The thriving city of Makati is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world and is the financial center of the Philippines. The city is also an important center for international affairs.
Makati City is the center of business corporations throughout the country. It has all the amenities and recreational facilities that satisfy the needs of its people. The urban character of Makati is a picture of tall buildings and towers that stand as proud landmarks. Here are some of the famous office skyscrapers that you should have a glimpse of when visiting Makati.
- The Petron Megaplaza is an office skyscraper located in Makati City, Philippines. It previously held the title as the tallest building in the Philippines from 1998-2000, when it was topped off by the current tallest building, the PBCom Tower. It currently holds the title as the 5th tallest building in Makati City, and the 9th-tallest building in the country and Metro Manila as well. It has a total ground to architectural spire top height of 210 meters, soaring at 45 storeys high.
- The Philippine Bank of Communications Tower, more commonly known as PBCom Tower, is an office skyscraper that currently holds the title, since 2000, of the tallest building in the Philippines. It has a total ground to architectural top height of 259 metres (850 ft), with 52 storeys including an 8-level radio tower. It is a joint development of Filinvest Asia Corporation (FAC) and the Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom). The building is the home of PBCom, one of the oldest Philippine banks. The bank occupies the building's first ten floors, with a food court on the seventh floor. It is also home to a competitor bank, East West Bank, which is based in the building's twentieth and twenty-first floors, which are controlled by Filinvest Land.
Philippine Stock Exchange
- The Philippine Stock Exchange or Pamilihang Sapi ng Pilipinas is the national stock exchange of the Philippines. It is one of the oldest stock exchanges in Southeast Asia, having been in continuous operation since its inception in 1927. It currently maintains two trading floors, one at its headquarters in the Philippine Stock Exchange Centre (formerly Tektite Towers), Ortigas Center in Pasig City, and one at the Ayala Tower One in Makati City's Central Business District. The PSE is composed of a 15-man Board of Directors, chaired by José T. Pardo.
Robinsons Summit Center
- Robinsons Summit Center, formerly known as the JG Summit Center, is an office skyscraper located in Makati City, Philippines. It is owned by JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and developed by its real estate arm, Robinsons Land Corporation. Rises stunningly at 174 metres (570.87 feet), it is currently the 9th-tallest complete building in Makati City and one of the tallest buildings in the Philippines.
The Enterprise Center
- The Enterprise Center Tower 1 is an office skyscraper located in Makati City, Philippines. It is owned and developed by KSA Realty Corporation, a joint venture between the Kuok Group (majority shareholder), ING, and A. Soriano Corporation (ANSCOR). It stands at 171.9 metres (564 feet) and currently the 20th tallest building in the Philippines. The building is the taller of two buildings comprising The Enterprise Center.
Rufino Pacific Tower Philamlife Tower Insular Life Building
Rufino Pacific Tower
- Rufino Pacific Tower or more commonly known as Rufino Tower or Rufino Plaza is an office skyscraper and is one of the tallest in the Philippines. It remains as the tallest steel-framed building in the country.It has a ground to architectural top height of 161 metres (528.22 feet), which is the basis of measuring tall buildings. Counting its 8-storey radio tower, the building has a total height of 200 metres (656.17 feet). It has a total of 41 stories above ground level, including a 10 storey podium which is actually the original building, the old V.A. Rufino Building, and was modified to be the podium of the new tower.
- The Philamlife Tower is an office skyscraper located in Makati City, Philippines. It is owned and developed by Philam Properties Corporation, the real estate arm of The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philamlife).Standing at 200 metres (656 feet), it is currently the 7th-tallest building in Makati City, and is the 14th-tallest building in the country and Metro Manila as well. The building has 48 floors above ground, and 5 basement levels for parking.
Insular Life Building
- Insular Life Building is a 12-storey monumental edifice at the heart of Makati City used to be the headquarters of Insular Life Assurance company, Ltd. for over 40 years. Modern building designs inspired the face-lifting of this very prestigious landmark.
Getting around 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.
Buses plying the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA/C-4) route from Baclaran in Parañaque to Quezon City and Caloocan City pass through the central business/financial district daily. Jeepneys ply Makati's inner roads and connect the city to its surrounding towns and cities. The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) on EDSA has four stations located in Makati: Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala and Magallanes. The Philippine National Railways meanwhile has three stations: Buendia, Pasay Road and EDSA.