Still the undisputed financial district in the country, Makati City is home to top financial and commercial companies. It is also where shopping, entertainment and dining places are in abundance: Greenbelt 1-5, Glorietta 1-5, Landmark, Rustan’s, Makati Cinema Square. It is an excellent jump off point for tourists and visitors coming to the Philippines for the first time, as it showcases the achievements of the Metro Manila business community.
From the Makati Central Business District, one can easily proceed to the other places of interest in the city:
• the Ortigas Center, Cubao, Greenhills and Eastwood in the North
• the Baywalk, Ermita, Malate area to the West
• the International Airport, casinos, and the Alabang Commercial Center in the South.
Ayala Avenue is the main artery of the city, intersecting Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas Avenue. The Metro Rail Transit is accessible via the MRT station at the rightmost end of Ayala Ave., which is a good 15-minute walk from the opposite end.
On the lower right side of Ayala Avenue, you’ll find Legaspi Village, while on its upper side is Salcedo Village. In general, real estate prices in Legaspi Village are relatively higher, as this part of the city is nearer the commercial centers.
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Former Philippine Army base and golf course, the 250-hectare Fort Bonifacio is now converted into a commercial-residential zone and is being developed under the new name Bonifacio Global City.
Less than ten minutes away from the Makati Central Business District, early developments in the Bonifacio Global City started in the early 2000s, with various luxury condominiums, such as Pacific Plaza Towers, Essensa Tower, Regent Parkway, One McKinley, and Bonifacio Ridge, among others.
Major projects that followed were Ayala Land’s Serenda cluster, St. Luke’s Medical Center, HSBC Headquarters and Megaworlds Bellagio and Forbestown community.
Today, Bonifacio Global City or BGC has developed into a vibrant pedestrian-friendly community that offers a wide range of entertainment and commercial buildings. These include Bonifacio High Street, S&R Membership Shopping, SM Aura, Market Market mall, the Fort Strip, and Burgos Circle. A more recent growth area is Uptown BGC, home to the Palace Pool Club, a popular nightlife destination among the youth in the city.
Residential communities in Makati and Surrounding Areas.
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North & South Forbes Park
San Lorenzo Village
Legaspi Village (Greenbelt)
Bonifacio Global City (Fort)
The Makati subdivisions have been a traditional residential district for businessmen in Makati. Some of the most developed and expensive residential communities in the country are located in these private enclaves: Dasmarinas Village, North & South Forbes Park, Urdaneta Village, San Lorenzo Village, and Bel-Air 1-3.
Those who prefer the lock-up convenience of a condominium can choose from the many residential condominiums available in Salcedo and Legaspi Village in the Central Business District, as well as in the exclusive Rockwell community 5 minutes away.