Modern Makati may not look like it, but it has a colorful history, and you can find some traces of the past, if you know where to look.
Nielson Airport was built…
In 1937, the Nielson Airport was built on a portion of what is now Makati Central Business District. It took six months to construct and had two runways. In between the two runways was the Nielson Tower.
After the war, the Philippine government designated the Nielson Airport as the official port of entry for all international flights.
A New and Healthier Place
In 1949, the runways of the airport were transformed into Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas.
Living Where Dreams Go Freely
With nothing in sight for miles around, Makati was a fertile playground for one’s imagination. It was the new frontier. It was a place where we could re-build, start fresh, and plant dreams on fertile ground and watch it grow
Masterplanning Commercial Success
Makati became home to the affluent, industrialists, foreign investors, business magnates and their families. They brought their enterprises and interests with them. Host to multinational companies and corporate headquarters from here and abroad – Makati was a perfect place to leave your mark.
Ayala Avenue 1964
Ayala Avenue – August 1964. In the beginning, there was nothing in Makati save for a few establishments and lifestyle amenities. There was the modern Rizal Theater and the sports facilities of the Manila Polo Club. The Ayalas also donated land for a new campus to Assumption College, a school favored by the elite, who in the pre-war years sent their daughters to the original Herran campus. Later on, other establishments like Makati Supermart, Makati Medical Center and Colegio de San Agustin became prime locators at this mixed-use , self-contained community – a benchmark for real estate planning and development to this day.
Ayala Avenue 1965
Ayala Avenue – December 1965.
Ayala Avenue 1967
Ayala Avenue, October 1967 by Chas. Miller
Ayala Avenue 1968
This is Ayala way back 1968
Ayala Avenue 1969
This is Ayala way back 1969
Ayala Avenue 1970
In 1975, Makati was separated from Rizal province along with Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City, Marikina, San Juan, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Pateros, Taguig, Pasay City, Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa, to become part of the National Capital Region as a component town.
Ayala Avenue 1980
In 1980s, Makati has also figured prominently in the political history of the Filipino. The community was one of the cradles of the revolt against Spanish colonial rule, and following the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983, the epicenter of the protest movement against the dictatorship of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, which known historically as the People Power Revolution. After the revolution and the downfall of the Marcos’ 20-year presidential regime, Corazon C. Aquino, the wife of the deceased senator Aquino, became the new and first female president of the Republic of the Philippines and probably Asia. After the death of Mayor Nemesio Yabut during the People Power Revolution, she appointed Jejomar Binay as the acting mayor of the town of Makati and was elected as mayor in 1987.
Ayala Avenue 1986
After the revolution and the downfall of the Marcos’ 20-year presidential regime, Corazon C. Aquino, the wife of the deceased senator Aquino, became the new and first female president of the Republic of the Philippines and probably Asia. After the death of Mayor Nemesio Yabut during the People Power Revolution, she appointed Jejomar Binay as the acting mayor of the town of Makati and was elected as mayor in 1987.
Nielson – 1990 By January 2, 1995, Makati became an independent city by virtue of Republic Act 7854 and in the June 30, 1998, The Lone District of Makati City was separated and divided into 2 districts. Lone district Rep. Joker Arroyo became the representative of the first district, while Senator Agapito Aquino was elected representative of second district. Elenita Binay served for only three years (one term) as the first and only female city mayor so far.
Defining the Center of Style and Prestige
Dynamic and progressive are the words that characterize cities of the First World. Coincidentally, those are the same two words that people use to describe Makati.
Never afraid to re-invent…
From the start, Ayala Land has always sought to bring the best of the world to Makati. It was a place to expand the mind and broaden one’s horizons. It still is. It’s where the world feels right at home. Makati is the country’s leading city in business, lifestyle, entertainment, and culture.