Makati City at a Glance
Makati's history can be traced back to the pre-Hispanic era where Lakan Tagkan was then the leader of the swamp lands near Pasig river. During the Spanish colonial period, Don Manuel de Legasipi, the first Governor General of the Philippines and the one who founded Manila, stumbled over the area of Makati and the locals told him that the river's tide is "Makati na, Kumati na," which he mistaken for the local's response as to what the place is called. The city was known as San Pedro Macati during the Spanish era as St. Peter was the patron saint of the parish that was built during that time.
Makati was known as the Wall Street of the Philippines, The Financial Capital of the Philippines as many companies have their offices and headquarters in the city and it is also known for Towering buildings, Ayala Gardens and Ayala Avenue for its Christmas lights, decors, and show, PSE. Makati has 33 no. of barangay in the city.
Top Landmark & Tourist Spots
Santuario de San Antonio
Santuario de San Antonio, Nuestra Señora de Gracia or the Guadalupe Church, Sts. Peter and Paul, St. John Bosco, but Santuario de San Antonio is the most recommended among the others.
Philippine Stock Exchange
Philippine Stock Exchange along Ayala Avenue.
Ayala Gardens Lights and Sounds Show
Ayala Gardens Lights and Sounds Show during Christmas season is a must-see. Even Ayala Avenue itself is bedecked with lights and fancy decors, a sure feast for the eyes.
Posh villages like Magallanes, Bel-Air and Forbes Park.
FACTS & TRIVIAS
Makati Property Prices
More than half of listed Makati houses are worth more than Php100 million It goes without saying that Makati is the Philippines’ priciest city to buy any type of real estate. In fact, Lamudi data shows that 59 percent of all listed properties in the city in the first quarter of 2015 (most of them in swanky neighborhoods and exclusive communities) have selling prices of more than Php100 million.
Mr. Shoo Li
Jun "Mr. Shoo Li" Urbano is following in the footsteps of his father, Manuel Conde (born Manuel Urbano), when he created television's Mongolian Barbecue. Also known for his portrayal of Juan Tamad on film, the elder Urbano starred in the epic 1951 movie Genghis Khan, the Pinoy version of the life of the famed Mongolian warrior-king. It was the first Filipino film cited for technical achievement at the Cannes Film Festival. Jun's real name, by the way, is Manuel Conde, Jr.