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City of Makati
Lungsod ng Makati
Skyline of Makati City

Seal
Nickname(s): The Financial Capital of the Philippines; The Wall Street of the Philippines; "Metro Manila's Central Business District"
Motto: Makati, Mahalin Natin, Atin Ito (Makati, Love It, This Is Ours)
Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Makati City
City of Makati is located in Philippines
City of Makati
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°33′N 121°2′E / 14.55°N 121.033°E / 14.55; 121.033
Country  Philippines
Region National Capital Region
Province none (It is formerly on Rizal province until 1975)
Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Makati City
Barangays 33
Incorporated (town) 1670
Incorporated (city) January 2, 1995
Government
 - Mayor Jejomar Binay (2007-2010; PDP-Laban/GO)
 - Vice Mayor Ernesto S. Mercado (2007-2010; PDP-Laban/GO)
Area
 - Total 27.36 km2 (10.56 sq mi)
Elevation 15.4 m (51 ft)
Population (2007)
 - Total 510,383
 Density 18,654/km2 (48,331/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 1200 to 1299
Area code(s) 2
Website www.makati.gov.ph

The City of Makati, or simply Makati, is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila, the greater metropolitan area of the national capital of the Philippines. It is the major financial, commercial and economic hub in the Philippines, often referred to as the Financial Capital of the Philippines since many global companies have their offices and headquarters in the city. Makati is also home to the influential Makati Business Club and the Philippine Stock Exchange. Ayala Avenue, running through the heart of downtown Makati Central Business District is often called the Wall Street of the Philippines.[citation needed]

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The city

Makati is noted for its highly cosmopolitan culture, also being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila. Many expatriates live and work in the city. Makati is also home to many first-class shopping malls, which are located at Ayala Center and Rockwell Center. Makati also has the tallest buildings in the Philippines like PBCOM Tower, G.T. International Tower.

The city also has many of the country's five-star hotels like The Peninsula Manila, the Shangri-La Hotel Makati and the Intercontinental Hotel Manila. Independent business travelers also benefit from budget hotels like the Saint Illian's Inn, El Cielito Inn, The Copa Businessman's Hotel, and The City Garden Suites, while serviced apartments like The Salcedo Suites, Fraser Place Manila, Jupiter Suites (Jupiter Arms Hotel) and The Oxford Suites are gaining in popularity among business-minded travelers as well.

Makati came from the Tagalog word kati, which means tide. This primarily refers to the rise and ebb of the tide of the Pasig River on the city's northern border. The city was also known as San Pedro de Macati during the Spanish era.

Today the city is one of the most modern cities in the country and the Philippines' major global economic competitor in Asia. However, it faces challenges due to the disparate gap between the new city in the west, which contains the Central Business District, and the old city in the east, which is largely poor and where most of the city's slums are located. Despite this, Makati City is said to be the most outstanding city in the Philippines.

History

Date Milestone
1578 It was Miguel López de Legazpi, the founder of Manila and first Governor-General of the Philippines, who first spotted the area, which he dismissed then as a worthless swamp. Legazpi asked the name of the place but, because of the language barrier, was misinterpreted by the natives. Pointing to the receding tide of Pasig River, the natives answered, “Makati, kumakati na” meaning “ebbing tide.”
1578 to 1670 Makati was a “visita” or district of Santa Ana de Sapa under the jurisdiction of a Franciscan priest named Pedro de Alfaro. Makati was then known as San Pedro de Makati in honor of its patron saint. In this community, the friars established two of the earliest churches in the Philippines — the Nuestra Señora de Gracia in Guadalupe and the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul — in Makati, which attracted the faithful from all over the country.
1900 At the turn of the century, the Americans established Fort McKinley in Makati.
1901 San Pedro de Macati, with a population of 2,500, was incorporated into the province of Rizal.
February 28, 1914 The Philippine Legislature passed Act 2390, shortening the name San Pedro de Macati to Makati in the 1930s, the first airport of Luzon, Nielson Field, opened in what is now the Ayala Triangle.
1950s to 1970s The first centrally planned community was established in the 1950s, and since the 1970s, Makati has been the undisputed financial and commercial capital, the once worthless swampland becoming prime real property.[citation needed]
1975 Makati was separated from Rizal province along with Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City, Marikina, San Juan, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Pateros, Taguig, Pasay City, Parañaque, Las Pinas, and Muntinlupa.
1980s Makati has also figured prominently in the political history of the Filipino. The community was one of the cradles of the revolt against Spanish colonial rule, and following the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983, the epicenter of the protest movement against the dictatorship of President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
1986 Jejomar C. Binay was inaugurated as an acting mayor by Corazon C. Aquino after the People Power in EDSA and he was elected as the real mayor in 1987.
January 2, 1995 Makati became an independent city by virtue of Republic Act 7854.
June 30, 1998 The Lone District of Makati City was separated and divided into 2 districts. Lone District Representative Joker Arroyo became the representative of the first district, while Senator Agapito Aquino was elected representative of second district. Elenita Binay became the first female city mayor.
June 30, 2001 Mayor Jejomar C. Binay came back to his position after his wife became a mayor.
July 27, 2003 The so-called Oakwood Mutiny was staged at the Oakwood Hotel by the Magdalo soldiers, in protest against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
2006 Mayor Jejomar Binay was suspended by the ombudsman for corruption charges like his friend, Pasay City Mayor Peewee Trinidad, but Binay remained suspended for only 3 days. Mayor Jejomar Binay and his Wife former Mayor Elenita Binay face dozens of administrative and criminal suits because of Graft and Corruption.
October 19, 2007 An accidental methane gas explosion ripped apart a section of the Glorietta Mall at 1:30 PM, killing 11 persons.
November 29, 2007 In a continuation of events stemming from the Oakwood Mutiny, 25 Magdalo Officers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Brigadier General Danilo Lim overtook the Manila Peninsula Hotel in what has been referred to as the Manila Pen Siege.

Geography and Landmarks

The Peninsula Manila has become a well-known landmark in Makati City.

Makati is located within the quadrangle of 14′40″ °north and 121′3″ °E right at the center of Metro Manila. The city is bounded on the north by the Pasig River, facing Mandaluyong City, on the northeast by Pasig City, on the southeast by the municipality of Pateros and Taguig City, on the northwest by the City of Manila, and on the southwest by Pasay City. Makati has a total land area of 27.36 square kilometers; it constitutes 4.3 % of Metro Manila's total land area.

At the center of the city is the Central Business District (CBD) where many companies in the Philippines have their offices or headquarters. This is where many of the country's tallest skyscrapers are located. The Makati skyline is one of the most impressive sights in Metro Manila.

Two of Metro Manila's main arteries pass through 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. SLEX and EDSA intersect at the Magallanes Interchange, which is the most complex system of elevated roadways in Metro Manila.

Other major roads in Makati include Buendia Avenue, also called Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, which connects EDSA and SLEX in the north; Ayala Avenue, an important street that runs through the Central Business District; and Makati Avenue, which connects Ayala Avenue with Buendia Avenue, also extending north to cross the Pasig River to Mandaluyong City. At the center of Makati is the Ayala Triangle, a park built on the former Nielsen Air Base.

Makati's sister city is Los Angeles, California. Makati is also twinned with Ramapo, New York.[citation needed]

Boundary dispute

Makati City and Taguig have recently fought over the jurisdiction of Fort Bonifacio. This Philippine military base, most of which has been converted to a modern commercial and residential development area, lies in an ambiguous area. A portion of the base, including the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery for the Heroes) and the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial lies within Taguig, while the northern portion where the development center is now located used to be considered part of Makati. A 2003 ruling by a judge in the Pasig Regional Trial Court has upheld the jurisdiction of Taguig over the whole of Fort Bonifacio, including the Fort Bonfacio Global City.

Ruling

The Supreme Court on June 27, 2008 per Leonardo Quisumbing, dismissed the suit of the Makati City, seeking to nullify Special Patents 3595 and 3596 signed by Fidel Ramos conveying to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority public land in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Because of a pending civil case filed by the Taguig City government asking the court to define its territorial boundaries, Makati therefore cannot stop Taguig from collecting taxes on land located in Fort Bonifacio.[1][2][3] Taguig City is a big threat to Makati City where round-the-clock construction of office and residential towers, as well as hotels and retail and commercial areas, BPO and Call Centers are now transferring to Taguig City.

Population

Makati City has a population of 567,349, according to the 2007 Census (includes disputed barangays). This figure represents an increase of 95,970 over the 2000 Census figure. Among the cities and municipalities in Metro Manila, Makati ranks fifth in population, with a 5% share. The 1903 Census placed the population at 2,700.

Although its population is slightly more than half a million, the daytime population of Makati City is estimated to be a million during a typical working weekday because of the large number of people who go to the city to work, shop, and do business, especially in the Central Business District.[citation needed]

Economy

Makati CBD

The Central Business District (CBD) is where most of Makati's financial resources are concentrated. This is an informal district bounded by EDSA, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia), Antonio Arnaiz Road (formerly Pasay Road), and Chino Roces (formerly Pasong Tamo). It mainly encompasses Legaspi Village, Salcedo Village, Ayala Center, and parts of Bel-Air. Much of the area is owned by Ayala Land, Inc and administered through Makati Commercial Estates Authority (MACEA), its subsidiary.[citation needed]

Many skyscrapers rise in this area. PBCom Tower along Ayala Avenue is the country's tallest building and reaches up 259 meters.[4][5] It is the headquarters of the Philippine Bank of Communications, or PBCom. The Makati CBD is considered to be one of the most vibrant commercial districts in South-East Asia.

One of the trading floors of the Philippine Stock Exchange is housed in Ayala Tower One and at the old Makati Stock Exchange Building, both also along Ayala Avenue. The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), the country's oldest bank, has its headquarters at the corner of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas.[citation needed]

Other companies that have their offices and country/regional headquarters within Makati City, most within the CBD, include Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank), IBM, Procter & Gamble, Citibank, Ayala Corporation, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Metrobank, Intel Philippines, Microsoft Philippines, Nestlé, Syngenta, Shell, Convergys Corporation, Commonwealth Insurance Company (CIC), PeopleSupport, Pan Pacific Computer Center, Inc. (PPCC), Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Inc., Holcim Philippines, and JG Summit, Accenture.[citation needed] Hewlett Packard's main Philippines office and an HP service center are in Makati City.[6] Asiana Airlines operates a sales office on the sixth floor of the Salcedo Tower in Makati City.[7]

In 1975 Philippine Airlines was headquartered in the PAL Building in Makati City.[8]

Diplomatic missions

The Embassy of Switzerland, which serves the Philippines, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau, is located on the 24th floor of the Equitable Bank Tower in Makati City.[9]

Shopping centers

Greenbelt shopping center

Ayala Center, along EDSA and Ayala Avenue is the most known commercial center in the city. Developed by the Ayala Corporation, it contains two shopping malls, Glorietta and Greenbelt, five hotels, and an office building. The larger of the two shopping malls is Glorietta, which itself is a cluster of malls. Rising from Glorietta 4 is the Ascott Tower(formerly Oakwood Premier), a luxurious hotel-apartment residence at the heart of the center. Along the periphery of Glorietta are three department stores: SM Department Store Makati, Rustan's, and the Landmark. Across Makati Avenue from Glorietta is Greenbelt. This is one of the most sophisticated, modern, and expensive malls in the country. Greenbelt features dozens of coffee stores and restaurants, all overlooking a well-landscaped green park at the center where a domed Catholic chapel dominates the skyline. Other hotels in the vicinity of Ayala Center are the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, the Manila Peninsula, the Dusit Hotel Nikkō, Manila Garden, the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, and Renaissance Makati City Hotel. Soon to rise is the Raffles Residences Manila, now under construction at the corner of Makati Avenue and Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road).

Rockwell Center is the other first-class shopping center in Makati. Rockwell features the large Power Plant Mall popular with expatriates. At the periphery of the center are many high-class residential condominium towers, the Asian Eye Institute, and the Ateneo de Manila Professional Schools main campus, which houses the Ateneo Law School, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and the Ateneo School of Government.

Housing and residences

Many of the country's wealthiest families live in North and South Forbes Park, originally developed in 1948, and Dasmariñas Village, first developed in the 1960s, on the other side of EDSA from the Central Business District. Other well-to-do people live in San Lorenzo Village, Urdaneta Village, Bel-Air Village, and Magallanes Village. These "villages" are not rural settlements, but gated communities. Many wealthy and middle-class Makati residents live in high-rise condominiums in Salcedo Village and Legazpi Village, two mixed-use zones located in the heart of the CBD. Most of the average residents of the city live in the city's periphery, especially in the eastern portions of Cembo, Rizal, East and West Rembo, Pembo, Comembo, South Cembo, and Pitogo.

Over-crowded housing and "squatting," especially for the poor residents of the city, remains an acute problem.

Education, culture, and sports

Educational Institutions in Makati City

Makati City is home to the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). AIM, located along Paseo de Roxas across Greenbelt began as a collaborative project of the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. The Ateneo Professional Schools, a unit of the Ateneo de Manila University has facilities in Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village. The Rockwell campus houses the Ateneo Law School, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and the Ateneo School of Government. The Salcedo campus houses the Ateneo Information Technology Institute. De La Salle University's Professional Schools operates in RCBC Tower along Ayala Avenue. The Mapua Institute of Technology on Gil Puyat (formerly Buendia) Avenue is an extension of Mapua in Intramuros in Manila.

Other notable colleges and Universities in Makati are the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries (ASCM) [7], Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati, Assumption College, Colegio San Agustin, Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, Asia Pacific College, the University of Makati. Assumption College, in San Lorenzo Village, is an all-female college. The University of Makati (officially, Pamantasan ng Makati) is a university run by the city government. Also in the city are the Makati Science High School and Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino High School, both city-run high schools. Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Memorial Schools, named after Doña Remedios Romualdez, the mother of the former first-lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos a private nursing school owned by of one of Makati's renowned hospitals, Makati Medical Center.

The Sta. Ana Racetrack, which actually part of the City of Manila, beside Pasig River in the northern part of the city, is one of the two centers of horseracing in the country—the other being the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Along the south-eastern border of Makati beyond Forbes Park are the Manila Golf Club and the Manila Polo Club [8]. The Manila Golf Club features an 18-hole golf course amidst the lush greenery of the city. The Manila Polo Club counts among its polo enthusiasts some of the country's wealthiest people. The Makati Sports Club in Salcedo Village is another popular place for sports people. The Makati Coliseum is another famous sports landmark in the city, where some of the biggest sports gatherings are held.

The Ayala Center also features, aside from its shopping malls, the Ayala Museum. This museum is most noted for its series of dioramas depicting major events in Philippine history, from the Battle of Mactan to the People Power Revolution.

Makati has many Spanish-era churches, such as the Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Nuestra Señora de Gracia (Our Lady of Grace) in the old town. At the Greenbelt Park stands the modern domed chapel of the Sto. Niño de la Paz. Between Forbes Park and Dasmariñas Village is the Santuario de San Antonio, a popular church for weddings in the Makati area. The National Shrine of the Sacred Heart is located in San Antonio Village.Makati also houses the country's only Jewish synagogue,Beth Yaacov.

At the northern part of the city is the 25-hectare Manila South Cemetery. Every All Saints Day, thousands of people flock to the cemetery to pay their respects to their deceased loved ones.

Transportation

Land

Buses plying the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) route from Baclaran in Parañaque to Quezon City and Caloocan City pass through the Central Business 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.

Water

The Pasig River is located on the North of this city. The Pasig River Ferry Service has 2 stations. The following stations are Guadalupe and Valenzuela.

Government

Like other cities in the Philippines, Makati City is governed by a Mayor and Vice Mayor who are elected to three-year terms. The Mayor is the executive head and leads the city's departments in executing the city ordinances and improving public services. The Vice Mayor heads a legislative council consisting of 18 members: 8 Councilors from the First District, 8 Councilors from the Second District, the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) Federation, representing the youth sector, and the President of the Association of Barangay Chairmen (ABC) as barangay sectoral representative. The council is in charge of creating the city's policies in the form of Ordinances and Resolutions.

Seal of Makati City

The official seal of Makati City depicts a silhouette of the territory of Makati. At the bottom is the Pasig River, located on the northern border of the city. The Guadalupe Church stands on the river and is the oldest church in Makati—a reference to Spanish influence. Behind the church rises the skyscrapers for which Makati City is well-known. Behind the skyscrapers are 33 rays representing the barangays of Makati. Makati city is divided into 33 barangays. These barangays are grouped into two congressional districts, with each district represented by a congressman in the House of Representatives. Congressional District I occupies the western and modern half of the city, while District II covers the poorer half.

The junction of Ayala Avenue and Buendia Avenue in the barangays of San Antonio, San Lorenzo, and Bel-Air as seen from the top of a building in Barangay San Antonio.

Current Officials (2007–2010)

Position Name
Mayor Jejomar Binay
Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado
1st District
Congressman Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr.
Councilors Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Jr.
Monique Q. Lagdameo
Arnold C. Magpantay
Tosca Camille Puno
Armando Padilla
Luis Javier, Jr.
Erlinda S. Gonzalez
Virgilio V. Hilario
2nd District
Congresswoman Atty. Mar-len Abigail S. Binay
Councilors Angelito Gatchalian
Israel S. Cruzado
Ernesto Aspillaga
Vincent Sese
Elias Tolentino
Salvador Pangilinan
Henry Jacome
Ma. Theresa Nilo de Lara

Barangays

Barangay Population
(year 2004)
Area
(km²)
District
Bangkal 22,433 0.74 (1st)
Bel-Air 9,330 1.71 (1st)
Carmona 3,699 0.34 (1st)
Cembo 25,815 0.22 (2nd)
Comembo 14,174 0.27 (2nd)
Dasmariñas 5,757 1.90 (1st)
East Rembo 23,902 0.44 (2nd)
Forbes Park 3,420 2.53 (1st)
Guadalupe Nuevo 22,493 0.57 (2nd)
Guadalupe Viejo 13,632 0.62 (2nd)
Kasilawan 6,224 0.09 (1st)
La Paz 8,843 0.32 (1st)
Magallanes 7,509 1.20 (1st)
Olympia 20,172 0.44 (1st)
Palanan 16,614 0.65 (1st)
Pembo 35,035 1.23 (2nd)
Pinagkaisahan 6,186 0.16 (2nd)
Pio del Pilar 22,495 1.20 (1st)
Pitogo 13,367 0.14 (2nd)
Poblacion 8,446 0.46 (1st)
Post Proper Northside 1,475 0.45 (2nd)
Post Proper Southside 25,037 0.60 (2nd)
Rembo 12,226 0.89 (1st)
Rizal 37,022 (2nd)
San Antonio 12,226 0.89 (1st)
San Isidro 8,686 0.50 (1st)
San Lorenzo 6,487 2.09 (1st)
Santa Cruz 7,419 0.47 (1st)
Singkamas 6,226 0.13 (1st)
South Cembo 13,570 0.20 (2nd)
Tejeros 16,820 0.29 (1st)
Urdaneta 3,817 0.74 (1st)
Valenzuela 5,908 0.24 (1st)
West Rembo 28,889 0.55 (2nd)

Former Mayors

  1. Marcelino Magsaysay, (1901–1903)
  2. Eusebio Arpilleda, (1903–1908)
  3. Hermogenes V. Santos, (1908–1911)
  4. Urbano Navarro, (1911–1913)
  5. Jose Magsaysay, (1913–1916)
  6. Pedro Domingo, (1917–1919)
  7. Ricardo Arpilleda, (1919–1920)
  8. Igmidio Flores, (1920–1922)
  9. Nicanor Garcia, (1922–1934)
  10. Jose D. Villena, (1935–1941)
  11. Pablo Cortez, (1945–1947)
  12. Jose D. Villena, (1948–1954)
  13. Ignacio Babasa, (1954)
  14. Bernardo Umali, (1954)
  15. Maximo Estrella, (1956–1964)
  16. Rafael "Paeng" Bañola, (1964–1969)
  17. Jose Luciano, (1969–1971)
  18. Cesar Alzona, (1971)
  19. Nemesio I. Yabut, (1972–1986)
  20. Jejomar C. Binay, (1986–1998)
  21. Elenita S. Binay, (1998–2001)

Sister cities

References

External links

Largest cities in the Philippines

Manila
Manila
Pasig
Pasig

Rank City Region Population Rank City Region Population

Makati
Makati
Pasig
Marikina

1 Quezon City National Capital 2,679,450 11 Dasmariñas Region IV-A 556,330
2 Manila National Capital 1,660,714 12 Cagayan de Oro Region X 553,966
3 Caloocan National Capital 1,378,856 13 Parañaque National Capital 552,660
4 Davao City Region XI 1,363,337 14 Las Piñas National Capital 532,330
5 Cebu City Region VII 798,809 15 General Santos Region XII 529,542
6 Zamboanga City Region IX 774,407 16 Makati National Capital 510,383
7 Antipolo Region IV-A 633,971 17 Bacolod Region VI 499,497
8 Pasig National Capital 617,301 18 Muntinlupa National Capital 452,493
9 Taguig National Capital 613,343 19 San Jose del Monte Region III 439,090
10 Valenzuela National Capital 568,928 20 Marikina National Capital 424,610
Philippines 2007 Census

Travel guide

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Asia : Southeast Asia : Philippines : Luzon : Makati City
Makati's Central Business District
Makati's Central Business District

The City of Makati, or simply Makati, is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila, the greater metropolitan area of Manila, the national capital of the Philippines. It is the major financial, commercial and economical hub in the Philippines, often referred to as the financial capital of the Philippines since many global companies have their offices and headquarters in the city. Makati is also home to the influential Makati Business Club and the Philippine Stock Exchange. Ayala Avenue, running through the heart of the Central Business District is often called the Wall Street of the Philippines.

Makati is noted for its highly cosmopolitan culture, also being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila. Many expatriates live and work in the city. Makati is also home to many first-class shopping malls such as Ayala Center and Rockwell Center. The city also has many of the country's five-star hotels like The Peninsula Manila, the Mandarin Oriental, the Shangri-la Hotel Makati, Renaissance Hotel, |Intercontinental Hotel Manila, and Dusit Hotel Nikkō. Independent business travelers also benefit from budget hotels like the Saint Illian's Inn [1], El Cielito Inn, The Copa Businessman's Hotel, The City Garden Suites and Makati Crown Regency Hotel [2], while serviced apartments like The Salcedo Suites [3], Fraser Place Manila [4], The Sunette Tower, The Oxford Suites and LPL Suites Greenbelt [5] are gaining in popularity among business-minded travelers as well.

Makati came from the Tagalog word kati, which means tide. This primarily refers to the rise and ebb of the tide of the Pasig River on the city's northern border. The city was also known as San Pedro Macati during the Spanish era.

Today the city is one of the most modern cities in the country and the Philippines' major global economic competitior in Southeast Asia. However, it faces challenges due to the disparate gap between the new city in the west, which contains the Central Business District, and the old city in the east, which is largely poor and where most of the city's slums are located.

Understand

Cost of Living

Makati City's cost of living is significantly higher when compared to neighboring Filipino cities, owing primarily to its skyrocketing real estate value and relatively upscale commercial and residential selections. However, compared to other major cities of the world, Makati City offers service, accommodations, and value that are dirt-cheap. Furthermore, bargains comparable to other Philippine cities may be found in certain areas in Makati - Makati Cinema Square and Guadalupe Mall, for instance - that even for the most jaded backpacker will make a stay in Makati more than economical.

History

Originally founded in 1670 as a visita of Sta. Ana de Sapa under the jurisdiction of the Franciscans, Makati City was first dismissed as "worthless" swamp land by the Spanish conquistador Juan Miguel de Legazpi in 1571.

Yet over the centuries, this small community would leave large imprints in social, economic and cultural history. The friars established two of the earliest churches in the Philippines - the Nuestra Señora de Gracia in Guadalupe and the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul - in Makati, drawing pilgrims from all over the country.

At the turn of the century, the Americans established Fort McKinley in Makati, and in 1901, San Pedro de Makati, with a population of 2,500, was incorporated into the province of Rizal. On February 28, 1914, the Philippine Legislature passed Act 2390, shortening the name San Pedro Makati to Makati in the 1930s, the first airport, Nielson Airport, opened in what is now the Ayala Triangle. The first centrally planned community was established in the 1950s, and since the 1970s, Makati has been the undisputed financial and commercial capital, the once worthless swampland becoming prime real property.

Makati has also figured prominently in the political history of the Filipino. The community was one of the cradles of the revolt against Spanish colonial rule, and following the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983, the epicenter of the protest movement against the dictatorial rule of Ferdinand Marcos. On January 2, 1995, the Makati became an independent city by virtue of Republic Act 7854.

For more information, see the Makati City Portal [6] History section.

Talk

The main language choice for communication in this affluent Philippine city is English, making the stays here of international travelers and businessmen a relatively enjoyable experience. A knowledge of Filipino, the local language, which is, in turn, a hodgepodge of various indigenous dialects, mostly from the Tagalog regions of the country, can benefit any traveler here.

Get in

Makati City has some of the strictest traffic rules in Metro Manila. Traffic marshalls actively enforce rules. This means that you can't tell your bus to let you on or off anywhere within its route except at designated stops. Moreover, the colour coding scheme is active all day unlike in other neighbouring cities when they are only enforced during rush hour.

By train

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) elevated train has four stations on Edsa. These are the Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala and Magallanes stations. Getting off at the Ayala station will set you in the middle of the Ayala Centre - a complex of shopping malls and restaurants.

This is a quick and inexpensive way to get into the city. The cost of an MRT ticket ranges from 11 to 14 pesos.

By car

Two of Metro Manila's main arteries pass through 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. SLEX and EDSA intersect at the Magallanes Interchange, which is the most complex system of elevated roadways in Metro Manila.

Other major roads in Makati include Buendia Avenue, also called Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, which connects EDSA and SLEX in the north; Ayala Avenue, an important street that runs through the Central Business District; and Makati Avenue, which connects Ayala Avenue with Buendia Avenue, also extending north to cross the Pasig River to Mandaluyong City. At the center of Makati is the Ayala Triangle, a park built on the former Nielsen Air Base.

By bus

Buses plying the Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) route from Baclaran in Paranaque to Quezon City and Caloocan City pass through the Central Business District daily. As mentioned above, you can't load or unload just anywhere, you have to wait or go to the designated stops. There are separate loading and unloading zone which you must observe.

By water bus

The Pasig River Ferry [7] stops at two stations in Makati: Valenzuela (near the city government complex) and Guadalupe (near Guadalupe Bridge). Although neither station is in a convenient spot for tourists - which makes this option far less convenient than, say, hailing a taxi - it may be worth keeping the ferry service in mind as another means of getting into Makati from other riverside districts (such as Intramuros in Manila).

Get around

One can easily walk around the business district by way of the sidewalks or the new pedestrian underpasses. Driving around the city is also possible. Some areas in the central business district are connected with overpasses where pedestrians can walk above the streets.

See

Makati is home to several sports landmarks, including the famous Makati Coliseum, where some of the biggest sports gatherings are held. Along the south-eastern border of Makati beyond Forbes Park is the Manila Golf Club, which features an 18-hole golf course amidst the lush greenery of the city. The Manila Polo Club, in the same area, counts among its polo enthusiasts some of the country's wealthiest people. The Makati Sports Club in Salcedo Village is another popular place for sports people.

The Ayala Center, aside from its many shopping malls, features the Ayala Museum. This museum is most noted for its series of dioramas depicting major events in Philippine history, from the Battle of Mactan, to the EDSA Revolution.

Makati has many Spanish-era churches, such as the Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Nuestra Señora de Gracia (Our Lady of Grace) in the old town. At the Greenbelt Park stands the modern-style domed chapel of the Sto. Niño de la Paz. Between Forbes Park and Dasmariñas Village is the Santuario de San Antonio, a popular church for weddings in the Makati area. The National Shrine of the Sacred Heart is in San Antonio Village.

At the northern part of the city is the 25-hectare Manila South Cemetery. On All Saints Day, thousands of people flock to the cemetery to pay their respects to their deceased loved ones.

Learn

Makati City is home to the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) [8]. AIM, located along Paseo de Roxas across Greenbelt began as a collaborative project of the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University-Manila. The Ateneo Professional Schools, a unit of the Ateneo de Manila University has facilities in Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village. The Rockwell campus houses the Ateneo School of Law the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and the Ateneo School of Government. The Salcedo campus houses the Ateneo Information Technology Institute. De La Salle University's Professional Schools also operates in RCBC Tower along Ayala Avenue.

Other notable colleges and Universities in Makati are the Centro Escolar University which has two main campuses ( Gil Puyat & Salcedo Village ), Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries (ASCM) [1], Assumption College, Colegio San Agustin, Asia Pacific College, the University of Makati. Assumption College, in San Lorenzo Village, is an all-female college. The University of Makati (officially, Pamantasan ng Makati) is a university run by the city government. Also in the city are the Makati Science High School and Benigno Ninoy Aquino High School, both city-run high schools. Makati is also home to RTRMS-Medical Center, a nursing school.

Work

The Central Business District (CBD) is where most of Makati's financial resources is concentrated. This is an informal district bounded by Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia), Makati Avenue, Ayala Avenue, Arnaiz Road (formerly Pasay Road), and Chino Roces (formerly Pasong Tamo). It mainly encompasses Legaspi Village, Salcedo Village, and parts of Bel-Air. Much of the area is owned by Ayala Land, Inc and administered through Makati Development Corporation, its subsidiary.

Many skyscrapers rise in this area. PBCom Tower along Ayala Avenue is the country's tallest building and reaches up 265 meters. It is the headquarters of the Philippine Bank of Communications, or PBCom.

One of the trading floors of the Philippine Stock Exchange is housed in Ayala Tower One and at the old Makati Stock Exchange Building, both also along Ayala Avenue. The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), the country's oldest bank, has its headquarters at the corner of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas.

Other companies that have their offices and country/regional headquarters within Makati City, most within the CBD, include IBM, Procter & Gamble, Citibank, Ayala Corporation, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Metrobank, Intel Philippines, Nestlé, Syngenta, Shell, Convergys Corporation, PeopleSupport, Pan Pacific Computer Center, Inc. (PPCC) and JG Summit.

Greenbelt
Greenbelt

Ayala Center, along EDSA and Ayala Avenue is the most known commercial center in the city. Developed by the Ayala Corporation, it contains two shopping malls, Glorietta and Greenbelt, five hotels, and an office building. The larger of the two shopping malls is Glorietta, which itself is a cluster of malls. Rising from Glorietta 4 is the Ascott Makati (formerly Oakwood), a luxurious hotel-apartment residence at the heart of the center. Along the periphery of Glorietta are three department stores: SM Department Store Makati, Rustan's, and the Landmark. Across Makati Avenue from Glorietta is Greenbelt. This is one of the most sophisticated, modern, and expensive malls in the country. Greenbelt features dozens of coffee stores and restaurants, all overlooking a well-landscaped green park at the center where a domed Catholic chapel dominates the skyline. Other hotels in the vicinity of Ayala Center are the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, the Manila Peninsula, the Dusit Hotel Nikkō, Manila Garden, the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, and the New World Renaissance Hotel.

Rockwell Center is the other first-class shopping center in Makati. Rockwell features the large Power Plant Mall popular with expatriates. At the periphery of the center are many high-class residential condominium towers, the Asian Eye Institute, and the Ateneo Professional Schools main campus, which houses the Ateneo School of Law, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and the Ateneo School of Government.

Other shopping centers. The Cash and Carry Supermarket in the west along South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) features many products at low prices. Makati Cinema Square, along Pasong Tamo Road, used to be a popular shopping mall with the residents, but is now mainly a centre for pirated DVDs and CDs. Adjacent to the Makati Cinema Square is the big and modern Waltermart Mall. The Guadalupe Commercial Center, along EDSA and Pasig River is a middle-class shopping center frequented by residents from the poorer areas of Makati. PureGold is another independent Supermarket located at the end of J.P. Rizal Street, Barangay Singkamas. Shopwise, another popular Supermarket Chain in the Philippines, is situated at Pasong Tamo corner Vito Cruz.

  • Inengs BBQ, Ayala Central Bus Terminal at Makati Avenue beside The Landmark. This establishment is all about pork barbecue. Their skewers have much more meat than other barbecue outlets.
  • Sunday Market, Sundays from 7am-2pm in the parking lot at Salcedo & Herrera streets. This is a fresh market with fruits, vegetables and other foods for very reasonable prices. Many small food stands offer a variety of cooked foods, including tofu lasagna and a very hearty vegetarian version of pork barbecue skewers for only 45 PHP each.
  • Chimara Level 4, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. Phone: 757 5652. Email: chimaragb3@tatersgroup.com. This healthy café has a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan friendly options from soups, salads and wraps. They also have a range of soy ice cream and offer home delivery as well. They will even deliver meals into the cinema while you enjoy a movie.
  • Magic Bread Vegetarian Store #25 Bautista Street cor. Buendia, Palanan, Makati City. Phone: 887 7921. Great store selling a range of healthy vegetarian friendly baked goods and products.
  • Cibo, Italian restaurant with several branches, most notable at Shangri-la Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong and Glorietta 4. Their pasta dishes as well as panini sandwiches are great. Don't miss the very refreshing fresh red grape shake.
  • Hossein's Persian Kebab 7857 LKV Building, Makati Avenue, ☎ +632-890-59-28 or +632-890-61-37 (fax: +632-890-58-03) Located right along Makati Avenue and opposite of Burgos Street, the restaurant was founded in 1985. Serves authentic Indian, Arabian and Persian cuisine. Halal certified.
  • Sentro 1771, Greenbelt 3 2nd Level, Ayala Center, +632-757-3940 to 41. Casual dining restaurant serving Filipino cuisine. Popular dishes include the tomato and kesong puti (native white cheese) salad, sizzling tofu and corned beef sinigang (corned beef in tamarind broth). Dessert to die for is their coffee pie.
  • Via Mare, Greenbelt 1 1st Level, Ayala Center, +632-893-2306. For the best oysters in Manila.
  • Bizu Patisserie and Cafe, Ground Floor Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center. The best French patisserie and cafe in Manila. Try the 10 Hour Roast Beef! They make the best Macarons de Paris similar to those of the best patisseries in Paris. Their French gateaux and Lavazza coffee are perfect for a night cap. Open for Breakfast at 7AM and the Eggs Benedict and Filipino Breakfast are must-tries.
  • Shang Palace, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala cor. Makati Ave., +632-840-0884, [9]. Chinese/Cantonese cuisine. Excellent Dim Sum.

Drink

The epicenter of Manila's famous nightlife is Greenbelt where some of the city's best restaurants, cafes, bars and karaoke joints cluster around a park in the middle of the main business district.

  • Tavern on the Square [10], Level 2 Greenbelt 3, Makati, Tel +632-757-4484 Fax +632-757-4485. Music bar right in the heart of Greenbelt in Makati. Excellent ambiance, great location and hip crowd. Good music too! Popular bands perform nightly.
  • iO Family KTV, 136 Jupiter St., Makati, Tel +632-8895-5938. KTV (Karaoke TV) bar where you can sing to your heart's content in private rooms while having the usual drinks and eats. Best enjoyed with a group of friends.
  • Sala, 610 J. Nakpil Malate Tel. +632-524-6770. Small and quaint restaurant owned by chef Colin MacKay. Average main course 900 Peso. Western food. Next to Malati Circle.
  • OUR MELTING POT, [11] Unit 5-K, Azotea de Bel-ar Condo, Polaris St., Makati City, Philippines. ☎ +(632)393-9189 or mobile (63917)832-8539 c/o Lani, (63917)803-9428 c/o Kidz. A new, comfortable and friendly 7-bed, mixed-dorm type, backpackers accommodation in the cozy central district of Old Poblacion (now Burgos area), Makati, Metro Manila. For only US$16 or P750.00 per person per night, modest brekfast included, the place is literally at the center of many things, less than 30 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes to the Ayala Center where you find the Glorietta and the Greenbelt Malls, close to the Metro trains, US$2-taxi-ride away from major tourist attractions, etc. It is a strategic take-off point to the prime tourist destinations of this country’s 7,107 islands. The backpackers joint comes with free internet access and common area for guests. It exudes a modern atmosphere and peaceful vibe, which closely complements the diverse character of the area, catering to various needs from mundane to spiritual, laid-back to upbeat, western to oriental.
  • Makati Apartelle (Budget), 4411 Montojo Street Makati City, +(632)8974219, [12]. checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 12 noon. Offers 1 Bedroom fully-furnished units at Php985/day for single or double occupancy, 12 noon check-in/check-out time. Each unit has an airconditioner, one double-bed with towels and linen (one bed, sleeps 2 people), a refrigerator, a 21" colored TV with cable, a living room set, dining room set, an electric kettle, a private bath with hot and cold shower, kitchen utensils, an electronic vault/safety deposit box, fans and a telephone/intercom (free calls within Metro-Manila). Wi-Fi is free. Utilities included. Daily housekeeping provided. All-female, friendly staff.Very clean, safe and inexpensive. Best rates on official website start at Php985. Php985/day.  edit
  • Citadel Inn Makati, 5007 P. Burgos St., Bel-Air Makati City, Philippines, (632) + 897-2370, [13]. The comfort and convenience of a home in an urban setting makes a perfect choice for travellers who are in the metro for either business or pleasure. Citadel Inn Makati is conveniently located in the middle of the business, shopping and entertainment districts of Makati City. The 33-storey condominium hotel now boasts of 120 well-appointed rooms equipped with complete dining and kitchen facilities. Best rates on official website start at PHP 1,800.00.  edit
  • Creekside Amorsolo Hotel, Mezzanine Floor Creekside Mall, Amorsolo St. cor VA Rufino St., Legazpi Village, Makati, (632)8934123, (632)8178726 to 28, [14]. Creekside Amorsolo Hotel offers great value accommodation at a very convenient location. With efficient, dedicated and friendly staff committed to making your stay enjoyable and memorable, they make it their business to give you a home away from home even on a budget. Best rates on official website start at PHP 1,968.00.  edit
  • El Cielito Inn, 804 Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road), Makati City, Metro Manila, +632-815-8951 (fax: +632-817-9610), [15]. Located in Manila's financial district of Makati City, El Cielito’s generous standard, deluxe, and superior rooms guarantee a cozy stay. Very close to the first-class Ayala Malls, this hotel is renowned for its budget rooms at bargain-basement prices. Best rates on official website start at US$33.  edit
  • Franchise One Hotel, +632-3947012 (, fax: +632-8864667), [16]. Franchise One Hotel offers accommodations that remain easy on the pocket and conveniently located within the city's business district. Our Makati accommodations offer you not only comfort but affordability too. Each accommodation is air-conditioned, and boasts an LCD television with cable, DVD player with movies, and comfortable beds. 7430 Santillan Street corner Fernando Street, Brgy Pio del Pilar, Makati City, Philippines. Rates start at PHP 1,770.  edit
  • LPL Suites, 112 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, (632), [17]. Right in the heart of Makati’s Central Business District is LPL Suites Greenbelt - the ideal place to stay for both business and leisure travelers on short or extended visits. LPL Suites Greenbelt offers fully furnished apartments that is within walking distance to local and multi-national offices, financial institutions, hotels, malls and shops. It is accessible, affordable and conveniently located across the Greenbelt Mall. Best rates on official website start at Php 3,000+.  edit
  • Saint Illian's Inn, 7461 Santillan Street, Pio del Pilar, Makati City 1230, +(632)893-0754 (fax: +(632)812-1998), [18]. Situated in the business district of Makati City, Saint Illian's Inn is a budget Makati hotel that is clean and efficient. Located along Santillan Street, a five-minute walk or so away from Makati Cinema Square, one of Makati City's many malls, and about 15 minutes away (by foot) from the two premiere Makati City malls, the Ayala Glorietta and the Ayala Greenbelt. Best rates on official website start at US$27.  edit
  • AIM Conference Center Manila (Accommodation in Makati), Buenavidez cor. Trasierra Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1260 Philippines, +632 750-1010 (, fax: +632 751 7160 / +632 750 4459), [19]. * Asian Mansion II Condotel Makati, 107 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines, +632-844-9061 (fax: +632-844-9061), [20]. Condotel Makati is along De La Rosa Avenue, very near the Ayala Center. Best rates on official website start at US$45.  edit Best rates on official website start at US$45.  edit Best rates on official website start at US$45.  edit
  • BSA Mansion Condotel Makati, 103 Carlos Palanca St., Legaspi Village Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 1200, +632-812-2729 (fax: +632-812-2671), [21]. BSA Mansion Condotel's rooms are tastefully appointed and designed to integrate all the comforts of home. Location-wise, this hotel is walking distance to the Ayala Center, the city's major shopping and business mecca. Best rates on official website start at US$40.  edit
  • BSA Suites, 108 Benavidez Street, Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines, +632 8841463 (fax: (632) 887-0513), [22]. Units at BSA Suites Serviced Apartments have living, dining and kitchen facilities meeting the needs of both business travelers and leisure guests on short or extended stays. Best rates on official website start at US$40.  edit
  • BSA Tower, 108 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village Makati City, Philippines, (632) 887-0147 (fax: +632 8841463), [23]. BSA Tower is elegantly designed to provide both business and leisure travelers with a relaxing stay in the country's central business hub. Best rates on official website start at US$56.  edit
  • City Garden Hotel, 7870 Makati Avenue cor Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila, +632-899-1111 (fax: +632-899-1415), [24]. This three-star Makati hotel along Makati Avenue is one of the more popular mid-range hotels, with excellent dining, sightseeing, and evening opportunities all in the area. They are known to nickel and dime guests, however, charging service fees for seemingly everything (i.e. a 100% "corkage fee" for bringing food (not only alcohol) to the pool side, so if you paid 350 pesos for that Pizza Hut pizza from across the street then they will charge you 350 pesos to eat it at their hotel. The fact that you're a guest is irrelevant. Best rates on official website start at US$67.  edit
  • Copacabana Businessman's Hotel, 912 Pasay Road, Makati City, Metro Manila, +632-844-8811 (fax: +632-844-6126), [25]. Guests who stay at the Copa Businessman's Hotel in Makati appreciate its convenient location in the heart of the Central Business District. This Makati hotel is in walking distance from major shopping centers and a vast choice of restaurants, entertainment centers and business addresses. Best rates on official website start at US$59.  edit
  • Jupiter Suites (formerly Jupiter Arms Hotel), 102 Jupiter St.Bel-Air Village, Makati City, +632-8905044 to 50 (fax: +632-8905019), [26]. Jupiter Suites is a quaint 25 bedroom facility right in the heart of the Makati Central Business District (CDB). Along Jupiter St. adjacent to Makati Avenue parallel to Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue. Reservation information Please email:frontdesk@jupitersuites.com. (632) 890.5044 to 50;Fax (632) 890.5019;[27] or [28] Location: 102 Jupiter Street Bel-Air, Makati Philippine Our Home-Grown Filipino family tradition of warm hospitality and the willingness to serve both foreign and local guests. JUPITER SUITES post itself of Quality Accommodation.All of the room are set with an ambiance best for businessmen, backpackers, convention people, out of towners and family urban hiatus.Conveniently located in bustling Makati, the country's premiere financial, entertainment, and shopping district. Cozy and gracefully appointed rooms with friendly service and reasonable rates. Best rates on official website start at US$35.   edit
  • Makati Prime Tower Suites, Kalayaan Avenue corner P. Burgos St., Bel-Air Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, +632-750-3010 (fax: +632-750-2982), [29]. A 110-room property located along bustling Kalayaan Avenue (Makati Avenue). Close to the Power Plant Mall and accessible to great Makati entertainment. Fully air-conditioned executive studios, one and two bedroom suites, and luxury penthouses available. Best rates on official website start at US$38.  edit
  • Crown Regency Hotel Makati, 1026 A. Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road) +632-845-0211 to 15, [30]. The Crown Regency chain of business and luxury hotels in Cebu, in southern Philippines, brings its warm hospitality to Makati. Cozy accommodations with a full range of services are on offer. Rooms start at US$70.  edit
  • Herald Suites Solana, 2914 Finlandia corner Einstein Street, San Isidro MCPO 5006 Makati City, Philippines, 60018888, [31]. Herald Suites Solana is in Makati City, the business district of the Philippines. Just a few meters from the South Expressway and 20 minutes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport , Herald Suites Solana is ideal for the business and leisure traveler who seeks the convenience of shopping in nearby Ayala Center or needs to meet with associates in the financial district. It offers 40 big air-conditioned guest rooms. It has a pool and gym on the top floor, and a coffee shop on the second floor. Best rates on official website start at Php 4,000.00.  edit
  • Oxford Suites, Durban corner P. Burgos Street, Makati City, +632-899-7888 (fax: +632-897-7900), [32]. A 27-storey property located at the heart of the city’s business & entertainment district. Best rates on official website start at US$50.  edit
  • Perla Mansion Serviced Apartment, 117 Carlos Palanca Street, Legaspi Village Makati City, Philippines, (632) 840-1826 (fax: (632) 840-1826), [34]. 24-storey, full-service condominium hotel with a three-star rating. Best rates on official website start at US$56.  edit
  • Prince Plaza II, 101 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines, +632-840-3215 (fax: +632-894-2992), [35]. The Prince Plaza II's tasteful accommodations and standard facilities are perfect for travelers, from the budget-conscious businessman to the fun-focused family. Best rates on official website start at US$45.  edit
  • Salcedo Suites, LPL Manor Building, 116 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, +632-893-2654 (fax: +632-892-5322), [36]. Salcedo Suites [37]' strategic location in the heart of Makati, Manila's business mecca, places it in the center of business and pleasure. Best rates on official website start at US$33.  edit
  • Sunette Tower, Durban St. corner Makati Ave., Makati City, +632-897-1808 (fax: +632-896-6407), [38]. The Sunette Tower stands on a quiet side street by Makati City’s main thoroughfare, Makati Avenue. Accessible to Manila's financial districts and tourist areas. Best rates on official website start at US$35.  edit

Splurge

Thanks to its reputation as the country's premier financial district, Makati City is home to some of the country's pricier hotels. Many major international hotel chains have their local affiliates in Makati City.

  • Hotel Inter-Continental Manila, 1 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, Manila, Philippines, Tel Nos.: 1800 1651 888, 63-2-8159711, Fax: 63-2-8171330, [39]. The Hotel Inter-Continental is located conveniently on the fringest of the Ayala Center, the country's poshest and most complete shopping center. It is a mere 20 minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and right beside the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, Manila's main thoroughfare.
  • The Makati Shangri-La, Ayala cor. Makati Ave., Makati City (Across The Landmark in Ayala Center), +632-813-8888 Fax +632-813-5499, [40]. The Makati Shangri-La is one of the most respected hotels in Makati. Located in the heart of the Ayala Center, the Makati Shang has sister hotels in Mandaluyong City and Mactan in the Visayas' main island of Cebu.
  • The Mandarin Oriental Manila, Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Manila, 1226 Philippines, T: +63 (2) 750 8888, [41]. The Mandarin Oriental's reputation for its quality business accommodations and the cuisine of its in-house restaurants make it one of Makati's most revered hotels.
  • New World Renaissance Manila, Esperanza Street Corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, 1228 Philippines, Phone: 63 2 811 6888, Fax: 63 2 811 6777, [42]. Across the Greenbelt Lifestyle Center, Manila's most fabulous shop and dine destination, the New World is owned and operated by the world-famous Marriott family of quality hotels.
  • The Peninsula Manila, Ayala cor. Makati Ave., Makati City, +632-887-2888 Fax +632-815-4825, [43]. Just across the road from the Ayala Center in the Makati Business District, the Manila Peninsula is one of the city's most famous hotels. Its fountain, on the corner of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue, was broadcast to the world during the international New Year's Day broadcast in 2000. Rates start at 120 US$.
  • The Raffles Hotel Manila, Makati Avenue corner Arnaiz Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City
  • A.Venue Hotel Suites [44] is a hotel located right in the heart of Makati’s business district. It offers world class restaurants, function rooms, and comfortable accommodations. Address: Antel Lifestyle City, Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines. Tel. No: (632) 757.2615; Fax No.: (632) 757.2616.

Stay safe

A popular scam as of recent days is for someone to approach you and pretend they recognize you. They will say they work at your hotel (i.e. room service, security, or whatever) and that they know you from there. They then say it is their day off and since they bumped into you they want to show you something nice that happens to be nearby perhaps only a 2 or 3 minute ride away by taxi. They may be very convincing even to a seasoned traveler. It’s a scam. Do not ever get into a car or go anywhere with anyone you don’t know (they will try to convince you that they helped you at the hotel on a previous occasion). Of course, if you ask them which hotel they will not be able to answer. They are best fended off if you just ignore them or if they persist say something like; ‘are you going to leave me alone or should I call the police’. I found this makes them do an about face and leave pretty quickly. This is very common in the greenbelt area of Makati.

Contact

The international telephone country code for the Philippines is 63. The area code for Metro Manila (including Makati) is 2.

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