Cubao isn’t really known as a wall climbing destination. While it has recently become a mecca for hipsters who like to hang out in Cubao X, the area has yet to attain a rep for the more vertically inclined. But it should.
Unknown to a lot of people, there’s actually a Power Up climbing gym just a few minutes away from the Araneta Center. The gym is part of Centro Atletico which features an excellent badminton court, a TRX gym, and a snack bar.
I’d been going to this climbing gym years before it was taken over by Power Up. My girlfriend (now wife) used to live near the place and we’d often go climbing there. It was a pretty lonely place to climb back then because the gym did not attract a lot of climbers. Centro Atletico was really more known as a badminton destination, and wall climbing seemed to have been just an afterthought to make use of some extra space. But since Power Up took over the facility, climbing there has really boomed. On certain days, it can seem almost as busy as the gym in Tandang Sora.
The gym features several climbing walls, the tallest of which is over 40 feet high. One of the walls features an overhang that’s probably thirty feet high. There’s also a corner where climbers can practive bouldering. It’s staffed by some of the same guys who used to run Power Up Pasig so service is excellent. It’s also got that Power Up laid back vibe where everyone wants to help everyone else become better at climbing.
What I like best about the place though is at the end of a tiring climbing session, you can wash off all that sweat in the gym’s airconditioned shower room, which has heated showers!
The food at the restaurant is also pretty good. They have great steaks and sausages.
Getting to the Centro Atletico gym is a bit tricky though. On Edsa on the Southbound side, it’s on the next road on the right after P. Tuazon. It’s also the road before the Petron station. This short road leads to a gate at the end—that’s Centro Atletico. Check out this map if you’re a bit confused.
25 West Road Corner North Road,
Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Weekdays 2pm to 10pm
Weekends 12 noon to 8pm