Urban Trails: The Filinvest Transformation

Filinvest in Alabang is presently undergoing a modern transformation from the business hub that it still is today to expanding in other venues to support different lifestyle choices. Formerly called the Filinvest Corporate City which catered to attract corporate businesses as its main thrust a few years ago, it is now simply called Filinvest City, opening its doors as a new urban center.

I’ve lived in the area for about 3 years, living with my two kids and former wife at Katarungan Village, one of the peripheral villages along Daang Hari, a 10-minute drive away and saw Filinvest grow steadily, where we shopped and did our marketing at the Festival Mall on an almost daily basis, where the Alabang Town center was the weekly hang-out place for my kids.

It’s a great place but sort of an out-of -the-loop area when you work in Makati or Quezon City. But everything now has changed.

Aside from being a prime central business district, Filinvest City is now gearing to be a livable Garden City where trees and flowers now abound, promenades, trails and walkways are to be expanded to allow residents to walk, exercise and play through a park grade separate from cars and other pollutants.

It also will boost itself into being a Modern Metropolis where more amenities for leisure and entertainment, shopping and dining, culture and the arts, and health and wellness will allow its residents and visitors to enjoy a truly cosmopolitan lifestyle.

The running bloggers who tested the Filinvest City trails yesterday

Lastly, Filinvest City will serve as a Convergence hub where people coming from the north of Manila and the Calabarzon region in the south can easily access its urban center via the newly expanded Skyway in the north to the ever improving South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

Yesterday, i had another chance to return to the area as me and other running bloggers were invited to try out their new established pathways, trails and open spaces as part of their vision in making Filinvest City a haven for outdoor sports enthusiasts.

I was mesmerized by the lush landscapes, the tree-lined trails which would cater to both mountain bikers and runners. There is a thriving biking community using these trails and they must have been ruffled by our presence as we runners tried to invade their periphery and crowd many of the single track trails.

Our presence also coincided with their project called “Carless Sundays”, where vehicles are prohibited to use the City Loop, from Commerce Ave, Corporate Avenue to Parkway Avenue to give way for residents to play uninhibited within the area.

Here’s a sneak peek of what the trails look like. Warning: There are no mountains, river crossings, waterfalls nor steep uphill climbs to conquer here! 🙂

The trails near the promenade looked like a mini-slalom trail, perfect for bike rides

The open area trails snaked beneath the shadows of high-rise buildings

Near Commerce Avenue

Along one of the many shaded area of the course

Most of the trails here are smooth, perfect for speed-work and intervals

Along a single-track trail

Reminds me of the many partly shaded trails of Nuvali

Nice thing about these trails is that it’s never crowded, except when you’re sharing the trails with bikers

Right straight into a wooded area

A most unusual part of the trail. A tree was almost uprooted during one past typhoon and cut off the trail. However instead of cutting the tree off, park workers dug the trail deeper under the tree so bikers and runners could pass under it.

Another single track as we trudged through it under the heat of the sun

A trail just beside a small creek

That’s KB Runner trying to catch up at the back

Another of the switchbacks along the route

One of the few uphills

Again, you have to share the trails with bikers

Another switch-back

Speeding it up on the downhill

A secret passage to a very nice trail

…It goes upwards along a fenced property

…and into a wooden part then you see this…

A wooded trail

You wouldn’t think you were in a city

Looks like the fallen leaves have stayed on the ground forever!

Here comes more of the bikers

Seems Mr. Goatee is avoiding the advances of KB!

A walking break near where buses are parked

Towards to where we started

I think this is bounded by Ayala Alabang on the other side

Bee and KB with actor-triathlete Matteo Guidicelli

At the Palms Country Club for the Filinvest City presentation and breakfast