Muntinlupa or “Munti” has been synonymous with the New Bilibid Prison, the national penitentiary in the city where the country’s most notorious criminals are detained. The city, however, has been trying to shake itself off the stereotypes through world-class developments like Ayala Alabang, one of the largest and most exclusive villages in the country offering houses for rent. Ayala Alabang’s residents include local actors, former Philippine President Fidel Ramos, and the prince of Brunei.
As the southernmost city in Manila, Muntinlupa provides easy access to the hot springs and theme parks of Laguna and to the historical sites of Cavite.
Entertainment, shopping and dining
Nightlife in Muntinlupa is not as lively as in its neighbors Manila, Taguig and Makati, hence, for entertainment, dining and shopping, the people of Muntinlupa rely on Festival Mall and Alabang Town Center.
The Jamboree Lake, the country’s smallest natural lake, is a favorite respite from the heat. Pieces of Muntinlupa’s history can be connected through visiting landmarks like the maximum security compound of the Bureau of Corrections Administration Building, the WWII Japanese cannon at Memorial Hill, the pre-war architecture of Director’s Quarters, and Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita’s crypt at the Japanese Garden Cemetery.