Located in the southern portion of the National Capital Region (NCR), Makati's population is estimated to be 550,392, distributed within 27.36 sq. km. Hosting the corporate headquarters of 40% of the top 1000 businesses in the Philippines, Makati earned P8.4 billion in 2007, cementing its reputation as the business and financial capital of the Philippines.

Because of its huge income, it registers billions of pesos in surplus (every year) despite huge pro poor expenditures. Makati's public schools are entirely provided with adequate physical infrastructures, teaching materials, school uniforms, food and mineral water. Its citizens are provided with highly subsidized health care through its health centers and (the newly constructed and well equipped) city hospital. Makati's elderly are given cash gifts, free entrances to the city's world class movie houses, free birthday and wedding anniversary cakes, etc.

Because of its resident's higher income relative to the rest of the country, it is no wonder that a number of shopping centers and establishments catering to individual consumers fill the city. Makati has close to 63,000 establishments in close proximity to all the banks, 261 of which have their head offices in the city.

Consumers from all over Metro Manila mainly comes to Makati when in need of mid to high end products and service. Its huge malls and department stores have thousands and thousands of products, making it a one stop destination for almost everyone. Makati's most popular consumer destinations are the Powerplant, Greenbelt, 6750 and Rustan's department stores for high end products and services and the Glorietta, Waltermart, Cash & Carry, SM Makati, Makro, Makati Cinema Square, Landmark, Shopwise, Puregold, Park Square and Guadalupe Commercial Center for products and services that ranges from mid to high end.

Boundaries of Makati

The city of Makati is one of the major financial, commercial and economic hubs in the Philippines. It is considered as the country's central business district. Makati is bounded by the following:

Pasig River – north
Pasig City – northeast
Pateros and Taguig City – southeast
Manila – northwest
Pasay City – southwest

Brief History of Makati

What is now one of the important cosmopolitan hubs in the country used to be an area which Miguel Lopez de Legazpi first thought was worthless swamp. Makati got its name from the reply given by the natives when Legazpi asked them what the name of the place was. Because of the language barrier, the natives answered him with “Makati, kumakati na” which means “ebbing tide.”

From 1578 to 1670 Makati was a district of Santa Ana de Sapa and was known as San Pedro de Makati in honor of its patron saint. During this period, the Franciscan friars established two of the oldest churches in the country – the Nuestra Senora de Gracia in Guadalupe and the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Makati.

In 1900, the Americans established Fort McKinley in Makati. The district was incorporated into the Province of Rizal a year later.

It was during the 1930s that the name of the district was shortened to Makati. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Makati transformed from being a worthless swamp to the country's undisputed financial and commercial capital. In 1975, the district was separated from Rizal along with several other cities.

Makati played a historical role in the 1980s. The district became the epicenter of the protest movement against then-president Ferdinand E. Marcos.

The district of Makati became an independent city on January 2, 1995 by virtue of Republic Act 7854.

Schools in Makati

– AMA Computer College
– Asia Pacific College
– Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
– Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries (ASCM)
– Assumption College
– Ateneo Professional Schools
– Benigno S. “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. Science High School
– Bethany Baptist Academy Makati
– Centro Escolar University Makati
– Colegio San Agustin
– Colegio de Sta. Rosa
– De La Salle-Professional Schools, Inc.
– Don Bosco Technical Institute
– Fort Bonifacio High School
– Gen. Pio Del Pilar National High School
– Lyceum of the Philippines College of Law
– Rolf Jost Information Technologie Institute
– Makati High School
– Makati Hope Christian School
– Makati Science High School
РMap̼a Institute of Technology
– Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary
– Philippine School of Interior Design
– RTRMS-Makati Medical Center
– St. Augustine School of Nursing
– San Carlos Seminary
– Saint Paul College of Makati
– San Antonio National High School
– San Isidro National High School
– STI Makati
– University of Makati [2]
– Informatics Computer Institute of Makati
Districts and Barangays

The city is divided into 33 barangays:

– Bangkal
– Bel-Air
– Carmona
– Cembo
– Comembo
– East Rembo
– Forbes Park
– Guadalupe Nuevo
– Guadalupe Viejo
– Kasilawan
– La Paz
– Magallanes
– Olympia
– Palanan
– Pembo
– Pinagkaisahan
– Pio del Pilar
– Pitogo
– Poblacion
– Post Proper Northside
– Post Proper Southside
– Rizal
– San Antonio
– San Isidro
– San Lorenzo
– Santa Cruz
– Singkamas
– South Cembo
– Tejeros
– Upgrade SHS Katipunan
– Upgrade SHS Novaliches & Commonwealth
– Urdaneta
– Valenzuela
– West Rembo

Makati Business and Tourism

Makati is one of the most prosperous and developed city in the Philippines. As the country's Central Business District, majority of company headquarters are located in Makati as well as important government offices and foreign embassies. Ayala Avenue is dotted with the country's highest structures, notably PBCom Tower, the highest tower in the Philippines.

The city is also known for its abundance of shopping malls. The Ayala Corporation has dominated the landscape, building world-class malls such as Glorietta and Greenbelt. The malls, particularly Greenbelt, contain numerous bars and restaurants which made Makati one of the busiest nightlife spots in the Metro.

Many of the country's wealthiest families live in Makati, particularly in posh villages such as Forbes Park and Dasmarinas Village. Other well-to-do families reside in San Lorenzo Village, Bel-Air and Magallanes Village among others. A lot of the expats also live in the high-rise condominiums located in Salcedo Village and Legazpi Village.

City Government

Mayor: Jejomar Binay
Vice Mayor: Ernesto Mercado

RP Girls Top Group In World Youth (Soccer) Cup

It looks like the Gothia Cup will once again be exciting for Filipinos. Dubbed as one of the biggest youth football (soccer) competition, Gothia Cup is also known as the World Youth Cup, where the best players between the age 11 and 19 compete. In 2007, the weeklong event brought 1585 teams (from 65 countries), 295,000 visitors and earned close to $60 million in tourist income for the sponsoring city. Some of the participants in this event eventually end as the biggest professional players in the world's most popular sport. As far as I can recall, the biggest accomplishment of a Philippine team was in the mid 1980's when a boy's team won the championship in an age division.

This year however, it is the Philippine girl's turn to make a difference. The Makati girl's team (in the age 12 division) defeated Swedish team IFK Aspudden (9-2) on Wednesday after beating another Swedish team Utbynas SK (5-0), a day before. This places the Philippine team at the top of their group in the tournament.

The country sent a total of 5 teams this year. The three boys' team and other girl's team that that competed in the 11, 13, 14 and 16 divisions this year were not as lucky.

This year's competition will end on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Good luck, Team Makati!

Wazzup Manila? Environmentally Sound Mass Transport!!!


Where there is diversity, there is opportunity.

The old saying seems to have never been true at any time compared to the present.

The seemingly unending oil price increases is actually nothing new. The world has been confronted by this several times in the past but it seems that the entire planet is now starting to do something about it. In Japan, Honda is set to unveil a Hydrogen fueled vehicle. In India, Tata's economy car (Nano) successfully hit the world's 2nd most populous country, among other things. In the US, hybrid vehicles are very hot. In the Philippines, there are a number of things that will hopefully come to fruition very soon.
We have previously reported that the City of Makati has started an experiment with an electric powered mass transport vehicle called the E-jeepney.

Route of the e-Jeepney:

On July 3, 2007, four e-jeepneys started operating within the posh residential village Bel-Air. Come June 1, 2008, two more units will be experimenting on a wider area and should that become successful, Fifty (50) more units will be deployed. The additional E-Jeepneys will be plying the busy commercial areas of Salcedo and Legazpi Villages

In Salcedo Village — from Dela Costa St. turn right to Makati Ave., right to Paseo De Roxas, right to Villar St., left to Leviste St, left to Rufino St., right to Ayala Ave. and right to Dela Costa St.

In Legazpi Village — from Salcedo St. turn right to VA Rufino St., left to Adelantado St., left to Gamboa St., left to Salcedo St., left to Benavidez St., left to Paseo De Roxas Ave., right to Legazpi St., left to Dela Rosa St., and left to Salcedo St.

In other areas, we have also posted about the massive conversion of taxicabs from gasoline to LPG fuel consuming vehicles. Some Metro Manila is also set to start using LPG powered buses and solar powered jeeps within the next few days. In the island province of Palawan, electric powered tricycles are making waves.

It has been established that LPG and electric powered vehicles consume far less fuel than the oil fueled automobiles. These developments do not only serve as a remedial measure against the unending oil price increases but also, it helps a lot in reducing vehicle emissions which is contributing so much to the air pollution in the country. The electric powered vehicles also provide an additional benefit in the form of zero noise. In Metro Manila, that will be well appreciated.

Traffic rerouting in Makati − 09 May 2008

Those who will visit the City of Makati are advised that Ayala Avenue, from the corner of Makati Avenue up to the intersection of Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11AM as the city holds its foundation day festivities. Please avoid driving in areas where traffic will probably be heavy due to the closed portion of Ayala Avenue. Traffic routes will be returned to normal after the programs which are expected to end by 6PM.