Makati Things to Do
Makati is one of 16 cities in the Metro Manila area and the financial center of the Philippines. As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, it holds many things to do and attractions that visitors must see.
Ayala Triangle Park used to be part of the Nielsons Field Airport but is now a pleasant place to relax while visiting the Makati Business District. It is 20,000 square meters of beautifully landscaped gardens, which include many palm trees, bushes, plants, and flowers. The park is open from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M.
In the area, you’ll find many impressive statues. Ninoy Aquino has his statue, along with his two bodyguards, at the corner of Triangle Park. Ninoy Aquino was a fearless Filipino who was not afraid to fight for the democracy of the Philippines. Unfortunately, he was assassinated at the airport in 1983 when he returned from exile in America. The Ninoy aquino Monument was sculpted by Peter De Guzman. Another statue you’ll find is that of The Generala. John M. Mendoza created this sculpture of Gabriela Silang in 1972. She was the first female to lead a revolt against the Spanish. After her husband, Diego Silang, was murdered, she led his troops into battle and eventually earned the title “Generala.”
The Ayala Museum is the brainchild of Filipino abstract painter, Fernando Zobel. It was established under the auspices of the Ayala Foundation, Inc., in 1967. Starting as a small museum of Philippine history and iconography, Ayala Museum expanded into a musem of history and fine arts at the close of the 20th century. The works of Fernando Zobel, alongside with the paintings of famed Philippine artists Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo, make up the fine arts collection. Art pieces in various media cover a millennium of cultural contacts with other countries.
The museum has four levels, each with a special display. Among the local favorites is the “Gold of Ancestors” display on the fourth floor, which displays over 1,000 gold objects that were in use long before the arrival of the Spanish. The museum also has revolving exhibits that are switched out at different times of the year. It is worth checking out the museum’s website to see what activities and displays they will have during your visit.
There are many malls in Makati. The Greenbelt Shopping Complex is the home of the most upscale brands, both local and international, in the whole country. There is also the Powerplant Mall, which throws many seasonal activities and also houses many retail and luxury outlets.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Makati.