Makati is a bustling cosmopolitan city, a few kilometers from Manila, stretching comfortably over almost 3,000 hectares and housing nearly 500,000 people.
Continued rapid growth over the past 25 years has made Makati the commercial, communication and financial center of the Philippines where trendy boutiques, fashionable restaurants and department stores mingle with banks, corporate head offices and embassies.
The Church of Saints Peter and Paul dating from the early 17th Century and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe with its intricately carved interior columns are noteworthy and each provide a restful haven from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Statues of Filipino patriots Ninoy Aquino, Gabriela Silang, and Pio del Pilar are silent sentinels on the intersections of three major thoroughfares, Paseo de Roxas, Ayala Avenue, and Makati Avenue.
The Ayala Museum houses a collection of 60 dioramas showing significant events in Philippine history. Displays of ethnological and archaeological artifacts and ehibits of contemporary art are grouped within the museum halls and galleries.
The Luz Gallery has collected modern masterpieces which contrast wonderfully with the gallery’s exhibits of cultural and ethnic works.
The Philippine Army Museum and Library reveals a graphic pageant of major battles combined with an eclectic assortment of Filipino firearms and artillery.
The American Cemetery and Memorial is a testimony to members of the US Armed Forces who lost their lives in the Pacific Theater during World War II.