It houses the art collection of Alfonso Yuchengco that includes the works of noted Filipino painters like Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Botong Francisco.
Entrance fee is 100 pesos for adults, 50 for students (age 15 and above), 25 for children and senior citizens. Wheelchair-accessible. Paid parking available.
Book a massage session in Island Spa, Makati and you'll feel so pleased you did it. My husband discovered this spa along Jupiter St.
You can choose between solo, communal (3+) or the couples room. We always choose the Asian themed couples room with an LCD mounted on the wall. The bed cum chair with oversized armrests are fitted with tons of beddings.
Let me start tip on wet area....guests are given bracelets with locker keys. The lockers are basic wooden cubes although a wee bit bigger than most spa lockers I've seen. The locks can be improved for better security. Two dressers provides guests with lotions, alcohols, swabs, brush, hairgel, mouthwash and a hair dryer. I think 3 shower cubes are beside the 2 toilet cubes and 2 steps away from the female steam room. The steam room is spacious enough to accomodate about 6-8 sitting guests. I tend to lie down inside so I prefer that I check in their facility when I can use the steam room alone. There is no mechanical watch that beeps and alerts you that steam time is up; you'll just have to monitor your usage. I prefer to alternate between the steam room and taking cold showers so it is easy to monitor.
Back to the couples' room....they did not scrimp on space. Masseuse (note: female) do not bump into each other or into walls when performing their mind numbing task. You are served a very soothing cup of ginger tea whenever you ask for it.
1. They do not seem to act in a hurried state.
2. They offered to prep hot towel compress under my neck & shoulder as I lay. Believe me, this felt wonderful.
3. They wipe away the oil they use after massaging each area. Some spas let you leave their area feeling like a greased duck.
4. Unobtrusive masseuse service. They do not chat among themselves while in the massage area.
5. Promos!!!! Use your Citibank credit card and they will give you complimentary 30 minutes of feet massage using chinese medicine soak. One card = one free...2 cards = 2 free
Hard to find a parking spot.
Price: PHP550 for 1 hour of swedish/combination/shiatsu.
Operating hours start at 12:30pm
As you know and view our family photo throughout our VT homepage, yes, we do come from a large family. ten girls and two boys. We between the family, the neices, nephews, cousins, auntie's, uncles, in laws on both family side, we all rented the largest or smalles conference room in Shangrilla Hotel and invited few close friends to join us, the 31st of Dec. Party lasted till 4 in the morning. To overlook the shyness of many middle age, we also hired 4 D.I. (dance instructors) all of which were males, then we had a live band. Food was prepared by the hotel which was composed of 4 large long tables, one table was seafoods, then there was a pasta table, then meat table, then salad table, and there was a table all deserts. It certainly was just over floowing with good scrumptous food.
For artsy intellectuals, you can watch a stage play (in English) at Onstage Greenbelt. There are matinee shows at 3 pm and evening performances at 8 pm on Fridays-Saturdays. Tickets usually range from P300-700.
It's Onstage where local artists perform and it's also the house of Repertory Philippines.
Makati is one of the best places where you can conduct business-as-usual in the Philippines.
If you need to conduct your business in Armani or YSL suits, there are the 5-star hotels scattered around Makati: Shangri-la, New World, Dusit, Sommerset, Penn (The Peninsula), Mandarin, outdoor Gbelt5, etc.
In your other tailored suits, you can opt for Gbelt2, Gbelt5 or outdoor restos in Rockwell.
Then, in your casuals--Jeans & birkenstocks, even Havaianas (as long as you look clean & fresh), I suggest Greenbelt2, 3 & 5, Rockwell or, Bonifacio High Street (about 10minutes away from Makati CBD)...
My suggestion is based on how a certain need comes up, as you think...Those I mentioned are the places you can have things quickly--servings of good and very good coffee & salad, internet access, fresh/green sites to wander your eyes off as you think, decent restrooms, people you can discuss things with if you need an outsider's perspective (juz don't be too forward or they'll think you're bugging them). Where I settle to do my "thinking," I'd say I don't see anybody who's not intelligent enough for a practical perspective. And the locals in these places speak English well. Heck, they speak English better than they speak the local language.
And, as long as it's day time, these places are quiet enough to do what you have to.
And the Church is right behind the bushes if you already need the Divine intervention. Hehehe...
Divisoria Night Market Manila is one of the oldest but largest local shopping markets of the city.
Divisoria Night Market is an ideal place for cheap and tight budget shopping and if you're good in bargaining. . Some merchandise you can purchaes at the market are fabric, ready-to-wear clothing, shoes and slippers, house ware and home decor items and fresh products at the market.
Note: Security officers can be found at the night market. My friends and I were stopped by one of the officer when we tried to take a photo of the night market.
For a minute (or a little while longer) you'll forget that you're in the middle of the city...it's a place for everyone (lovers, families, religious folks and others). At the Makati Avenue side, there's a Zen like garden, trees, flowers, greens and so much more....near the church of Sto. Nino de Paz there are ponds filled with fish and some ducks waddling around ;p. Near the bridges are beautiful orchids. It's so peaceful...yes, serene. It's a glorious feeling walking around there (most especially when there are fewer people)
I love going to CANS (California Advanced Nail & Skincare) branch in Legaspi Village for manicure and pedicure. Attendants are really careful with your hands and feet.
Their rates are more affordable, too, compared to other nail salons. You can get a pedicure that already includes a brief foot scrub and massage below 200 PHP. They also have a Spa Pedicure - as what is implied by the name, it is a pedicure with foot spa - which costs about 350 PHP.
By the way, call for appointment. They can be fully booked any day, especially from 5pm onwards.
I get a body and/or foot massage almost every week and of all the spas I have been to, I got the best Swedish massage every time at The Spa. The therapists here applies the right rhythm and pressure that makes you truly relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards.
One thing, though. Not all staff are friendly and helpful, compared to other spas. I think the aura is even a bit snobbish here. I don't know if they really intend to make it their appeal, but I still prefer a spa that does that personal and friendly touch that makes you feel at home.
One of the more expensive spas, not including those inside hotels. A basic Swedish massage costs about 900+.
I can't really tell if the folks here are chinese. But yes makati do have a china town like most country. Here is a shoppers delight with lotsa stores selling variety items range from jewelery, herbs, clothing, chinese food/ restaurant and other chinese stuffs.
This historical fort is recommended for most tourist visiting makati/ manila. This fort is a 16th century military base defense structure over looking the city river. Inside here you may find the Rizal shrine, the memorial cross which is the final resting place for approx 600 filipinos & americans who were victim to the atrocities during the last days of Feb 1945, dungeons, media naranja and etc.
Preservations work has been done towards this fort in order to maintain it's century old structure. Still the fort do provide a understanding on the political, cultural, religious & commerical centre of Spain's empire in the east.
Open from 8am till 6pm.
One day I accidentally ended up at Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan without having a reason to be there. Thus I just walked into the sports hall and found some entertainment I didn't expect: Volleyball. Apparently the universities in the Philippines are just as their US counterparts very competitive when it comes to sports and so too when it comes to Volleyball. Though the average length of Filipinas is probably below 5.6 they were still able to smash and drop-shot giving me a delightful game to watch.
Want to work-out? Just walk into one of the many gyms Makati has to offer and tell them u interested in joining. They will bother you than for around 5 min with hocus pocus numbers and calculations after which you can enjoy the state of the art fitness places.
I can advise to go to Fitness First in the Robinsons Building on Ayala Avenue or Goldy Gym at Glorietta.
I dont know if there is an actual section for this so i will just put it in this section. One of the hardest things for me when coming to the Philippines is seeing the Poverty. When walking around youll run into Children looking for money or food. I usually stay at Makati Palace on P Burgos st. and there are always children out there. Normally what me and my friends do, after eating at a restaurant we bag up all the leftovers and hand it out to the kids. Trust me not only will it make their day it will make yours too....
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