MAKATI

Makati City is the country's premier financial and business district. Skyscrapers, five-star hotels, and corporate offices of both local and multinational companies may be found here.  It's also where most banks in the country have set up their head offices. It is also the home of high-end stores and shopping enclaves such Greenbelt, Glorietta, and the Rockwell Center. The city's present-day incarnation is definitely a far cry from its origins as a settlement in the swamplands near the Pasig River prior to the arrival of Spanish colonizers. Makati has been described as a city of three areas: the Central Business District, the Old Town or Poblacion area, and the still-disputed Fort Bonifacio area, parts of which now fall under the jurisdiction of Taguig City. Among Makati landmarks are the Spanish era Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church and the Saints Peter and Paul Church. There's also the Ayala Triangle Gardens, a two-hectare landscaped urban park. The origin of Makati's name is quite interesting. Historical accounts reveal that Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi — who became the first governor-general of the Philippines — discovered the area in 1670. He had asked the natives what the name of the place was, but they reportedly misunderstood him and thought he was just asking about the receding tide of the Pasig River. They had supposedly told him, "Makati, kumakati na." Translated, that means, "It's ebbing, the tide is ebbing." In this instance, the word "kati" means "anything that falls and rises like the tide.
RECENT ARTICLES IN Makati

Treat yo’self! Foodie treats to try this weekend

If you can't decide where to eat this weekend — or this Valentine's Day — read

Treat yo’self! Foodie treats to try this weekend

Legendary chef Heston Blumenthal makes a super quick stop in Manila

Heston had wine and jamon and he was gone in two

Legendary chef Heston Blumenthal makes a super quick stop in Manila

Heartbreakingly real: ’Sa Wakas’ is best enjoyed with a can of beer

A simple story is never really simple if it involves raw and real human

Heartbreakingly real: ’Sa Wakas’ is best enjoyed with a can of beer

Woman’s head found in Makati creek

A construction worker found the severed head of a woman floating in a creek along Kalayaan Avenue in Makati

Woman’s head found in Makati creek

Feel good: Waiter finds, returns bag with PHP37,000 inside

Honesty is always the best

Feel good: Waiter finds, returns bag with PHP37,000 inside

Woman dupes 9 Japanese nationals in gold bar scam

She's not getting any medal for

Woman dupes 9 Japanese nationals in gold bar scam

Best places in Metro Manila to drink your sorrows away

See you there… Blurry and giggly, but see you

Best places in Metro Manila to drink your sorrows away

No charges filed against ‘crazy yellow Kia’ driver

No blotter entry of the incident was filed at the Makati Traffic Command

No charges filed against ‘crazy yellow Kia’ driver

Viral: Car runs over traffic enforcer, plows through traffic in Makati

This has truly been a crazy week,

Viral: Car runs over traffic enforcer, plows through traffic in Makati

Mouthwatering foodie adventures to try this November

Warning: This is some serious not-safe-for-hungry-people food

Mouthwatering foodie adventures to try this November