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The Financial Capital!

Makati Can be described as a City of Contrast, It is the Financial Center of the Philippines (overtaking the Escolta District of Manila in the 1970's) and has the most expensive gated subdivisions in the Philippines (like Dasmarinas Village and Forbes Park, the favored residential areas of the Philippines who's who and the residences and chanceries or embassies of many foreign governments) but also has lots of poverty sticken villages at it's outskirts. Right in the heart of bustling Makati, spread along Ayala Avenue, is Ayala Center, the country?s business and financial center. Encompassing the Glorietta and Greenbelt shopping malls, among others, Ayala Center is also a commercial complex completely at par with the world?s most modern business cosmos. Within it is the Ayala Museum, among the city?s primary repositories of history, culture, and heritage, along with the Filipinas Heritage Library and Museo ng Makati. Makati has the highest concentration of the country?s finest department stores, fashion boutiques, exclusive jewelry shops and antique stores, shoe stores, bookstores, and most other commercial establishments. In identified portions, the city contains the most exclusive residential subdivisions, including Forbes Park, where many of the country?s wealthy and powerful families make their homes. Rockwell Center is the other first-class shopping center in Makati. Rockwell features the large Power Plant Mall popular with expatriates. At the periphery of the center are many high-class residential condominium towers, the Asian Eye Institute, and the Ateneo Professional Schools main campus, which houses the Ateneo School of Law, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and the Ateneo School of Government.

Five-star hotels and restaurants further provide the ultimate avenue for a life of comfort and relaxation and leisure. Examples of Makati's five-star hotels are The Peninsula Manila, the Mandarin Oriental, the Shangri-la Hotel Makati, Renaissance Hotel, |Intercontinental Hotel Manila, and Dusit Hotel Nikk˘. The Cash and Carry Supermarket in the west along South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) features many products at low prices. Makati Cinema Square, along Pasong Tamo Road, used to be a popular shopping mall with the residents, but is now mainly a centre for pirated DVDs and CDs (see my makati pages). Adjacent to the Makati Cinema Square is the big and modern Waltermart Mall. The Guadalupe Commercial Center, along EDSA and Pasig River is a middle-class shopping center frequented by residents from the poorer areas of Makati.

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Address: Makati City, Metro Manila, PH 1200
Directions: Makati City, Metro Manila, PH 1200
Phone: (632) 899-89-89
Website: http://www.makati.gov.ph

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  • Updated Oct 5, 2008
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