Neighborhood focus: Treats and eats in Chino Roces
To a random commuter, Chino Roces (also known as Pasong Tamo) could be a dreadful 6-kilometer stretch of pure traffic and chaos, but to someone who can spare a few moments to stop and observe while waiting for the go signal from the nth stoplight there is, one could see how this neighborhood thrives in its subtlety – how slowly it has evolved into a low-key community that builds its own identity by complimenting the character of the much aggressive neighborhoods it manages to take part of.
To the corporate creative that craves for a diversion from killer deadlines and never ending client revisions, this neighborhood offers all the escape you might need away from your office desk, to breathe, to rest, and to recharge. A few walkable meters away from each other, art galleries along Chino Roces make it easy for one to do a personal art hop, the likes of Archivo 1984, Vinyl on Vinyl, Drawing Room, and Silverlens serve as an acccesssible series of artistic pitstops that drives you far from the fast paced hustle and bustle of the raging Makati business district.
To the blue collar office slave who is used to an entire day of meetings and piles of deliverables, Chino Roces turns into a happy hour go-to place of instant social gratification – a nearby venue to make the most out of borrowed minutes from a tight, well-planned schedule. From an array of artisan coffee shops like Habitual Coffee and YDG Coffee that could warm you up for a long day ahead, to dining spots like Toyo Eatery and Finders Keepers that give you a quick fix of amazing food paired with one or two beer bottles you can have with friends that share the same endeavors of the 9-5 lifestyle, this neighborhood brings back the much needed rush in rush hours and puts the long lost quality back in quality time.
It is easy to say that Chino Roces is as a place that spreads itself too thinly, to us it’s the jack of all trade that blooms in the diversity of its overflowing potential – the ability to be anything you ever want it to be, anytime you want it to be. So cheers, for we are here for a good time, not a long time.