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Visiting Makati

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One of the most thriving cities today, Makati City is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world and is the financial center of the Philippines. As the host of various embassies, it is also an important center for international affairs.

Makati City is one of the most majestic cities in the Philippines. From a distance, at ground level, the skyscrapers of Makati are an impressive sight. Many say living in Makati is a luxury. It is because the city has all the amenities and recreational facilities that satisfy the needs of its people. The city is also the center of business corporations throughout the country. Should one wish to fully experience the city first-hand, one should note of its proudest landmarks that gives the city its unique modern and urban character.

1. Ayala Triangle – The three corners of this green expanse in the intersections of three main roads (Paseo de Roxas, Ayala and Makati Avenues) are guarded by the statues of Filipino patriots Ninoy Aquino, Gabriela Silang and Pio Del Pilar. Ugarte Field, a park at the back of the old Makati Stock Exchange Building between Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, was named after Sebastian Ugarte , Executive Vice-President of the Soriano & Co., in 1945. When demonstrations started in 1983 after the assassination of Sen. Benigno Aquino, the Ugarte Field was the rallying point for many significant protest actions.

2. Ayala Center – Right in the heart of bustling Makati, the country's business and financial center, is very much the sophisticated commercial complex that is usually found in many of the world's leading cities. Bounded by the elegant hotels and restaurants, the complex houses some of the country's leading commercial establishments. Ayala Center is the ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Over 1,000 shops and boutiques, offering a dizzying array of shopping possibilities, plus three department stores and three supermarkets, all connected by elevated bridgeways. Glorietta and Greenbelt provide the ultimate in entertainment choices at the new Greenbelt 3 cinemas, movie viewing meets luxury and style. It has five state-of-the-art theaters, featuring three digital cinemas. The ArtFilm at Greenbelt 1 offers independent films, and MyCinema at Greenbelt 3 is the perfect choice for private movie screenings as well as corporate presentations. OnStage at Greenbelt 1 is an 800-seat multi-entertainment center and has been the venue for top rate concerts and performances, while Expo Exchage is the newest exhibition center and trade hall.

At Glorietta and Greenbelt, one can find over 300 food shops from fine dining restaurants to cozy cafes to fastfood outlets. Greenbelt - the country''''s first urban retail entertainment center made doubly attractive by Greenbelt Park - is both a dining and entertainment destination.

3. Ayala Museum – The museum is a unique show window of Philippine history and culture. It features 63 dioramas (three-dimensional portrait) of half a million years of Philippine history, scaled down reproductions of native boats and foreign ships. The museum also houses a collection of ethnological and archaeological artifacts as well as excellent models of Southeast Asian watercraft, and galleries for special exhibits of contemporary artworks. The museum is located at Makati Avenue cor. Dela Rosa Street Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center.

4. Greenbelt Park – A quiet oasis of stone benches, shaded lanes and lily pool located at the Ayala Center, it affords rest for tired feet; the park chapel provides respite for weary souls.

5. Makati Park and Garden – For a quiet stroll along the banks of the historic Pasig River, the Makati Park & Garden provides respite for tired souls far from the bustle of the central business district. Constructed by the City governent, the park is a tranquil haven for residents and visitors, and is becoming a favorite venue for wedding receptions and other social functions. It is along J.P. Rizal Extension, West Rembo in front of the University of Makati

6. Rockwell Center – Rockwell Center, is a fully integrated "city within a city", a beautifully landscaped self-contained community that offers access to business convenience and leisure facilities. Rockwell's high-rise residential condominiums for businessmen and expats are just a short walk away from everything within the Center. It also houses the Ateneo Graduate School, the offices of Nestle and PHINMA, and the Rockwell Club-a premier experience, there is the Power Plant Mall which features stores of distinctive local and international brands. As the newest and hottest city destination, the Power Plant Mall has six cinemas, a bowling center, a new-concept supermarket called Rustan's Fresh, an amusement center and a variety of restaurants. Dine or walk along the cafe strip, a stretch of sidewalk cafes which has become a popular hang-out for both young and old.

7. Makati Coliseum – a Makati Coliseum has a seating capacity of 3,000 and is the home of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and a regular venue for games of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Asia's only pro basketball league. Built and operated by the city government, the Makati Coliseum has also hosted major boxing events, as well as conventions, concerts and sports festivals organized by corporations and professional organizations.

8. Sta. Ana Race Track – The home of the sport of kings, the Sta. Ana Race Track opened to the public in 1930. Wednesdays to Sundays are for watching the horses kick up the turf at the tracks. It is located at A. P. Reyes Street, Carmona.

9. The Manila Polo Club – Located in McKinley Road, Forbes Park, guests can watch equestrian sports such as polo, played by some of its very affluent and high profile members. Recreational facilities include polo fields, horse-back riding, racquetball, tennis, squash, bowling, swimming and softball. Guests must be sponsored by members. Another exclusive enclave of Makati's high-profile set is the Manila Polo Club, where Sunday matches are held regularly from December to May.

10. The Manila Golf Club – The exclusive Manila Golf Club is Makati's 18-hole golf course located in Harvard Road, Forbes Park.

11. The Makati Sports Club – The Makati Sports Club along Leviste Street in Salcedo Village offers facilities for swimming, tennis and other sports. It also boasts of a gym, a sauna, and a multi-purpose hall exclusive to members, honorary members, and their guests. The club is located at Leviste Street, Salcedo Village.

12. The Metropolitan Club – A sports club that caters to both local and foreign memberships located in Metro Hall, Estrella Street cor Amapola Street, Bel-Air III. Sports facilities include open shell courts with a sports lounge; a game room with two-pocket billiard tables; table tennis; and dart boards; eight lanes ten-pin bowling alley. It has men and ladies sauna baths, and a massage parlor with male and female masseurs.

Getting around

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.

Accommodations

• Makati Shangri-La Hotel - Ayala Avenue Corner Makati Avenue, Makati, Manila, Philippines 1200
• LPL Suites Greenbelt - 112 LPL Tower, Legaspi Street, Makati, Manila, Philippines 1229
• The Peninsula Manila - Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati, Manila, Philippines 1226
• New World Hotel Makati City - Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Makati, Manila, Philippines 1228
• Hotel Celeste - 02 San Lorenzo Drive Corner A.Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo Village,, Makati, Manila, Philippines
• Somerset Olympia Makati Serviced Residence - 7912, Makati Avenue, Makati, Manila, Philippines 1200
• Ascott Makati Serviced Residence - 6Th Floor, Glorietta 4 Ayala Center, Makati, Manila, Philippines
• Copa Businessman Hotel - 912 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati, Manila, Philippines 1223
The E-Hotel Makati - 906 A. Arnaiz Ave., (formerly Pasay Road), San Lorenzo Village, Makati, Manila, Philippines 1223
• BSA Suites Makati - 103 C. Palanca St. Legaspi Village, Makati, Manila, Philippines