The average price (2016) of a house for rent in Quezon City, where Cubao is situated, is PHP 27,000 per month, according to Lamudi data.
Contrary to popular belief, Cubao is not an official barangay of Quezon City, but a geographical district composed of eight barangays, including E. Rodriguez, San Roque, Silangan, Socorro, Immaculate Concepcion, Kaunlaran, Pinagkaisahan, and San Martin de Pores.
Cubao’s Araneta Center is home to SM Cubao, which is the SM Group’s largest standalone department store.
Having a roughly quadrilateral shape, Cubao is bound by Aurora Boulevard to the north, EDSA to the west, 20th Street to the east, and Col. Bonny Serrano to the south.
Cubao is a 35-hectare commercial district owned by the Araneta family. Developed in the early 1960s by one Don Amading Araneta, the district is said to have celebrated its golden years as a business haven from 1966 to 1975. While its popularity has somewhat tapered off, especially after the dawn of other business districts like Makati and Ortigas Center, it continues to draw residents and visitors to its busy and exciting environment. With plans in motion to bring back the heyday of Cubao, people can look forward to seeing the revival of a place that was once only known for being the venue for the boxing event “Thrilla in Manila.”
Being an integral part of Quezon City as a business sector, Cubao is one of the easiest places to travel to and fro. The district’s public transportation is not restricted to the city; many infrastructure and transportation options are present to help commuters travel to the different parts of Metro Manila, and even the different provinces of the country.
One of the things that Cubao is well-known for is the wealth of terminals for provincial buses. For adventurers who often travel by land, they can choose among the numerous stations available that take passengers to various provinces in the country. Dominion, Genesis Transit, Victory Liner, Solid North, Philtranco, Bataan Transit, Baliwag, and Five Star are only a few found along Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Many others like Partas, Dangwa Tranco, and Fermina Express are located along Aurora Boulevard.
Understandably, these areas of Cubao are also full of motels and apartelles, 24-hour convenience stores, and restaurants waiting to accommodate travelers who are waiting for their bus, or have just arrived from the province and are in need of food and rest.
EDSA passes through Cubao, which makes the district accessible through city buses. Northbound buses are headed for either Fairview and the province of Bulacan via East Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue, or the city of Caloocan via EDSA.
There are two railway stations in Cubao: the Araneta Center-Cubao Light Rail Transit (LRT) Station found along Aurora Boulevard, and the Araneta Center-Cubao Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Station located along EDSA in Barangay Socorro.
As in the other parts of the country, jeepneys and tricycles are also common modes of transportation for commuters weaving through the small streets within the district.
There are many barangays in Cubao to choose from, but they all have one thing in common: they offer easy access to establishments the district is famous for. Prices of rental residences vary depending on where one finds the house for rent. Cubao provides numerous options, but one can expect rent to go as low as PHP 10,000 per month for a 48 square meter two-bedroom house.
Wherever you settle, there will always be a Cubao house for rent that is affordable and located near key points of interest. Barangay Socorro is the most well-known barangay in the area due to the Araneta Center, which is the main commercial center of the district. Found within Socorro are popular points of interest such as shopping centers Ali Mall, SM Cubao, Farmers Plaza, and event venues like the Smart Araneta Coliseum (also known as The Big Dome) and the Kia Theater.
The many schools in Barangay Kaunlaran include P. Tuazon Elementary School, P. Bernardo Elementary School, and Kalayaan College. Fermina Express Terminal and Dangwa Tranco are two of the bus terminals present within the barangay. Other establishments include the shopping mall Robinsons Magnolia and the PNP General Hospital.
Barangay Bagong Lipunan ng Crame houses Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police. Two educational institutions located within the vicinity are the Asia Pacific Film Institute and the Philippine Public Safety College. The MRT’s Santolan Station can also be found in the barangay.
In Barangay E. Rodriguez are several bus terminals like those of Baliwag, Five Star, Genesis, and Superlines. The Eulogio Rodriguez Sr. Elementary School, the Emilio Aguinaldo Elementary School, the Carlos P. Garcia High School, and Stella Maris College are just a few of the learning institutions to be found in E. Rodriguez.