Makati is a great place to hang out in because of its many clubs and cafes. The nightlife is vivacious, a time for letting tightly pinned hair loose. Come nightfall, office workers don hot getups and head for Ayala Center, where the sleek malls and classy restaurants are. Those on a lower budget need not worry about a scarcity of places that deliver cheap meals, beer, and loud music in abundance… Sprinkled around the classy hub, on side streets, on the ground floors of houses, or in empty lots are small restaurants or makeshift gimikan places, where great fun between friends is the specialty.
Filipinos treasures these places as opportunities to bond with colleagues or hobnob with the bosses. Friday and weekend nights are appointed time for socializing, to balance days spent hard at work or with the family.
Makati is more than a place to make and spend money though. It is also a city rich in religious heritage, as evidenced by a number of fascinating churches, cemeteries, and galleries, which include:
1. Guadalupe Ruins (Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church) - Bernadino Street, Guadalupe Viejo; with Doric architecture and massive stone buttresses
2. Saints Peter and Paul Church - D. M. Rivera Street, Poblacion; a colonial mission church
3. Sri Sri Radha Madhava - 9105 Banuyo St, San Antonio Village; one of the temples of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness; offers delicious vegetarian food
4. Museo ng Makati - J. P. Rizal Street, Poblacion; traces the history of Makati; has exhibits on ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, including fossil remains of pre-historic animals and earthenware
5. The Filipinas Heritage Library - Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle; used to be the historic Nielson Tower, the country's first commercial airport
6. Libingan ng mga Bayani (Resting Place of Heroes) - Within the Ft. Bonifacio Army Reservations; where 33,520 Filipino soldiers who were killed in Corregidor, Bataan and throughout the country during World War II are buried.
7. The American Cemetery and Memorial - Within the Ft. Bonifacio Army Reservations; monument to the heroism of American soldiers during World War II
8. Ayala Museum – Makati Ave; depicts significant events in Philippine history through dioramas and scaled down reproductions of native boats and foreign ship