Ayala Triangle, Makati
The Ayala Triangle is a sub-district of the Makati central business district, comprising of the parcel of land between Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, as well as the buildings on those streets. Many multinational companies, banks and other major businesses make their home on the triangle, noted by the many skyscrapers bounding the Triangle. Many exclusive and/or expensive stores make their home there. Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas also house the distinction of being the runways of the former Nielson Field, Metro Manila's main airport in the 1930s.
Ayala Triangle’s spot is the center of Makati’s business district but has remained undeveloped over the years. During the last quarter of 2010, a newly-opened commercial area opened with a strip of posh restaurants, bakeries and cafes which became an instant hit in Makati: the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Situated right smack in the middle of along Paseo de Roxas, Makati Avenue and Ayala Avenue that forms a triangle.
The lush gardens is now considered as a refuge for the fast-paced Makati life. The wide space of greeneries is enjoyable for jogging, brisk walking or people-watching. Since the restaurants have opened, familiar favorites have also made the gardens more than just a place for leisure. The Wi-fi hotspots can be used for residents and employees, meetings or simply when hanging out with friends.
Ayala Triangle Gardens is the ideal spot for people who want to distance themselves from the everyday hustle bustle to relax, unwind and get in touch with nature.
Ayala Triangle is the best place for exercise, run, walk and taking pictures.
Great place to try and escape the traffic and crowds. Given the size of Makati you would expect more places like this, sometimes it can be difficult to find a place to get away from it all. Restaurants are low-medium budget and there are coffee shops and Frozen Yogurt options.
the ayala triangle is a prime piece of property which was the location of the former ugarte foot ball field and intersects the Ayala Avenue, Paseo De Roxas and Makati Avenue Areas and the Ayala company decided to make this a cool and serene park so that the Central Business District may have a park for the people and a place to unwind. Located just at the back of the Philippine Stock Exchange and the park has some restaurants along it's restaurant row like Bfast by Chef Laudico, which has an all day breakfast menu, Bon Chon Chicken , an international franchise whose specialty is Korean chicken wings, C.B.D., a steak & burger hang-out developed by the group who created Tender Bobs, and Wee Nam Kee, the popular authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice from Singapore. desserts of Banapple, the Filipino specialties from Kanin Club, the comfort food of MoMo Café, the authentic Japanese cuisine of Omakase, and Vietnamese dishes of Pho 24. Completing the mix are old favorites, like Amici, with their well-loved pizza & pasta, Cara Mia, with their delicious gelato cakes, Golden Spoon, with their hit flavored frozen yogurt, and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, with their various coffee & tea creations and pastries. They also have some activities going on at the Ayala Triangle at various times.
Ayala Triangle Gardens is a pet-friendly park. Residents of condominiums and nearby exclusive villages walk their pet dogs at the park. The only conditions are: pets must be on leash; handlers must clean up after their pets and dispose of waste at the proper bins.
Makati employees were not usually very active in political demonstrations, but Ayala Avenue's powerful confetti protest following the assassination of Senator Ninoy Aquino in 1983 was probably the most unexpected protest movement against the rule of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. That marked the start of the political statements though rallies/demonstrations of Makati technocrats, blue-collared employees, students and non-traditional politicians in Makati's Ayala & Paseo de Roxas Avenues.
Not to be forgotten is the "historical" site of coup de etat at the Oakwood Hotel in Ayala Center and The Manila Peninsula Hotel at the intersection of Ayala and Makati Avenues. My husband's office used to be at Locsin Bldg. at this intersection, and some employees who worked overtime watched the live drama as the soldiers holed in at The Manila Peninsula Hotel. Some of the soldiers also holed in at Locsin Bldg., but it was hard to say if they were pro- or anti- government.
The Manila Peninsula Hotel was also the site of the latest "seige" by radical military officers. They were overcome when the hotel's main door was rammed by a tank, signalling the successful government operations. Such event was "blemished" by the mass arrest of journalists (later released).
At the heart of Central Business District, you can find rest and relaxation at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. It is acclaimed to be the biggest public landscape in Makati, boasting of 20,000 sq. m. of beautiful gardens, well-manicured lawns, tree-lined pathways and Wifi zones. The Ayala Triangle Gardens also serves as a "tropical pedestrian corridor" linking people from the offices and condominiums in Legaspi and Salcedo Villages to the other side of the business district, the shopping centers as well as commuter stations.
Ayala Triangle Gardens also serves as a cultural destination, a garden venue for events like arts display and family-friendly programs. In our recent visit, there was a modern art (sculpture) display, just an example of how Ayala Land Inc. seeks to "make the arts accessible to the public and appealing to all ages". This Christmas season, their Symphony of Lights is a must-see.
At the heart of Makati's commercial & business district (CBD) is the Ayala Triangle, also known as Ugarte Field. The triangle is formed by 3 avenues: Ayala, Makati and the Paseo de Roxas.
On the 3 corners of this triangle are the statues of 2 colonial heroes, Pio del Pilar and Gabriela Silang, and a modern one, Benigno Aquino Jr. Pio del Pilar was born in Makati and fought the Spaniards during the war for independence, defeating them in one major battle in Cavite province. Gabriela Silang was also a revolutionary, succeeding her husband Diego who was assassinated by the Spanish authorities. In an attempt to rout the Spaniards in a northern city, her forces were defeated and she was later captured and executed by hanging.
Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. was a senator who was the leading opposition figure against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. After some years' exile in the US, Aquino was assassinated upon his return to Manila for which Marcos was blamed by Aquino's family and allies. This eventually led to the now-famous People Power movement that ousted Marcos who was replaced by Cory Aquino, Ninoy's widow.
(Photos courtesy of http://www.makati.gov.ph/portal/index.jsp)