Apart from being the Philippines’ financial center, Makati — home to international business establishments, upscale shopping malls, and 5-star accommodations — was once named as the Selfie Capital of the World.
This commercial hub that is part of Metro Manila topped TIME’s The Selfiest Cities in the World list in 2014 with 258 selfie takers per 100,000 individuals. With so many pretty places to take pictures of, the country’s Wall Street invites local and foreign travelers to take their selfies in these spots:
National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church
You’ll be amazed that an affluent heritage still thrives amid this bustling district. Here, you’ll find 2 iconic landmarks that can serve as great backgrounds for your selfies — the churches of Nuestra Señora de Gracia and Our Lady of Guadalupe. The former is a 400-year-old structure known for its early Baroque and late Spanish Renaissance architectural designs, while the latter houses the oldest image of the Our Lady of Guadalupe (patroness and protector of life).
Ayala Museum and Museo ng Makati
Travelers who love history must not forget to take a selfie with the impressive exhibits found in these notable depositories. The Ayala Museum, which is situated in Greenbelt, showcases Philippine fine arts and iconography masterpieces. It also boasts several ethnographic and archeological relic displays.
Museo ng Makati, on the other hand, houses anthropological artifacts and is located along J. P. Rizal St. This address is easily accessible to a number of Makati holiday accommodations.
Ayala Triangle Gardens and Washington Sycip Park
Good natural lighting for your selfie awaits in these 2 recreational parks at the heart of Makati’s urban jungle. Here, you can savor some quiet moments while capturing the beauty of the calm surroundings.
At the Ayala Triangle Gardens, you can also relish delectable dishes in any of the restaurants found in the area. Meanwhile, the Washington Sycip Park, which features a man-made pond with fish and ducks, is frequented by joggers and runners.
Cathouse, Howzat Sports Bar, and Cafe Havana
Visitors who want to enjoy a hip nightlife will find their perfect spot in Makati. Do more selfies as you party the night away in these hang-out venues:
- Cathouse along Ayala Avenue – a great place for clubbing, it features the best pool table in the area
- Howzat Sports Bar along Kalayaan Avenue – this place is ideal for sports enthusiasts; it serves exquisite European cuisines
- Cafe Havana in Greenbelt Mall 3 – this bar, located only a few minutes’ walk from a number of Makati City hotels, offers Spanish cocktails and delicacies
Makati Diamond Residences
After a long day of revelry and sightseeing, take a much-needed break at Makati Diamond Residences. This property boasts luxury serviced apartments that are fitted with European furnishings, fully equipped kitchenette, convection stoves, a 55-inch LED TV, and free Wi-Fi connection. Here, you can take Instagram-worthy selfies that you can proudly share to your friends. This accommodation in Makati City also has an indoor lap pool, club lounge, and 2 restaurants.