The kaleidoscope land of bustling bodies and colorful jolli-jeeps where you can buy rice dishes even desserts, Makati is a city of half a million residents that daily receives a human tidal wave of more than another 1 million people, being workers that live outside the city. The oldest and the first five star hotel to appear in Makati, the InterContinental Manila, sits at the prestigious address of 1 Ayala Avenue.
A city created in the place of the first international airport in the country, both Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas used to be runways. Urban, despite its towering buildings, it is one of 16 cities that is the metropolitan of Manila. The financial center of the Philippines, Makati has the largest concentration of multinational and local corporations in the country. From the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange to foreign embassies, major banks and corporations, business is done in this city. It is also known as the best town to party in, where you need to get your husky voice in order before hitting one of the many karaoke bars.
Grab your walking shoes and get out and explore the hustling surrounds especially in Jupiter Street for wall-to-wall bars and the Greenbelt area for more upmarket restaurants and funky wine bars. Underground passages weave around underneath the business district where the names of streets are constantly changing. Cosmopolitan with a dynamic vibe, the city is swamped in shopping malls, some even connected via bridges. The Greenbelt area is for the designer labels, whereas Landmark is for the cut-price budget variety of shopper. If you are chasing some gold eye candy, head to the Ayala Museum where you will find the best gold collection in the country of items worn by the early Filipinos. You can even check out a floating "Zen" garden in the Yuchengco Museum, apart from modern and traditional arts. Don't miss out on the Salcedo and Legzpi markets in the wee hours of the morning or the jumbled eclectic mix of shops and bars in Malugay Street.
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