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Must visit places in Makati - Explore Philippine History and Culture

Makati is one of the sixteen cities that make up the Metro Manila area and has established itself as a cultural and entertainment hub. Listed below are some of the attractions which cannot be missed.

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Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church

The Nuestra Senora de Gracia, also known as Guadalupe Church, was established in 1601 by Augustinian priests. The church is a stunning mix of late Spanish Renaissance architecture and early Baroque design which has earned it the prestigious title of a UNESCO world heritage site. The church is currently one of the most popular wedding venues in Metro Manila. If you are looking for a hotel in Manila Philippines, there are several located within 10 minutes' drive of the church such as Berjaya Makati hotel.

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Ayala Museum

Set up by the Philippine abstract painter Fernando Zobel de Ayala y Montojo in the 1950s, the Ayala Museum is often cited as one of the best gallery and museum spaces in Asia. It has several noteworthy permanent exhibitions such as the pre-Hispanic gold collection and collections on indigenous textiles. Another noteworthy exhibition is the Diorama Experience which displays sixty handcrafted dioramas chronicling Philippine history from prehistoric times to its independence from the US in 1946. The museum is also home to the Filipinas Heritage Library which showcases many rare books and photographs as well as titles on Philippine arts, history, and culture. The Ayala Museum also hosts several programmes and exhibitions so it is best to look up the events that are scheduled during your stay. Located within an easy stroll of the Greenbelt Malls, the museum is easily accessible.

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Ninoy Aquino Monument

The Ninoy Aquino Monument is an iconic landmark in Makati which was sculpted by the eminent Peter De Guzman. The monument depicts senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr before his assassination in 1983 at the Manila Internation Airport. The senator is a national hero of the Philippines due to his efforts to overthrow the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

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Cemetery of Heroes

Officially known as Libingan ng mga Bayani, Philippines' national cemetery is the final resting place of over forty thousand Filipino soldiers who lost their lives in the Second World War. The columns in the cemetery map out of the battles fought during the Second World War. It is also the official burial place for deceased Philippine Presidents, national heroes, and nationally acclaimed artists and scientists. This serene cemetery is beautifully maintained and is well worth the visit.

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Ayala Triangle Park

The Ayala Triangle Park offers a safe haven in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life. This outdoor space was inspired by Hyde Park in London and the park is home to palms, tropical trees and acacia trees. It is called the Triangle Park because the triangle is formed by Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue, and Paseo de Roxas. If you are visiting in November and December, you are in for a treat! During these months, the Ayala Triangle Park is transformed by an annual festival of lights with more than a million twinkling lights.

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