THE CITY OF CHOICE
HOW MAKATI MAKES THINGS HAPPEN
AYALA CENTER: Makati's Cosmopolitan Lifestyle District
As the city that makes it all happen, Makati strives for perfection in all facets—and that includes establishing the metropolis' foremost shopping, dining, recreational, cultural, and commercial destination, the Ayala Center.
Over 50 hectares are dedicated to various commercial complexes— Greenbelt, Glorietta, and The Link, to name a few.
The pioneer in the implementation of a mall concierge system in the country, Ayala Center has managed to combine the convenience of malls with the world-class service of a five-star hotel. Apart from information, Ayala Center's services include: Call-A-Taxi, Restaurant Reservation, Event Reservation, and Hotel Reservation.
Ayala Center is also home to residential buildings, offices, and premier hotels such as the Makati Shangri-La, Dusit Thani, and the InterContinental Manila. New hotels such as Holiday Inn & Suites Makati and Raffles and Fairmont Makati recently opened as well.
To continuously provide families limitless possibilities, the new Park Square will have parking and terminal facility services fully operational by December. Around 600 parking slots will be available, as well as 1, 633 square meters of retail area. By the end of September, Mentore Coffee + Bar at Terraces will open at the same time, and a scheduled improvement of the Ayala Avenue sidewalk—from Rustan's to Makati Shangri-La—will be completed.
Ayala Center is constantly in flux, as it should be: It continuously strives to reinvent and recreate itself to maintain its status as one of the major commercial destinations—not just in Metro Manila, but in the Philippines.
MAKATI CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT ( MCBD):
The Country's Premier Business Hub
Just as Manhattan is New York's business district and Central, Hong Kong's, Ayala Avenue is the most famous business strip in the country. From Monday to Friday, this bustling area is teeming with more than a million (and counting!) yuppies and workers. It is also home to the country's tallest skyscrapers, such as PBCom Tower and G.T. International Tower.
But the CBD isn't limited to
just Ayala Avenue alone; Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue, which intersect Ayala Avenue, form the tripartite business and economic district. Over the years, it has expanded to include areas connected to the Big Three: the BelAir and Urdaneta Villages, and the Jupiter St. neighborhood.
To date, the Makati CBD houses the most number of BPO offices in Metro Manila—over 1,150 and growing. Paseo de Roxas' Zuellig Building was also recently certified at Platinum Level under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program of the US Green Building Council.
With the aim of becoming the topmost entertainment destination for families, you are assured that something amazing's always on at Circuit Makati. It boasts of three important components: Circuit Theatre, a 1,500- seater performing arts venue for staging Broadway-type shows and the like; Circuit Lane, an interactive strip for hosting smaller, more intimate events; and the Globe Circuit Events Grounds, a sprawling 2,000-square- meter canopy area for large- scale events.
Circuit Makati is entertainment district personified, and rounds out the holistic dynamism and diversity of Makati. It is already connected to the CBD and the rest of the city via Ayala Avenue Extension and South Avenue, and will be easily accessible through future linkages
and road projects.
AYALA TRIANGLE GARDENS:
One charm of Makati is its
ability to juxtapose ostensibly polar opposites and yet make them coexist in perfect harmony. The Ayala Triangle Gardens is one prime example. Nestled at the heart of the Makati CBD, this urban oasis provides workers, visitors, and citizens a soothing and serene sanctuary.
Enjoy a brief pocket of peace in the Gardens, with its lush landscape and public art pieces by National Artist, Arturo Luz.
The myriad dining establishments offer a refuge for Makati workers to unwind and de- stress at the end of the day.
Get active and feel free to jog around the area in the morning or even after work.
Take part in the signature events held at the Gardens celebrating Independence Day and Christmas.
As early as now, the Ayala Triangle Gardens is preparing for the upcoming Christmas rush and festivities, as plans are underway for a well lauded lights and sound show.
In August, De La Rosa 1 Walkway Retail began its operations and the sidewalk improvement of Makati and Paseo de Roxas Avenues will be completed by year- end. In addition, Makati North is poised for new developments with the launch of Lerato 3 and the extension of the elevated walkway which will connect Ayala Center to Makati North.
The city's premier entertainment district will soon welcome exciting and thrilling events by the end of 2013 with the completion of the Blue Pitch, Skate Park, and Urban Karting. Likewise, Circuit Lane, Circuit Mall, a theater, a hotel, and a BPO office will break ground by year-end.