Philippines' tallest

Philippines' tallest

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From being a marshland, Makati has become the Philippines' main financial district. Skyscrapers line Ayala Avenue, its most coveted address, where a number of international corporations and major banks have used as their main hubs of operations. Upscale malls and famous hotel brands abound the city. Makati is part of the larger Metro Manila area.

Being the Central Business District of Metro-Manila, Makati has a population of close to 3 million during the day. By night, it depopulates to 1 million and on weekends, a little over 400,000.

The city got its name in 1571 from a misinterpretation of the Spanish Conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi of "Kumakati na" which means "the ebbing tide" when the locals were asked what was this swampy place called.




Forbes Park. Situated across the famous Epifanio de los Santos Avenue east of the Ayala Commercial Center, this is a gated community where most of the country's wealthiest reside. The Manila Golf Club and the snobbish Manila Polo Club are located within Forbes Park.

Other posh communities. Sprawling near the vicinity of Forbes Park are equally well-heeled residential addresses: the gated communities of Dasmariñas, San Lorenzo, Urdaneta and Bel-Air. Salcedo Village and Legaspi Village, no longer residential areas since the 1950s, are filled with skycrapers.

As one travels towards the city's northern and western fringes, however, one sees the contrast from the opulence of the upscale eastern-central part. Squatter colonies abound, specially in the communities of Gaudalupe Viejo and Tejeros. With equal irony, is the ritzy Rockwell Center where swanky, high-end flats and office condominiums are found only a stone-throw away from the poor community of Guadalupe Viejo.



Sights and Activities

Filipinas Heritage Library. Paseo de Roxas, Ayala and Makati Avenues cross each other’s path to form a triangle. These avenues today used to be the runways of Nielson Airport built in 1937. The structure housing the Filipinas Heritage Library located at the corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues used to be the control tower and passenger terminal of Nielson Airport, touted to be the biggest and best equipped airport facility in Asia in the 1930s. Initially, three major airlines serviced the airport, including Philippines Airlines, the country’s flag-carrier, commencing its maiden flight from this historic terminal in March, 1941. The airport played a central role in the defence of the country during WWII. The triangle is now a guarded forest park that balances-off the concrete jungle of Makati’s skyscrapers lining the “runway” avenues.

Ayala Museum located at the corner of Makati Avenue and De La Rosa Street, houses 60 handcrafted dioramas that chronicles the rich history of the Philippines. Archaeological, ethnographic objects and a collection of Filipino fine art count in the collection

Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church. 7440 Bernardino Street, Guadalupe Viejo. This church was built on top of the hill by the Augustinian Friars in 1601. A monastery is located behind the church. To get there from Rockwell Center, take J. P. Rizal street, (the winding steet hugging the Pasig River), turn to Bernardino Street and walk uphill.




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Getting There

By Plane

Being part of Metro Manila, the nearest airport is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Manila Domestic Airport.




Since it's a part of Metro Manila and is located in close proximity to Manila's airports, there are a number of hotels available to business and leisure travellers.

Serviced apartments abound within the commercial district. The popular ones are Gilarmi Apartments along Ayala Avenue and the newer Oakwood Towers inside Glorietta Center.




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Keep Connected


There are a number of internet service providers nationwide: PLDT-Smart Communications, Globe Telecoms, BayanTel and Sun Cellular and each have their signal strengths in various locations. Internet access areas of broadband speeds are plentiful in city malls, much less so outside the cities, but are growing at a rapid pace. Internet surfing rates depend primarily on where you surf and the medium used (e.g. WiFi or wired). Internet services offered by hotels and shopping malls are expensive and can go up to ₱200/hour (approximately US$5) but neighbourhood cafes can be as cheap as ₱15/hour (approximately US$0.35).

Public place WiFi services in the Philippines is provided by Airborneaccess.net and WiZ is likely to cost ₱100 (approximately US$2) for up to an hour. But if you want cheaper, there is a internet cafe chain in SM malls called, "Netopia", that has a landline internet connection for around 20P an hour (about 0.46 US). Coffee shops as well as malls usually carry WiFi service some are free to use. Certain areas may also carry free WiFi. The SM chain of malls offer free wifi, so you can sit virtually anywhere in the mall and access free wireless.


See also International Telephone Calls

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company commonly known as PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider. It is also the largest company in the country. There are three major companies operating GSM 900/1800 networks: Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular. Your home provider at home should have agreements with one of these providers so check with them before leaving home. Roaming may be quite expensive just as elsewhere however, pre-paid SIM cards of these networks are easy to acquire and cost as little as ₱30 and provide a cheaper alternative.
If you don't have a phone to begin with, a complete pre-paid kit with phone and SIM can be purchased for as little as ₱1,500.The usual cost of an international long-distance call to the United States, Europe or other major countries is $0.40 per minute. Local calls range from ₱ 6.50 per minute for prepaid calls.

Due to the wide use of mobile phones, pay phones are increasingly becoming obsolete. Some malls and public places still do have them and they usually come in either the coin or card operated variety. Globe and PLDT are the usual operators. Phone cards are usually sold by shops which sell cellphone pre-paid loads and cards. Note that phone cards of one company can not be used with the other company's card operated phones.


The Philippine Postal Corporation, or PhilPost, is the provides the postal service throughout the Philippines. PhilPost is pretty reliable, but one can hardly call it fast services. It is fine for sending postcards and letters though, both domestically as well as internationally. Prices for sending postcards or letters within the country start at around P7, while most international post costs at least P20. For sending parcels to and from the Philippines it might be wise to use companies like FedEx or UPS. The opening hours of post offices in the Philippines differ from one place to another. Usually, post offices are open from 8:00am to 12 noon and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays. And for those that operate on Saturdays, the business hours are from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 14.5667
  • Longitude: 121.033302

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