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Makati Rockwell Center

Rockwell Center sits on a 15.5 hectare land that used to be the location of a thermal power plant owned by the Lopez family, owner of Meralco, the major electricity supplier in the Philippines.  The property used to be in a quiet area behing an exclusive residential village called Bel-air. The thermal plant has always been there and very few know or care about it, as the streets in and around the old thermal plant were off the main thoroughfare of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.

Many were surprised when the thermal plant closed in 1995. It was not known that the prime lot was slated to be developed by Rockwell Land Corporation with Meralco as the major stockholder and First Philippine Holdings Corporation as its partner. The goal of the company was to establish a self-contained mixed-use area in that quiet part of Makati. Its initial project was Rockwell Center. Why Rockwell? The project was named after the first president of Meralco, James Chapman Rockwell.

The first four high rise residential buildings of Rockwell Center were simultaneously constructed in the mid 1990s. The four towers were built at the west end of the block and were named after famous Filipino artists: Hidalgo Place, Rizal Tower, Amorsolo Square and Luna Gardens.  The four residential towers became the epitome of luxurious condominium living. 

The Rockwell Club was opened in 1999 and the club became a first class social, recreational and sports club.  In 2000 the Power Plant Mall was completed and stood on the exact same location of the old thermal plant.  The company also donated a prime lot to Ateneo Graduate School, a premiere law school in the Philippines.

To date there are seven residential towers (one under construction), three office buildings, an upscale shopping mall, a  city sports and recreation club,  and a graduate school in Rockwell Center.  The area is famous as a watering ground, albeit wholesome, to young preppies and not so young ones.  The center is not too crowded as there is no public transport that traverses the area.

Coming from north of EDSA, turn right at Estrella Street to reach Rockwell Center. From south of EDSA take the flyover with the sign to Rockwell Center.  



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Comments

posted Nov. 17th, 2012 - 11:08pm
ana tolentino says:
Is it true that lee min ho is there?right now?

posted Jul. 13th, 2012 - 1:57pm
says:
nice place

posted May. 31st, 2012 - 12:31am
shmilyheart says:
i do miss this place ever...


posted Mar. 23rd, 2012 - 4:41pm
Nho' says:
Beautiful relaxing place. I was there 7 days in Dec 2011. What a vacation! Until now I relish the hours I spent inside the very solemn chapel at the back of Royce. The "smoking in designated area only" ... no signage... people just do it. I never thought Metro Manila has a place like Rockwell.

posted Mar. 21st, 2012 - 2:06pm
Jose Miguel Maraņa says:
Rockwell is an ideal place to live and relax with Family. With Rockwell, you don't need to travel abroad to go shopping as Powerplant Mall has it all..With my few years of staying here, it allows me to figure out three great things that I truely salute to Rockwell President, these are:

1. Great Residence Care - taking a walk from your place crossing across the other building makes you feel so secured as 24/7 duty trained security guards are there to assist you in taking the pedestrian lane.

2. Security Wise


3. Ambiance...(THUMBS UP)

Long Live Rockwell!!

posted Feb. 22nd, 2012 - 5:43am
a unit owner says:
Poorly managed. Manager always out. No meetings and unit owner are not allowed to know neighbors or owners of units.
Seventy five persent are rented to foreigners
No BIR reports?

posted Nov. 28th, 2011 - 1:59pm
Swayzee Yan says:
sd

posted Nov. 28th, 2011 - 1:59pm
Swayzee Yan says:
Rockwell is a very exiting place to shop because some of the items they sell there are not available in other malls. And only Rockwell sells brand new LP records in the Philippines.

posted Apr. 15th, 2011 - 5:45am
Mon Adaoag says:
I've been here since March 2007, at Joya South. It is a nice and peaceful place to relieve stress

posted Feb. 24th, 2011 - 9:02pm
ken says:
it was so beautiful,ive been there last dec.2010.

posted Dec. 24th, 2010 - 9:40pm
Jolina Loftus says:
I was quite surprised upon knowing the Rockwell really exist as I've heard it from so many Filipinos in the UK it was so nice, there is a very warm ambiance, trendy and fun to shop at. I'll be looking forward to see the place again on my next visit to Manila.

posted Aug. 5th, 2010 - 7:09pm
tvi says:
even though i have not been to manila but i have seen pictures of beautiful places over there.would love so much to go there one day

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