Right in the heart of bustling Makati, spread along Ayala Avenue, is Ayala Center, the country’s business and
financial center. Encompassing the Glorietta and Greenbelt shopping malls, among others, Ayala Center is also
a commercial complex completely at par with the world’s most modern business cosmos. Within it is the Ayala
Museum, among the city’s primary repositories of history, culture, and heritage, along with the Filipinas Heritage
Library and Museo ng Makati.
|During rush hour at Makati City
Makati has the highest concentration of the country’s finest department stores, fashion
boutiques, exclusive jewelry shops and antique stores, shoe stores, bookstores, and most other commercial establishments.
In identified portions, the city contains the most exclusive residential subdivisions, including Forbes Park, where
many of the country’s wealthy and powerful families make their homes. Five-star hotels and restaurants further
provide the ultimate avenue for a life of comfort and relaxation.
Around the northern and eastern borders of Makati City curl the serpentine length of the Pasig River, which separates
the premier urbanscape from the adjacent cities of Pasig and Mandaluyong and the municipality of Pateros. Fort Bonifacio
and its crowded barangays sprawl along the eastern fringes. Due west is Pasay City, joined at various points to Makati's
major arteries via the South Superhighway, Gil Puyat and Taft Avenues. Across Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA)
from the Ayala Center are the posh villages of Forbes Park and Dasmariñas. The trend spills over Makati's boundaries
all the way down the South Superhighway towards the newer subdivisions of Magallanes and Merville Park in Parañaque,
and Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa. Villamor Air Base, skirting the highway due southwest, is the headquarters of the
Philippine Air Force. The city occupies a total land area of 29.9 sq. kilometers.
| Makati, early in the morning
What to see...
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Perpetually green and abloom, it is known to be the biggest American cemetery outside of the USA. It is one of the
loveliest and most serene spots in the Philippines, inspiring noble emotions in its visitors. It is also one of the
places most visited by tourists, especially WW II veterans. The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is located in
Fort Bonifacio, Makati.
Libingan ng mga Bayani / Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers
It serves as the burial ground of the 33,520 Filipino soldiers who were killed in Bataan,
Corregidor, and throughout the country during the 2nd World War. Libingan ng mga Bayani is located in Fort Bonifacio,
Sanctuario de Guadalupe
It is the oldest historical landmark of the city. It is of Doric architecture, with massive
buttresses to support its vault of hewn stones taken from the visible but extinct Guadalupe quarry. Sanctuario de
Guadalupe is located in Bernardino St., Guadalupe
It is a park at the Makati Stock Exchange Building, which was named in memory of
Sebastian Ugarte, Executive Vice-President of Soriano and Co. in 1945. During the corrupt regime of President Ferdinand
Marcos, when demonstrations started in 1983 as a result of the assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino, Ugarte Field
was the rallying point. It is located in the corner of Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, Makati.
Sts. Peter and Paul Church
Built in 1620, it has an architecture typical of the Spanish colonial mission churches: a
rectangular single-nave plan composed of the nace, apse, and sacristy. There is a three-tiered papaltiars and keys,
symbols of the Papacy - the first being St. Peter who, together with St. Paul, patron of the locality, dominate the
facade. The altar with its carved retablo is the focal point. Sts. Peter and Paul Church is located in Barangay Poblacion,
Situated right in the heart of bustling Makati, the country's business and financial center is also a commercial complex completely
at par with the world's most modern business cosmos. Ayala Center is located along Ayala Avenue, Makati.