Three years ago, when TIME magazine ranked the world's "selfiest cities," the Philippines' financial capital came out on top with 258 selfie takers per 100,000 people alongside Pasig, another city in Metro Manila.
Aside from those two, Cebu City also took the 9th spot, with Manhattan (New York), Miami (Florida), Anaheim and Sta. Ana (California), Petaling Jaya (Malaysia), Tel Aviv (Israel), Manchester (England), Milan (Italy), and George Town (Malaysia) rounding out the top ten.
Clearly, Makati is a selfie, as well as financial, capital. But where in Makati can you take those shots that'd make your Instagram friends green with envy?
Answer: Read on.
Ayala Triangle Gardens
It's hard to talk about beautiful spots in Makati without mentioning the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Smack dab in the middle of the Central Business District, the Gardens are a popular venue for events, most notably the Lights Show that takes place around Christmas season. It's also home to a wide array of restaurants, as well as places where you can relax and drink in the beauty of nature.
Selfie Spots: Luckily, the Gardens absolutely brim with selfie spots. Take a shot under the arch of the Philippine Stock Exchange's Makati branch, or pose underneath one of the Gardens' many trees. You can also photograph yourself in front of a restaurant, a building, or the huge plaque that marks the entrance to the Gardens.
As one of Makati's most recently developed areas, Circuit Makati also has tons of beautiful spots for a selfie. Though its development is still in progress, Circuit Makati already promises to be the top entertainment district it's envisioned to be, with facilities like the Globe Circuit Event Grounds, the Circuit Theater, the Circuit Center, and more.
Selfie Spots: Being a relatively new place, Circuit Makati offers plenty of spots where you can pucker up and shoot. You can stand in front of the embossed glass sign marking "Circuit Lane," the entrance to the Power Mac Center Spotlight, or the arches over the Globe Circuit Grounds, among others.
True to its name, Greenbelt is surrounded by greenery. Besides its high-end shops, it also has a park with a koi pond, a church, and a Zen garden — all of which can help you relax when the hectic city life is getting on your nerves. Also, there's a nearby museum where you can browse Filipiniana exhibits, listen to classical music concerts, and hang out at the aptly-named Museum Café.
Selfie Spots: Where can you not take a selfie in Greenbelt? Inside the Ayala Museum, probably. Other than that, Greenbelt is pretty much a selfie haven.
If Binondo is Metro Manila's Chinatown, Little Tokyo is its Japantown. Founded by Japanese expats who decided to settle in Makati City, Little Tokyo is a hub of restaurants that offer authentic sushi, ramen, donburi, and ice cream made from Hokkaido milk. There are even a couple of groceries — Yamazaki and Choto Stop — where you can buy true-blue Japanese ingredients.
Selfie Spots: Anywhere within the area is fair game. If you feel like taking a selfie captioned "Would you believe that I'm not in Japan?," Little Tokyo won't disappoint.
This tower has the distinction of being the tallest in the Philippines. Although it's a few blocks off from the bustling Paseo de Roxas-Ayala-Makati Avenue area, PBCom Tower is worth a visit for its awesome view at the top. If you're a foodie, the tower is home to many hole-in-the-wall eateries such as Shawarma Rush and Altalaza.
Selfie Spots: Tilt your camera phone at a 45 degree angle (with the camera facing upwards), and pose for a selfie in front of the tower. Alternatively, if you work for a company located inside the tower, you may also take a photo near the top.
Legaspi Active and Washington Sycip Parks
In front of Greenbelt, across Paseo de Roxas, are two parks: Washington Sycip Park and Legaspi Active Park. As its name suggests, the Legaspi Active Park offers a wide open area where you can jog amidst the cool shade of trees. Washington Sycip Park, on the other hand, is a quieter place with gazebos, colorful structures, and a bridge over which you can watch koi fish being coy.
Selfie Spots: In Washington Sycip Park, there's a large white stone shaped like an ironing board, where you can write your wishes and (supposedly) make them come true. Even if they don't, you can always take a picture near (or of) the stone, and take the photo home as a memento.
Of course, these are only starting points as far as selfie spots are concerned. After all, Makati wouldn't top TIME's poll if it only had six places where you can take awesome selfies. If you want to suggest another Makati-only selfie spot, or if you have other comments, send them in via the section below!