Hello, dear readers! Did the first two weeks of 2016 go well for you? For our part, we were so excited for the New Year, we forgot to put up a refresher post on the awesomeness of Makati City. (Sorry about that!) To make it up to you, here's a quick recap of the things to do in the aforementioned city:
Shop 'Til You Drop
You're probably already familiar with the Ayala Malls (i.e. Glorietta and Greenbelt) and Power Plant Mall. But did you know Makati has other places to satisfy hardcore shopaholics? See another side of Makati when you visit Century City Mall, or enjoy a low-key shopping experience with Cash and Carry and Waltermart Makati.
If you're not familiar with Makati's one-way lanes and designated loading/unloading areas, navigating the city can be a total pain. So why not park your car somewhere, and go for a walk? Climb one of the elevated and roofed walkways in the CBD, or take an underground walkway so you can cross the major roads safely. You can even jog the entirety of Ayala Avenue from Buendia to EDSA, and back!
Stroll Through the Parks
Makati may be one of the most developed areas in the Metro, but that doesn't mean it's completely devoid of green scenery! You have the Ayala Triangle Gardens, the Washington Sycip Park (where you can write your wish on a Wishing Stone to make it come true) and the Greenbelt Park, among others. Feel the cool air on your face regardless of the season, and enjoy a sprawling paradise in the middle of a bustling city.
Drop by a Museum
Would you rather explore Makati's cultural landscape? No problem: The city has you covered. Take a break from your Greenbelt shopping and drop by the Ayala Museum. Or if you work somewhere around the corner of the Buendia and Ayala Avenues, the Yuchengco Museum might be a more convenient place to visit. There's also the Museo ng Makati (lit. "Museum of Makati") along Jose P. Rizal Avenue, if you're willing to explore the less glamorous side of the city.
Get Closer to God
Christian residents of Makati City need not look far to exalt their God. For example, Greenbelt lurkers can drop by the Sto. Niño De Paz Chapel (also known as "Greenbelt Chapel"). They can also hear mass at the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, where celebrity weddings often take place. Actually, you can hear mass in pretty much every mall around the country every Sunday at 10:00 AM.
Read a Book
In a previous post, we talked about the five best places for book lovers in Makati. Aside from those, we have the Reading Club on Balagtas Street in Barangay La Paz. Here, you can do whatever you want with the books: Read them on the spot, take them home, or donate new ones to add to the growing pile of tomes. As the club's founder and caretaker Nanie Guanlao would say, there are no rules.
Watch a Movie
Fortunately for film buffs, Makati has no less than seven theaters. If you want to look up schedules for theaters in Makati City (or in any other theater around the country), look no further than ClickTheCity. The site does say that "Schedules are subject to change without prior notice," however, so be sure to look up official websites for your theater of choice before planning your movie night.
Rock Out in a Concert
If Quezon City has the Araneta Coliseum, and Pasay has the SM Mall of Asia, then Makati has the Circuit Makati. Described as a "21-hectare family entertainment and leisure village," Circuit Makati is home to the Globe Circuit Events Ground, where you can watch artistic performances live. No need to travel so far for entertainment anymore!
Sip a Cup of Coffee
Whether you're a professional looking for a shot of caffeine to power you through the day, or a coffee connoisseur looking for the next hip place, Makati doesn't disappoint. You have the likes of Commune Café, Figaro Coffee Company, Toby's Estate and Yardstick Coffee. Those are just the tip of the café iceberg, so watch out for more reviews in the future!
Party the Night Away
Makati is home to countless discos, bars and other places where you can have a good time. We've mentioned some of them in previous posts on Makati events, so have fun looking through the list!
This list is just a starting point. We're sure there are other noteworthy activities in Makati that weren't mentioned here, such as the Ayala Triangle Lights Show (which is performed every Christmas) and every event which requires the city to close off Ayala Avenue to motorists. If you have something to say about this list, let us know through the comments section; if not, we'd appreciate you sharing this article with others who have yet to see the beauty of Makati!