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Makati Sights and Landmarks Guide, Philippines

There's a little more than just imposing skyscrapers and picturesque skylines that the city of Makati offers its visitors.  The Philippine’s financial capital and business hub is a tourist haven that never ceases to interest its visitors with its modern, cultural, historic and fun attractions.  There are plenty of places to explore while visiting this cosmopolitan city.

Traveling Around

Makati is accessible through all forms of public transport in Metro Manila and the cheapest way to go around is through the Metro Rail Transit or MRT which stops at four stations located in the city, which are Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala and Magallanes.  

Buses pass through the Central Business District or CBD of Makati daily, but do take only those following the routes of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue or EDSA, Baclaran, Parañaque, Quezon City and Caloocan City.

Taxis are also convenient ways to get around and they can take you anywhere within Metro Manila.

Historic Makati

To get to know the city a little better, do visit the Museo ng Makati or the Makati Museum in J.P. Rizal Street.  The structure itself is a historic artifact constructed in 1918 and served as the city’s town hall until 1961.  It is here you will find photographs, murals and dioramas showcasing Makati’s history.  This museum also houses other archeological and ethnographic artifacts collected over the years.

Another historic and architectural wonder is the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church in Guadalupe which was constructed during the time of the Spaniards when Makati used to be known as San Pedro de Makati in 1629.  This establishment is the perfect representation of original Doric architecture.

A Taste of Culture

For a mix of history and culture, a great place to visit is the Ayala Museum.  This modern structure houses sixty three dimensional portraits that display half a million years worth of Philippine history and culture.   

The Alliance Francaise de Manille in Nicanor Garcia Street gives us a glimpse of modern Filipino culture by holding exhibits of contemporary inspired paintings and photography of young Filipino artists along with hosting cultural events promoting the modern arts.  

Must-See Attractions

For some quiet time away from the busy streets of the CBD, Makati has its own Park and Garden located along J.P. Rizal Extension right in front of the University of Makati.  This area was created by the Makati City Government to give its residents and visitors a place to stroll around, relax and enjoy the peaceful scenery right next to the Pasig River.  This stunning attraction is a popular venue for weddings and other social events.

Another great tourist attraction is the Greenbelt Park located in the famous Ayala Center.  This is a great spot to rest your feet and enjoy the views of the fountains and lily pools after a day of shopping at the nearby Greenbelt and Glorietta malls.  You can relax in the park’s stone benches and shaded lanes.  The park is also host to a lot of restaurants and cafes for your dining pleasure.  Nearby is the park chapel for those who want to feed their souls.  

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