“Wall Street Of The Philippines”

    
Urban lifestyle and affluence are nowhere more pronounced in the Philippines than in Makati, the country’s classiest city. Bustling and modern, it is the country’s model for city planning, rising in less than a decade from vast stretches of empty land to become the nation’s premier city.

Filipinos love to shop and eat! That’s why Makati is home to all kinds of retail stores and restaurants you can imagine. Check out Ayala Center or Rockwell in Makati, or High Street in Fort Bonifacio for high-end-designer stores and fine dining restaurants.


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GETTING THERE
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.
Makati is highly accessible from all airports in Metro Manila. You can commute around the cities via cabs, trains, bus, shuttles, and jeeps.

 

GETTING AROUND
By car - The metropolis has an extensive system of highways connecting the various cities and municipalities.
By jeepney 
By taxi - Taxis are very affordable by western standards but pretty expensive for locals and almost all are now air-conditioned and use a meter to compute for the final fare. 
By bus - Buses are common in the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila and most will pass through EDSA. 
By minivan - FX(minivans) are a relatively new transport mode available now. They are more expensive than jeepneys, but cheaper than taxis. 
By tricycle - These are common for short trips in areas where jeepneys do not travel. 
By rail - The LRT which is run by the Light Rail Transit Authority or LRTA. The LRT has two lines. Line 1 (also known as the Yellow Line) runs along Taft Avenue from Baclaran Station in Paranaque to Roosevelt Station in Quezon City. Line 2 (also known as the Purple Line) runs from Santolan in Pasig to Recto in the heart of downtown Manila. The MRT (Metro Rail Transit) a light rail transit system that runs along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue or EDSA, one of the main thoroughfares in Metro Manila. 
On foot - If walking is inevitable, just remember that you should always walk on areas were pedestrians walk, and crossing a street is not a problem, if you know how to cross the street correctly.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Greenbelt Chapel (Santo Niño de la Paz Chapel)
  • Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church
  • Philippine Stock Exchange
  • Ninoy Aquino Monument
  • Ayala Museum
  • Yuchengco Museum
  • Filipinas Heritage Library
  • Greenbelt Park
  • Ayala Triangle Park
  • Saints Peter and Paul Church
  • Museo ng Makati
  • The Philippine Army Museum
  • Makati Park and Garden
  • The Manila Polo Club
  • Makati Coliseum

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Shop ‘til you drop! 
  • Visit Ayala Museum in Greenbelt which displays one of the best gold collections in the country. 
  • Go to the markets.

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • CARACOL (held every last Sunday of January - a combination of the three major ethnic festivals of the Philippines. Declared official festival of Makati through the passage of Resolution 351.)
  • Likhang Kamay (held between March and April - A yearly exhibit of top of the line native handicrafts. Instrumental in the discovery and development of native crafts producers.)
  • Ganito Kami Noon (held every first of June - a commemorative Ball hosted by the Mayor and held at the City Hall Quadrangle. Host and guests representing the local government, socio-economic sector wear turn-of-the-century native customes.)
  • Bailes delos Arcos (held every June 29 - during the feast day of the Saints Peter and Paul by daughters of past participants with impeccable reputations as homage to the Virgen dela Rosa for her kindness. Dancers are trained for a year.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Makati used to be called San Pedro de Macati. The place was known as San Pedro de Macati during the Spanish era. “Makati” originated from the Tagalog word “kati” which means tide. This primarily refers to the rise and ebb of the tide of Pasig River which is one of the major rivers in the country. The tidal estuary is actually situated on its northern border.
  • Ayala Avenue and Paseo De Roxas used to be the 2 runways of the Nielsen Airport, built in 1937.

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
January – The Caracol Festival, a celebration of Mother Earth’s bounty while promoting environmental conservation. This is celebrated every last Sunday of the month.
March and April – The Barangay Poblacion is popular among pilgrims for its Lenten activities which include the kalbaryos, car- rozas, senakulo, and salubong.
May – Numerous events such as Flores de Mayo, Miss Makati, and the Grand Parade are held in the weeks leading to Araw ng Makati, which is on June 01.


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