Historic Tour of Makati
MAKE IT HAPPEN – MAKE IT MAKATI!
Makati City belongs to the seventeen urban centers that define Metro Manila, one of the most highly populated Metro regions anywhere. Having a population of over half a million people, Makati is rated as the 42nd most densely populated city in the world, with roughly 7,200 residents per square mile.
Makati is notable for its exceptionally multicultural lifestyle, and for it’s reputation as a major entertainment center in the Manila area. Expatriates often choose to live in Makati, which has caused a large expatriate community to grow in the area with citizens from all over the world. Makati is well known also for its top notch shopping and department stores, found in the Greenbelt, Rockwell Center, Glorietta Mall, and Ayala Center. The city also also boasts the tallest building in the Philippines with the PBCom Tower.
Housing a variety of diverse national embassies, Makati is known as a significant center for intercontinental matters. But most of all, Makati stands out as the economic heart of the Philippines as well as one of several key financial, professional and commercial centers within all the Asian countries. And for this reason, and for the fact that it also houses the influential Makati Business Club and the Philippine Stock Exchange, Makati has rightfully earned the nickname and status of the Financial Capital of the Philippines.
The name “Makati” emerged via the Tagalog word kati, which stands for tide, referring to the tide of the Pasig River located to the North of Makati City.
Currently the city of Makati is among the most contemporary metropolitan areas within the country, and is a major international competitor in Asia.
What To Expect
Travel through time to discover the historic roots of Makati – the Philippines’ premier business and financial center – and its role in contemporary Philippine history.
- Our first stop is the Nielson Tower along Ayala Avenue. Proceeding to the Museo ng Makati, we will see the city's glorious past in full display through paintings, murals, film screenings, stage presentations, lectures, workshops and exhibits. The museum itself is housed in an old structure built in 1918 that served as the first town hall of the then municipality of Makati. We will also stop at the Saints Peter and Paul Parish, the first and oldest church in Makati. Built in 1620 its intricate design and Spanish type architecture make it a notable structure. Nearby, we will stop at the parish church of Our Lady of Guadalupe built by the Agustinian friars in 1629. Often referred to as the "Guadalupe Ruins," the original church was of Doric structure with massive buttresses to support its vault of hewn stones taken from the still visible but extinct Guadalupe Quarry. From Guadalupe, we will proceed to the American Cemetery and Memorial. Our tour ends at the Ayala Center where guests have the option to take an optional tour of the Ayala Museum, or spend the rest of their time exploring Ayala Center - a commercial complex at par with the world's best.
- Hotel pickup
- Airconditioned transport
- Services of an English-speaking tour guide
- All entrance fees
- Meals and drinks
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
– Children below 2 years old are free of charge.
– Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
– Hotel pick-up may be up to an hour before departure time.
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