The country’s showpiece for all things modern and fashionable, Makati is aptly nicknamed the “Wall Street of the Philippines.” Businesses vie for the prestige of keeping office in one of the skyscrapers dominating the skyline. Its heart is the sleek Ayala Center, where the country’s finest hotels, restaurants, clubs, music bars, boutiques, and malls converge. At any given hour, you’d see young and not-so-young professionals hanging out in the city’s numerous cafes or party joints (or as Filipinos call them, gimikan places). The rich and famous also favor Makati, residing at Forbes Park and other ritzy villages and playing at Manila Polo Club and Manila Golf Club.
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 buttresses2. Saints Peter and Paul Church - D. M. Rivera Street, Poblacion; a colonial mission church3. Sri Sri Radha Madhava - 9105 Banuyo St, San Antonio Village; one of the temples of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness; offers delicious vegetarian food4. 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 airport6. 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 II8. Ayala Museum – Makati Ave; depicts significant events in Philippine history through dioramas and scaled down reproductions of native boats and foreign ship
How to get there
By car or taxi: (sans heavy traffic) Makati is a 15-minute drive from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Manila Domestic Airport. By bus: (from Taft Ave, Gil Puyat St, Edsa) Ayala-bound. By jeepney: Ayala-bound