invite-only memberships that have been reserved by our friends/Members at Manila Recruitment. Available exclusively from July 1st to July 31st. You can read above for more details, apply below, or just start a conversation with us using the live chat function.

The current intake is July 1st to 31st.
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Useful for matchmaking, group invitations, programs design, and membership balancing.
Useful for matchmaking with other members, invitation to private membership groups, and for programs design.
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No payment is required at this stage. Sending this form will automatically asisgned you a priority number based on the date. We will then review in person and reach out with more details on your Membership options. You may receive an invitation to visit the hub (drop-ins are not available during the pandemic). Once all parties are satisfied, your Membership pack will be issued and your fees will be due. Eligibility criteria is based on areas of focus and level of experience (for a balanced Membership), type of Membership required, expected usage of the space, and expected involvement in programs.