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Places to Visit in Makati

When I was in grade school, I remember my parents bringing us to Makati City. As a kid, the tall buildings look taller and everything is just so big and amazing. Fast forward to now, Makati is a place I go to work everyday for the past two years with hundreds even thousands of other Filipinos.

Yesterday, Jomar and I had our first Saturdate for the year. We decided that we would be like tourists in Makati. Here are the list of places of interest that we had or are going to visit:

Places of Worship

Nuestra Senora de Gracia Parish Church - Who would have thought that in a neighborhood known to be full of informal settlers, there would be a gem. One of the oldest Church in Makati City is located near Guadalupe behind the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary. A lot of couple from all over Metro Manila decide to get marry here. Also, according to a Foursquare tip, a lot of local soap opera and movies are shot here. To get here, go down from Guadalupe Station and walk along Bernadino Street. For more information about this Church please check this link.

Nuestra Senora de Gracia
Source: http://www.weddingmapper.com)

Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church - it was built in 1620 and is located literally inside Barangay Poblacion surrounded by residential area and beside the St. Paul College of Makati. I have been in the area before to pick-up Josh with her mom; so it came a shock to me to know that a historical Church would be near his school. It's also a hidden treasure in the area. For more information about this old Church please check this link.

Sts. Peter and Paul Parish
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Museums

Makati Museum - Jomar and I went to the original location of the museum along J.P Rizal but was informed that it was moved at the second floor of the old building of the Makati City hall. We'll find time to visit that and update this blog. Though, the building itself is part of history as it served as the first town hall of Makati.

Museo ng Makati - this building does not house the museum anymore

Yuchengco Museum - They have a website to get updated on the current galleries. I will update this as soon as I got the chance to explore and visit the museum.

Ayala Museum - We visited the museum without having any idea about the entrance fee thus we were kind of surprised to find out that the fee is PhP 225.00 for Philippine residents and PhP 450.00 for non-residents. I say the price is definitely worth with what we saw. I enjoyed the exhibit about gold entitled, "Gold of Ancestors" and "The Diorama Experience" about the history of the Philippines. I sure hope they have a bills and coins exhibit soon. For more information about the Ayala Museum check their website.

The exterior of the Ayala Museum
Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ayala_Museum.jpg)

The Filipinas Heritage Library - I will visit this place soon and update this blog. Ever since Jomar and I found out that Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas Avenue were runways for the first ever commercial airport here in the Philippines, we're trying to figure out where the terminal is. I found out that the building that house the library is the airport terminal before. A really great blog about the first ever airport in the Philippines is found here. For now, here's a link to the library's website. But... here's their latest announcement:

ANNOUNCEMENT
The Filipinas Heritage Library will soon be moving to a new location at Ayala Museum. As we begin moving our collections, we would like to inform you that the Library is CLOSED from November 1, 2012 to March 22, 2013. The Library will reopen at the Ayala Museum on March 23, 2013 to coincide with the 52nd anniversary month of Ayala Foundation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We look forward to seeing you at our new home at Ayala Museum!

Landmarks

Ayala Triangle - I always walk around or inside the triangle. Thus, it came a shock to me that I never realize that on each corner of the triangle there's a statue of a Philippine hero. Ninoy Aquino is on the intersection of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas Avenue while Gabriela Silang is on the intersection of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue; lastly, Sultan Kudarat is on the intersection of Paseo de Roxas Avenue and Makati Avenue. I guess most of employees around Makati haven't noticed this as well (or maybe most just don't care). The Ayala Triangle garden also has website for information you might need.

Ayala Center and Greenbelt Park - My first job was just walking distance from the malls of Ayala Center. Everything is in here. From groceries to fast food chains to posh restaurants, happy bar, coffee shops, gyms, and even a chapel - everything you might need is truly within the Ayala Center area.

Rockwell Center - exclusivity as its best. Live in your own high class condo, shop in a sophisticated looking mall. You don't have to go out to satisfy your needs with this city within the city.

To help you find places listed above and more, let this Google Maps be your guide: View SeeMakati App.

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