Metro Manila · Ayala Triangle
This beautifully designed park, bordered by Makati Avenue, Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue, is a green refuge for office workers and businessmen frequenting Makati. It hosts a string of upscale restaurants right smack in the middle of the Philippines’ major business district. The park is also a favorite spot for joggers, dog owners, and young families.
When one talks about this city, there is always a mention of its three major areas – Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue, and Paseo de Roxas - where most of the top companies in the country are located. Right in the middle of these three major arteries, Makati maintains a triangle dotted with foliage. With approximately 20,000 square meters, the park is the widest landscape in this busy part of Metro Manila .
It is the only place that functions as Makati’s “lungs”, and its lush gardens are a plus for those who seek a little bit of respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. This once underdeveloped area in the central business district is also a good place to keep yourself fit, be it with jogging, yoga or walking your dog.
If you can’t go out without staying connected online, the Ayala Triangle still is the perfect spot for you because it offers free wi-fi.
In April 2015, developer Ayala Land cut of the northeastern tip of the park to construct a pair of skyscrapers and some low-rise commercial spaces. Many are critizising the shrinking and further commercialization of the already rather small park. Ayala Land actually promises more open public space once the project is finished, but we will have to wait until 2020 to assure ourselves of that.
Location And How To Get There
Guide for Megacitizens
None unless your purpose at the triangle is to grab a bite to eat.
During the week there’s always traffic in Makati and the rest of the Metro Manila area, but there are those odd times when everyone’s at work and not too many people and vehicles are out and about. Walking to the Ayala Triangle is possible especially if you are just coming from one of the offices nearby.
Dining al fresco in the city is one of the things visitors and those who live in the area can experience at the Ayala Triangle. One can also enjoy a range of international cuisines including Filipino, Japanese, Italian, and Vietnamese, among others. Restaurants in the area include the following:
- Amici (Italian)
- Banapple (Great Deserts and Cakes)
- BreadTalk (Bread ;))
- Bon Chon Chicken (Chicken)
- Caramia Gelateria (Ice Cream)
- Chef Laudico's Bfast
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Coffee, Tea, Cakes)
- Golden Spoon
- Kanin Club (Philippine Dishes)
- MoMo Cafe
- Omakase (Japanese Food)
- Poco Deli
- Wee Nam Kee (Chinese Food)
Things To Do
The Ayala Triangle has a few attractions apart from the string of bistros. The Filipinas Heritage Library for example is a good place to read about Philippine history and art. Statues of Philippine heroes and heroines can also be found in the triangle, including Sultan Kudarat, Ninoy Aquino and Gabriela Silang. There are also abstract sculptures on display at the park. If you are a lover of the arts, dropping by just to see the sculptures is a fine way to spend a lazy afternoon. The sculptures in the area include the following:
Homage to Antoni Tapies
Homage to Eusebio Sempere
Homage to Fernando Zobel
Homage to Luis Feito
Rueda 1 Series #1
Rueda 1 Series #10
Rueda 2 Series #9
Tribal Series #6
The triangle is great for young families. Kids can play and run freely on the grass since a huge fence divides the park from the big streets surrounding it. Walking dogs is permitted as well.
Jogging around the Ayala Triangle is another popular activity. Try it on a late Sunday afternoon, when the sun is about to go down and Makati's streets and pavements are nearly empty and quiet.
If you stay in Manila during December, do not miss the Christmas Dancing Lights, an enchanting show of light and music.