Ayala Museum | Things to do in Makati City-Metro Manila
The Diorama Experience highlights 60 events that shaped Philippine history. The scenes are recreated in miniature wooden figures, stage-designed in glass boxes like a cultural barbie house. Located on the fourth floor, meanwhile, the Gold of Ancestors showcases ancient Filipinos’ incredible craftsmanship on the most malleable and most coveted metal on earth, gold. This gallery displays an astonishing 1,059 gold items pre-dating the Spanish period. Besides these two prominent galleries, Ayala Museum has an extensive collection of Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics, as well as rare fashionable garments from the 18th and 19th century Philippines. On the third floor, you’ll find the Masters Galleries, which feature pioneering Filipino artists such as Fernando Amorsolo and Fernando Zobel.
|Open:||Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm|
|Address:||Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila|
Surrounded by skyscrapers, Ayala Triangle is an urban oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the business district Makati. Visitors can go jogging here, have a picnic, marvel at the public sculptures, or simply hangout. Coffee shops and restaurants also dot one side of the park, serving as a favorite hangout place among young professionals. With more than a hundred trees, Ayala Triangle is the largest park with the most number of trees in Makati City. At the corners of the park are three monuments: a statue of Benigno Aquino, the assassinated Martial Law Hero; of Sultan Kudarat, the Sultan of Mindanao during the Spanish era; and of Gabriela Silang, the revolutionary heroine from Ilocos during the Spanish invasion.
Comprised of around 160 concessionaires, the Salcedo Saturday Market sells mostly homemade and homegrown products that are not available commercially. A majority of the stalls offer home-cooked specialties from recipes of various provinces in the Philippines and other countries. Aside from heritage cooking and foreign cuisine, this market offers delicious delicacies and desserts that are uniquely Filipino. Other vendors offer healthy sun-dried fruit and seed snacks, organic produce such as vegetables, grains (mostly varieties of rice), coffee beans, fresh fruits, and homemade products such as wine, pastries, jams, condiments, and herbs. There is also a section that sells fresh meat and live seafood in water. Filipino native products, arts & handicrafts, decorative plants, and flowers are available, too.
Like stepping into your grandmother’s attic, walking into Barangay Bangkal in Makati City offers unique vintage treasures you can’t find anywhere else. Comprising a whole barangay, Bangkal mostly sells secondhand furniture and antique, from beds, cabinets, and dining tables, to vinyl record players, typewriters, instamatic cameras, and rotary phones. Residential apartments in Bangkal are turned into makeshift thrift stores, where big items are displayed outside, and small items inside. Each store offers a variety of interesting junk from the past. Some smell exactly like your grandmother’s attic, some smell like a moldy library, while some, the collective smell of used, old shoes. Aside from furniture and outmoded technology, other stores specialize in selling secondhand clothing, bags, books, toys, paintings, old music and movie records, and a host of other interesting things.
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From the sands of Boracay to the party lights of Manila, your best party experience is officially in the city! Experience great beats, see the hippest bars, and turn strangers into new-found friends! Same party vibe, different location. You’ll get five free shooters, an iconic yellow pin, party kits, and free entrance to the coolest spots. Reserve your tickets early as we only have limited slots to keep the group big enough to have a fun night, but still intimate to make it possible to meet everyone.
Get to know what's happening in the hippest part of town! Learn about the country's main financial district and the lives of everyday Filipinos. Will also tell you about the best spots to eat and drink around Poblacion. Start and finish the tour at Z Hostel. At the end of the tour we will also take you up the the Z Hostel's roof deck for drinks and more information about the city.
Feel the breeze and have a 360-degree view of your journey in Manila with the FAME award-winning Siklesa! Conceptualized by entrepreneur Lorenzo Vega and architect Jaime Recto, Siklesa is a kalesa-inspired carriage that marries contemporary technology and classic Filipino design. Its handwoven banig cover is represented in each subculture in the Philippines, making it a symbol that unifies the archipelago. Get a feel of this one-of-a-kind joy ride in Manila and see travel destinations of your choice in the city! You can also try Siklesa for a two-hour ride for the journey itself already is an unforgettable experience. The tour includes free pick up (private tour packages) and drop off from one point in the metro.
Where to stay
We give you that extra mile to work or relax in comfort, with the best location in Manila for easy access to many multinational corporations, shopping, dining and entertainment destinations.Our 410 guestrooms are furnished with special features and privileges for your overnight or extended stay, complementing your experience at the new standard of luxury living. Makati Diamond Residences is unarguably one of the best luxury hotels in Makati. It is a product of San Miguel Properties, Inc – a subsidiary of one of the largest companies in the Philippines – and their first venture into luxury serviced apartments.
For the Business Traveller, a good hotel location is crucial. To that, Astoria Greenbelt perfectly fits the bill.Located inside Makati's central business and commercial district along Arnaiz Avenue and Greenbelt Drive, Astoria Greenbelt is a short walk to business offices in Makati's Legaspi Village and is higly accessible when one needs to move around the city.
Astoria Greenbelt is a quick minute walk to the Greenbelt mall where one is treated to a myriad of restaurants, bars, cinemas and shops.
Transitting in between destinations, Astoria Greenbelt is an easy 15 to 20 minute drive from the airport.
To experience the pulsating energy of one of the world's most progressive cities, one should pay Makati a visit. Here, visitors will be introduced to towering steel-clad skyscrapers, diverse range of entertainment hotspots, as well as cultural and historical landmarks.Located on the bustling Makati Avenue, where upscale shopping malls and modern office buildings converge along with first-class restaurants, bistros and bars, is Somerset Olympia Makati. Shopping complexes in the vicinity include the Glorietta, Greenbelt, The Landmark and Power Plant shopping malls. And a short 15-minute walk away from the serviced residence is the Ayala train station, which links the Central Business District up with the rest of Makati.For a good dose of culture, make sure you take a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site and the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church, which was built by the Augustinian friars. The still-functioning Neo-Romanesque-Gothic style church's construction dates as far back as early 1600s and is a popular wedding venue. Another landmark worth visiting is the nearby Ayala Museum, which exhibits the rich and vivid history of the Philippines from as early as the Mactan, Cebu battle to the country's relatively recent struggle for democracy. It is also home to paintings by notable Filipino painters such as Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Fernando Zobel.At the end of a long day out and about, retire to Somerset Olympia Makati to rejuvenate. The serviced residence is fitted with a range of generously spacious and contemporary apartment types that are furnished with a well-equipped kitchenette, separate living and dining areas, as well as en-suite bathrooms.Guests will also be given full access to a comprehensive list of amenities including an on-site fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, and a self-serviced launderette.
Getting there and around
Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, Metro ManilaGet directions