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Info Makaty City
Makati, officially the City of Makati (Filipino: Lungsod ng Makati), in the Philippines, is one of the sixteen cities that make up Metro Manila. Makati is located within the circle of 14′40″ °north and 121′3″ °E right at the center of Metro Manila.
Makati is the financial center of the Philippines; it has the highest concentration of multinational and local corporations in the country. Major banks, corporations, department stores as well as foreign embassies are based in Makati. The biggest trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange is situated along the city's Ayala Avenue.Makati is also known for being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila.
With a population of 582,602, Makati is the 17th-largest city in the country and ranked as the 41st most densely populated city in the world with 19,336 inhabitants per square kilometer. Although its population is just half a million, the daytime population of the city is estimated to be more than one million during a typical working day because of the large number of people who go to the city to work, shop, and do business.
|FOUNDED :||Settled November 4, 1670|
Cityhood February 4, 1995
|TIME ZONE :||PST (UTC+8)|
|LANGUAGE :||Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan|
|RELIGION :||Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%|
|AREA :||21.73 km2 (8.39 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||15.4 m (50.5 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||14°33′N 121°02′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 50.10%|
• Female: 49.90%
|ETHNIC :||Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3%|
|AREA CODE :||02|
|POSTAL CODE :||1200 to 1299|
|DIALING CODE :|
|WEBSITE :||Official Website|
Makati City or just simple Makati lies in the heart of big Metropolis of Manila. The city is known for its upscale shopping malls, and is also home to high fashion brands, restaurants and hotels and is home to many to many affluent Filipinos. Makati is considered to be the center of financial, commercial and economic hubs and home to the Philippines' "Philippine Stock Exchange" (PSE).
Parts of the city were once subject to the pre-Hispanic Kingdom of Namayan, whose capital is now in the Santa Ana district of Manila. The Spanish then assigned the area to the town of Santa Ana de Sapa and in the 1600s began to be developed as a pilgrimage center around the churches of Our Lady of Guadalupe (now Our Lady of Grace) and of Saints Peter and Paul in what is today the población, built by missionary friars to attract worshippers, and also as a farming community. It became an independent municipality in 1670, and was christened San Pedro de Macatiin honour of the town's patron, Saint Peter. The town was also famous for its pottery industry since the 18th century, with skilled potters trained by Jesuit priests. Its strategic location also made it a pitstop for pilgrims, travelling by foot or boat, towards the shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo.
In 1851, Don José Bonifacio Roxas (an ancestor of the Zobel de Ayala family) purchased the Jesuit estate of "Hacienda de San Pedro de Macati" for 52,800 pesos. Since then, the development of Makati has remained linked with the Zóbel de Ayala family and their company, Ayala Corporation.
The town was a cradle of Filipino passive resistance against Spanish colonial rule in the 1890s and the subsequent Philippine Revolution, with the participation of the local Katipunan council based in the area with Pio del Pilar, a local resident from the village of Culi-Culi, as its president. Culi-Culi is now a barangay named in honour of Del Pilar.
By 1898, Spain ceded the Philippines and other overseas possessions to the United States after the former's defeat in the Spanish–American War. In 1901, the Americans declared the whole area south of the Pasig River, including the town of San Pedro de Macati, down to Alabang in Muntinlupa, a US military reservation, thus establishing Fort McKinley (now Fort Bonifacio). That same year, the whole town, with a population of 25,000, was incorporated from Manila to the new province of Rizal, with Marcelino Magsaysay serving as the town president. As the 1910s approached, the Meralco tranvia lines to Fort McKinley and to the western end of the town were built, opening transport lines for its residents and thus brought along potential investors who opened several businesses including the famous Santa Ana Cabaret at the terminus of the streetcar lines.
On February 28, 1914, the The Philippine Legislature passed Act 2390, shortening the name, San Pedro de Macati, to simply Makati. In the 1930s, the first airport in Luzon island, Nielsen Field, opened in what is now theAyala Triangle, and the tracks of what is now the Philippine National Railways reached the town very early in the decade. During that same period, Santa Ana Park, the nation's second horse racing facility, opened to expectations from horse racing fans.
After the destruction Second World War had brought upon Makati, and the subsequent closure of Nielson Field, the town grew rapidly, and real estate values boomed. The first of the planned communities (in what are now the barangaysForbes Park, Urdaneta, San Lorenzo and Bel-Air) were established in the 1950s with the efforts of its landowner, Ayala y Compañía. At the same time, Fort McKinley, then renamed Fort Bonifacio, and the then Philippine Army headquarters, became the starting point for the building up of seven more communities by military families who worked in the base area. The first office buildings were built on what is now the Makati Central Business District. Since the late 1960s, Makati has transformed into the financial and commercial capital of the country.
During the terms of town mayors Máximo Estrella, Rafael Bañola, José Luciano, Cézar Alzona and Nemesio Yabut, massive development of the town took place, and foreign and local investors were welcomed to what was tagged as the nation's number one municipality at the time. Makati's central location adjacent to the city of Manila also made it an industrial hub for major national and international corporations. Partly as a result a new town hall just miles from the old one was built in 1962 just along J.P. Rizal Avenue (the old hall was later converted into the city museum). Mayor Bañola's term of office as town executive saw the building up of what is now the Ayala Center with the help of the Ayala firm, which would become the city's central shopping center of today.
In 1975, Makati was separated from Rizal province along with Caloocan,Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City, Marikina, San Juan, Pasig, Mandaluyong,Pateros, Taguig, Pasay City, Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa, to become part of the National Capital Region as a component municipality.
Following the assassination of opposition senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. on 21 August 1983, Makati became a nexus for protests against the dictatorship of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Known as the Confetti Revolution, the demonstrations held in the central business district were led partly by employees of major corporations based in the area, culminating in the 1986 People Power Revolution that toppled Marcos’ 20-year authoritarian regime. His political rival and successor, Corazon C. Aquino–the wife of the deceased senator Aquino–became the eleventh and first female president of the Philippines. After the death of Mayor Yabut during the Revolution, Aquino appointed Jejomar Binay as acting mayor of the town of Makati; he was subsequently elected as mayor in 1988. His first term as the town executive would see the events of a 1989 coup d'etat attempt in the town's business district, and would help usher the building of the country's first skyscrapers in the early 1990s.
On May 17, 2000 at 5:02 p.m., the Glorietta Mall located inside the Ayala Center was bombed, injuring 13 persons. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb originated from a restroom of a restaurant a video arcade. The bombing was said to be the precursor of the May 21, 2000 SM Megamall bombing and the Rizal Day bombings. On October 19, 2007, an explosion in Glorietta 2 left eleven people dead and injured more than a hundred. Initially, authorities said that it was caused by a liquefied petroleum gas explosion at a restaurant, but later began investigating the possibility that the explosion may have been a C-4 bomb.
Under the Köppen climate classification system, the city features a tropical monsoon climate. Together with the rest of the Philippines, Makati lies entirely within the tropics. Its proximity to the equator means that the temperature range is very small, rarely going lower than 20 °C (68 °F) or going higher than 38 °C (100 °F). However, humidity levels are usually very high which makes it feel much warmer. It has a distinct, albeit relatively short dry season from January through May, and a relatively lengthy wet season from June through December.
Climate data for Makati, Philippines
|Average high °C (°F)||30|
|Average low °C (°F)||21|
Makati is located within the circle of 14′40″ °north and 121′3″ °E right at the center of Metro Manila. The city is bounded on the north by the Pasig River, facing Mandaluyong, on the northeast by Pasig, on the southeast by the municipality of Pateros and Taguig, on the northwest by the city of Manila, and on the southwest by Pasay. Makati has a total land area of 27.36 square kilometres (10.56 sq mi); it constitutes 4.3% of Metro Manila's total land area.
The city of Makati remains the richest local government unit (LGU) in the Philippines in terms of income from local sources and on a per capita basis. As of end-2012, Makati had registered over 62,000 business enterprises, which are engaged in financial services, wholesale/retail, services, real estate, export/import, and manufacturing. Makati also boasts of having the highest number of BPO offices in Metro Manila at 1,159 companies to date, as well as the highest number of PEZA-accredited IT Parks and Buildings. The city government of Makati has not increased its tax rates since its new Revenue Code took effect in 2006. For 26 years now, the city enjoys a deficit-free status.
The city is known for its developed business district called the Makati Central Business District (CBD). It is bound by EDSA, Gil Puyat Avenue,Arnaiz Avenue and Chino Roces Avenue. It mainly encompasses Legazpi Village, Salcedo Village, the Ayala Center, and parts of Bel-Air Village.
The Ayala Triangle is a sub-district of the Makati CBD, comprising the parcel of land between Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, as well as the buildings on those streets. Many multinational companies, banks and other major businesses are located within the triangle. A few upscale boutiques, restaurants and a park called Ayala Triangle Gardens are also located in the area. Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas also house the distinction of being the runways of the former Nielson Field,Metro Manila's main airport in the 1930s.
The biggest trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange is housed in Ayala Tower One and at the old Makati Stock Exchange Building, both along Ayala Avenue.
The Makati Business Club is composed of over 800 chief executive officers and senior executives representing almost 450 of the largest and most dynamic corporations in the Philippines.
Most of the tallest skyscrapers in Metro Manila and the Philippines are located in Makati such as the PBCom Tower, Gramercy Residences inCentury City and G.T. International Tower.
PBCom Tower along Ayala Avenue is the country's tallest building, reaching up 259 meters. It is the headquarters of the Philippine Bank of Communications, or PBCom. The PBCom Tower is an office skyscraper ranked officially as the tallest building in the Philippines since 2001. It has a total ground to architectural top height of 259 meters (850 ft), with 52 stories including an 8-level radio tower.
Makati is one of the most well-known shopping hubs of Metro Manila. Various shopping centers, offering both international and local retail shops, high-end boutiques, dining outlets and entertainment facilities can be found around the city.
The Ayala Center is a major commercial development operated by Ayala Land located in the Makati CBD. The center is known for its wide array of shopping, entertainment and cultural offerings, making it a premier shopping and cultural district in the metropolis. It is a vast walkable complex with high-end malls that houses cinemas, local and international shops, homegrown restaurants and international food chains. The shopping malls that are located at the Ayala Center include Greenbelt,Glorietta, Park Square, and The Link. The Ayala Center is also home to 3 department stores namely, SM Makati, Rustan's, and The Landmark.
Aside from the Ayala Center, the Rockwell Center is also a popular shopping district in Makati. It is home to the Power Plant Mall. The Salcedo Saturday Market and Legazpi Sunday Market are popular open-air community markets. These markets offers organic products, specialty foods, fruits, vegetables, fish, gourmet items and antiques.
The international telephone country code for the Philippines is 63. The area code for Metro Manila (including Makati) is 2.
Prices in Makaty City
MARKET / SUPERMARKET
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$0.95|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||$10.50|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||$|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||$29.50|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||$|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||$3.20|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||$2.15|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$1.20|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||$|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||$|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||$0.15|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||$|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||$|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||$84.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||$43.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||$83.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||$0.31|
32 $ per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- meals in cheap restaurant
- public transport
- cheap hotel
102 $ per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- mid-range meals and drinks
Transportation - Get In
Makati City has some of the strictest traffic rules in Metro Manila. Traffic marshalls actively enforce rules. This means that you can't tell your bus to let you on or off anywhere within its route except at designated stops. Moreover, the colour coding scheme is active all day unlike in other neighbouring cities when they are only enforced during rush hour.
The MRT Line 3 elevated train has four stations along EDSA. These are the Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala and Magallanes stations. Getting off at the Ayala Station will set you in the middle of the Ayala Centre, a complex of shopping malls and restaurants.
The MRT-3 is a quick and inexpensive way to get into the city. The cost of an MRT-3 ticket ranges from 11 to 14 pesos.
Buses plying the Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) route from Baclaran in Paranaque to Quezon City and Caloocan City pass through the Central Business District daily. As mentioned above, you can't load or unload just anywhere, you have to wait or go to the designated stops. There are separate loading and unloading zones which you must observe.
Two of Metro Manila's main arteries pass through Makati. The Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) pass along the southeast part of Makati and connects the city with Mandaluyong City and Pasay City. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) runs through the western part of Makati and connects the city with Manila to the north and with southern Metro Manila. The Skyway, an elevated highway built on top of SLEX, provides residents coming from southern Metro Manila a fast way to reach Makati. SLEX and EDSA intersect at the Magallanes Interchange, which is the most complex system of elevated roadways in Metro Manila.
Other major roads in Makati include Buendia Avenue (Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue), which connects EDSA and SLEX in the north; Ayala Avenue, an important street that runs through the Central Business District; and Makati Avenue, which connects Ayala Avenue with Buendia Avenue and also extends north to cross the Pasig River to Mandaluyong City.
Transportation - Get Around
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One can easily walk around the Central Business District by way of the sidewalks or the new pedestrian underpasses. Driving around the city is also possible. Some areas in the Central Business District are connected with overpasses where pedestrians can walk above the streets.
Taxis are also abundant. The flat rate is 40 pesos and a ride across town ranges from 100 to 150 pesos; to Ermita, 200 to about 250 pesos; to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, 200 to about 300 pesos.
Airport taxis fall in two categories: Metered and Flat-Fee.
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Ayala Center is the Philippines' Orchard Road, it has a number of upscale malls. High-end brands and restaurants usually have branches here. The cost of buying in Makati is far more expensive than its neighboring cities or in any other city in the Philippines because of the upscale brands they have in Makati.
- Glorietta. It was renovated on the 1990s, owned and operated by the Ayala company, it is one of the biggest malls in Metro Manila. Aside from shopping and dining, indoor facilities such as a kids' playground and an activity center for concerts and shows. By the 2000s other buildings too were constructed making it bigger. Its tenants include Adidas, Aldo, Cole Haan, Debenhams, Lacoste, Mango, Marks and Spencer, Nike, Puma, and Zara among others.
- Greenbelt. The one stop for high-end stores from brands like Adidas, Aldo, Anne Klein, Audemars Piguet, Balenciaga, Bally, Banana Republic, The Body Shop, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Burberry, Celio, Charriol, Chopard, Diesel, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Escada, Fred Perry, Gucci, Hèrmes, Hugo Boss, IWC, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Levi's, Louis Vuitton, Lucky Brand, Kate Spade, Mango, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jabos, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Paul Smith, Prada, Rimowa, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Springfield, St. John, Tod's, Tony Burch, Topman, Topshop, Zara, and more. Dining options include walk-in restaurants and fast food chains; fast food chains are found in Greenbelt 1, while restaurants are located in Greenbelt 2, 3 and 5.
- Power Plant Mall. A four-level complex that has shops and restaurants which may be of either international or local origin, cinemas too are also found. Shops at the Power Plant Mall include Adidas, Aldo, Anne Klein, Armani Exchange, Bally, Billabong, The Body Shop, Celio, Cole Haan, Diesel, DKNY, Dorothy Perkins, Esprit, Fred Perry, Kate Spade, Kennth Cole, Levi's, Mango, Marks and Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Muji, Nine West, Rimowa, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Shu Uemura, Springfield, Thomas Sabo, Topman, Topshop, Trucco, Zara, and more.
- Salcedo Weekend Market. 7AM to 2PM. Right in the heart of the Business Center District is the Salcedo Park. Every Saturday, vendors take over part of the park to sell their specialty items. There are ornamental plants, organically grown vegetables, bakery products, lechon from Cebu, etc. Be sure to come early for the full experience.
Makati is packed with dining choices:
- Ineng's BBQ, Ayala Central Bus Terminal at Makati Avenue beside The Landmark. This establishment is all about pork barbecue. Their skewers have much more meat than other barbecue outlets.
- Earl's Sandwiches, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1, facing Legaspi Street. Excellent submarine sandwiches.
- Mang Inasal Filipino-style chicken.
- Jolibee. A growing fast-food chain in the country serving fried chicken, burgers, fries, sundaes, etc.
The pizza debate will rage in eternity but thankfully, you're never far from a slice in Manila. No matter your personal definition of pizza, Makati has you covered with a mind-boggling array of choices. Of course, they have Pizza Hut, Papa John's, andDomino's, which if that's your thing, you won't have to look far. The following are proven winners:
- Greenwich A favourite of locals. Very affordable yet tasty pizza, often located in mall food courts.
- Yellow Cab Pizza Multiple locations, one of the Philippines' most successful pizza franchises that has gained it's market share with good value for money, lots of toppings and imported cheese.
- Sbarro Multiple locations throughout Metro Manila. Yes, it's a chain store but where else are you going to find Chicago-style deep dish? Nowhere. Sbarro's it is. Their pastas are also filling and tasty.
- California Pizza Kitchen Multiple locations including the third floor of Greenbelt 5. It is what it is. If thin crust is your taste, head here. Dine in, take away or delivery.
- Shakey's Great traditional thin crust pizzas and a family restaurant.
- Apartment 1B, One Lafayette Square, 132 L.P. Leviste Corner Sedeno St., Salcedo Village, . Comfort foods with a twist, served in a bistro-style setting. The kind of place that winds up being your favorite joint in town. Highlights include: French onion soup, cream cheese samosas, Reuben sandwich, three-cheese veggie lasagna. Though the prices (₱300 average starter; ₱450 average sandwich; mains from ₱340 for the Mac n' cheese, to ₱2,100 for the steak frites) come out on the high side of mid-range dining options, Apt. 1B is well worth it.
- Persia Grill, . Five locations in Metro Manila; for Makati visit Valero Street or Legaspi Street branches, For Middle Eastern and/or Mediterranean, Persia Grill is the best value in town. The Legaspi location is directly across the entrance to Greenbelt 5, at the corner of Dela Rosa Street. Highly recommended.
- Kashmir, Festejo Bldg., 816 Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Road), Makati. Also has a location in Padre Faura, Ermita. Pricy Indian and Middle Eastern fare in a sophisticated (by local standards) atmosphere. The staples (samosas, palak paneer) are delicious but come in small portions. Wine list has some gems but of course it depends if they have it in stock. The Ermita branch is much better than Makati in service and value. Meanwhile, they operate a takeaway booth at the Salcedo and Legazpi weekend markets, where you can pick up your favorites at reduced prices.
- Cyma Greek Taverna, Greenbelt 2, Ground Floor, Ayala Center, . Moderately authentic Greek food. The best you’re going to find in Makati. Menu includes loads of favorites such as taramosalata, paidakia, dolmades, kefthedes, octapodi, sagahnaki (and yes, unfortunately they set in on fire and “Opa!”). If you like Greek cuisine, this is the place to go. See menu link for prices.
- Chimara, Cinema Level, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City, , e-mail: [email protected]. This healthy café has a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan friendly options from soups, salads and wraps. They also have a range of soy ice cream and offer home delivery as well. They will even deliver meals into the cinema while you enjoy a movie.
- Circles Event Café, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., +63 2-840-0884. Casual dining at its best. Offers an array of continental, oriental, à la carte and buffet delights in a relaxing ambiance.
- Magic Bread Vegetarian Store, 25 Bautista St, Cor. Buendia, Palanan, Makati City, . Great store selling a range of healthy vegetarian friendly baked goods and products.
- Cibo, Italian restaurant with several branches, most notable at Shangri-la Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong and Glorietta 4. Their pasta dishes as well as panini sandwiches are great. Don't miss the very refreshing fresh red grape shake.
- Hossein's Persian Kebab 7857 LKV Building, Makati Avenue, +63 2-890-59-28 or +63 2-890-61-37 (fax: +63 2-890-58-03) Located right along Makati Avenue and opposite of Burgos Street, the restaurant was founded in 1985. Serves authentic Indian, Arabian and Persian cuisine. Halal certified. Very overpriced. Go to Persia Grill or Al Basra on Makati Avenue.
- Sentro 1771, Greenbelt 3 2nd Level, Ayala Center, +63 2-757-3940 to 41. Casual dining restaurant serving Filipino cuisine. Popular dishes include the tomato and kesong puti (native white cheese) salad, sizzling tofu and corned beef sinigang(corned beef in tamarind broth). Dessert to die for is their coffee pie.
- Via Mare, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1, . For the best oysters in Manila.
- Bizu Patisserie and Cafe, Ground Floor Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center. The best French patisserie and cafe in Manila. Try the 10 Hour Roast Beef! They make the best Macarons de Paris similar to those of the best patisseries in Paris. Their French gateaux and Lavazza coffee are perfect for a night cap. Open for Breakfast at 7AM and the Eggs Benedict and Filipino Breakfast are must-tries.
- Basix, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, +63 2-867-3333. Fine dining at the Dusit Thani.
- Old Manila, The Peninsula Manila, cor. Ayala Ave. & Makati Ave., +63 2-887-2888 / +63 2-812-3456. Fine French dining at the legendary, The Peninsula Manila.
- Shang Palace, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., . Chinese/Cantonese cuisine. Excellent Dim Sum.
- Sala, Locsin Building, 6752 Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., +63 2-750-1555 / +63 2-893-0242, [www]. Fine European cuisine.
- UMU Japanese Restaurant, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, +63 2-867-3333. One of Manila’s best restaurants which offers authentic Japanese dishes such as all-time favorite Sushi and Sashimi Bar, Teppanyaki, Bento Box and many more.
Sights & Landmarks
- Greenbelt Chapel (Santo Niño de la Paz Chapel), Bernardino St., Guadalupe Viejo (In Greenbelt Park). Located in the Greenbelt Park, the church is popular for church goers, most people find it relaxing though because of the park around it. The church is surrounded by trees and a fish and lily pond is on the side of the chapel. The Greenbelt Chapel might be the most relaxing chapel in the Philippines. TheTomb of the Unknown Soldier is also found here.
- Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of the Heroes). The final resting place of many Filipino soldiers, heroes and martyrs, it is also the final resting place of two Filipino presidents; Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal.
- Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church. Built by the Augustinian friars and is a UNESCO world heritage site, it's architecture is of European-Baroque inspired. It is named Nuestra Señora de Gracia in honor of the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary that can also be found inside
- Philippine Stock Exchange. One of the two stock exchanges in the Philippines, it is known to have Asia's shortest trading times which lasts only for two hours. Nearby the PSE is the Ninoy Aquino Monument.
- Ninoy Aquino Monument. Erected in honor of the late Filipino senator and national hero, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, who was the husband of late Philippines president. Corazon Aquino. Together, they both fought for democracy during the martial law which was under the Marcos' administration in the 1980s.
- Greenbelt Park. Greenbelt Park is a small park designed to be a complement to the surrounding Greenbelt Malls. An artificial duck pond and stream can be seen here, as well as the Greenbelt Chapel for Catholic services. Greenbelt Park is also a good place to sit, people watch and see the more multicultural side of Metro Manila.
- Ayala Triangle Park. Located behind the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Ayala Triangle Park is surrounded by restaurants and cafes.
- Legaspi Park. A small, well kept park along Legaspi Street. On Sunday mornings the Legaspi Market opens, where you can get fresh organic foods, delicacies, sweets and other assorted souvenirs.
- Salcedo Park. Another small park along Legaspi Street. Similar to the Legaspi Market, on Saturday mornings the Salcedo Market opens.
Museums & Galleries
- Ayala Museum. The Ayala Museum showcases the rich and vivid history of the Philippines from the earliest times of the Mactan battle to the struggle of democracy in EDSA. Also present are some famous paintings by Filipino painters such as Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Fernando Zobel.
- Yuchengco Museum. The museum was created to house the art collection of Secretary Alfonso T. Yuchengco, and highlight his distinguished career as a businessman, diplomat, collector, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and advocate for education in the Philippines. The museum’s primary goal is to foster a greater public appreciation of the finest in Filipino and Filipino-Chinese visual arts and creativity. The Yuchengco Museum houses paintings by Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Carlos “Botong” Francisco.
- Filipinas Heritage Library. Located inside the old Nielson Airport tower, the Filipinas Heritage Library has an astounding collection of books that date back to the Spanish period. Serious scholars of the time period will love it, but anyone with even a remote interest in old books and history should give it a visit.
The epicenter of Makati's famous nightlife is Greenbelt where some of the city's best restaurants, cafes, bars and karaoke joints cluster around a park in the middle of the main business district. Meanwhile, there are a series of bars stretched out along Makati Avenue, northeast of Ayala Triangle, including the infamous P Burgos Streetred district area.
- Cafe Havana, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, . While the Spanish-Cubano cuisine is quite good, and the weekend samba bands are generally top-notch, Havana’s true draw is the outdoor umbrella tables packed with expats, travelers, and local women offering companionship, on a nightly basis. Therefore, Havana is undoubtedly the number one venue in Makati to meet and greet. Though rich by Metro Manila standards, Havana’s prices are reasonable. A bottle of San Miguel beer is ₱100. Main dishes range from ₱300-₱900. Cocktails in the ₱180 range. Otherwise, there are a couple of better places in Greenbelt 3 to have a drink (Cerveseria, National) with none of the riff-raff. The club’s Greenbelt 3 branch is open from 11AM to 2AM or 3PM daily, while the one in Malate opens at noon and closes at 12 midnight or until 3AM daily. International credit cards are accepted.
- Cerveseria, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, . Almost next door to Café Havana is this cool and relaxed bar, popular with locals, Havana-wary (and weary) expats, and not surprisingly, ladyboys. Cerveseria is a great place to post up and watch the free-for-all of vice going on across the plaza. The extensive tapas menu is a bit steep but excellent and their buy-one take-one San Miguel policy (100 php) is a ridiculous bargain in the area. Cerveseria is affiliated with the excellent Kitchen, which is adjacent to the patio.
- Also in Greenbelt: Museum Cafe Ground Floor, Ayala Museum, Makati Ave corner Dela Rosa Street (adjacent Greenbelt 3 and 5) Tel +63 2-757-3000. Kind of a swanky joint. Usually featuring live music. It's common to see well-heeled expats sipping mimosas at noon. Ice Vodka Bar 3rd Floor, Greenbelt 3. Generic nightclub.
Northeast of Ayala Triangle
- WG Diner Corner of Makati Ave. and Gen. Luna St., Makati, This unassuming outdoor establishment was the best kept secret in town. Located near the A. Venue Mall, across the street from the Wendy’s and 7-Eleven. Friendly staff, decent Filipino food, and insanely cheap beer (33 php per bottle of San Mig!!!), combined with a ringside seat on the parade of God-knows-what on Makati Ave., makes WG a solid choice for a laid-back night with friends.
- Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, 7838 Makati Ave, . Kiddie-corner to A. Venue. The latest newcomer on this stretch of road.
- Kwagos Grill Makati Ave. corner B. Valdez. This is where the locals go, and by locals, we mean contact center employees. Open 24 hours. A bucket of 6 San Miguel for ₱130. Serves Filipino dishes. The place gets unbearably loud on weekends.
- iO Family KTV, 136 Jupiter St, . KTV (Karaoke TV) bar where you can sing to your heart's content in private rooms while having the usual drinks and eats. Best enjoyed with a group of friends.
- Grilla, corner of Kalayaan Avenue and Rockwell Dr. A great place to have grilled foods, both Filipino and International. Try their platters (starting at ₱400-₱500) for a group of 3-4 and down them with some San Miguel beers.
Things to know
English is spoken everywhere. All traffic signs and business establishments are in English. In formal business engagements, English is the language of choice.
Expect heavy daytime traffic in Makati. Avoid traveling during peak hours. While jeepneys are banned from certain areas (namely Ayala Center), they are in full force everywhere else. Just like any urban area, Makati is noisy. In addition to the general traffic noise, the city is in the midst of a construction boom, and construction is ongoing 24/7. So when choosing a hotel, it's a good idea to find out in advance what is happening in the nearby vicinity. If there's a 40-story tower going up across from the Manadrin Oriental, which there is, ask for a room facing the other direction. It's highly recommended to use tap water for washing your hands and nothing more.
Be wary of taxi drivers. Every other driver will tell you he doesn't know where Greenbelt 3 is, thereby forcing you to give directions or allow him to circle the area, unmercifully driving up your fare. On Friday and Saturday nights, never light a taxi if the driver refuses to use the meter and insist on an extortionate fare to your destination, for instance, a normal cab ride from P Burgos Street to Greenbelt should be no more than 70 php. On weekends, it's usually 100 php just to get in the cab. Some drivers will outright refuse to take you based upon what they perceive to be their odds of getting a return fare.
Also, if you're that reckless, beware of citizens stealing your information and making charges to your accounts.
Generally speaking, Makati is the most civilized and comfortable metropolis in the Philippines and definitely the most Americanized outpost west of Hawaii. Travelers of all nations will feel comfortable. While the majority of travel guides will tell you that in contestible situations, the best advice is to smile and say Yes. Don't be a pushover. You'll never get up off the floor. Use common sense and if you have to get angry, do it with authority.
Safety in Makati City
Makati City is generally peaceful. Perhaps the more peaceful place than Makati is the Bonifacio Global City (Fort Bonifacio) area of Taguig. Choosing between Manila and Makati? Makati is much better security-wise.
Be mindful of people coming from outside of Makati though. They tend to be tagged as 'less civilized' by Makati City residents because most offenses in the city are made by them.
Be wary of strangers and take extra precaution when being approached. Avoid crowded places.
Metro Manila Police are generally foreigner-friendly. As usual, the recommended approach is to be on high alert at all times, as incidents may take place anywhere.