Makati Travel Guide

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Makati Things to Do

  • Ayala Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    No doubt about it, the fourth floor of the Ayala Museum was most interesting as it displayed over 1000 gold objects that were in use long before the Spanish invaded the country. Unfortunately photography is forbidden but i did see some wonderful pieces of jewelry, death masks, deities, diadems, bracelets etc. Two other rooms on the same floor had...

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  • Ayala Triangle

    Tower One and Exchange Plaza has 35 floors, 160 m high and is one of the beest known skyscrapers in the country which is located at Ayala Triangle Park, Makati. Tower one is where the Philippine Stock Exchange is located as well as the HQ of the Ayala Corporation and the BDO Bank. Construction began in 1993 and was completed three years later. It...

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  • Royal Club

    Been here few times with my friends, and I can say that we really liked it!!! the place look fancy and the music is amazing, The place is not that big but the crowd is awesome! I highly suggested that you should come and visit the place once you are in Manila!

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  • Shopping

    lots of activities at the Powerplant Mall as the basement level host seasonal activities and tiangge's (flea markets). Luxe car shows by famed brands like BMW, Volvo, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, etc. Besides these seasonal activities, the mall host a number of nice and luxe retail outlets like Marks & Spencer, Lacoste, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger,...

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  • Greenbelt 3

    it has several state of the art movie theaters that feature digital surround sound plus a cost of a movie here is just 170 pesos, way cheaper than in other countries. (movies in the US Costs $ 8 for matinees and $ 10 for primetime). Plus there are lots of food selections to choose from after watching a movie and you got a variety of international...

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  • RAFFLESIA, WATER BUFFALO, CROCODILES &...

    Yes, you can find them all in Greenbelt Park, between the greenbelt shopping Malls in Makati, but they will not be real, just some interesting sculptures. There is a board that gives some interesting facts regarding the rafflesia which is not only found in Indonesia, but in the Philippine and Malaysia too.The artwork in the fifth photo is called...

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Makati Hotels

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Makati Restaurants

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  • Grilla Bar & Restaurant

    I decided to try Grilla Bar & Restaurant because it looked so nice outside. They have taken an absolute rain forest worth of plants and surrounded their restaurant. When I was finally shown our table outside, we were completely cut off from the hustle and bustle of Makati. The rest of the story is not a happy one. I mentioned ‘finally’ show a...

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  • Handle Bar & Grill

    How manly is the Handle Bar? When I first stood outside a car pulled up at the front door. An Australian guy of massive proportions handed his large calibre handgun to his Thai girlfriend to put in her purse. Inside is a large venue full of biker stuff and a massive bar. In the gents toilets the walls are covered in soft porn and crude jokes. Some...

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  • If You Could Eat Hype

    I decided to try Grilla Bar & Restaurant because it looked so nice outside. They have taken an absolute rain forest worth of plants and surrounded their restaurant. When I was finally shown our table outside, we were completely cut off from the hustle and bustle of Makati. The rest of the story is not a happy one. I mentioned ‘finally’ show a...

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Makati Nightlife

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  • Horizon Gentlemen's VIP Lounge

    Best Club at Burgos Makati. Nice place and will definitely going back here. Very Nice Staff on board and Lovely Girls! Food is great! Horizon Gentlemen's VIP Lounge features Stunning, Sexy and Talented Pole Dancers from Europe and the Philippines

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  • Best Club at Burgos Makati

    Best Club at Burgos Makati. Nice place and will definitely going back here. Very Nice Staff on board and Lovely Girls! Food is great! Horizon Gentlemen's VIP Lounge features Stunning, Sexy and Talented Pole Dancers from Europe and the Philippines

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  • Enjoy good food & drinks while listening...

    We were there because Dragonfly Collector band is now two years old and they celebrated it last night at the BOILER ROOM. It was the first time that they performed there as a full band and everyone who was there to listen to them had a great time. The band will go all over the Philippines to celebrate this joyous occasion. The world is truly their...

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Makati Transportation

  • THE ICONIC JEEPNEY

    Without a doubt the ICONIC JEEPNEY is the most popular means of public transportation in Makati. Originally made from left over U.S. military Jeeps, Jeepneys have become an iconic symbol of Philippine culture.All I know, is that I got a kick out of seeing these colorful, decorated vehicles, which were always bursting at the seams with passengers....

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  • Shuttle (Van, L300s etcetera)

    The cost per person from Paranaque to Makati and Makati to Paranaque is 60Pesos each(50 Pesos for senior citizens). There are other shuttles to/from other areas too. Check the terminal near Hotel Intercontinental Manila beneath the Ayala MRT Station for details.

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  • Philippine Jeepney

    The iconic form of transport in the streets of Manila are the Jeepneys. It started after the Second World War after the Filipinos converted old US Army jeeps into a form of public transport. Each jeep is very beautifully decorated and runs in most of the major roads of the country. Passengers enter from an open door in the back with two long bench...

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Makati Shopping

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  • Luxe International Market and Food...

    The Rustan's Brand is known for selling luxury Items and luxury Food Brands unlike the lower and middle class SM Malls. They have a chain of Supermarkets and also have a luxe Marketplace type of supermarket here at the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Complex selling various fresh items and packaged foodstuffs flown directly from abroad and the imported...

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  • New Luxe Shopping In Makati

    Makati is the Premier Place in The Philippines, hence the proliferation of Luxe Malls here is expected and this spanking new mall is built along the former International School of Manila (which moved to Bonifacio Global City in Nearby Taguig City) and is now a place for luxe condominiums like the Trump Tower Manila, Versace Condominiums and the...

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  • Newest Shopping Kid on the Block

    glorietta 5 is the newest addition to the sprawling glorietta and greenbelt shopping complex in makati city by the Ayala Corporation and this building lies just across the street from Glorietta 3 and Rustan's but is connect by an underground parking and walkway to the former. Glorietta 5 commercial mix is more of the middle class type as the...

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Makati Local Customs

  • Singing is a National Past time

    Aside from Filipinos' love for basketball, we also love to sing. That was why, on my despedida de soltera, my friends and I sung to our hearts' content in a family-atmosphere karaoke bar along Jupiter St. Check out local fiestas or attend someone's birthday and you'd see people whipping out their own microphones or maybe their favorite CDs in...

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  • San Miguel Light

    Ice Cold San Miguel Light can be very refreshing. Its the local Philippines beer. Its not too strong, but i hear its stronger than regular San Miguel. They serve this everywhere. It can cost anywhere from 50-100Php. Its pretty good, you should try it. I prefer red horse though, ask around about that.. thats some good stuff...

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Makati Warnings and Dangers

  • USE THE UNDERPASS OR PAY A FINE

    I doubt if you could make it across Ayala or Makati Avenue any quicker than using the underpass as there is so much traffic and barriers in the middle of the road, besides traffic enforcers with their whistles to prevent locals from crossing the road. As you enter the underpass there is a map showing you the way under the streets. It is very clean...

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  • Makati Is A City Of Discipline

    Yes, Makati is a city of discipline, so bear in mind the following:1) If you drive through the main roads like Ayala, Gil Puyat/Buendia and Makati Avenues, make sure you stick to the proper lane. NEVER go to the yellow lane for public utility jeeps and buses, and ALWAYS observe the proper loading and unloading places.2) Commuters, be forewarned...

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  • Secure Your Mobile Phone!

    While walking at the elevated pedestrian walkways of the CBD, refrain from using your mobile phone for calls or sms. Or if you must, it is best to strap it to your wrist. There have been many reported cases of mobile phone snatching on the walkways.Modus Operandi: Snatchers work in tandem, looking for pedestrians using their phones without straps....

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Makati Tourist Traps

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    Beware of Mr. Nice Guy

    by Strikinsmile Written Jul 27, 2006

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    I never liked the idea of feeling like a tourist in my own home country, especially in my hometown. During my last visit to Manila, as my sister and I were about to hail a cab, a man assisted us by opening the door of the cab for us. We were carrying several shopping bags so we thought it was a nice gesture. The man works as jeepney passenger caller (one who calls passengers so jeepney drivers don’t have to shout or wait for passengers to board the jeepney, a public transport). I was about to close the door, the man held the door and asked for “something” from me. My sister argued because he wasn’t the one who hailed the cab, we did. He just opened the door for us. When he didn’t get anything from us, he asked the driver. The driver got angry and ordered him to close the door and leave. The man, apparently not our usual Mr. Nice Guy, slammed the door and shot one sharp look at us. Oh well!

    Unique Suggestions: Hail your own cab and open the door yourself. Better yet, just wait at a designated taxi stand. I don’t encourage tipping. Well, if you really must, just prepare P20.00 (it’s less than USD 0.50) and give it with a smile.

    Fun Alternatives: Don’t act scared or surprised. Just stay cool. Filipinos are naturally friendly. (wink, wink)

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Makati What to Pack

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    ITs HOT!

    by julia_r Written Mar 27, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: GRAB your SWIM WEAR!

    since Makati is a City....its HOT in here...
    (but dont worry, most buildings are airconditioned)...thus most hotels/inns include a pool in their amenities....so you can cool down at anytime in a refreshing way...

    lets cool down

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Makati Off The Beaten Path

  • Christmas Light & Show at Ayala Triangle

    they have the yearly Christmas Light and Sound Show Presentation at the Ayala Triangle every year that starts from the last week of November up to the first week of January. the Light and Sound Show starts at 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm evernight and goest for 20 minutes per show and at 20 minutes intervals in between shows. Admission is free and if you...

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  • Reposo Street

    You may think that Makati is all about business, but there is a quiet corner near the Cemetery where all the art galleries and bohemian hipness are gathered. It's along the Nicanor Garcia Street formerly named Reposo Street (as in repose in a cemetery). Here you will see chic design shops, art galleries, and restaurants that cater to the cultured...

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  • Little Tokyo

    I've worked for so many years in Makati but didn't realize that behind the busy streets and busines center, there is a such a nice place as Little Tokyo. I've seen the signage before, and have noticed the row of Japanese restaurants along Pasong Tamo (Chino Roces Avenue). What I didn't know was the existence of a compound of Japanese restaurants as...

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Makati General

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  • HAVE A BREAK, HAVE A KIT-KAT !!!!

    I liked the idea of the advertising of Kit-Kat bars where the company provided benches in Ayala Triangle Park for locals to take a break ! There are several benches situated throughout the park, which are in great demand during office lunch break.

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  • GREENBELT PARK & CHAPEL

    One of my favourite things to do, was to go for a walk through GREENBELT PARK. It was such a wonderful green oasis among the hustle and bustle of a very busy city. And it was only a few minutes walk from our condotel. There were many benches to sit on and take in the beauty of the gardens, waterfalls and ponds. Swans could be seen gracing the ponds...

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  • AYALA CENTER

    Located in the central business district of Makati in metro Manila, the AYALA CENTER is a commercial complex comprising of business, shopping, dining and entertainment. The development originally started with a number of shops and Greenbelt Park, before expaning to cover over 50 hectares of facilities.The complex also includes the Ayala Museum and...

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