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Makati is the premier city district of Manila, Capital of the Philippines. Heart of Business and Entertainment in the city, it is a melting pot of various cultures and nationalities. International and local companies abound in the Central Business District and the establishment of several of the top malls in the Philippines has led to a surge in shops, restaurants and bars in the area. Foreigners, tourists and expats are a common site throughout Makati and, being a buzzing metropolitan area, it is a safe location to live and work.
The main traditional residential areas are Legaspi and Salcedo Villages although more recently Rockwell and the Fort (Bonifacio Global City) have been developed to provide a variety of alternative modern inner city living options which blend quiet living with a bustling international lifestyle. Scattered throughout the area are the gated villages of Bel-Air, San Miguel, Urdaneta and San Lorenzo for those seeking a more secluded home. Despite the widespread facilities, Makati is compact and easy to navigate with taxis widely available at all times of the day.
Legaspi Village has evolved as the central hub of up-market living in Makati following the establishment of The Greenbelt Shopping Mall and the upgrade of the Glorietta Mall. Home to the more upscale boutiques, a wide variety of fine dining establishments, movie theatres, grocery stores and bars, Greenbelt is just a short walk or taxi ride away from all the premium residences in Legaspi. Recognizing this, a large number of developers are currently constructing new projects in the area.
International cuisine is now well established throughout Manila and Legaspi offers the widest choice from upmarket Italian and French bistros to excellent Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and local fare, not to mention the plethora of Fusion options. For a quick fix and midnight snacks, convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Mini Stop are available throughout the village. For the more adventurous, the Legaspi Sunday Market held at the Legaspi Park boasts a wide variety of cooked food, pastries, native products and other unique finds and is a welcome contrast to organized city living.
Areas of interest in the vicinity include the Metropolitan Museum and the Ayala Museum while for sports enthusiasts the city golf courses of Intramuros, Navy, Army and Wack Wack are not far away.
Schools include AIM for continuing business management students, Don Bosco, Assumption College, St. Mary’s and San Agustin.
Stay healthy with regular checkups at The Makati Medical Center and Philippine Orthopedic Institute. They have modern facilities and specialists who undergo constant training locally and abroad.
Just across Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village is close to all the amenities that Legaspi Village enjoys. The upmarket Greenbelt Mall and recently refurbished Glorietta Mall with an array of quality fine dining and entertainment are only a 5 minute taxi ride away. Right next door are SM, Landmark and Rustan’s department stores all of which house their own supermarkets and 5 minutes in the other direction you will find Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall with another selection of upmarket international brand shopping and dining.
Salcedo also has its own very popular Weekend Market held at the Jaime Velasquez Park every Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm where you will find local and international delicacies. The park also hosts occasional classical concerts and is popular with both adults and kids at dusk. Next to the Park, Makati Sports Club provides the more athletic with a swimming pool, clubhouse and tennis courts. Given its central location, Salcedo Village remains quiet and relaxing outwith rush hour and remains a safe and relaxed place to live. New developments continue to rise throughout the area to supplement the existing diverse condo living. Coffee shops, banks and 24 hour convenience stores adorn most street corners and a number of quality local restaurants provide a welcome break from home dining.
Rockwell Center sits on a 15.5 hectare site in Makati City. It is strategically located in the center of the 3 major commercial business districts of Makati, Bonifacio Global City and Ortigas. There are several upscale residential towers, office buildings, a lifestyle shopping mall, a city club and the Ateneo Graduate School.
Right in the heart of Rockwell is Powerplant, an upscale mall offering branded luxury clothes, shoes, cosmetics and accessories. It features a 3D cinema along with its regular cinemas, a supermarket and themed restaurants. There is also a clinic at the lower ground level of the mall. Across from Powerplant is Block 09, a small island that houses a strip of restaurants. Valet parking services is available here.
The Rockwell Club serves as the ideal hub for families catering to a wide range of activities from business to leisure with excellent swimming and fitness facilities.
The Rockwell Tent is an ideal events place for bazaars, corporate events, product launches, fashion shows and concerts. Palm Grove is also another stylish venue for any event. It houses an indoor dining area which looks out into the Palm Grove garden. The Loft@Manansala is an elegant venue for formal parties, wedding receptions and other private functions. It is located at the 38th floor of The Manansala Tower.
The Asian Eye Institute in Rockwell provides medical services for various eye diseases and disorders. Modern cataract surgeries and LASIK (refractive laser eye surgery) are performed here. The eye specialists are fellowship graduates of the Harvard Medical School.
Rockwell is a modern, well thought through development leading to a very convenient lifestyle. Most condo units are a short walk from the mall and a number of small local businesses have been encouraged to open at ground level in the towers. It is an ideal venue for families and corporate executives, being close to all that Makati has to offer and conveniently located for access to Fort Bonifacio.
Just a few short kilometers away from the Ayala Center in the heart of Maakti, Fort Bonifacio, locally known as the Global City, is fast challenging Makati as Manila’s premier business and residential area. Anchored by a major shopping mall, Market! Market!, it has recently spawned an extensive residential restaurant complex at Serendra The restaurant, cafe and shopping options extend down Bonifacio High Street, with the nearby Fort Strip providing late night dining and clubbing entertainment.
A growing number of major corporations have found their home in The Fort – Accenture, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Fujitsu Corporation, HP, Ericsson and TetraPak - and the British started a trend by moving their embassy to the Fort.
The Fort is an ideal place to live in or raise a family. Common amenities are only a few steps away from the condominiums and, since all the residences have been built recently they all come equipped with modern swimming pools, gyms and other amenities.
Schools are also in the neighborhood including the International School Manila, British School Manila, Systems Technology Institute, MGC-New Life Christian Academy – Global City, Global City Innovative College and Victory Leadership Institute.
For health concerns, Manila’s premier hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center, is only a few hundred meters away from Market! Market! State of the art equipment and modern facilities with hotel- like rooms and suites ensure the maximum attention and comfort for patients and guests. Doctors are highly trained both here and abroad to the best global standards.
Market! Market! offers guests a unique shopping experience. Outside the main mall, fresh flowers, fruit and organic vegetables can be purchased from stalls reminiscent of a farmer’s market but with all the conveniences of a modern mall just a few steps away. The mall houses a collection of mostly local chains and smaller independent stores and has a multi-screen cinema on the upper level.
A large number of new developments continue to expand the character and depth of the Fort. One of the major development projects currently being undertaken is the Shangri-La at the Fort, scheduled to open in 2012 with a 60-story tower and 500 guestrooms.
Conveniently located either side of Makati Avenue, Bel-Air is divided into 4 separate villages, Bel-Air I to IV, and is managed by one association. Bel-Air comprises individual residences and is therefore the perfect city center location for families or couples needing space.
The Bel-Air Community Center houses a clinic, a Post Office Extension, a fitness gym and two function rooms for the use of village residents in good standing. Gym membership is open to residents and their visitors with corresponding fees. There are two covered badminton/ basketball courts available to residents. Bel-Air offers free ambulance service through Lifeline. The Continuing Education Program for English Proficiency for household help, security and maintenance personnel is also offered in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Mapua Institute of Technology. Hotels in Bel-Air include City Garden Hotel, Bellagio,
Makati Palace Hotel and St Giles. There is an abundance of good restaurants in nearby Jupiter St, N Garcia St and Makati Ave, with Rockwell nearby and Greenbelt a short taxi ride away.
Bel-Air was proclaimed the Cleanest and Greenest Barangay for 8 consecutive years putting the village in Makati City’s Clean and Green Hall of Fame.
San Miguel Village
Close to Rockwell and bordering Bel-Air 2, San Miguel Village is just a few minutes
away from the Makati CBD. A gated village comprising only houses it adds real character to the area and provides an ideal location for families. Powerplant Mall is a short cab ride away and Greenbelt and Glortietta Malls are only 10 minutes by taxi. There are numerous restaurants scattered in the vicinity of the village offering diverse cuisines from Western, Asian to local fare. A number of new developments such as A Venue have recently been added to the area to provide even more variety. Makati Science High School, Makati Elementary School, St. Paul College Makati and Ateneo Graduate Schools are near the village.
Urdaneta Village is popular among expats as it is within the Central Business District of Makati and is surrounded by hotels, malls, apartments and other well known establishments. Inside the village, there’s a large playground, a soccer field, outdoor basketball court and a large assembly hall. The residents are guarded 24/7 by a security station. Taxis are abundant in Urdaneta Village so getting around the city is not a problem.
The major malls are just walking distance from the village and include Greenbelt, Glorietta, SM, Landmark and Rustan’s. Bars and restaurants are plentiful in the vicinity in particular at Greenbelt and Glorietta. A number of world class hotels are in the immediate vicinity including the Mandarin Oriental and the Peninsula Hotel with the Hotel Intercontinental, Ascott, Dusit Thani, New World and Shangri-la nearby.
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