Posted December 16, 2021
Travel back in time and take a peek at Manila during its glory days in the 1960s. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the images of the bustling, dazzling district of Malate that was Manila’s center of commerce and tourism come to mind. Picture posh mansions, cozy bungalows, artists’ bohemian homes, haute couture shops that catered to the rich and famous, charming cafes, and busy markets. Fast forward to Malate today, with its colorful skyline, night life, and bustling hotels, hostels, and condotels.
Today, Torre Lorenzo Malate, a 45-story premium residential development combines Old Manila’s affluence and grandeur with well-designed modern amenities. “We always try to uplift the living experience in places where we put up our projects, without losing the flavor of the place,” stresses Tomas Lorenzo, president of Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC). “So the flavor of Malate is, you know, old mansions with a lot of history.”
Located in the heart of Malate (General Malvar corner Vasquez St.), Torre Lorenzo Malate (TLM) is close to schools (UP School of Medicine, St. Paul’s University, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Women’s University), hospitals (Philippine General Hospital, Manila Doctors Hospital, Medical Center Manila), and malls (Robinsons Place, SM Manila). The pandemic has made us realize, more than ever, how important it is to have everything we need within reach.
A quick stroll brings you to the Manila Baywalk (where you can watch the famed sunset of Manila Bay) and tourist landmarks such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Rizal Park, Metropolitan Museum, and Remedios Circle. If you fancy a cultural food trip, Chinatown, with its unique scents and flavors, is within easy reach.
LOCATION, LOCATION, (GOOD) LOCATION
Why choose this particular location for a premium lifestyle development? Lorenzo replies, “I know this neighborhood very well, it’s a great location because it’s quiet and yet, it’s only a block away from our traditional university resident market. UP Manila, PGH, the medical schools have reopened, so we already have residents who are slated to move into this building this year.”
“Sisters Ivy and Cynthia Almario, First Ladies of Philippine interior design, upgraded the floor pattern, using machuca tiles that hark back to a bygone era. If you do not hear noise bouncing off walls, it’s because the Almario sisters put in place very good sound absorbers,” describes Lorenzo.
TLM is proud to bring back the charm and beauty of Old Manila through its exquisite interiors while providing residents with the utmost convenience and experience of modern city living. Before walking us through the property, Lorenzo presents the three unique facets that make TLM an attractive investment: The Residences at TLM, The Suites at TLM managed by The Ascott Limited, and lyf Malate Manila.
“It’s our first time to put up a 45-story complex with a hotel, serviced apartment, and a full residence component, which many people can make use of pre- and post-pandemic,” says Lorenzo. The Residences features TLDC’s signature premium residential condo units while The Suites brings stylish serviced residences managed by one of the leading international lodging owner operators.
Then comes lyf by Ascott. Lorenzo relates, “I did some research and said, ‘What if we put up a hotel-like component in that building?’ Again, this is going to be for post-pandemic, for people who need a place to stay for their few nights in Manila, which is not too expensive but very young and hip. So, again, we looked for a brand and stumbled upon the Ascott Group of Singapore. We went to Singapore and they showed us lyf. I could see my kids staying there, or the twenty- or thirtysomethings, because it’s very affordable but doesn’t feel cheap and has just the right amenities.” It may be a high-rise condo, but TLM is really a low-density development with only 12 to 21 units per floor to allow for privacy and a sense of exclusivity for the unit owners.
A SHUTTLE SERVICE, TOO
Boasting the same quality features as in all the other Torre Lorenzo properties, Torre Lorenzo Malate offers an additional amenity for its residents. “For the first time, we’re offering a shuttle service for the residents,” Lorenzo is happy to announce. “So, even if UP Manila or PGH is just a block away, residents can be dropped off in school or at the office, 24/7. It’s a 24-hour service because these are medical students who get off at 2 or 3 a.m., and we want them to be safe. The safety and security of our residents are of paramount importance to us.”
Now, shall we continue with our tour of TLM? Beyond the lobby, there’s the Discussion Room with partitions, especially designed for residents to meet their guests to protect the privacy of the residential floors. But, if they need to study or have some quiet time, residents can enjoy an exclusive lounge on the ninth floor. Amenities also include a swimming pool, fitness center, and a Sky Lounge. At the Sky Lounge, you can relax and revel in the panoramic view of the magnificent Manila Bay sunset, the buzzing Metro Manila skyline, and the vibrant Makati CBD area. Residents also have the option to use drying cages for their laundry. Torre Lorenzo Malate is ready to accept residents. Just bring your bed, turn on the lights, and you’re good to go!