The Philippine Bank of Communications Tower, more commonly known as PBCom Tower, is an office skyscraper
A skyscraper is a tall, continuously habitable building of many stories, often designed for office and commercial use. There is no official definition or height above which a building may be classified as a skyscraper...

 that currently holds the title, since 2000, of the tallest building in the Philippines. It has a total ground to architectural top height of 259 metres (849.7 ft), with 52 storey
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s including an 8-level radio tower. It is a joint development of Filinvest Asia Corporation (FAC) and the Philippine Bank of Communications
Philippine Bank of Communications
The Philippine Bank of Communications , more commonly known as PBCom, is one of the largest commercial banks in the Philippines, ranking nineteenth in terms of assets...

 (PBCom). The building is the home of PBCom, one of the oldest Philippine banks. The bank occupies the building's first ten floors, with a food court on the seventh floor. It is also home to a competitor bank, East West Bank
East West Bank (Philippines)
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, which is based in the building's twentieth and twenty-first floors, which are controlled by Filinvest Land.


The building is located at Ayala Avenue
Ayala Avenue
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 corner V.A. Rufino Street in Makati City
Makati City
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, right inside the Makati Central Business District. The stretch of Ayala Avenue where PBCom Tower is located also has the main branches of the following banks Quadrant Information Services Inc., Metrobank
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company
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, Bank of the Philippine Islands
Bank of the Philippine Islands
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, Banco de Oro(Equitable PCI Towers IⅈEquitable Bank Tower), Export and Industry Bank
Export and Industry Bank
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. It houses international call centers such as Stream Global Services
Stream Global Services
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, Citibank
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, Convergys
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 Daksh, and ICT.

Design and construction

PBCom Tower was designed by local architectural firm GF & Partners Architects, in cooperation with international architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP; and structural design was provided by local engineering company Aromin & Sy + Associates. Project and construction management services was provided by I.A. Campbell & Associates, a Philippine-based project management company, while construction works was done by Samsung Engineering & Construction's local branch Samsung Construction Company Philippines, Inc. Samsung is known as the builder of the world's tallest buildings, including the Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers
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, Taipei 101
Taipei 101
Taipei 101 , formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010...

, and the Burj Khalifa .

Besides these companies, other members of the design team include Edgett Williams Consulting Group (Elevator Design), Golder Associates, Inc. (Seismic Study); Fisher, Marantz, Rentro, Stone (Lighting consultant); Shel Milson & Wilke (Acoustic Analysis); CDC Limited (Curtain Wall design); Control Risks, Inc. (Security System design); N.B.F. Water & Wasterwater Services (Sanitary System design); DCCD Engineering Corp. (Electrical Systems design); R.J. Calpo & Partners (Mechanical Systems design); and Radian Technology, Inc. (Fire Protection System design).

Its exterior double-glazed, unitized curtain walls in aluminum frames, together with a monumental lighting effect, create a facade that reflects a fusion of art and function. Its interiors are an elegant interplay of glass, natural stone and metal. A landscraped garden in stepped podium also adds to the natural effect of the building's design. The building also utilizes tinted insulated vision glass in full height for the curtain walls to seal off heat and noise

The offices spaces feature high ceiling headroom to enhance cozy working atmosphere; perimeter columns to provide flexibility in interior space planning; provision for raised access floor or underslab ducts; and having continuous wide panels in full height glazing allow magnificent views while providing ample natural light into the offices.


The building also has banking facilities for efficient business transactions; food court with outdoor garden cafe; a business center to complement corporate operations; and a roofdeck helipad for alternate transport access and emergency evacuation.

Other aminities include a 100% standby generators; lightning protection and grounding systems; structured cabling system for high-speed transmission of data, video and voice communications; provision for fiber optic telecommunications system; advanced building management system; CCTV monitoring at strategic locations controlled at the central command station on a 24-hour basis; fire alarm and automatic fire sprinkler systems; dual water supply with water treatment facility; underground and overhead water reservoir; 2 individually controlled Air Handling Units per floor with alloted air condition load for after-office use; a communications tower; voice and smoke evacuation systems; and a gondola system for building exterior maintenance.

The building is equipped with 17 high-speed tower lifts in 3 zones lift-group to ensure minimum waiting time; 4 shuttle lifts for parking and amenity floors; and 1 service elevator for all floors.

The building's parking facilities have a secure and integrated multi-level design with paging system and a drivers’ lounge.

The PBCom Tower has been designated by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) as one of only two certified Information Technology
Information technology
Information technology is the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textual and numerical information by a microelectronics-based combination of computing and telecommunications...

(IT) buildings in the country. IT companies occupying the PBCom Tower will enjoy special tax incentives and other privileges from the government.

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