Claiming that a city is "healthy" is always a risky proposition. When most cities have smog-filled air, trash-covered streets and fast-paced lifestyles, how can that proposition be true?
Still, we'd like to argue that Makati City defies stereotypes (and not just because we're biased!). Out of all the cities in Metro Manila, it's the place where you're least likely to get sick, because:
There's greenery everywhere
Not just in the Ayala Triangle Gardens (pictured above), mind you. You can also stroll through the Washington Sycip Park, the Greenbelt Park and any road within the Rockwell Center. Also, considering the number of trees lining Ayala Avenue, it's more than enough to make up for all the pollution caused by smoke-belching cars.
Healthy eats are everywhere, too
No matter where you are in Makati, there's bound to be a healthy restaurant near you. If you live close to the Buendia PNR station, for example, you can drop by Satinka Naturals along Kamagong Street or The Soup Kitchen at the Cash and Carry Mall. Likewise, residents of Poblacion can head over to Century City Mall, and dine in Chaplin or Garde Manger. (Incidentally, we did a review on Chaplin a few months back, so check it out if you're curious about the place.)
It's easy to get around
Makati City has loads of walkways, which are great alternatives for people who'd rather not ride vehicles for any reason. You can take the underground passes along Ayala Avenue, cross the bridge along the Dela Rosa Car Park, or just walk towards any point within the city. Since many of these walkways are within the CBD, it's a great way to sweat it all out before plopping down into a sedentary 8-hour job.
Following the previous point, Makati is one of the safest places to jog in the Metro. Not only is the air relatively clean, but there's also very little risk of running into vehicles along the way. Just look at Rockwell, for example: Its cleanliness and lack of obstructions are perfect for people who want to go jogging at any time of the day.
Yoga studios are good for you
Google "yoga Makati city" (minus quotation marks), and chances are you'll come up with at least a dozen unique results. If you'd like to get a different kind of workout, and don't mind flexing in a skintight outfit along with other skintight-outfit-wearing peeps, a yoga class might be right up your alley.
So are art galleries
Did you know that looking at art decreases your stress levels? Luckily, Makati has a good number of galleries, where you can "ooh" and "aah" at the creativity of painters, sculptors and other creatives all day. Be sure to follow their social media accounts to stay updated on their latest exhibits, or keep an eye out for our events posts!
Two words: "Yellow Card"
If you're a resident of Makati, and you qualify for a Yellow Card, you're entitled to benefits like:
- Free check-ups in any of the city's barangay health centers
- Free outpatient services at the government-run Ospital ng Makati (OSMAK)
- Emergency care in case of accidents and serious illnesses
- Subsidized hospitalization at the OSMAK
To know more about this card, and other benefits cards Makati offers, follow this link from the official city website.
Three words: Makati Medical Center
For those who prefer treatment in private hospitals, Makati has you covered too. It's home to Makati Medical Center (more commonly known as "Makati Med"), which happens to be one of the best hospitals in the Metro, if not the Philippines. It has a ton of accolades under its belt, including the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, and the Asian Hospital Management Awards (AHMA) "Decade of Achievement" award.
You can ride in e-Jeepneys
Unfortunately, these e-jeepneys roam only within the Salcedo and Legaspi Villages. Still, riding these is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as they don't emit noise, fumes or any other harmful substances into the atmosphere. You can catch them between 7 to 9 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM and 4 to 6:30 PM.
People follow the law (most of the time)
In Makati, rules on "Loading" and "Unloading" areas are strictly enforced. You can't get off on a "Loading" area, and you can't ride in an "Unloading" area either. This might sound inconvenient for some people, but if you're the one riding public transport along Ayala Avenue, that means you won't have to deal with drivers stopping wherever they want. Also, if you're the one who's about to ride, think about it this way: At least you'll get some exercise walking towards the nearest Loading/Unloading area!
You won't find all of these in the rest of Metro Manila. Or, if you can, you'll find that Makati has more of it — yoga studios, art galleries, greenery — than any other city. So why not book a room with us, and enjoy the healthy vacation you deserve?