A bustling city in the heart of Metro Manila, the Makati Central Business District (CBD) is home to many prestigious and renowned local and international corporate companies that sets the district true to its description as the Philippines Business Capital. Makati CBD is also known as the Central Cluster: it is boarded on its north side by Gil Puyat Avenue or Buendia, Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), the metro’s main access road on its east side, Chino Roses Avenue (Pasong Tamo) bordering the west part, and Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road) on the south.
Prime Business Corporations
The district’s view welcomes you with towering skyscrapers and high-rise buildings of prime business corporations. The top business companies built in the district area are Ayala Corporation, Top Frontier Investment Holdings, and Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company. And among the few of the country’s leading banks and financial institutions, such as Banco de Oro and Bank of the Philippine Islands, have their main offices in this district.
Makati CBD was likewise home to the Philippines Stock Exchange Headquarters and its Trading Floor before it transferred to Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, in March 2018. Makati CBD has also progressed to become one of the lead locations for top BPO companies and contact centers in the country.
More than a bustling business and trade area, Makati CBD hosts a couple of locally affiliated world-class international hotel chains like the renowned Makati Shangri-La and the timeless Manila Peninsula. But travelers can also avail themselves of budget accommodations and hotels with mid-range prices.
Makati CBD is also famous for its upscale shopping malls like the Glorietta, Greenbelt, and the Power Plant Mall, with high-class shops and stores of international brands. Of course, when we talk about shopping malls, who would miss SM Makati, Rustan’s, Makati Central Square, and the Landmark, all of which have become iconic shopping landmarks over the years.
Historical Sites at The District
Amid the hustle and bustle of the district, there are also historic and notable places to see and visit here. Some of the landmarks to see are the Greenbelt Chapel, a perfect spot to find solace, and the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church, recognized as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. To appreciate the arts and history, a visit to the Ayala Museum, Yuchengco Museum, and the Filipinas Heritage Library are what you need. City parks like Greenbelt Park and Ayala Triangle Park with nearby cafés and restaurants are good places to slow down after a day’s work.
Are you in for some local market finds? Legaspi Park and Salcedo Park’s marketplace are open during the weekends to offer organic foods, fresh produce, delicacies, and assorted items to enjoy.
At Makati’s Central Business District, you have both worlds of business and bliss, a mix of busyness and relaxation and a fusion of work and fun. So, if you’re in Metro Manila, a trip to this district is a real treat of urban experience.