Makati City

The Financial Epicenter of the Philippines

Makati City is one of the seventeen local government units in Metro Manila. It is known for its towering buildings and high-end shopping centers.

The name “Makati” stemmed from the Tagalog term "kati," which means "tide" to refer to the tide of the Pasig River. The city has its roots dating back in the pre-Hispanic era, ruled by Lakan Tagkan in the swamplands near the river. It was Don Manuel Lopez de Legaspi, the first Governor General of the Philippines, who discovered the area. When Legaspi inquired about the name of the place, the locals were saying "Makati na," as the tide of Pasig was ebbing away the residents. Thinking it was the residents' response to his question, he called the settlement “Makati”. This was later changed to "San Pedro de Makati" in honor of its patron saint. It was then declared a public town of Manila in 1819. In 1914, the Philippine Legislature Act No. 2390 shortened the name of the town to its current name “Makati”. Makati was officially proclaimed as a city in 1995.

One of the country’s primary financial hubs

Makati has become a major financial hub with the highest concentration of multinational and local business establishments in the country. With more than 80,000 business establishments, Makati is easily the Philippines' link to global finance and economy. It also houses several influential financial institutions such as the Makati Business Club and the Philippine Stock Exchange, making it the Financial Capital of the Philippines.

Center of international affairs

Makati is also home to over 70 international embassies and consulates, such as the French Embassy, Royal Belgian Embassy, Malaysian Embassy, German Embassy, and Embassy of Brazil among others. This makes the city not only a premiere business district, but also a center for international political and government relations.

A vibrant entertainment hotspot

The city is also a major entertainment center, with the highest concentration of commercial activities in numerous shopping districts and department stores. It is not surprising that many expatriates have been attracted to Makati. In-land migration from neighboring towns and other parts of the Philippines has also caused its population to boom over the years. Now, Makati has over half a million residents and is ranked as the 42nd most densely populated city worldwide.

Economic Background

Makati is nestled within a strategic location right at the center of the National Capital Region. It is surrounded by the Municipality of Pateros on the east, Pasay City on the south and southwest, Pasig River on the north, Taguig City on the southeast, and Manila City on the northwest. The city's location makes it an ideal destination for work and business opportunities.

Solid employment opportunities

Makati City prioritizes employment for its residents. Partnering with several labor organizations such as the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), the local government organizes several employment assistance programs annually like job fairs, job placement/referral, government internship programs, emergency employment and career development programs. As reported in the 2007 Census, 69% of Makati's total population (15-64 years old) had steady employment. In fact, in 2011, the Makati’s LGU has hired 32% of the city’s job applicants.

According to Payscale, Makati employees earn an average annual salary of P392,715. Popular jobs come from the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, which mainly offers customer service representative (CSR) positions. Other popular industries include Information Technology (IT) services and banking, which makes accounting and software engineering jobs in demand.

Makati maintains a promising economic potential, especially with the growth of its infrastructure landscape. In 2016, Makati was ranked first in economic dynamism among highly urbanized cities in the Philippines by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). It was also named as the second "Most Competitive City" in the country during the 4th Regional Competitiveness Summit, next only to Quezon City.

In 2017, the city has earned a remarkable total revenue of P16.97 billion, a 12% increase from the 2016 actual collections. According to the city Mayor Abigail Binay, this has been the fastest collection growth the city has experienced in 12 years.

Becoming a “Smart City”

One of the local government's goals is to embrace a fully-digital and technological landscape. Since 2017, jobs from the IT sector has been in-demand as Makati gears towards becoming a "Smart City." In the same year, the city launched five landmark digital projects. These included the Fiber Optic Loop project which provides free Wi-Fi accessibility to Makati residents; the Makatizen Card which promotes online payment transactions; Mobile signal boosters; e-Payment at Jolli-jeeps; and City-wide towing, impounding and clamping services that allows online payment.

According to the latest data published, there are 82,353 registered establishments in Makati (as of 2017), majority of them being finance-related institutions.

A melting pot of professional backgrounds

Most of Makati's financial and business operations are concentrated in the Central Business District (CBD). The Makati CBD is one of the country's leading financial and business centers. It is enclosed within major thoroughfares, such as EDSA, and encompasses Ayala Center, Legaspi Village, Salcedo Village, and some areas of Bel-Air, attracting job seekers from different parts of the country. Most of Manila's skyscrapers and prime business establishments are also located in the area, such as the PBCom Tower, which is the tallest building in the Philippines. Owing to the rapid economic growth in Makati CBD, the city is considered a major international competitor and a premier investment location in Asia.

Healthy IT industry

There are many opportunities for business and career growth in Makati, especially for those in the ICT industry. The city is an ideal investment destination for IT locators due to the its ICT-ready infrastructures. There are over 40 IT establishments registered under PEZA (as of 2017), which include the GT Tower International, SM Makati Cyberzone Building, The Paseo IT Center, and Alphaland Southgate Towers. The country's leading telephone companies are also located in Makati, namely PLDT and Smart Communications.

Furthermore, when the Makati Subway is completed in 2023, the local government projects a supply of 6,000 jobs and more economic opportunities. This does not include the job opportunities that will be generated as a result of a more efficient transport system in Makati.

Makati is also one of the safest cities in the Philippines. In fact, the city came in fifth in Numbeo’s Top 10 Safest Cities in Southeast Asia, with 39.56% crime rate and 60.44% safety rate.

Future projects and infrastructure

In the coming years, Makati will experience drastic improvement in its infrastructures, particularly in the transportation system.

Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3

One of the most anticipated projects is the completion of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 (MMSS3), which is an elevated expressway that will run from Buendia through Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City. It will stretch a length of 17.54 kms and will connect the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). This P37.43-billion project aims to decongest EDSA and other busy thoroughfares in Metro Manila by approximately 55,000 vehicles daily. The MMSS3 started construction last January 2015 and is expected to be completed by December 2019

Light Rail Transit Line 5

Another transportation system that will run through Makati is the Light Rail Transit Line 5 which will connect the cities of Makati, Pasay and Taguig. Otherwise known as the Metro Manila Subway, this transit system is probably the most ambitious private-public partnership (PPP) project to be implemented, with a whopping budget of P374.5 billion. The subway will link Makati CBD to the Mall of Asia in Pasay and the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig. This project is set to start its construction by 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2025.

Makati Subway

Another anticipated project is the Makati Subway. This P200-billion subway, which is a first of its kind in the country, aims to decongest the heavy traffic in the city. Once completed, the subway system will serve a maximum of 27,000 passengers per hour per direction and will have an interval of only three to six minutes between trains. The project also aims to complete 12 operational trains.

During peak hours, the system will be able to service a maximum of 40,500 passengers per hour. The system will run an 18-hour operational cycle.

The Makati Subway will feature air-conditioned coaches that can seat 200 passengers per car. The entire system will cover a total of 10 kilometers, with two tracks and up to 10 underground stations. The transit system will also feature a central command center, train yard, and maintenance depot at the ground level.

The completion of the Metro Manila and Makati Subways, as well as the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, will not only mean a more efficient transport system, but will also increase productivity of workers due to reduced travel time. This would also promote better work-life balance for employees as they won’t be spending hours in unproductive traffic. In the long term, the completion of the transport systems will boost Makati’s economic growth and competitive index.

Other anticipated projects also include residential properties by Megaworld, namely the Greenbelt Hamilton Tower 2 and Paseo Heights, which are scheduled for completion by October 2019.

Pit Stops in Makati City

Malls and Entertainment Hubs

Looking to have some fun or satiate your need for retail therapy? Here are some of the shopping malls and entertainment hubs in Makati:

Greenbelt

Greenbelt is one of the shopping malls at Ayala Center with a walkway connecting to The Landmark. The 4-story mall has 300+ stores and services and divided in 5 sections – 2 buildings with shopping areas that are open-air, 2 enclosed areas, and the recent addition which is Greenbelt 5. The mall’s parking lot can accommodate a total of 2,000+ cars. Greenbelt houses several retail shops, restaurants, and a chapel.

Glorietta

Also located at Ayala Center is another shopping mall complex, Glorietta, also owned by Ayala Land. The same as Greenbelt, it’s also divided in 5 sections (Glorietta 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5) and contains 500+ restaurants and shops, a gym, cinemas, a large activity center for staging events, and arcades. It’s integrated with SM Makati, Rustan’s Makati, and The Landmark and accessible by public transportation via MRT3 Ayala and EDSA Ayala.

Park Square

Park Square offers a convenient access to commuters when it comes to public transportation. Aside from being a shopping center, it also houses jeepney and UV Express terminals going to places within and nearby Makati.

SM Makati

The flagship store of Shoe Mart is SM Makati built during 1975. SM Makati has been recently renovated now having walkways going to Glorietta 1 and has a direct access to the MRT3 Ayala Station. This department store houses several other shops aside from its own product offerings of local and imported shoes, bags, and apparel. SM Makati also offers products for home and furniture needs. It also has a food court at the lower ground level, snack bars, and coffee shops in some areas of the building.

Rustan’s

Rustan’s is part of a department store chain owned by the Rustan Group of Companies. Considered as one of the high-end shops in Metro Manila, Rustan’s remained true to its name by selling products and items in class and in style. Aside from clothing, bedding, footwear, furniture, cosmetics, and jewelry, the store also offers the freshest and carefully selected goods in their supermarket section both local and imported.

The Landmark

The Landmark in Makati is the biggest store in its department store chain. It’s hailed as the one-stop shop for all of your needs at an affordable price. They also sell items in high and good quality and in great variety. At the ground level of the store, there’s a huge food court that houses several snack bars and restaurants.

Power Plant Mall

Located at the Rockwell Center, Power Plant Mall is a high-end shopping mall that has 200+ stores and services. It has 4 floors and a 3-level basement with a parking capacity of 2,000 cars. Rustan’s Marketplace can be found inside the mall along with other high-end tenants such as Rolex, J. Lindeberg, DKNY, Michael Kors, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Shoppers can also indulge in a comfortable viewing experience at the Power Plant Cinema.

Century City Mall

Century City Mall is located within Century City and dubbed as “The Mall of Modern Makati.” It opened last February 17, 2014 consisting of 100+ shops and services. There are 3 basement floors that are allotted for the mall’s parking space which can accommodate 527 vehicles. Among its tenants are Rustan’s Supermarket as well as international and local shops. A majority of its clientele are residents of the Knightsbridge Residences and Gramercy Residences as well as neighboring barangays and offices in Makati.

Ayala Triangle Gardens

Ayala Triangle Gardens is a small triangular piece of land converted and landscaped as an urban park. It serves both as a park and as an events place most especially during Christmastime for its colorful display of Christmas lights accompanied with a background music. There are also several cafes and restaurants inside the park making it convenient for park-goers and visitors to grab a bite after strolling.

Salcedo Saturday Market/Legazpi Sunday Market

These are open-air community markets which take place on weekends. Shoppers can find an assortment of fresh products that are organically grown, specialty foods, fish, vegetables, fruits, gourmet items, and even antiques for sale.

Restaurants

Makati features some of the best restaurants the metro has to offer. Here are a couple of them:

Sentro 1771

Sentro 1771 serves delectable dishes that surely appeal to the Filipino palate. Their dishes are purely Filipino but with a twist as they reinvented traditional dishes with a fusion of modernist cuisine. One of their signature dishes is the Sinigang Na Corned Beef which is an appetizing dish of beef shanks in sour stew. Another must-try dessert that the restaurant offers is the fried suman paired with mangoes. The restaurant is located at the 2nd Floor of Greenbelt 3 in Makati.

Romulo Café

This sophisticated restaurant is owned by the family of Carlos P. Romulo, the former Philippine ambassador to the U.S. and former Foreign Affairs secretary of the country. Aside from their menu offering of traditional dishes that resemble the familiar flavors of hearty home-cooked meals, the restaurant also serve as a mini-museum highlighting the classic Philippine memorabilia that depicts both the local tradition and culture. One of the restaurant’s specialties is the Pakbet and you can pay them a visit in Bel-Air Village, Makati.

NFely J’s Kitchen

A dining experience at Greenbelt 5 is never complete without indulging one’s appetite at Fely J’s Kitchen. The dishes are best described as an heirloom with its assortment of personally selected recipes by the late Felicidad de Jesus-Cruz, the restaurant owner’s mother. Diners can enjoy a Filipino cuisine bursting with alluring aromas and intense flavors at Fely J’s Kitchen such as their Bistek Tagalog which pairs perfectly well with hot, steamed rice.

Nikkei

Legazpi Village has one of the best Japanese-Peruvian restaurants, Nikkei, owned by Chef Christian Cejas who is from Argentina. A popular trend that’s been ongoing in Europe is the fusion of Japanese culture and the Peruvian cuisine. Thus, the restaurant caters to adventurous food lovers a unique flavor experience through an artisanal preparation. Some of their must-try dishes are the Kobi Nigiri Sushi, Parmesan Scallops, Seared Tuna, Miso Kurobuta, and the Salmon Belly Nigiri. Nikkei is located in Legaspi Village.

Katsu Kora

For both Katsu and curry lovers, Katsu Kora is one of the best restaurants to be. Located at Glorietta 4, diners can delight over the restaurant’s selection of premium meat offerings such as the Simofuri, Iberico, Sakura, and Kurobuta. Katsu Kora is famous for pork cutlets coated with breading and perfectly deep-fried and it’s also popularly tagged as the home of the best and premium Tonkatsu.

Vikings – SM Jazz

CVikings, in every city, never fails to make it to the list of top restaurants to try in the neighborhood. In Makati area, buffet lovers can enjoy Vikings’ offering of a sumptuous feast at SM Jazz. Tagged as the largest luxury buffet chain in the Philippines, Vikings is the ideal place to celebrate with families and friends on special and big occasions. All the more with their birthday promo where the celebrant gets to dine on his or her special day or month for free. Menu offerings range from Asian to Western to Mediterranean.

Ganso-Shabuway

Hot pot lovers can enjoy a perfect triumvirate of Japanese flavors at Ganso-Shabuway as they serve fresh produce, a plethora of hot pot toppings selections, and beef that is grass-fed and all natural. It’s also a healthier option to those who are health buffs. Some of their special dishes are the Seafood Deluxe Set and the Wagyu Beef Set. They also have an assortment of flavorful dipping sauces that are a definite must-try. Rice lovers can enjoy their unlimited rice, soup and dipping sauce refills for every shabu-shabu order (single and sharing). Ganso-Shabuway is located at Greenbelt 5

Pizza Warehouse

Pizza Warehouse is the go-to dining spot for all pizza lovers although they also offer salads, pasta, corn dogs, and roasted chicken. It’s a casual restaurant located at Glorietta 3 with affordable menu offerings perfect to those who are looking for belly-filling meals and after a tiring shopping spree. Some of their must-try dishes are the Cheeseburger Baked Roll, Calzone, Lasagna, Baked Rolls, and their wide selection of different pizza flavors.

Hospitals

Makati City has been recognized locally and internationally by a Dubai-based award giving body for its exemplary socialized healthcare system. Here are some of the most prominent medical facilities in the city:

Ospital ng Makati

As the premier ISO certified tertiary hospital run by the city government of Makati, Ospital ng Makati mainly serves the city’s 230,000 Yellow Card holders. The hospital continues to upgrade its services to better serve its community, and one such program was the barangay outreach service where the hospital brought specialists from Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and General Surgery to four select out-of-reach barangays in District 1.

Makati Medical Center

Located right at the city center, amongst the towering office buildings of the Central Business District, is MakatiMed. With over 45 years of history steeped in medical innovation and compassionate care, the hospital has become one of the best healthcare providers not only in Metro Manila but in the Philippines. Most notably, its Cellular Therapeutics Center garnered MakatiMed the honor of becoming one of only four hospitals in the country to be accredited by the Department of Health as a hospital-based facility engaging in cell-based therapy in the Philippines. All of these to provide the best possible care for patients.

Philippine Orthopedic Institute

The Philippine Orthopedic Institute is a private practice patterned after group practices in the U.S., and is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It serves patients of all ages and backgrounds, through the expertise of orthopedic surgery doctors and therapists specializing in hand, elbow, shoulder, spine, hips, leg, and foot. The consultant staff is comprised of specialists trained in the U.S. and Europe, while in-house physical therapists are experienced in both acute and chronic orthopedic and sports related conditions, as well as post-operative rehabilitation.

St. Clare’s Medical Center

A few minutes away from the Central Business District is St. Clare’s Medical Center. It is also a tertiary hospital that offers services in surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine and pediatrics. The hospital also serves patients in its upgraded Psychiatric-Detoxification Unit, Rehabilitation Medicine Department and its own COSMEDIC Unit.

Centuria Medical Makati

Situated within Century City, another growing urban district within Makati, is Centuria Medical. Billed as a “one-stop, outpatient medical-IT facility,” Centuria is centered around modern healthcare provision through technology, providing an efficient environment for doctors and hassle-free services to patients and guests. Centuria houses more than 700 clinics, as well as a surgery center, the Asian Breast Center, the Peregrine Eye and Laser Institute, and an urgent care clinic that is open 24/7, among other centers.

Healthway Medical

Healthway is known for its network of mall-based clinics where medical examinations and preventive healthcare consultations are done by reputable doctors. It is part of a Hong Kong based company whose leadership in service is notable. Its clinics offer a wide range of services that meet the needs of individuals to corporations—from primary care, specialized medical services, integrative medicine, outpatient surgical procedures, and therapy and rehabilitation, to name a few. In Makati, it is located within Greenbelt 5.

Makati Dog and Cat Hospital

Man’s furry little friends are also welcome in Makati. The Makati Dog and Cat Hospital provides a wide spectrum of veterinary services, from basic pet care to diagnostic and surgery. Despite it being a place catering to pets, the hospital has a storied past. The practice was started by Sixto Almeda Carlos in 1927 who set up the clinic above his family home. His son took over in 1958 and made it official by making it the first dog and cat hospital in Manila.

Educational Institutions

More than its business offerings, Makati also offers quality education to its residents through these educational institutions:

Asian Institute of Management

Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi Village

The Asian Institute of Management is an international school that is considered an Asian pioneer in management education. It was founded in 1968 by a consortium of prominent business leaders, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and the Harvard Business School. The school offers advanced degrees in management, including Master in Business Administration, in Entrepreneurship, Development Management, and Master of Science in Data Science. The institute has always aimed to produce leaders who thrive in dynamic environments and set forth positive change in society. The setup makes the institute at par with the highest global standards, as attested by its accreditation from the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Asia Pacific College

3 Humabon Place, Magallanes

At the time of its establishment, the country saw a boom in the information technology industry. As such, IBM Philippines and SM Foundation started Asia Pacific College as a computer training institution. Over the years, the college has included other fields of study, such as commerce and multimedia arts, in the aim of molding professionals that are equipped to take on the demands of the 21st century.

Assumption College San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo Village

Assumption College is a private Catholic school for girls that offers preschool to tertiary and graduate level education. The school is guided by the ways of Sister Marie Eugenie Milleret de Brou, whose advocacy centered on Christian transformation of society through education. Therefore, the school’s commitment lies in producing “women servant leaders for social transformation. The college offers majors in Psychology, Education, Communication, Business Administration, and Entrepreneurship. Assumption College is a known alma mater of several prominent women in the country in the fields of politics, entertainment, and business.

Ateneo Law School

Ateneo Professional Schools Building, Rockwell Drive

Two of four of Ateneo de Manila University’s Professional Schools are located in Rockwell Makati, one being the School of Law. The school espouses liberal education that is distinctly Filipino, Catholic, and Jesuit and balances moral virtues with intellectual excellence all in the aim of molding lawyers who are committed to the law and its rightful interpretation.

Ateneo Graduate School of Business

Ateneo Professional Schools Building, Rockwell Drive

The second Professional School of Ateneo is the Graduate School of Business, which espouses workplace-based learning. Its programs include Master in Business Administration (Standard Program), MBA Regis Program, MBA for Middle Managers, MBA in Health, and Master in Entrepreneurship.

University of Makati

J.P. Rizal extension

The University of Makati is a public, city-funded university offering a wide range of programs including Technology Management, Maritime Leadership Innovation, and Human Kinesthetics, among other standard courses. In addition to these, the university also has the Medical Informatics Development Center which is “the first and only industry-academe partnership program in the country for health informatics advocacy, training, implementation, and research and development.”

Colegio San Agustin

Dasmariñas Village

Colegio San Agustin is a co-educational private school located inside Dasmariñas Village. It provides preschool to senior high education. The school is also known for its impressive sports facilities which include a basketball court, a tennis court, a lap pool, and multipurpose courts.

Colegio de Santa Rosa

Estrella Street, Rockwell

Colegio de Santa Rosa traces its roots to its parent school in Intramuros, which was founded by the Spanish Dominican tertiary Madre Paula de la Santissima in 1750. The Makati school was opened in 1964. In all, Colegio de Santa Rosa’s aim is to educate and develop morally upright, competent, and service-oriented young ladies.

Don Bosco Technical Institute

Chino Roces Avenue

Don Bosco is a technical school for boys run by the Salesians of Don Bosco. At grade seven and eight, students are exposed to general technology subjects where they learn the basics of electronics, mechanics, computer technology, and industrial drafting. At grade 9 and 10, students focus on a specialization based on performance and preference. The institute also has the Manpower Training Department which was opened in 1971 to assist the out-of-school youth of nearby communities. Here, the kids are taught skills which they can rely on for future employment.

Makati Hope Christian High School

Chino Roces Avenue

Makati Hope Christian High School is a Chinese Filipino educational institution rooted in holistic Christian teachings that address their students’ needs and develop their potentials. Learners from different cultures are welcome. The school offers preschool to senior high education, and they implement the Understanding by Design Framework at all levels. The elementary department curriculum stresses the role of “the teacher as a designer of learning” and also incorporates various activities that cater to holistic development. The high school curriculum is aimed at preparing students by means of an “engaging, responsive, integrative, and Christ-centered and values-oriented” approach.

How to move around in Makati City?

Makati City stretches across an area of 21.6 square kilometers, which is actually not that big compared to other places in Metro Manila such as Quezon City at 166.2 square kilometers and Manila at 42.9 square kilometers. However, due to the thousands of Filipinos moving around Makati City daily for work, school, or leisure, moving around still requires a good understanding of its transportation hubs.

SLEX, EDSA, and Buendia

The major thoroughfares slicing through and around Makati City are the South Luzon Expressway, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), Ayala Avenue, and Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia). There are several buses and jeepneys playing through these roads on different routes to and from other parts of Metro Manila, and with some coming from nearby provinces in the North and South.

MRT and LRT

Another major transportation option in Makati City is the Manila Metro Rail Transit System, or MRT. There are four MRT-3 stations that are located in Makati City, namely Magallanes, Ayala, Buendia, and Guadalupe. Commuters ride the MRT-3 into Makati City from various places in Metro Manila, with the Araneta Center-Cubao station connected to the LRT-2 and the North Avenue and Taft Avenue Stations, the tail ends of the line, connected to the LRT-1.

Park Square

Within the Makati Central Business District (CBD), there are several terminals for vans headed to various parts of Metro Manila and beyond. One such terminal is Park Square, located beside SM Makati and Dusit Thani Manila. Park Square caters to commuters going to and coming from different locations in Metro Manila, and as far south as Laguna and Cavite.

There is no shortage of transportation hubs and commuting options around and within Makati City, but the key is to finding the route that is easiest for a commuter’s daily journey.

More transportation projects in the pipeline

MRT-7

The accessibility of Quezon City, however, is set to increase over the next several years. One project in the works is the MRT-7, which will extend from the MRT-3’s North Avenue Station through Commonwealth Avenue and end in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. MRT-7 has also been proposed to connect to LRT-2 in Katipunan.

Metro Manila Subway

Even bigger news for Quezon City’s transportation is the planned Metro Manila Subway, which will start going northbound from Mindanao Avenue towards Katipunan Avenue, before extending into Pasig, Makati, Taguig, and ending at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, or NAIA. The subway, which is expected to cost 227 billion pesos, is planned to start construction by 2019 and finish by 2025.

The MRT-7 and Metro Manila Subway are great additions to the transportation options of Quezon City, but they will require a bit of waiting. There is a project that is nearing completion, however, and that is the Skyway Stage 3. The project will extend the Skyway from Gil Puyat in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City, connecting to the North Luzon Expressway. This will open up Quezon City to both its northern and southern neighbors, attracting more visitors while offering more options to its residents.

What to do in Makati City?

Mall Hopping

The first order of business for most tourists, and the destination of choice for most visitors, are the malls of Makati City

There are several malls within the Ayala Center alone, namely Greenbelt, The Landmark, Glorietta, Rustan’s, and SM Makati. Other malls in Makati City include the Rockwell Center’s Power Plant Mall and the Century City Mall. These malls provide seemingly endless shopping and dining options, with something for everyone for sure.

Eat at Food Hubs

Malls offer various dining choices, but eating in one of Makati City’s several food hubs is a different experience altogether.

One of the more famous food hubs in Makati City is Little Tokyo, which is located along Chino Roces Avenue. It does not look much from the outside with traditional Japanese restaurants as its facade, but a walkway opens up into a collection of smaller restaurants serving authentic cuisine befitting the place’s name.

Other food hubs to try out in Makati City are the Hole in the Wall at Century City Mall, Buendia Food by the Court along Gil Puyat Avenue, and Ruins Food Park along Metropolitan Avenue.

Visit the Ayala Museum

The Ayala Museum, located beside Greenbelt along Makati Avenue, hosts both local and global, traditional and contemporary, exhibits and displays. The museum showcases Filipino history and customs, while also offering an audio tour that guides people through the museum.

The Ayala Museum is not all about visual art though, as it also hosts concerts, photography workshops, and other events that speaks to the cultural side of the population.

Support Local Artists

Beyond the Ayala Museum, there are various ways of supporting local artists. Art fairs routinely pop up in various locations around Makati City such as Art Fair Philippines, which is held every February and Art in the Park every March. offering potential patrons pieces from both well-known and up-and-coming artists.

Splurge at Weekend Markets

Makati City’s weekend markets, namely the Salcedo Saturday Market is located at the Jaime C. Velasquez Park and Legazpi Sunday Market located along Legaspi Street

The weekend markets are most popular for their food options, but there are other items on sale such as antique furniture, local products, artisan crafts, and organic food items.

Solve Mysteries

For those who hoped they would become detectives like Sherlock Holmes, there are various escape room establishments in Makati City. Escape rooms take on different stories and themes, with the common goal of finding clues to be able to get out within a time limit.

Wannabe sleuths who would want to try their hand at escape rooms may visit Breakout Philippines in Greenbelt, Mystery Manila in Century City Mall, and The Escape Hunt Experience in Bgy. Poblacion.

Explore the Guadalupe Ruins

It may be strange to see 17th century ruins amid the office buildings and malls of Makati City, but the Guadalupe Ruins stand to this day.

The ruins are a collection of churches that are believed to have been constructed in the early 1600s. They were used as both places of worship and fortresses by the Spanish forces, so exploring them will give visitors a glimpse of how Makati City was like over 400 years ago.

Popular Neighborhoods

Bel-Air

Bel-air is an affluent enclave in the heart of Makati’s Central Business District which was initially developed by the Ayala Corporation for pilots of Philippine Airlines. Possessing one of the most enviable locations in the city, Bel-Air is synonymous to a homey and well-appointed residential neighborhood. It's also one of the most enviable addresses in Makati as it provides a seamless access to some of the busier parts of the city like Rockwell, Jupiter St., Kalayaan Ave., and Paseo de Roxas.

Best of all, the barangay have sky scraping buildings, shops, restaurants, and other services peppered within the perimeter.

Poblacion

Hailed as the first settlement of Makati, Poblacion is the second most important commercial center after Makati CBD as it remains the city's center of government, culture, history, and entertainment. It is also home to the upscale Rockwell Center and Century City. The area has transcended its old-world charm by embracing modernity and economic development, allowing locals, expats, and tourists to explore what it has to offer and find a home within its vibrant locale.

Legaspi Village

Located in central Makati CBD, Legaspi Village enjoys a comfortable walking distance from main thoroughfares and a host of commercial establishments, especially local and multinational companies that are operating in Ayala Avenue. While the village is practically in the center of all the action, the side streets and greenery pockets keep it quaint and pleasant. This makes the neighborhood an attractive residence for young professionals and expats.

Legaspi Village also offers a diverse selection for gastronomic delights within the vicinity and establishments along nearby Chino Roces Avenue. It's close to malls, department stores, and supermarkets, and local watering holes to cap the weekend off.

San Lorenzo Village

Developed in 1954, San Lorenzo Village is one of the largest and one of the first gated neighborhoods in Makati. It is most notably a home to affluent families and a known major lifestyle district with its easy-access to main thoroughfares, commercial, and hangout spots for leisure and dining. The exclusive all-girls school, Assumption College, can also be found here. The village itself also boasts of well-kept amenities for its residents like function rooms, playground, swimming pool, and clubhouse.

Salcedo Village

Famous for its specialty restaurants and weekend market, Salcedo Village is a commercial and residential area surrounded by greeneries and glamorous architecture. It is in the middle of major thoroughfares such as Gil Puyat Avenue, Ayala Avenue, Paseo De Roxas, and Makati Avenue.

A hotspot for businesses and hip food and beverage establishments, Salcedo Village offers a wonderful mix of work-life balance to aspiring residents. Much like Legaspi Village, Salcedo Village also hosts weekend markets that feature fresh produce, seasonal items, homemade goodies, and artisanal goods that have grown in popularity over the years.

All in all, Salcedo Village is a vibrant yet intimate neighborhood that is perfect for those looking for a Friday night breather and a walkable space for a casual Sunday morning stroll.

Chino Roces

Named after the journalist and Manila Times founder Joaquin “Chino” Roces, Chino Roces Avenue is one of the busier districts of Makati. Also known as Pasong Tamo, this stretch connects the city to nearby municipalities like Taguig, Pasay, and Manila. The avenue also intersects EDSA, where the Magallanes Station of the Metro Rail Transit system towers above the major thoroughfare.

Once a hub of manufacturing in the 60s and 70s, Chino Roces is now home to various industries, most notably Business Process Outsourcing. It is also a second home to many of Metro Manila’s young creatives as Chino Roces is peppered with art galleries and cultural spaces.

In the present, it is set to keep pace with the aggressive growth of Makati, as the area will soon provide a diverse urban gateway development that mirrors the character of Makati’s CBD. This project is poised to fortify the area’s dynamic and vibrant community by making it much more walkable and accessible, thereby unlocking the area’s full potential as Metro Manila’s next economic and artistic center.