Five months ago, PGMA inaugurated the 20 hectares of land, which the government hopes will help ignite a tech revolution that would upgrade the country's science and technological capability and propel us to the threshold of the First World in 20 years. Fine. But while that's happening, folks at Quezon City can lounge around and enjoy the establishments that have sprouted recently at the hub's circular cove.
The following, in no particular order, are the shops and restos already open for business:
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The Old Spaghetti House
National Book Store
Switch (an Apple Reseller)
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Establishments yet to open include:
Mercury Drug Store
In all fairness, the U.P. AyalaLand Techno Hub, despite its industrial-sounding name, is spacious, cozy and quiet (unlike nearby Trinoma). But is it because, there are hardly any people here yet--mostly students buried in their medical books? In any case, I can totally see myself hanging out on a Sunday afternoon, toting a book, nursing a latte, and glancing occasionally at the kids weaving through the streams of water gushing upward at the fountain area (like fireworks at dusk).
Too bad that WIFI isn't available yet in most of the establishments; otherwise, my laptop would be a frequent visitor, too. Strange though--one would expect internet connection throughout a technological hub. First World, indeed.