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Makati is known for its developed business district, making it one of Asia's important financial, commercial and economic centers. The city is also the financial capital of the country. The financial district of Makati is bounded by EDSA, Gil Puyat Avenue, Antonio Arnaiz Avenue/Pasay Road, and Chino Roces Avenue. It mainly encompasses Legazpi Village, Salcedo Village, the Ayala Center, and parts of the Bel-Air neighborhood.
The Ayala Center is a premier business and cultural district of Makati, the business district has high-rise commercial buildings, upscale residential villages, and a wide array of shopping, entertainment and cultural offerings. Ayala Triangle is located inside the Ayala Center, it is a sub-district of the Makati central business district, comprising the parcel of land between Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, as well as the buildings on those streets. Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas also house the distinction of being the runways of the former Nielson Field, Metro Manila's main airport in the 1930s.
The fifty tallest skyscrapers in the Philippines are all located in Makati such as the Gramercy Residences, PBCom Tower and G.T. International Tower. The skyscrapers of Metro Manila are, for the most part, clustered in many locations although three areas are distinct for having the largest clusters in the metropolis. The first and biggest is the Makati Business District, followed by the Ortigas Center Business District in Pasig. The newest to rise is theBonifacio Global City Business District in Taguig. PBCom Tower along Ayala Avenue is the country's tallest building, reaching up 259 meters. It is the headquarters of the Philippine Bank of Communications, or PBCom. One of the trading floors of the Philippine Stock Exchange is housed in Ayala Tower One and at the old Makati Stock Exchange Building, both also along Ayala Avenue.
The PBCom Tower is an office skyscraper ranked officially as the tallest building in the Philippines from 2000 until the topping-out of The Gramercy Residences in 2012. It has a total ground to architectural top height of 259 metres (850 ft), with 52 storeys including an 8-level radio tower.
Because of its cosmopolitan culture, Makati has become one of the well-known shopping destinations in Metro Manila. Major shopping malls such asGlorietta, Greenbelt, and the Power Plant Mall are located in Makati.
Sitting on an expansive and prime area squared by Makati Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, Arnaiz Road and Legazpi Street is the Greenbelt Mall, an upscale-luxury shopping mall with various international stores such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Banana Republic, Zara, Calvin Klein, Bulgari and many more, the mall offers a mix of high-end retail shops, restaurants, amenities, leisure and entertainment. Currently, the mall has five sections, two are indoor buildings and the other two buildings are open-air shopping. The most recent addition, Greenbelt 5, opened in 2007.
Just across Greenbelt, is another major shopping mall, called Glorietta, the mall is divided into five sections (named Glorietta 1–5) and contains many international shops, restaurants, as well as cinemas, a gym, arcades and a large central activity center, often used to stage special events.
The Rockwell Center, is an upscale mixed-use property with high-rise condominiums and shopping centers. SM Makati is also located in the city
Makati City is home to the Philippine's best school of management, Asian Institute of Management (AIM). AIM is ranked among the best business schools in Asia and well recognized across the world. The Ateneo Professional Schools, a unit of the Ateneo de Manila University has facilities in Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village. The Rockwell campus houses the Ateneo Law School, theAteneo Graduate School of Business, and the Ateneo School of Government. The Salcedo campus houses the Ateneo Information Technology Institute. The Mapúa Institute of Technology on Gil Puyat Avenue is an extension of Mapúa in Intramuros, Manila. In 2005, the Centro Escolar University Makati opened in Gil Puyat Avenue. The university opened another unit in Legaspi Village in 2007. Far Eastern University opened its campus in 2010.
Other notable colleges and universities in Makati are the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries (ASCM), Don Bosco Technical Institute, Makati, Assumption College San Lorenzo, Colegio San Agustin, Makati Hope Christian School, Saint Paul College of Makati, Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, Asia Pacific College, and the University of Makati. Assumption College, in San Lorenzo Village, is a popular women's college. The University of Makati is a university run by the city government. Also in the city are the Makati Science High School and Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino High School, both city-run high schools. Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Memorial Schools, named after Doña Remedios Romualdez, the mother of the former first-lady Imelda Marcos, is part of theMakati Medical Center serving the needs of nursing students.
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Makati is home to numerous hotels, condominiums, and gated communities. The Forbes Park neighborhood, originally developed in 1948, andDasmariñas Village, first developed in the 1960s, are notable residences in Makati. A number of gated communities such as San Lorenzo, Urdaneta, San Antonio, Bel-Air, San Miguel and Magallanes Village are also located within the city. The Makati Shangri-La, Manila is a 5-star hotel managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, and is also the largest Shangri-La hotel in terms of room numbers, with 699 guest rooms and suites.
Makati boasts fine art museums, Spanish colonial-era churches and recreation areas. Along the south-eastern border of Makati are the Manila Golf Club and the Manila Polo Club. The Makati Sports Club and Makati Coliseum are also notable sport landmarks.
The Ayala Museum is a private fine art and history museum located at the corner of Makati Avenue and De la Rosa Street.
Spanish colonial-era churches include the Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Nuestra Señora de Gracia (Our Lady of Grace) in the old town. The Santuario de San Antonio is a popular church for weddings. The National Shrine of the Sacred Heart is located in San Antonio Village. Makati also houses the country's only Jewish synagogue, Beth Yaacov.
The Manila South Cemetery is located at the northern part of the city.
Major roads in Metro Manila surrounds Makati, such as EDSA, located in the southeast part of the city, SLEX which intersect EDSA at the Magallanes Interchange and the Skyway which is built on top of SLEX.
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 and Pasay. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) runs through the western part of Makati and connects the city withManila 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.
Buses plying the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA/C-4) route from Baclaran in Parañaque to Quezon City and Caloocan pass through the central business/financial district daily. Jeepneys ply Makati's inner roads and connect the city to its surrounding towns and cities. The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) on EDSA has four stations located in Makati: Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala and Magallanes. The Philippine National Railways has three stations:Buendia, Pasay Road and EDSA.
Other major roads in Makati include Buendia Avenue, also called Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, which connects EDSA and SLEX in the north; Ayala Avenue, an important street that runs through the central business/financial district; and Makati Avenue, which connects Ayala Avenue with Buendia Avenue, also extending north to cross the Pasig River to Mandaluyong City. At the center of Makati is the Ayala Triangle, a park built on the former Nielsen Air Base.