Makati City is not just the heart of business and finance in the Philippines; it is also the home of some of the finest hotspots and entertainment centers in the country.
Makati sightseeing guide: religious centers
Some of the finest sights in the city are the churches and cathedrals. Among them are the Guadalupe Ruins, which was constructed in the early 1600s by the Spaniards. A contemporary of this church is the Saint Peter Church, whose main attraction is the papal tiara, symbolizing the Pope and Saint Peter himself.
Another popular religious shrine is the Sri Sri Radha Madhava which advocates the practice of yoga and meditation to attain peace of mind and wellness. It is situated in San Antonio Village and like the aforementioned churches, is very popular among local and foreign tourists.
Makati sightseeing guide: cultural sites
For those that want to experience a bit of culture, there are several places you can visit. The Ayala Museum is the repository of a vast collection of historical relics and collections from various epochs in Philippine history. The Museo ng Makati, meanwhile, is the home of artifacts and antiques that are a testament to the glorious past history of the city.
The Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center on the other hand, is the site to go to be updated on events concerning the relationship of the Philippines and the US. Since its establishment in 1945 it has also functioned as a stage for artists, local and foreign, to showcase their wares.
Makati sightseeing guide: art galleries
There are numerous art centers and exhibits that the artistically inclined can turn to. There is the Alliance Francaise Art Gallery off Gil Puyat Avenue, where the finest Filipino artists of today unveil their works of art; the Galeria Jupiter, on the other hand, features select Oriental artworks and also a varied mixture of Chinese antiques.
The Osmundo Gallery focuses mainly on the many artworks and handicraft of Filipino tribes, while the Luz Gallery concentrates its efforts on the antique works of various local artists.
Makati sightseeing guide: shopping centers
No Makati sightseeing guide will be complete without a rundown of the various malls and entertainment centers you can visit. At Ayala Center you will find an assortment of hotels, restaurants, movie houses, cultural centers and offices all around.
The main shopping malls there are Glorietta and Greenbelt. Both of these complexes host the best shopping centers in the country including SM, Landmark, Rustan’s and many more. Another popular shopping destination is Rockwell Center, which aside from the various malls and restaurants, is also known for its high rise condominium units and edifices.
What this Makati sighseeing guide has presented are just some of the places you can check out in the city. As you traverse its well maintained streets doubtless you will find more sights and sounds that will make your visit enjoyable.