Makati City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 15, 2007

Makati City, or just Makati, is the 7th largest city in the Philippines.  It has a total land area of 27.36 km² and a total population of 471,379 as of the 2000 census.  The city of Makati is one of the 16 cities and municipality that make up Metropolitan Manila.   It is situated in the Southern Manila District and is bounded on the north by the Pasig River, the Pasig City on the northeast, the city of Taguig and municipality of Pateros in the southeast, the city of Manila in the northwest, and Pasay city in the southwest.

Makati is easily accessed by taking the Metro Rail Transit (MRT3), which runs along the whole stretch of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).  The MRT3 has four stations found in the city—the Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala, and Magallanes stations.  Two major roadways connect Makati to the adjoining cities that surround it.  First of these is the aforementioned Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue, which connects it to the cities of Madaluyong and Pasay,  and the south Luzon Expressway (SLEX), which connects it to the city of Manila and the rest of Southern Manila. The name Makati has its origins from the word “kati” which is Tagalog for “tide”.  It is inspired by the rising and receding tides of the Pasig River found in the northern boundaries of the city.  In its early history, during the Spanish rule in most parts of the country, Makati was once considered a useless swampland by the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi.  Today, Makati is an affluent city and is dubbed the financial Capital of the Philippines. At the center of the city is the Central Business District where many global companies, the influential Makati Business Club and the Philippine Stock Exchange hold office.  Makati also boasts of its own version of Wall Street–the Ayala Avenue.  This major roadway cuts through the Central Business District, and is lined up with the country’s tallest skyscrapers to house key offices and financial institutions.

Residential Places in Makati

The city of Makati features the metro’s most affluent gated communities.  Many of the country’s well-to-do families are settled in these prime real estate properties.  These exclusive gated communities include the Forbes Park, Dasmariñas Village, Urdaneta Village, Bel-Air Village, San Lorenzo Village, San Miguel Village, and Magallanes Village.  In these communities, real estate property may be bought or tasteful houses may be rented. Aside from these prime real estate properties, the city boasts many of the country’s five-star luxury hotels.  Included in this list are the Manila Hotel, the Manila Peninsula, the Shangri-la Hotel Makati, the Mandarin Oriental, the Intercontinental Hotel Manila, and Dusit Hotel Nikko.  Mid-range and budget hotels, not far from the business district, shopping centers, and restaurants, are also found in the city Condominium and apartment units are also dotted all over the city.  Most of these upscale living spaces are found in Rockwell and in the Central Business District of Legaspi Village, Salcedo Village, and San Antonio Village.  Among these are Number One Rockwell, Salcedo Suites, Somerset Millennium, and the Perla Mansion.

Hospitals and Universities in Makati

Located in Makati are various colleges and universities that are sites for premier higher education.  One of these is a unit of Ateneo De Manila University, the Ateneo Professional schools, and has campuses in Salcedo Village and Rockwell Center.  The Ateneo Information Technology Institute is located in the Salcedo campus, whereas the Ateneo Law School, the Ateneo School of Government, and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business are located in the Rockwell campus.  The De La Salle University also has a graduate school in Makati.  They are located in RCBC Tower along Ayala Avenue.  The Asian Institute of Management (AIM), which sits along Paseo de Roxas across greenbelt, is a collaborative project between Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle Universities.  The Mapua Institute of Technology, another premier university in Intramuros, Manila, also has an extension for graduate and undergraduate studies along Buendia Avenue. Other prominent educational institutions in Makati are the Collegio de San Agustin, Asia Pacific College, AMA University, Don Bosco Technical Institute, University of Makati, and Assumption College.  The University of Makati (Pamantasan ng Makati) is operated and sustained by the city government, while the Assumption College is a private all-female college.

Healthcare

First-class healthcare facilities can be found in the city.  Two of these leading first-class healthcare facilities are the Makati medical center and the Asian Eye Institute.  The Makati Medical Center, located at amorsolo Street in Legaspi Village, is considered as one of the Philippine’s premier healthcare provider.  The hospital has modern facilities and specialists experienced in their fields.  Conveniently located in the Rockwell Center, the Asian Eye Institute specializes in providing medical services for various eye diseases and eye disorders.  They perform modern cataract surgeries, LASIK or refractive laser eye surgery, oculoplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, and diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.  The Asian Eye Institute medical team is made up of experienced eye specialists who are fellowship graduates of the Harvard Medical School.

Commercial Places in Makati

The city boasts some of the country’s large upscale shopping centers.  First of these is the Glorietta, which is sectioned into four parts and interconnected together to form a large single complex.  These sections are fondly called G1, G2, G3, and G4.  Bordering the Glorietta are three other department stores—the Landmark, Rustan’s, and SM-Makati.  Sitting across Glorietta, along Makati Avenue, is Greenbelt.  Like the Glorietta, Greenbelt is also an interconnected complex of smaller malls.  Its open space architecture scores of boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants overlooking a lush green park at the center.  This central park has a domed chapel and is a usual venue for concerts.  These two malls are found in the Ayala Center, which is a well-known commercial complex developed by the Ayala Land Corporation. The Powerplant mall at the Rockwell Center is another upscale shopping mall in the city.  Its four-level complex boasts of specialty brands, both international and local, specialty stores, state of the art cinemas, a supermarket, and themed restaurants.

Dining Establishments

Dining in the city can satisfy all cravings, from the budgeted to the most luxurious.  Themed and specialty restaurants, serving Italian, Mediterranean, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Filipino cuisines, are found all over the city.  Examples of these establishments are the Café Mediterranean in the Powerplant Mall which serves European, Italian, and Greek cuisine, Cibo Italian restaurant in Glorietta 4 and Powerplant Mall, Hossein’s Persian Kebab along Makati Avenue    which serves authentic Indian, Persian, and Arabian cuisines, and Sentro in Greenbelt 3 which serves Filipino cuisine.  The five-star hotels around Makati also have restaurants that offer a deluxe luxurious ambiance for their most discerning guests. The heart of the Makati nightlife is at Greenbelt 3 where numerous cafes, bars, and restaurants are located.  An example of these are the Absinth Café Bar which is a disco café bar type that serves Asian, Continental, and European dishes, Bollywood which serves Indian  cuisine with a live band,  Congo Grill which is a bar restaurant that adapted the “ihaw-ihaw” or Filipino style of grilling and Ice Vodka Bar whose specialties are alcoholic drinks.

Service Establishments of Makati

There are several telephone companies that service the city of Makati.  The biggest of these companies is the Philippine Long Distance and Telecommunications Company (PLDT).  The PLDT has two business offices in Makati.  The first is located at Makati RCB in Legaspi Village, and the second is at PLDT Tower 1 along Ayala Avenue.  Its products and services include post-paid/billed landline which allows for unlimited local calls and access for domestic and international long distance calls.  The PLDT also provides internet access, either by a direct service line (DSL) or dial-up.  The primary electric service distributor in the metro is the Manila Electric Company or Meralco.  A Makati branch is located in South Avenue Extension cor. Kamagong, Barangay San Antonio where payments can be made and applications for electric service can be processed.

Security in Makati

The city of Makati is said to have the best police and fire stations in the Philippines.  The Central Police district is equipped with modern vehicles and equipment to ensure the capabilities of the peace-keeping sector of the city.  Makati also has the best voted local disaster coordinating council in 2006.  The Makati City Coordinating Council gained the highest scores in the four phases of disaster management, which are mitigation, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation.  Makati also boasts of its Command, Control & Communication Emergency Alert and Response System (C3) which aims for quick response to emergency calls.  Emergency response teams from Makati Police, Fire Department, Makati Rescue, and Department of Public Safety are dispatched with a push of a button.

Embassies in Makati

There are 46 foreign embassies that hold office in Makati.  Most of these embassies hold offices along Ayala Avenue.  One of these embassies is the United Kingdom British Embassy which holds office on the 15th-17th floors of the LV Locsin Building at 6752 Ayala Avenue.  Its location near the hotels and apartments affords for easy access.  Transportation to and fro the embassy is also easy as a steady stream of taxis and buses passes through Ayala Avenue. Other embassies holding office along Ayala Avenue are the Australian, Belgian, Bruneian, Canadian, Czech, German, Singaporean, Taiwanese, and Venezuelan embassies.   The Argentinean, Bangladeshi, Brazilian, Cambodian, Chilean, Chinese, Cuban, Finnish, French, Indonesian, Israeli, Italian, Malaysian, Mexican, Myanmar, Dutch, Kiwi, Nigerian, Norwegian, Pakistani, Romanian, Russian, Saudi Arabian, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss, Thai, Turkish, and Emirati embassies hold office along some of Makati’s major streets  .The consulates of Denmark, Iceland and Vanuatu also hold office in Makati.


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Monica December 9, 2013 at 5:14 am

Still useful info about the city even though it’s been about 6 years since this was posted. 😀

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