Boasting the highest daytime population in the Philippines, the Makati Central Business District (CBD) is virtually the epicenter of economic activity. It poses a competitive environment for local and international corporations and rich, thriving setting for start-ups and burgeoning enterprises. There’s more to Makati than being a corporate powerhouse. It also promotes luxury and wellness through its various lifestyle hubs and establishments.
As the country’s premier central business district, the Makati CBD cultivates an environment of growth for top local and multinational corporations, industry leaders, and start-ups alike. With its reputation as an unrivaled business district and its proximity to premier commercial centers, the Makati CBD is a strategic location to hold office, set up corporate headquarters or co-working spaces, plan an event or brand launch, or even reside.
Makati CBD is at the heart of Makati which is known as the “Central Cluster” in the West District of the city. It is surrounded by major thoroughfares such as Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), Gil Puyat Avenue, Arnaiz Avenue, and Chino Roces Avenue. Within the district are four barangays: San Antonio, San Lorenzo, Bel-Air, and Urdaneta. Two leading real estate corporations manage its financial district—Makati Commercial Estates Association (MaCEA) and the Ayala Property Management Corporation (APMC).
Makati‘s business district also has most of Metro Manila’s skyscrapers. Along Ayala Avenue stands PBCom Tower, a 55-storey structure along Ayala Avenue. It is currently the tallest corporate building as it serves as the headquarters of the Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom). Other prominent office addresses in the district are 6750 Ayala Avenue, Tower One & Exchange Plaza, and Zuellig Building.
Tower One & Exchange Plaza offers the best business address of choice as it provides a balance between work and play. The building is set in an open space surrounded by endless lifestyle choices. It is the home of the Philippine Stock Exchange, Ayala Corporation and other corporate offices of the different industries in the Philippine industry. The 55-story building has complete amenities and facilities to maximize office productivity.
Another prime office space in Makati CBD is 6750 Ayala Avenue. The 24-story building also serves as a commercial hub for corporations who look for sophistication and visibility in the district. It has both serviced and virtual offices along with meeting room facilities carefully constructed and designed for those with an eye for detail. The Zuellig Building is an office skyscraper in Makati CBD that features world-class design and green technology. It is the first building in Makati to get pre-certified by the US Green Building Council at the LEED Gold level. It is also the first 21st-century Premium Grade office building in the Philippines.
Besides having the best office spaces, Makati CBD is the address of the country’s largest accounting, law and construction firms as well as stock brokerages.
ACCOUNTING FIRMS IN MAKATI CBD
KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. (KPMG RGM&Co.)
Juancho S. Ong & Co., CPAs
Maceda Valencia & Co.
MG Madrid & Company
PwC\Isla Lipana & Co.
R.S. Bernaldo & Associates
SyCip, Gorres, Velayo & Co.
Tokyo Consulting Firm (TCF) Philippines
CONSTRUCTION FIRMS IN MAKATI CBD
Argus Development Corporation
Century Properties Group
CCT Constructors Corporation
Design Coordinates Inc.
E.E. Black Ltd.
IECON Development Corporation
JCL International Incorporated
SC Estolano Construction Corporation
SMCC Philippines, Inc.
Taisei Philippines Construction
Toyo Construction Co. Ltd.
LAW FIRMS IN MAKATI CBD
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices
Britanico Sarmiento and Ringler Law Offices
Casiding Law Office
Chavez Hechanova & Lim Law Offices
Destura & Associates Law Office
Donato & Zarate Law Firm
Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices
Follosco Morallos & Herce
Fortun Narvasa & Salazar
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)
Guzman Tañedo & Acain Law Offices
LMG Law Office
Puno & Peñarroyo Law Offices
Ponce Enrile Reyes & Manalastas Law Office
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Roxas, Laurel & De los Reyes (RRLR) Law Offices
Saludo Agpalo Fernandez & Aquino Law Offices
Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan Law Offices
Siguion-Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako
SP Madrid And Associates
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw)
Tavidell Law Offices
The Law Firm of Follosco Morallos & Herce
Villanueva Gabionza Dy Law Offices
Zambrano Gruba Caganda and Advincula Law Offices
UNIVERSAL AND COMMERCIAL BANKING CORPORATIONS
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
BPI Family Savings Bank
China Banking Corporation
Development Bank of the Philippines
Equicom Savings Bank
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank)
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation
Philippine Bank of Communications
Philippine Savings Bank
Philippine Veterans Bank
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation
United Coconut Planters Bank
Other local big players built stationed their main office in Makati. Banks, real estate and utility companies are all over the city. Most are part of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Composite Index. Here is a list of Philippines companies in Makati CBD.
Banco de Oro (BDO)
GT Capital Group
JG Summit Holdings
Lucio Tan Group
Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT)
Smart Communications, a subsidiary of PLDT that provides mobile phone and Internet service, is also part of Makati CBD. The business district also serves as the regional headquarters of multinational companies in the country and the rest of Asia. These are the companies stationed in the neighborhood:
Alaska Milk Corporation
Procter & Gamble
SC Johnson & Son Inc.
Stages Production Specialist Inc.
Other than these companies, Makati CBD also has its share of call centers. Accenture, Convergys, PeopleSupport, Syngenta, Teleperformance, and Teletech are the business process outsourcing (BPO) companies operating in the district. Meanwhile, Asiana Airlines has a sales office on the sixth floor of the Salcedo Tower.
Makati CDB is undoubtedly is among the vibrant commercial districts in Southeast Asia. It is the center of the country’s economic activity and vital business decisions. Whether its local corporate powerhouses or international key players, Makati CBD is the prime location for making progress and building valuable connections.
Enjoy the high life in the metropolis with the iconic residences in Makati CBD. For a radiant living experience, find a place at Park Central Towers. The two-tower residence stands at the intersection of Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue highlighting the luxurious living spaces brought by Ayala Land Premier. Park Central Towers offers the city’s skyline amidst wide, green areas, dynamic workspaces, retail and dining establishments.
Achievers, savvy and youthful citizens of Makati can find a place at Avida Towers Asten, a high-rise residential condominium in West Makati. Avida Towers Asten brings out the best of life through color and inspiration from individual interests and aspirations. It creates an environment that shifts ‘work mode’ to playtime. Residents can dive into the pool after a long day at the office or chill by the lounge. On weekends, the game room and the gym is open for those who wish to take a break from their usual routine.
Whether it’s a quick escape or an extended visit in the city, Makati CBD has everything in one place. The city also has the best hotels and amenities—from fine-dining to spa treatments, Makati CBD is never short of private residences and suites that provide the hospitality the Philippines is known for in the world.
HOLIDAY INN & SUITES MAKATI
Holiday Inn & Suites Makati makes its guests feel at home. It is a 5-star deluxe hotel known for being family-friendly. With a total of 348 non-smoking guest rooms along with the Holiday Inn® Kids Stay and Eat Free program, the hotel ensures everyone gets a relaxing stay. Find solace with its roof deck’s outdoor swimming pool and sky bar. Dine and bond with kids at Flavors, an all-day dining restaurant, or discover the best pasta in the city at Citron Cafe.
Fairmont Makati ensures guests have unforgettable memories with their exclusive service and elegantly-decorated bedrooms. Stay at any of the 280 guest rooms and suites of the hotel and experience royal pampering with its smart amenities, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a marble spa bathroom. It also features a local and international menu from Spectrum, an all day-dining restaurant with an open kitchen concept. Get a taste of the lightweight yet decadent macarons from Café Macaron. Fairmont Makati also houses Willow Spa, a pampering retreat from the daily grind.
Raffles Makati is a legend for providing the most exquisite suites and residences in Makati CBD. Its 32 suites and 237 private residences are open to travelers who wish for convenience and sophistication. Choose from the three types of Suites—Junior, Executive, and Presidential—or the One to Four Bedroom Residences which all have lavish interior and state-of-the-art amenities. Other than its opulent quarters, Raffles Makati also has Mirèio, a brasserie-style restaurant serving authentic Provençal and French-inspired cuisine. For a cozy atmosphere, the Long Bar and Writers Bar are open to serve refreshing mixes and light snacks.
Makati CBD gives priority to the health issues and concerns of its residents. It has Makati Medical Center, a private hospital by Medical Doctors which is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation. The private healthcare facility provides premium and personalized healthcare services to its patients. There is also Ospital ng Makati, a public hospital under Makati City Government. Both hospitals employ highly-skilled and certified physicians, nurses and competent professionals committed to delivering the best healthcare practices.
Makati CBD is home to local and international educational institutions. All around the district are schools and colleges offering the highest quality of education in the country. For primary education, there are international schools such as CIE British School, Canadian American School, and Cambridge Preschool.
For college, here’s a list of local higher educational institutions in Makati CBD:
For resources and study materials, the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) is an electronic research center that has over 13,000 contemporary volumes on Philippine history, social sciences, religion, language, and art. Digital copies and print are available in the library. It also has 2,000 rare titles, books on microfiche, maps, slides, and photographs.
Another source of inspiration and learning is the Ayala Museum. It is one of the places in the district that showcases the ingenuity of local artists. It showcases installations, paintings, photographs, sculptures and other forms of art that uplift the spirit and show off the Philippines’ history. One of its collection is ‘Gold of Ancestors: Pre-Colonial Treasures in the Philippines,’ which features a collection of archeological artifacts serving as a testament to the country’s ancestry and craftsmanship. The museum also has ‘The Philippine Diorama Experience’ on display.
The business district has shopping complexes and department stores carrying local and international brands. Get the latest fashion pieces, home decorations, appliances, sports equipment, and other essentials. Check out these establishments to find which is the best for a major shopping spree.
Glorietta is one of two operating malls by Ayala Corporation in Ayala Center, Makati. The mall has five sections housing a variety of shops that cater to mid to upper-class market. It has an activity center available for events from hosting bazaars to live shows. Glorietta 3 serves as the spot for international restaurants while Glorietta 4 is the entertainment hub as it comes with a Timezone branch and additional cinemas for audiences. Glorietta 1 and 2 has a roof deck, dubbed as ‘Top of the Glo’ which provides a unique outdoor hang out place for the citizens of Makati.
Greenbelt is the second mall in Ayala Center by Ayala Corporation. It has two enclosed buildings and surrounded by open-air shopping areas. Each section features a concept for that defines the stores in the area. Greenbelt 1 houses appliance and supply stores along with fast food chains. Greenbelt 3 is a mix of international lifestyle brands. Greenbelt 4 has high-end boutiques and designer-label concept stores. Meanwhile, Greenbelt 5 has shops featuring Filipino designers and a department store for luxury items called Adora.
Makati Street Meet
During the summer the citizens of Makati CBD can enjoy food trucks, family activities and live music along the stretch of Paseo de Roxas. Pick from the array of guilty pleasures from chicken wings to fried bagnet to fresh foodstuff. Bring kids and teens at buskers lane or allow them to explore the arcade games and other activities lined for the youth. Warm up and stretch along with the beats from the Retro Fitness, Zumba and Night Street Jam. For a shopping, pop up stores and shops from local brands are open until the early hours of the night.
From its humble beginning of being a department store, it grew to mall carrying local and imported brands of clothing, shoes, and other home essentials. The products are high-affordable making SM Makati a one-stop shopping destination. The mall also has the usual dining fares, coffee shops and plenty of snack bars. There’s also a fast-food center at the lower ground for easy access and convenience.
Rustan’s aims to inspire and satisfy their customers by offering the finest international and local designer brands. The department store has been in the local scene for 65 years. It successfully established its name as the place for luxury goods — cosmetics, jewelry, fashion pieces, home decor, and toiletries.
The Landmark is a multi-level department store offering the latest in fashion, toys, furniture, and hardware. It also has a supermarket with an assortment of fresh produce, canned goods and a variety of snacks. It has a food court the offers several options for diners to satisfy their cravings and hunger.
With all the excitement and things to do in the city, Makati CBD built a culture of its own. Be part of annual events such as Art Fair Philippines (ARTFairPH), Art in the Park, and Ayala Triangle Gardens ‘Festival of Lights’.
Art Fair Philippines is the premier exhibiting and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art. The fair aims to mirror the vibrant local art scene and continue to generate support for Filipino art practitioners. It allows enthusists and those who wish to discover the local art landscapes to learn more about the artists and their craft. Recently, it launched ‘10 Days of Art.’ Museum openings, food and beverages partnerships, and public art installations conclude the 10 Days of Art. Series of events ran throughout the week in support to Art Fair Philippines’ initiative of extending art appreciation.
Art in the Park features original artworks and pieces for sale. The event makes local works various galleries and art collectives accessible to the public. A local performer serenades the shoppers as they look for the perfect piece to bring home. A few weeks before Christmas, Ayala Triangle Gardens hosts lights, and sounds show to beguile the citizens and visitors of Makati CBD. Watch more than a million LED lights on trunks or hanging from branches dance to Christmas carols. Each brings a different theme to spread the holiday cheer. The show runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with 30-minute intervals.
PARKS & SPORTS CLUBS
Makati CBD is never short of weekend hangouts. Makati Sports Club, a place where families, friends, associates can meet and strategize, is also ideal for sweating the stress of the weekday. Its world-class facilities for indoor and outdoor sports gives Makati residents a chance to practice and perfect their favorite past time.
Makati CBD also has pocket gardens and open spaces where different plants thrive and flourish. Some even have a jogging path, an activity area, and an outdoor seating. These parks are:
Ayala Triangle Gardens
Bel-Air Village Park
Glorietta Mall Parks
Greenbelt Mall Park
Jaime Velasquez Park
Urdaneta Village Park
Washington Sycip Park
Explore all of these in the City That Makes It All Happen. Makati CBD is the center of fun and excitement in the metro. Though a competitive environment for businesses, it creates an enriching environment for its citizens and guests through its luxurious residences and lifestyle opportunities. Truly, Makati CBD is a sustainable business capital that promotes a youthful and vibrant city living.