WHERE THE BEST EXECUTIVES STUDIED!!!!
AIM, The Asian Institute of Management opened its doors in 1969 and is the country's number one university and graduate school of business and public affairs. It is in partnership with Harvard Business School and uses the same teaching methodology and is the best in the Asia Pacific in terms of executive education.
To study here expect the fees to approach $50,000 or more.
WELL PLANNED SHOPPING MALLS
In Makati there are 4 malls, all connected to each other, even a walkway that crosses over the busy road. Take a look at how the place was planned as there are benches, trees and even ponds for shoppers to relax by.
AYALA FOUNDATION HELPS THE MANGYANS
The Ayala Foundation is famous for helping the Indigenous people called the Mangyans who live in Mindoro, and in Greenbelt you can see examples of the handicrafts made by the tribe. I would assume that this is not a permanent fixture in the mall but i guess it would change from time to time. Since 1989 the Foundation has been helping the tribe with housing, education, livelihood development and health.
A MODERN LOOKING CHURCH IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE
I was surprised to see this strange shaped church on the corner of Rada St and Legaspi Street in Legaspi Village, Makati, but it had been there since 2001. The church was established in 1924 to meet the spiritual needs of the Americans living in the country, comprising mainly of Methodists, Disciples of Christ, and Presbyterians. The original church was in Padre Faura Street but was destroyed during the war, before being rebuilt in Ermita, then Buendia. Nowadays 25% of the congregation are foreigners.
Washingtons Sycip was presented with a park by the Ayala Corporation for his 85th birthday in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the Philippine business society and can be found just outside the entrance to Greenbelt 5 in Makati. Visitors can stroll through the park, rest on a bench and more importantly locals who work in the concrete jungle can relax here for an hour or so during their lunch break. The park opened in 2006 and has two important rules which i personally appreciate---NO PETS and NO SMOKING!!! Washington Sycip was a Chinese / Filipino accountant who founded the Asian Institute of Management. He was in the USA studying when the Japanese executed his father in the Philippines so he enlisted in the war effort and was part of a code breaking group. He is 92 years old now and still lives in an exclusive housing area in Quezon City.
GET TO KNOW THE TREES
Washington Sycip Park, just by the entrance to Greenbelt 5 is a marvelous place to study the trees as they are all marked with their name and also informs us if the wood is used for furniture, electrical posts etc. The park is open from early morning until late evening (6am -10 pm), then it is locked up for the night to prevent vagrants from sleeping there. Security Guards patrol the park at night. Besides the many tropical trees there are benches, gazebos and a pond where you can find Koi fish.
Makati is Skyscraper City with at least 33 skyscrapers, a far cry from the slums and squatter are that can be seen a few kilometers away. The PB Tower building is the highest building in the metropolis and stands at 250 meters and stands at the corner of Ayala Avenue and V A Rufino Street. However Stratford Residences is under construction and is due to be completed in 2015 at a height of 312m. There are plans for other skyscrapers to be built in the area and no doubt someone will build higher, sooner or later!!!
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME EXERCISE????
If so, visit Legaspi Active Park, not far from Greenbelt in Makati. You can jog along the paths and between the trees and you will not really notice that you are surrounded by skyscrapers. There is also a small playground and a small stage but the park really gets busy from 5 am onwards as local residents emerge from their apartments for some exercise. Entrance is free but be careful about photography as the security guards may not allow picture taking.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
THE WISH STONE --- MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE
Nearby the entrance to Greenbelt shopping mall there is a small park called Washington Sycip Park and inside there is a wish stone, which is in the form of a slab of rock which has a small inkwell which is full of water. Next to it is a small brush which you dip in the well and then you write your wish n the surface of the slab, then hope for the best. On a hot day the letters will evaporate from the heat before you complete writing your wish, but don't let that discourage you!!!.
Impy Pilapil whose name appears on the nearby instruction plaque is a famous glass, metal and stone sculptor, who was born in nearby Cavite in 1948, her real name is Imelda and later won a scholarship at the Accademia Italiana in Rome. She is on the list of 100 most outstanding Filipina women.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The oldest district and historic core of Manila, INTRAMUROS is also known as the "Walled City". Guarding the Old City is Fort Santiago, a citadel located at the mouth of the Pasig River. Construction of the thick defensive walls were started by the Spaniards in the late 16th century to protect it from foreign invasions (e.g. British and Dutch) and raiding Chinese sea pirates.
Inside the walled city of Intramuros, some of the sites that we visited are Plaza de Roma, Manila Cathedral, Governor's Palace, San Augustin Church and Barbara' s Restaurant. where our VT Dinner Meet was held.
So pleased that we had the opportunity to visit Intramuros, thanks to friends Chelli, Jun, Claus and all the local Philippine Members who put all this together. You're all wonderful.
CONQUER CORRIGIDOR TOUR
Sunday, January 9, 2012
VT Friend I_S_A offered to take us on a tour to the Island of Corregidor. We were thrilled with the idea, so we made plans to visit this historical island. VT Friend planxty - Fergy - also came along with us. Isa picked us up at our Hotel at 6:00 a.m. by taxi and we went to the Ferry Terminal. Fergy joined us with us there.
We signed up for the CONQUER CORREGIDOR TOUR. Sun Cruises provide 2 fast ferries to cater to the daily round trip transfer to and from Coregidor Island -- Baycruiser II is a 145-seater fast ferry: Suncruiser II, the one we went on, can accomodate as many as 285 passengers and has bathroom facilities and snack bar. Both are docked at the CCP Bay Terminal A, inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex.
Check In - 7:00 a.m. - Tickets purchased and ID tag with seat number handed out
Boarding: 7:30 a.m.
Departure: 8:00 a.m.
Arrival on the island: 9:15 a.m.
Departure: 2:30 p.m.
Arrival to Terminal: 3:45 p.m.
Cost of tour -- 1999 Pesos (I_S_A got us a price of 1900 Pesos each)
Tour includes round trip ferry - guided island tour on a trolly - buffet lunch at La Playa
For more information see my Corrigidor page.
Also I want to take this opportunity to thank I_S_A for arranging this wonderful day.
Sts Peter and Paul Church
In the old section of Makati called Poblacion, there is a 17th century church called St Peter and Paul Church. Many tourists cannot believe that Makati, which is known for skyscrapers and modern malls, has a Spanish colonial- era church. Inside, the altar and the "retablo" is gilded with gold leaf.
It is the start and finish for many religious processions in Makati.
Wall Street of the Philippines
Walk down Ayala Avenue and experience the financial buzz of the Manila's Central Business District. You'll see guys in barong (which is the formal wear in Manila) or even the occasional dark suits rushing from one building to another. Office women in smart attire everywhere. The Makati Stock Exchange is located here and at the end of the Avenue is the commercial centre of Makati. It will give you a different perspective of Metro-Manila, because of it's more organised and clean.
Oldest building in the CBD
The NAIA airport is not Manila's first/oldest commercial airport. That distinction belongs to the Nielson Tower, a 2-storey edifice made obscure by the surrounding buildings of Makati's commercial & business district (CBD) . Before WWII, the area of the present day CBD was open field for miles around, so was deemed suitable to put up an airport for civilian use. The airport took six months to build. The principal runways were laid out on what are now Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue. The passenger depot was constructed on what is now Pasay Road. Between the two runways was the airport tower and passenger station, designed in the shape of an airplane. It was named after its builder and principal investor, Laurie Neilson, a businessman from New Zealand.
It was here that Asia's first airline, Philippine Airlines, launched its maiden flight on March 1941 with a daily service between Manila and Baguio City. After the end of WWII, the heavily damaged airport was rebuilt and operated for 3 years until airport operations were transferred to the NAIA. Since then, the tower has been used as a police station while the CBD slowly evolved around it as years passed. The tower was later converted into a restaurant and today it houses the Filipinas Heritage Library.
(Photos courtesy of various websites)Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Another memorial for World War II soldiers is the Manila American Cemetery, located just a few minutes away from Makati. With the manicured lawns, tall trees, vast plateau and numerous headstones, I momentarily forgot all my worries away.
Amidst the 17,206 crosses, stands the tallest structure in the cemetery which serves as the chapel. There are large mosaic maps about the achievements of soldiers assigned in the Pacific, India, Burma during World War II. Names of 36,282 missing soldiers were inscribed in limestone piers that form two large terrace of hemicycles.
Cemetery is open from 9am-5pm.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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