Wednesday, 25 October 2017

PHILIPPINES: Makati, Seeking Police Help Puts You In Deeper Trouble, Police Arrest And Demand Bribes From Tourists

Makati City lies in the heart of big Metro Manila and is known for its upscale shopping malls home to high fashion brands, restaurants, hotels and affluent Filipinos.

Makati is considered the financial, commercial and economic hub where the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) is located. It is also the preferred address of large multinational corporations.

Makati City's cost of living is significantly higher compared to neighboring Filipino cities, owing primarily to its skyrocketing real estate value and relatively upscale commercial and residential selections.

Makati is the financial center of the Philippines; it has the highest concentration of multinational and local corporations in the country.

Major banks, corporations, department stores as well as foreign embassies are based in Makati. The biggest trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange is situated along the city's Ayala Avenue.

Makati is also known for being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila.

With a population of 582,602, Makati is the 17th-largest city in the country and ranked as the 41st most densely populated city in the world with 19,336 inhabitants per square kilometer.

Although its population is just half a million, the daytime population of the city is estimated to be more than one million during a typical working day because of the large number of people who go to the city to work, shop, and do business.

Makati is located within the circle 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, on the northeast by Pasig, on the southeast by the municipality of Pateros and Taguig, on the northwest by the city of Manila, and on the southwest by Pasay.

Makati has a total land area of 27.36 square kilometres (10.56 sq mi).

Under the Koppen climate classification system, the city features a tropical monsoon climate. Together with the rest of the Philippines, Makati lies entirely within the tropics.

Its proximity to the equator means that the temperature range is very small, rarely going lower than 20 °C (68 °F) or going higher than 38 °C (100 °F). However, humidity levels are usually very high which makes it feel much warmer.

It has a distinct, albeit relatively short dry season from January through May, and a relatively lengthy wet season from June through December.

Makati has a population of 582,602 as of the 2015 census. Makati ranks ninth in population size within Metro Manila municipalities. 88.9% of Makati residents identified their religious affiliation as Roman Catholic.

Other groups having large number of members in the city are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ang Dating Daan, Iglesia ni Cristo, Protestantism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism.

Based on the city’s Transport and Traffic Improvement Plan 2004-2014, the city’s daytime population is estimated to be 3.7 million during weekdays, owing to the large number of people who come to work, do business, or shop.

The daily influx of people into the city provides the skilled labor force that allows Makati to handle the service requirements of domestic as well as international transactions; it also serves as the base of a large consumer market that fuels the retail and service trade in the city.

At the same time, however, the large tidal population flows exert pressure on Makati's environment, services, and utilities, most noticeably causing large traffic volumes along the major road corridors leading to the city as well as within and at the periphery of the central business district.

The city of Makati remains the richest local government unit (LGU) in the Philippines in terms of income from local sources and on a per capita basis.

As of end-2012, Makati had registered over 62,000 business enterprises, which are engaged in financial services, wholesale/retail, services, real estate, export/import, and manufacturing.

Makati also boasts of having the highest number of BPO offices in Metro Manila at 1,159 companies to date, as well as the highest number of PEZA-accredited IT Parks and Buildings. The city government of Makati has not increased its tax rates since its new Revenue Code took effect in 2006.

The city has been free of deficit for 26 years.

The city is known for its developed business district called the Makati Central Business District (CBD). It is bound by EDSA, Gil Puyat Avenue, Arnaiz Avenue and Chino Roces Avenue. It mainly encompasses Legazpi Village, Salcedo Village, the Ayala Center, and parts of Bel-Air Village.

The Ayala Triangle is a sub-district of the Makati CBD, comprising the parcel of land between Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, as well as the buildings on those streets. Many multinational companies, banks and other major businesses are located within the triangle.

A few upscale boutiques, restaurants and a park called Ayala Triangle Gardens are also located in the area.Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas also have the distinction of being the runways of the former Nielson Field, Metro Manila's main airport in the 1930s.

The biggest trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange is housed in Ayala Tower One and at the old Makati Stock Exchange Building, both along Ayala Avenue.

The Makati Business Club is composed of over 800 chief executive officers and senior executives, representing almost 450 of the largest and most dynamic corporations in the Philippines.

Most of the tallest skyscrapers in Metro Manila and the Philippines are located in Makati such as the PBCom Tower, Gramercy Residences in Century City and G.T. International Tower.

PBCom Tower along Ayala Avenue is the country's tallest office building, reaching up 259 meters. It is the headquarters of the Philippine Bank of Communications, or PBCom. The PBCom Tower is an office skyscraper ranked officially as the tallest building in the Philippines since 2001.

It has a total ground-to-architectural-top height of 259 meters (850 ft), with 52 stories including an 8-level radio tower.

Makati is one of the most well-known shopping hubs of Metro Manila. Various shopping centers, offering both international and local retail shops, high-end boutiques, dining outlets and entertainment facilities can be found around the city.

The Ayala Center is a major commercial development operated by Ayala Land located in the Makati CBD. The center is known for its wide array of shopping, entertainment and cultural offerings, making it a premier shopping and cultural district in the metropolis.

It is a vast walkable complex with high-end malls that houses cinemas, local and international shops, homegrown restaurants and international food chains. The shopping malls that are located at the Ayala Center include Greenbelt, Glorietta, Park Square, and The Link.

The Ayala Center is also home to 3 department stores namely, SM Makati, Rustan's, and The Landmark.

Aside from the Ayala Center, the Rockwell Center is also a popular shopping district in Makati. It is home to the Power Plant Mall. The Salcedo Saturday Market and Legazpi Sunday Market are popular open-air community markets.

These markets offers organic products, specialty foods, fruits, vegetables, fish, gourmet items and antiques.

There is also the Century City Mall,located within Century City, located near Rockwell Center, and behind the Makati Central Business District, it is a Modern, High End Mall, and also dubbed The Mall of Modern Makati.

J. P. Rizal Street - Formerly known as Tejeron and constituting part of the Santa Ana-Población road, it is the first Makati road which appears on Spanish-colonial-era maps.

Magallanes Interchange - The Magallanes Interchange, which was conceived in 1969 and opened in 1975, was one of the first structures of its kind in the country.

Hagdang Bato - This part of Namayan was sacred to early Tagalogs. Hagdang bato is mentioned in chapter sixty-one of Jose Rizal's first novel, Noli Me Tángere, and chapter three of his second novel, El Filibusterismo.

During the Revolution on 10 June 1897, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and about five hundred soldiers crossed the Pasig River at Hagdang bato during the march to Biac-na-bato in Bulacan.

Museo ng Makati - Located along J.P. Rizal St., the Museo ng Makati is housed in an old building, which was built in 1918 and has been used as Makati's town hall from 1918 to 1961.

The museum keeps the records of Makati's history through a collection of rare photographs, murals, and dioramas. It also contains artifacts, such as the fossils of pre-historic animals and earthenware.

The museum's architecture is a classic Bahay na Bato, made of masonry at the ground floor and wood at the upper level. In 1934, during the reign of Mayor Nicanor Garcia, the structure was rebuilt using concrete materials.

In 1958, while it was still used as a town hall, then Mayor Maximo Estrella had it renovated. In 1961, when the local government of Makati moved its office to its current site, the old town hall was used as the Municipal Library.

But when the library was transferred to the new city hall compound, the old town hall was used as the Philippine Eye and Ear Infirmary. During the term of Mayor Jejomar Binay, the structure was converted into a museum through City Ordinance No. 186, enacted in March 1990.

Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church. - The Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church is a baroque Roman Catholic church which was established in 1601 by Augustinian fathers.Its original architecture is a blend of the late Spanish Renaissance and early Baroque design.

The touch of the Renaissance period is found in the main entrance with rose window and simple Doric columns. The interiors and the window details, meanwhile, have influences of Baroque architecture. The floor plan, on the other hand, is Romanesque.

During the Seven Years' War, this church was raided by the British, an event which marks the first time that Makati was affected by a global conflict. The church was damaged due to an earthquake in 1880 and in 1898 during the early skirmishes between American and Filipino troops.

The Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church is one of the most popular wedding venues in Metro Manila.

Rizal Theater - This was the first luxury motion-picture theater of Makati and was located south of the Makati and Ayala Avenues intersection. It opened in 1960 and was demolished in 1989.

It shared the same name as the Cinematografo Rizal, which was the first cinematograph not owned by foreigners. This establishment, owned by Jose Jimenez, opened as a movie house in 1903 and five years later its address was recorded as 155 Calle Azcarraga, Tondo.

Saints Peter and Paul Church - Tucked in D.M. Rivera St. and surrounded by skyscrapers and residential areas, Sts. Peter and Paul Church is the oldest church in Makati, which was opened to the faithful in 1620.

It was built by Jesuit priest Rev. Pedro de los Montes at a site named Buenavista through the generous donation of Capt. Pedro de Britto in 1607.

The church's architectural design is a rectangular nave with apse and sacristy, which is a usual design for colonial mission churches.The façade is composed of three-tiered papal and keys, symbols of the Papacy, which was first occupied by St. Peter, one of the patron saints of the parish.

Santa Ana Cabaret - This twentieth-century nightclub, which was owned by an American citizen and later his son, was once advertised as being the largest cabaret in the world. It opened in Tejeros in 1921 and was in business until 1970, when a typhoon destroyed it.

Famous patrons included Cwlth. Pres. Manuel Quezon, US Gov.-Gen. Francis Harrison, and US Gen. Douglas MacArthur. It is also said that the UK's Prince of Wales once visited it.

During World War II it was converted into a garment factory, producing shirts and military uniforms for the Japanese. After the Americans returned to Makati in February 1945, they converted their famous dance hall into a temporary medical facility.

It was the forerunner of fashionable discos of the eighties and nineties, such as Manila' classy Stargazer, as well as Makati's Euphoria, Faces, and Mars. Its modern counterpart is the Valkyrie Nightclub in Taguig.

Santa Ana Racetrack - Opened in 1937 by the Philippine Racing Club, it was the first notable sport venue of Makati, and was the forerunner of other famous Makati sport venues where international competitions were held such as the Manila Golf Club, which located in Makati in 1948, the Manila Polo Club, which relocated to Makati in 1950, and the defunct Astrobowl Magallanes.

It was larger than the San Lazaro Racetrack in Santa Cruz, Manila.

During World War II it became a military storage area, and as a consequence was targeted by aerial bombardment toward the end of the war.

On 9 February 1945, it was at the Philippine Racing Club grounds that the Americans, advancing from Wack Wack golf club and crossing the Pasig River using amtracs, returned to Makati.

Afterward, they built a pontoon bridge which was one of two such temporary bridges they had to build after the last remaining bridges spanning the Pasig River—Banzai (Jones) and Santa Cruz (MacArthur)—were blown on 5 February.

This pontoon bridge was damaged and knocked out by artillery fire on 10 and 11 February and was reported as having been repaired. The Art-deco buildings of the racetrack were later used as a headquarters by US General MacArthur and also by Allied translators and interpreters.

Horse racing resumed during the postcolonial period. Toward the end of the twentieth century, an increase in the taxation of winnings combined with a rise in the ownership of TV sets led to a decline in attendance, which resulted in the closure of the racetrack in December 2008 and its demolition in 2013.

Santiago Hospital - The Santiago Hospital was a twentieth-century medical facility in Poblacion.

Originally named Hospital Espanol de Santiago, it was founded in 1902 in Manila by the Spanish community as an infectious hospital for the hospitalization of Spaniards who, having to comply with sanitary regulations concerning compulsory hospitalization, preferred the services of this hospital rather than those of the public San Lazaro Hospital.

Its earliest known address was 1819 Calle Azcarraga, Quiapo. In 1929, the hospital moved into its own building, an Art-deco structure in Makati, and at the beginning of the thirties was one of two hospitals in Rizal Province.

By 1935, this medical facility, which had thirty-four beds, was classified as a general hospital which treated all sorts of diseases except those requiring compulsory segregation in government institutions, and by that time was admitting patients of nationalities other than Spanish.

During World War II, Santiago Hospital was administered by the Sisters of Saint Paul of Chartres, and in February 1945 it had the distinction of being the only hospital in the Greater Manila area which remained open throughout the Battle of Manila.

Santiago Hospital, which was once considered to be one of the best hospitals in the Philippines, closed in the 1960s as a result of the increasing urbanization of Makati.

Although generally believed to be Makati's first hospital, it was preceded by a hospital in Guadalupe which existed during the First Republic.

Also over a decade earlier in 1884, the Spanish briefly operated in Guadalupe an orphanage, a type of institution which in their point of view was a medical facility. In 1917, the Americans also opened an orphanage in Makati, at Casa Quinta.

Gabriela Silang Monument This monument is dedicated to the Ilocano Revolutionary Gabriela Silang. Even many miles away from Vigan, There is where the statue stands till today.

Makati is home to a number of fine art museums, colonial-era churches and recreation areas. Along the south-eastern border of Makati beyond Forbes Park are the Manila Golf Club and the Manila Polo Club.The Manila Golf Club features an 18-hole golf course.

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. Makati Coliseum is another famous sports landmark in the city, where some of the biggest sports gatherings are held.

The Ayala Museum is a private fine arts and history museum housing various exhibitions such as the "Gold of Ancestors," an exhibition of more than one thousand golden pre-Hispanic artifacts. Other popular museums also in Makati also include the Yuchengco Museum and the Museo ng Makati.

Makati has several Spanish-era churches, such as the Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church (Our Lady of Grace) in the old town. At the Greenbelt Park stands the modern domed chapel of the Sto. Nino de la Paz.

Between Forbes Park and Dasmarinas 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.

Makati is not only the financial center of the Philippines, but also the selfie capital of the world.

The University of Makati Stadium in Makati is currently home to Kaya F.C.-Makati, who currently play in the Philippines Football League, the national football league of the Philippines.

Ayala Land and the Makati Tourism Foundation launched a year-long campaign titled "Make It Happen, Make it Makati" to increase Makati's visibility as an arts and culture destination.

The campaign is part of Ayala’s ongoing US$1.5 billion redevelopment masterplan for Makati, which began in 2011 and divides the city into six distinct hubs for business, lifestyle, entertainment and transport.

In 2013, Ayala Land unveiled its plans for a P20-billion project that will transform the old Sta. Ana race track into a mixed-use development, featuring entertainment and sports facilities.

It will sit on a 21-hectare property - the last available sprawling landbank in Makati and will be dubbed as Circuit Makati in honor of the Sta. Ana race track, which is part of Makati's heritage as a former racing circuit.

There will be a FIFA-sized football turf which will be used for games and for football workshops. It will feature a 2-hectare open-air events ground, which can accommodate up to 20,000 people.

It will have links to the Makati central business district (CBD) through Ayala Avenue Extension and South Avenue, other future road linkages or potentially even a revived Pasig River ferry service.

Major roads in Metro Manila surround Makati, such as Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), located in the southeast part of the city, the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), which intersect EDSA at the Magallanes Interchange, and the Skyway which is built on top of the SLEX.

Two of Metro Manila's main arteries pass through Makati. The Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) pass along the city's southeast part and connects it with the cities of Mandaluyong and Pasay.

The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) runs through the city's western part and connects it with the city of Manila to the north and with southern Metro Manila.

The Manila 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.

Buses plying the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA/C-4) route from Baclaran in Parañaque to Quezon City and Caloocan 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 country’s first-ever e-jeepney and hybrid bus services were piloted in Makati. The buses are parallel electric hybrids, powered by an electric motor and a Euro 3 diesel motor.

The hybrid buses ply the route from Gil Puyat Avenue (Tramo/LRT-1 Taft) to Kalayaan Avenue (C-5), which are considered among the busiest in the city’s central business district, cutting through other major roads like South Superhighway; Chino Roces, Ayala and Makati Avenues; Paseo de Roxas and EDSA.

Other major roads in the city include Gil Puyat Avenue, which connects EDSA and SLEX in the north; Ayala Avenue, an important street that runs through the Makati CBD; and Makati Avenue, which connects Ayala Avenue with Gil Puyat Avenue, also extending north to cross the Pasig River to Mandaluyong.

At the center of Makati is the Ayala Triangle, a park built on the former Nielsen Air Base.

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) on EDSA has four stations located in Makati: Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala and Magallanes.

The Philippine National Railways has three stations: Buendia, Pasay Road and EDSA.

In 2013, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) worked on a feasibility study for a $1.75 billion monorail project. The proposed 12.56-kilometer elevated monorail is envisioned to connect Makati, Bonifacio Global City and Pasay through the MRT Line 3 as well as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The present alignment being considered starts from the MRT-3 (Guadalupe Station), enters Bonifacio Global City through the north gate and ends at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. If approved, the monorail project can be completed by 2016.

In 2015, the NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) approved the Public-Private Partnership project for the Philippine's first subway which will have stations at key points in Makati namely MRT3-Buendia, Ayala-EDSA, Ayala Triangle, Makati Post Office and PNR-Buendia.

The city is 20 minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The Pasig River is located north of Makati. The Pasig River Ferry Service has two stations: Guadalupe and Valenzuela.

However, compared to other major cities of the world, Makati City offers service, accommodations, and value that are less expensive.

Furthermore, bargains comparable to other Philippine cities may be found in certain areas in Makati, such as Makati Cinema Square, The Landmark, Cash & Carry, and Guadalupe Mall, that even for the most jaded backpacker will make a stay in Makati more than economical.

When one is in Metro manila, one has to pick a locale to preside in, or suffer the traffic in travel. Makati for better or worse is the best choice for many people, particularly those with a higher budget.

Originally founded in 1670 as a visita of Sta. Ana de Sapa under the jurisdiction of the Franciscans, Makati City was first dismissed as a 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 Senora 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 28 February 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 2 January 1995, Makati became an independent city by virtue of Republic Act 7854.

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, will benefit any traveller.

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.

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) elevated train has four stations along the main thoroughfare Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (commonly abbreviated as 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.

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

The Manila Train Guide is a useful app that has a map and tips on how to use the train system.

Two of Metro Manila's main arteries pass through Makati. The Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) passes 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 (Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue), which connects with 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 and also extends north to cross the Pasig River to Mandaluyong City.

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 zones which you must observe.

The Pasig River Ferry service is back, with the Guadalupe terminal in Makati currently operational. Though it may not be exactly in a convenient spot for tourists, it's a great alternative route to Makati—especially to the Rockwell area—from other riverside districts such as Intramuros in Manila.

One can easily walk around the Central 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.

Taxis are also abundant. The flat rate is 40 pesos and a ride across town ranges from 100 to 150 pesos; to Ermita, 200 to about 250 pesos; to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, 200 to about 300 pesos.

Airport taxis fall in two categorie, Metered and Flat-Fee.

Sites you must not miss:

Greenbelt Chapel (Santo Nino de la Paz Chapel), Bernardino St., Guadalupe Viejo In Greenbelt Park. Located in the Greenbelt Park, the church is popular for church goers, most people find it relaxing though because of the park around it.

The church is surrounded by trees and a fish and lily pond is on the side of the chapel. The Greenbelt Chapel might be the most relaxing chapel in the Philippines. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is also found here.

Libingan ng mga Bayani or Cemetery of the Heroes. The final resting place of many Filipino soldiers, heroes and martyrs, it is also the final resting place of two Filipino presidents; Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal.

Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church. Built by the Augustinian friars and is a UNESCO world heritage site, it's architecture is of European-Baroque inspired. It is named Nuestra Senora de Gracia in honor of the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary that can also be found inside.

Philippine Stock Exchange. One of the two stock exchanges in the Philippines, it is known to have Asia's shortest trading times which lasts only for two hours. Nearby the PSE is the Ninoy Aquino Monument.

Ninoy Aquino Monument. Erected in honor of the late Filipino senator and national hero, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, who was the husband of late Philippines president. Corazon Aquino. Together, they both fought for democracy during the martial law which was under the Marcos' administration in the 1980s.

Ayala Museum, The Ayala Museum on EDSA showcases the rich and vivid history of the Philippines from the earliest times of the Mactan battle to the struggle of democracy. Also present are some famous paintings by Filipino painters such as Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Fernando Zobel.

Yuchengco Museum. The museum was created to house the art collection of Secretary Alfonso T. Yuchengco, and highlight his distinguished career as a businessman, diplomat, collector, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and advocate for education in the Philippines.

The museum’s primary goal is to foster a greater public appreciation of the finest in Filipino and Filipino-Chinese visual arts and creativity.

The Yuchengco Museum houses paintings by Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Carlos “Botong” Francisco.

Filipinas Heritage Library. Located inside the old Nielson Airport tower, the Filipinas Heritage Library has an astounding collection of books that date back to the Spanish period. Serious scholars of the time period will love it, but anyone with even a remote interest in old books and history should give it a visit.

Greenbelt Park. Greenbelt Park is a small park designed to be a complement to the surrounding Greenbelt Malls. An artificial duck pond and stream can be seen here, as well as the Greenbelt Chapel for Catholic services. Greenbelt Park is also a good place to sit, people watch and see the more multicultural side of Metro Manila.

Ayala Triangle Park. Located behind the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Ayala Triangle Park is surrounded by restaurants and cafes.

Legaspi Park. A small, well kept park along Legaspi Street. On Sunday mornings the Legaspi Market opens, where you can get fresh organic foods, delicacies, sweets and other assorted souvenirs.

Salcedo Park. Another small park along Legaspi Street. Similar to the Legaspi Market, on Saturday mornings the Salcedo Market opens.

Glorietta, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. Sun-Thu 10:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 10:00am-10:00pm.

Greenbelt, Ayala Center, San Lorenzo, Makati, Philippines. Greenbelt 1: Sun-Thu 10:00am-8:00pm Fri-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm, Greenbelt: 2,3,5 Sun-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Greenbelt 4: Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm Sun 10:00am-9:00pm.

The Makati Central Business District is the home to some of the biggest companies in the Philippines. It is also where the top BPO's and contact centers are headquartered.

Ayala Center is the Philippines' Orchard Rd, it has a number of upscale malls. High class brands and restaurants usually have branches here. The cost of buying in Makati is far more expensive than its neighboring cities or in any other city in the Philippines because of the upscale brands they have in Makati.

Glorietta. It was renovated on the 1990s, owned and operated by the Ayala company, it is one of the biggest malls in Metro Manila. Aside from shopping and dining, indoor facilities such as a kids' playground and an activity center for concerts and shows.

By the 2000s other buildings too were constructed making it bigger. Its tenants include Adidas, Aldo, Cole Haan, Debenhams, Lacoste, Mango, Marks and Spencer, Nike, Puma, Zara, etc.

Greenbelt, The one stop for high class shopping from brand like Adidas, Aldo, Anne Klein, Audemars Piguet, Balenciaga, Bally, Banana Republic, The Body Shop, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Burberry, Celio, Charriol, Chopard, Diesel, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Escada, Fred Perry, Gucci, Hèrmes, Hugo Boss.

Others are IWC, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Levi's, Louis Vuitton, Lucky Brand, Kate Spade, Mango, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jabos, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Paul Smith, Prada, Rimowa, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Springfield, St. John, Tod's, Tony Burch, Topman, Topshop, Zara, etc.

Dining options include sit down restaurants and fast food chains, fast food chains are found in Greenbelt 1, while restaurants are loacted in Greenbelt 2, 3 and 5.

Power Plant Mall. A four level complex mall that has shops and restaurants which may be either international or local, cinemas too are also found.

Shops at Power Plant Mall include Adidas, Aldo, Anne Klein, Armani Exchange, Bally, Billabong, The Body Shop, Celio, Cole Haan, Diesel, DKNY, Dorothy Perkins, Esprit, Fred Perry, Kate Spade, Kennth Cole, Levi's, Mango, Marks and Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Muji, Nine West, Rimowa, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Shu Uemura, Springfield, Thomas Sabo, Topman, Topshop, Trucco, Zara, etc.

Salcedo Weekend Market. 7am to 2pm. Right in the heart of the Business Center District is the Salcedo Park. Every Saturday, vendors take over part of the park to sell their specialty items. There are ornamental plants, organically grown vegetables, bakery products, lechon from Cebu, etc. Be sure to come early for the full experience.

Makati has several dining choices:

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.

Max's Fried Chicken. There are dozens of locations around Makati. Good Filipino food, affordable, reliable and clean.

Earl's Sandwiches, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1, facing Legaspi Street. Excellent submarine sandwiches.

Mang Inasal Filipino-style chicken.

Kenny Rogers' Roasters Kenny Roger's Roaster is reliable and the sides are good.

Jolibee's. A growing fast-food chain in the country serving fried chicken, burgers, fries, sundaes, etc.

No matter your personal definition of pizza, Makati has an array of choices. Of course, they have Pizza Hut, Papa John's, and Domino's, which if that's your thing, you won't have to look far.

Yellow Cab Pizza. Multiple locations, one of the Philippines most successful pizza franchises that has gained it's market share with good value for money, lots of toppings and imported cheese.

Greenwich. A favourite of locals. Very affordable yet tasty pizza, often located in mall food courts.

Sbarro. Multiple locations throughout Metro Manila. Yes, it's a chain store but where else are you going to find Chicago-style deep dish? Nowhere. Sbarro's is it. Their pastas are also filling and tasty.

California Pizza Kitchen. Multiple locations including Third Floor, Greenbelt 5. It is what it is. If thin crust is your taste, head here.

Apartment 1B. One Lafayette Square, 132 L.P. Leviste Corner Sedeno St., Salcedo Village. Comfort foods with a twist, served in a bistro-style setting. The kind of place that winds up being your favorite joint in town.

Highlights include: French onion soup, cream cheese samosas, Reuben sandwich, three-cheese veggie lasanga. Though the prices (300 php average starter; 450 php average sandwich; mains from 340 php for the Mac n' cheese, to 2,100 php for the steak frites) come out on the high side of mid-range dining options, Apt. 1B is well worth it.

Hapadog. Japanese Style Hotdogs, With 2 locations in Metro Manila, for Makati visit 822 Pasay Rd underneath Cable Car and beside Ukkokei Noodles. Hapadog merges the western American hotdog with authentic Japanese ingredients as made popular in North America.

9 signature dogs with combination of authentic Japanese toppings infused over import quality sausage, nestled inside the freshest baked buns. A delectable taste experience like no other.

Other Hapadog offerings include: lychee iced-tea, donburi rice bowls, hapa pasta, hapa express to go items). Price range: 45 php - 175 php.
Persia Grill,Five locations in Metro Manila, for Makati visit Valero Street or Legaspi Street branches.

For Middle Eastern and/or Mediterranean, Persia Grill is the best value in town. The Legaspi location is directly across from the entrance to Greenbelt 5, at the corner of Dela Rosa. Highly recommended.

Kashmir,Festejo Bldg., 816 Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Road), Makati. Also have a location in Ermita on Padre Faura. Pricy Indian and Middle Eastern fare in a sophisticated by local standards atmosphere. The staples (samosas, palak paneer) are delicious but come in small portions.

Wine list has some gems but of course it depends if they have it in stock. The Ermita branch is much better than Makati in service and value. Meanwhile, they operate a takeaway booth at the Salcedo and Legazpi weekend markets, where you can pick up your favorites at reduced prices.

Cyma Greek Taverna. Greenbelt 2, Ground Floor, Ayala Center. Moderately authentic Greek food. The best you’re going to find in Makati. Menu includes loads of favorites such as taramosalata, paidakia, dolmades, kefthedes, octapodi, sagahnaki and yes, unfortunately they set in on fire and Opa. If you like Greek cuisine, this is the place to go.

Chimara, Cinema Level, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. This healthy cafe 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.

Circles Event Cafe, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave. Casual dining at its best. Offers an array of continental, oriental, a la carte and buffet delights in a relaxing ambiance.

Magic Bread Vegetarian Store, 25 Bautista Street cor. Buendia, Palanan, Makati City. 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. 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. Very overpriced. Go to Persia Grill or Al Basra on Makati Avenue.

Sentro 1771, Greenbelt 3 2nd Level, Ayala Center. Casual dining restaurant serving Filipino cuisine. Popular dishes include the tomato and kesong puti native white cheese, salad, sizzling tofu and corned beef sinigang or corned beef in tamarind broth. Dessert to die for is their coffee pie.

Via Mare, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1. 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.

Tim Ho Wan Glorietta Mall. This chain is the world's cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant. The food at this dimsum restaurant is wonderful.

Basix, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center. Fine dining at the Dusit Thani.

Old Manila, The Peninsula Manila, cor. Ayala Ave. & Makati Ave. Fine French dining at the legendary, The Peninsula Manila.

Shang Palace, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave. Chinese/Cantonese cuisine. Excellent Dim Sum.

Sala, Locsin Building, 6752 Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave. Fine European cuisine.

UMU Japanese Restaurant, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center. One of Manila’s best restaurants which offers authentic Japanese dishes such as all-time favorite Sushi and Sashimi Bar, Teppanyaki, Bento Box and many more.

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.

Meanwhile, there are a series of bars stretched out along Makati Avenue, northeast of Ayala Triangle, including the infamous P Burgos Street go-go bar area.

Cafe Havana, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati. While the Spanish-Cubano cuisine is quite good, and the weekend samba bands are generally top-notch, Havana’s true draw is the outdoor umbrella tables packed with expats, travelers, and local women offering companionship, on a nightly basis.

Therefore, Havana is undoubtedly the number one venue in Makati to meet and greet. Though rich by Metro Manila standards, Havana’s prices are reasonable. A bottle of San Miguel beer is 100 php. Main dishes range from 300-900 php.

Cocktails in the 180 php range. Otherwise, there are a couple of better places in Greenbelt 3 to have a drink (Cerveseria, National) with none of the riff-raff. The club’s Greenbelt 3 branch is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. or 3 p.m. daily, while the one in Malate opens at noon and closes at 12 midnight or until 3 a.m. daily. International credit cards are accepted.

Cerveseria, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati. Almost next door to Cafe Havana is this cool and relaxed bar, popular with locals, Havana-wary and weary expats, and not surprisingly, ladyboys.

Cerveseria is a great place to post up and watch the free-for-all of vice going on across the plaza. The extensive tapas menu is a bit steep but excellent and their buy-one take-one San Miguel policy (100 php) is a ridiculous bargain in the area.

Cerveseria is affiliated with the excellent Kitchen, which is adjacent to the patio.

National Sports Grill, 3rd Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati. The dining choice of champions. This is where you go to watch the Pacquiao fight. The food is decent sports bar fare,Buffalo wings, etc. but avoid the National Sauce on burgers—at least order it on the side and the beer is cold.

They have a pool table and TVs in the outdoor patio area, although the LCDs indoors are infinitely better for watching sports.

Also in Greenbelt: Museum Cafe Ground Floor, Ayala Museum, Makati Ave corner Dela Rosa Street, adjacent Greenbelt 3 and 5,Kind of a swanky joint. Usually featuring live music. It's common to see well-heeled expats sipping mimosas at noon. Ice Vodka Bar 3rd Floor, Greenbelt 3. Generic nightclub.

WG Diner Corner of Makati Ave. and Gen. Luna St., Makati, This unassuming outdoor establishment was the best kept secret in town. Located near the A. Venue Mall, across the street from the Wendy’s and 7-Eleven.

Friendly staff, decent Filipino food, and insanely cheap beer 33 php per bottle of San Mig, combined with a ringside seat on the parade of God-knows-what on Makati Ave., makes WG a solid choice for a laid-back night with friends.

Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar 7838 Makati Ave., kiddie-corner to A. Venue. The latest newcomer on this stretch of road.

Kwagos Grill Makati Ave. corner B. Valdez. This is where the locals go, and by locals, I mean call center employees. Open 24 hours. Bucket of 6 San Miguel for 130 php. Filipino menu. The place gets unbearably loud on weekends.

iO Family KTV, 136 Jupiter St., Makati. 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.

Grilla, corner of Kalayaan Avenue and Rockwell Drive. A great place to have grilled foods, both Filipino and International. Try their platters starting at 400-500 pesos for a group of 3-4 and down them with some San Miguel beers.

Team Insider Sports Bar Ground floor of Red Planet formerly Tune Hotel Makati. 24-hour bar and grill with large screens for watching sports. Good food with plenty of Western fare and occasionally live music. Good breakfast menu.

Our Awesome Hostel- Manila Hostel, ABBA Bldg., 5756 Kalayaan Ave cor. EDSA, Makati,near BGC entrance, below Kalayaan Flyover. A recently opened cozy hostel within walking distance to the nightlife and cosmo district of The Fort/Bonifacio Global City.

Rooms are spacious and cozy and has its separate toilet and bath. Rates start at ₱550.00.

San Agustin Residences Apartelle/Hostel San Agustin St. near corner P. Burgos St., Poblacion Makati,near St. Peter and Paul Church, across Blue Cross Bldg. Rates start at Php1,185.00 Please see website for more information, pictures and promotions.

A newly opened apartelle/hostel within walking distance to Avenue Mall Makati Avenue, the new Century City Mall, Powerplant Mall and lots of restaurants.

Rooms are spacious and cozy with their own toilet/bath, aircon, LED TV, personal ref, hot and cold shower, security vault. Free WIFI in entire building. One of the better budget-friendly, well-run accommodation in the Makati Avenue/P. Burgos area.

Private Studio Apartment, Makati city. checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm (noon). This fully furnished studio apartment is conveniently located in the heart of Makati city. Facilities include Air-conditioning, LCD TV, Refrigerator, Microwave oven and kitchen appliances.

You will have access to the apartment complex's gymnasium and swimming pool facilities. 42 USD.

Citadel Inn Makati, 5007 P. Burgos St, Bel-Air. 33-storey condominium hotel with 120 rooms equipped with complete dining and kitchen facilities. Best rates on official website start at ₱1,800.

Clipper Hotel, 5766 Ebro Street, P. Burgos Poblacion. Relatively new hotel housed in an old art deco building, near the red light district as well as numerous restaurants, as well as the Powerplant Mall. It's a budget hotel, but annoyingly they do not show their rate on the website.

Lokal Hostel, 3F 5023 P. Burgos St. Barangay Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila. A brand new hostel in the heart of Makati. There are private and dorm rooms to choose from. Amenities include 24 hour CCTV security, spacious rooms, free internet, free breakfast, roof top overlooking the city. price starts at P450.

Makati Apartelle (Budget), 4411 Montojo Street. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. 1 Bedroom fully-furnished units at ₱1,085/day for single or double occupancy.

Each unit has an airconditioner, one double-bed with towels and linen (one bed, sleeps 2 people), a refrigerator, a 24" LCD cable TV, 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 with free calls within Metro-Manila. Wi-Fi is free. Utilities included. Daily housekeeping provided. All-female, friendly staff. Very clean, safe and inexpensive. ₱1,085/day.

Saint Illian's Inn, 7461 Santillan Street, Pio del Pilar. 5 min walk from Makati Cinema Square mall Best rates on official website start at US$27.

Studio Apartment, located within Antel Lifestyle City along Makati Ave. checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Located at the eastern side of MAKATI CBD, the apartment is only 15 minutes away from Ayala Center and within walking distance to the P. Burgos Entertainment District.

Amenities include the gym, cafe, pool. The air-conditioned unit has cable TV and wireless intern USD25.

Alley 8 Apartments, 5776 Ebro Street, Barangay Poblacion. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV with 80+ channels, refrigerator and WiFi is free. Some of its facilities restaurant, elevator, parking, Wi-Fi in lobby and laundry/dry cleaning service. Rates start at ₱2,595.00.

Astoria Greenbelt, 914 Arnaiz Avenue (Formerly Pasay Road) Makati City, 1223, Philippines. An easy stay in Makati City, Philippines — Astoria Greenbelt assures this to all its guests with its midrange accommodation options, dedicated service, and advantageous address.

Its modern room offerings are designed with emphasis on comfort and entertainment. Each has Wi-Fi Internet access, 32-inch LCD TV, a mini-refrigerator, and rain shower with hot and cold water.

With its practical facilities, including a 24/7 help desk, all-day coffee shop, and airport transfer and shuttle service, the hotel highlights expediency with every stay.

Casa Amapola, 257 Amapola St, Palm Village. All rooms are equipped with high speed internet connection, cable TV, patio and private bathroom with hot water shower. Casa Ampola also offer services such as laundry service, room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, babysitting service and massage service. Rates start at ₱3,200.

Robelle Mansion Hotel, 877 J.P. Rizal Street,Hotel is located five minutes away from Rockwell Center and three minutes away from bars and restaurant along Jupiter St.,Kalayaan Ave., & P.Burgos. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning unit complete with amenities like cable TV, private bathrooms and free coffee and bread every morning. from ₱2,275.00.

Artina Suites Makati, 2863 E. Zobel St., Poblacion, corner JP Rizal,15 minutes away from International and Domestic airports, 5 minutes away from Makati Commercial and business district and 10—15 minutes away from shopping malls such as A-Venue Mall, Rockwell Center & Ayala Center

A condominium hotel type of accommodation that offers daily, weekly and monthly room rentals. Fully-air conditioned hotel rooms with complimentary breakfast for two. from ₱2,200.00.

VIP Suite Apartelle, 1847 K&K Bldg., Evangelista St., Pio del Pilar,15-minute drive from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). All rooms are equipped with mini bar, refrigerator, Wi-Fi available, safe, air conditioning, cable LCD television, hot and cold shower. from ₱2,860.

LPL Suites Greenbelt, 9th Floor LPL Towers, Legaspi St., Legaspi Village. Studio and bedroom suites, all equipped with Air-conditioning, Cable TV and Wi-Fi Internet access. Facilities and services are Safe deposit box, Travel and tour assistance. From ₱2,500.

Guijo Suites, 7644 Guijo St., San Antonio Village. Deluxe room, junior suite and premier suite, all equipped with Flat screen LED TV with cable channels, Wi-Fi Internet access and Safe.

Facilities and services are Lobby Restobar, Daily housekeeping services and 24-hour CCTV security. Fully explore the city of Makati and its neighboring areas. From PHP 2,400.00.

Hotel Celeste, 02 San Lorenzo Drive corner Arnaiz Avenue Makati City Philippines. It offers rooms equipped with Air-conditioning, Telephone with NDD/IDD service, wireless Internet access, Internet connectivity and Mini-bar.

Some of its facilities and services are Business center, conference room ,Outdoor jacuzzi. PHP.5,423.56.

Millennium Plaza Serviced Residences, Eduque St. corner Makati Avenue. Fully air-conditioned accommodations, all equipped with cable television, coffee/ tea maker and daily newspaper.

Some of its facilities and services are Business center complete with Internet connectivity and fax. From USD 50.00.

AIM Conference Center Manila, Buenavidez cor. Trasierra Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1260 Philippines.

Antel Spa Hotel Suites, Antel Lifestyle City, 7829 Makati Ave. Offers 80 rooms, all of which have LCD TV, minibar, and bath tub. Some of its amenities include gym and fitness center, free WIFI, and a coffee shop. Best rates on official website start at PHP 4,680.

Asian Mansion II Condotel Makati, 107 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines. Condotel Makati is along De La Rosa Avenue, very near the Ayala Center. Best rates on official website start at US$45.

BSA Mansion Condotel Makati, 103 Carlos Palanca St., Legaspi Village Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 1200. 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.

BSA Suites, 108 Benavidez Street, Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines. 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.

BSA Tower, 108 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village Makati City, Philippines. 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.

City Garden Hotel Makati, 7870 Makati Avenue cor Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila, 1200 Philippines. Offering a sanctuary of comfort and warmth, City Garden Hotel Makati gives an irresistible chance to take a breather from the excitement in Makati City, Philippines.

All rooms have: coffee/tea maker, minibar, shower with bathtub, telephone, room safe, cable television, WIFI available, electronic door lock, 24-hr room service, refrigerator and hot/cold shower.

Some of its facilities and services are jacuzzi, spa, sauna, outdoor swimming pool, roof deck restaurant, fitness room/gym, valet parking, laundry service and currency exchange.

Copacabana Businessman's Hotel, 912 Pasay Road, Makati City, Metro Manila. 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.

Jupiter Suites, formerly Jupiter Arms Hotel, 102 Jupiter St.Bel-Air Village, Makati City. 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.

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.

Makati Prime Tower Suites, Kalayaan Avenue corner P. Burgos St., Bel-Air Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. 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.

Herald Suites Solana, 2914 Finlandia corner Einstein Street, San Isidro MCPO 5006 Makati City, Philippines. 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.

Oxford Suites, Durban corner P. Burgos Street, Makati City. A 27-storey property located at the heart of the city’s business & entertainment district. Best rates on official website start at US$50.

Paramount Hotels, 166 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village.

Perla Mansion Serviced Apartment, 117 Carlos Palanca Street, Legaspi Village Makati City, Philippines. 24-storey, full-service condominium hotel with a three-star rating. Best rates on official website start at US$56.

Prince Plaza II, 101 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines. 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.

Q Residences, HV Dela Costa, corner LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village. A/C service apartments equipped with satellite/cable television, private toilet and bath, Internet connection, coffee/tea maker, phone, iron and ironing board, and safe.

Some of its facilities and services are Business center, Swimming pool and Fitness room/gym. From PHP 3,696.00.

Housing Interactive, Valero Street, Corner Sedeno Street, Salcedo Village. Stylish serviced apartments centrally located in the heart of Salcedo Village. Clean, professional Studio, 1 bdrm and 2 bdrm apartments are ideal for stays of one week or longer.

All apartments are equipped with cable television, DVD Player, Kitchenette, Wifi Internet, phone, iron and ironing board, and maid services. Building features include: 24 hours security and bellboy, Swimming pool, Sauna, Fitness room/gym, in-house Laundromat and Meeting room rentals. From PHP 2,500.00.

Salcedo Suites, LPL Manor Building, 116 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. A/C rooms equipped cable TV and kitchen facilities. Some of its facilities and services are housekeeping, round-the-clock security and safe deposit boxes. From USD 48.00.

Sunette Tower, Durban St. corner Makati Ave., Makati City. 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$50.

Fersal Neptune, #107 Neptune St., Bel-Air II Makati City NCR - Metro Manila Philippines. Fersal Hotel offers the services of an expensive establishment at very reasonable rates. It has 33 rooms categorized as Deluxe Double and Twin.

Located at the prime business and commercial district of the country with easy reach of restaurants, banks, shopping malls, and other commercial establishments From USD 42.00.

Townhouse Homestay. checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. This beautiful homestay in a Townhouse, that is centrally located in Makati, will make any tired traveler feel right at home. Package includes Jaccuzzi, cable tv, wifi, free pick-up from the airport and breakfast.

The friendly host also offers guests free use of the car/driver for sightseeing,reasonable use within Makati. USD 50.

Berjaya Makati Hotel, 7835 Makati Avenue Corner Eduque Street,Makati City, Philippines 1209. Conveniently tucked away in the verdant city of Makati, Berjaya Makati Hotel sets in the hub of urban wealth showcasing abundance of West and East culture.

Setting itself apart from the others, the hotel not only gives easy accessibility to shopping malls but also to business trading in Manila.

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.

Ascott Makati, Glorietta 4, Ayala Centre. Conveniently located within Makati's prime business district and surrounded by restaurants, entertainment and shopping complexes, the residence provides comfort and convenience to travellers.

From the elegant penthouses to three-bedroom residences, each of the 306 exclusive apartments offers spacious living and dining areas, fully-equipped modern kitchens, home entertainment systems and wireless (WiFi) internet connection. Daily rates starts from php7500.

CEO Flats, 27 Canopus corner Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village. All rooms are equipped with Air-conditioning, lcd TV, refrigerator, electric stove, microwave oven, private toilet and bath with hot and cold water.

Some of its facilities and services are food outlets at the ground floor, mini-mart at basement 1, roof deck – serves as a function area, 24-hour security, free internet access and housekeeping upon request (charges apply). Rates start at 6,000.00 PHP.

Hotel Inter-Continental Manila, 1 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, Manila, Philippines. 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 E-Hotel Makati, 906 Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo Village. The E-Hotel Makati offers Superior, Deluxe and Deluxe Suite rooms with air-conditioning, LCD TV with cable channels and private toilet and bath.

Its facilities and services include high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge, massage service and 24-hour room service.

Makati Shangri-La, Ayala cor. Makati Ave., Makati City Across The Landmark in Ayala Center. 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.

Mandarin Oriental Manila, Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Manila, 1226 Philippines. 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.

Peninsula Manila, Ayala cor. Makati Ave., Makati City. 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$.

Aruga by Rockwell, Waterfront Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City, Metro Manila 1200, Philippines. Rockwell makes its foray into hotel and leisure through Aruga in Makati City, Philippines.

The 114 suites are all equipped with private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer, HDTV, coffee and tea facilities, and electronic safe.

Some of its facilities and services are Wi-Fi, business center, function rooms, massage services, swimming pool, gym, laundry services, housekeeping services, 24-hour concierge & reception, airport transfer services, and breakfast lounge at the Aruga Cafe.

Joya Lofts and Towers, 28 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City, 1200 Metro Manila, Philippines. Experience convenience at greater heights at Joya Lofts and Towers in Makati City, Philippines.

All of its accommodation are equipped with living and dining room, kitchen, cable TV, Wi-fi connection and broadband, provision for in-room laundry, and hot and cold shower.

Some of its facilities and services are swimming pool, fully equipped gym, function room, 24-hour security, 24-hour concierge and reception, business center services, housekeeping services, laundry and dry cleaning services, in-room massage services, and mail and parcel services.

Despite being the financial epicenter of the Philippines, home to the rich and famous, poverty is still evident in Makati. Venture outside of Ayala Center area and you'll see it.

While the streets of San Lorenzo Village may be no-go zones for beggars and touts, if you're an obvious tourist, you may be harassed everywhere else.

The civilized areas of Makati (Greenbelt, Ayala, Rockwell) are completely safe day or night, as is North Makati Avenue near P Burgos Street, but the rest of the city is just as dangerous as parts of Quezon City or Paranaque.

Metro Manila Police are corrupt and not foreigner-friendly and known for not being effective in solving crimes. Asking help from the Police officer will put you in deeper trouble than you started with.

Makati area Police is known for arresting tourists for made up reasons and asking bribes for not jailing them over night.

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

Everyone understands at least a little English and many visitor interfacing staff have good English so there is no language barrier.

All traffic signs are in English but expect heavy daytime traffic in Makati. Avoid traveling during peak hours. While jeepneys are banned from certain areas such as Ayala Center, they are in full force everywhere else.

Makati is noisy. In addition to the general traffic noise, the city is in the midst of a construction boom, and construction is ongoing 24/7. So when choosing a hotel, it's a good idea to find out in advance what is happening in the nearby vicinity.

If there's a 40-story tower going up across from the Manadrin Oriental, which there is, ask for a room facing the other direction. Moving along, don't drink the tap water, ever. It's highly recommended to use tap water for washing your hands and nothing more.

Taxi drivers in Makati are notorious for playing dumb. Don't make them think that you don't know your way around. For instance, a driver may tell you he doesn't know where Greenbelt 3 is, thereby forcing you to give directions or allow him to circle the area, unmercifully driving up your fare.

On Friday and Saturday nights, many drivers will refuse to use the meter and insist on an extortionate fare to your destination. Some drivers will outright refuse to take you based upon what they perceive to be their odds of getting a return fare.

Generally speaking, Makati is the most comfortable metropolis in the Philippines and definitely an Americanized outpost.




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