ILLUSTRATION BY GICA TAM
Still the undisputed site of Metro Manila’s business district, Makati, with its amalgam of storied institutions and new creative establishments rearing to make an impact, remains one of the country’s most dynamic cities—and the rise of Ayala Land Premier’s Park Central Towers is set to become an important addition to its increasingly impressive skyline. Here, a guide to one of the city’s most prime neighborhoods for work and play.
The first step
Get an early start to your day with breakfast and a cup of coffee at The Peninsula Manila’s The Lobby (corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues), which happens to be the choice early morning meeting destination of the power set, apart from the longstanding members-only Tower Club (Philam Life Tower, 8767 Paseo de Roxas). Scheduled to reopen its doors in 2020, the grand Mandarin Hotel should give us another delightful alternative to look forward to.
Holding court in the heart of Makati, Ayala Triangle Gardens boasts over 20,000 square meters of a landscaped swathe of trees and greenery. A haven for those looking to go for a jog, take their pets for a walk, or simply bask in a calming expanse, it also offers a range of excellent outlets for dining and catching up with family and friends. Berde (Ayala Triangle Gardens), conceived by Ryan Daniels, Timothy Kong, and siblings Jaime and Paloma Urquijo Zobel de Ayala, offers a selection of nutritious bowls and local dishes to a discerning crowd. An upscale option that is popular for both its continental fare and wine and cocktail list is chef Colin Mackay’s Blackbird (6752 Makati Avenue)—its beautifully appointed interiors, genteel crowd, and intimate but convivial setting are icing on the cake. Also located within Ayala Triangle, the soon-to-rise Ayala Triangle Tower Two will host an office, a five-star hotel, and a premium retail podium.
A fine display
Take the afternoon easy with a visit to neighboring art pockets. You could begin at Ayala Museum (Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street), one of the Philippines’ most significant cultural institutions, which contains a formidable collection of pre-colonial and contemporary art. It is also home to the Filipinas Heritage Library. Located minutes away is Salcedo Auctions (Ground Level, Three Salcedo Place, 121 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village), one of the country’s premier auction house specializing in fine art and collectible accessories. This year, on April 18, you may get the chance to look through various art mediums at the annual Art in the Park (Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village).
Surrounded by superb spots that befit its prestigious address, Ayala Land Premier’s Park Central Towers exhibits urban living at its finest. After all, there’s no greater reward than knowing that just about everything you could need or want is mere steps away.