map designed to make it EASY for you to battle through
the hustle and bustle of Makati and Ortigas Central Business
About Makati Philippines
Makati is noted for its highly cosmopolitan culture, also being a
major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila. Many expatriates
live and work in the city. Makati is also home to many first-class
shopping malls, which are located at Ayala Center and Rockwell Center.
Makati also has the tallest buildings in the Philippines like PBCOM
Tower, G.T. International Tower.
The city also has many of the country's five-star hotels like The
Peninsula Manila, the Shangri-La Hotel Makati and the Intercontinental
Hotel Manila. Independent business travelers also benefit from budget
hotels like the Saint Illian's Inn, El Cielito Inn, The Copa
Businessman's Hotel, and The City Garden Suites, while serviced
apartments like The Salcedo Suites, Fraser Place Manila, Jupiter Suites
(Jupiter Arms Hotel) and The Oxford Suites are gaining in popularity
among business-minded travelers as well.
Makati came from the Tagalog word kati, which means tide. This primarily
refers to the rise and ebb of the tide of the Pasig River on the city's
northern border. The city was also known as San Pedro de Macati during
the Spanish era.
Today the city is one of the most modern cities in the country and the
Philippines' major global economic competitor in Asia. However, it faces
challenges due to the disparate gap between the new city in the west,
which contains the Central Business District, and the old city in the
east, which is largely poor and where most of the city's slums are
located. Makati city is said to be the most outstanding city in the
At the center of the city is the Central Business District (CBD) where
many companies in the Philippines have their offices or headquarters.
This is where many of the country's tallest skyscrapers are located. The
Makati skyline is one of the most impressive sights in Metro Manila.
Two of Metro Manila's main arteries pass through Makati. The Epifanio De
los Santos Avenue (EDSA) pass along the southeast part of Makati and
connects the city with Mandaluyong City and Pasay City. The South Luzon
Expressway (SLEX) runs through the western part of Makati and connects
the city with Manila to the north and with southern Metro Manila. The
Skyway, an elevated highway built on top of SLEX, provides residents
coming from southern Metro Manila a fast way to reach Makati. SLEX and
EDSA intersect at the Magallanes Interchange, which is the most complex
system of elevated roadways in Metro Manila.