THE CITY OF CHOICE

HOW MAKATI MAKES THINGS HAP­PEN

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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.

CIR­CUIT MAKATI:

En­ter­tain­ment Dis­trict

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:

Ur­ban Oa­sis

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.

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