Makati's history can be traced back to the pre-Hispanic era where Lakan Tagkan was then the leader of the swamp lands near Pasig river. During the Spanish colonial period, Don Manuel de Legasipi, the first Governor General of the Philippines and the one who founded Manila, stumbled over the area of Makati and the locals told him that the river's tide is "Makati na, Kumati na," which he mistaken for the local's response as to what the place is called. The city was known as San Pedro Macati during the Spanish era as St. Peter was the patron saint of the parish that was built during that time.
Makati was known as the Wall Street of the Philippines, The Financial Capital of the Philippines as many companies have their offices and headquarters in the city and it is also known for Towering buildings, Ayala Gardens and Ayala Avenue for its Christmas lights, decors, and show, PSE. Makati has 33 no. of barangay in the city.
Top Landmark & Tourist Spots
Santuario de San Antonio
Santuario de San Antonio, Nuestra Señora de Gracia or the Guadalupe Church, Sts. Peter and Paul, St. John Bosco, but Santuario de San Antonio is the most recommended among the others.
Philippine Stock Exchange
Philippine Stock Exchange along Ayala Avenue.
Ayala Gardens Lights and Sounds Show
Ayala Gardens Lights and Sounds Show during Christmas season is a must-see. Even Ayala Avenue itself is bedecked with lights and fancy decors, a sure feast for the eyes.
Posh villages like Magallanes, Bel-Air and Forbes Park.
A music, art, and camping festival all in one, enjoy activities and special performances starting from 3 pm all the way till 3 in the morning. Rock out with the local bands in the afternoon and dance the night away with our country’s biggest DJs in this 12-hour event. Venue: Globe Circuit Makati