London, New York, and Berlin have seen the rise of private clubs housing the city’s businessmen and literati. Here, what you can call the local counterpart of Soho House will open shortly in Manila. “The concept of the Manila House blends the tradition of the British gentleman’s club with the more contemporary clubs that cater to the creative classes,” says Bambina Olivares, spokesperson of Manila House. Designed by Gert Voorjans, the private club attracts a glamorous cast of Manila’s creative crowd: from the realms of business, art, food, politics, and culture. Gone are the stifling stone edifices that defined the clubs of the previous era; “Voorjans works in a wonderfully layered manner,” says Olivares, “with doses of wit and humor that make his spaces feel intimate instead of alienating.” Members can revel in artwork curated by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, as well as lectures, film showings, and dinners in the club’s Filipino and Japanese restaurants.