Busy streets, a thriving business district, and a lot of people on the go. These are just some of the things to describe Makati City and we are no stranger to them.
As Christmas is coming up, you might be wondering where people can go in this bustling city to celebrate it. Fortunately, we have a few places in mind that’ll cover at most 12 hours of your time. You can even jump from one place to another to make the most of it.
#1 A staycation
We all need to unwind sometimes. Holiday Inn & Suites Makati currently has a promo where if you stay on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) on Best Available Rate you get a complimentary room in their branch in Bangkok and Singapore. So if you’re planning for that overseas trip before the year ends, you know where to go. But hurry as the promo is only until the 31st.
Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, Glorietta Mall, Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City. For reservations, visit their website or call (02) 909-0888.
Skip the mall restaurants and take your family to Spectrum at Fairmont Makati. There’s a 3+1 promo for the lunch (P2,150) and dinner (P2,380) buffets. But if you’re not up for that, there’s also an ala carte menu. The grilled angus beef ribeye (P1,790) and apple pie (P395) sound tempting.
Spectrum, G/F Fairmont Makati, 1 Raffles Drive corner Makati Avenue, Makati City. Open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., 12 n.n. to 2:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, call (02) 555-9888. For more information, visit their website.
#3 Archery for the adventurous
Yes, there’s an indoor archery range in Makati. If you’re looking to do something different for the holidays, Kodanda Archery Range is the place for you. For just P580 per hour, you’ll get beginners’ lessons and equipment. You can even choose between shooting a regular target or a zombie photo.
Kodanda Archery Range, U/B Makati Cinema Square, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For inquiries, call (0933) 238-5993, (02) 774-5410.
#4 Trippy 3D art for the kids and kids-at-heart
Here’s your chance to get mind-bending photos with Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s Venus, and a few wild animals. Miracle Art HappyWorld Museum lets kids and adults stroll around their many installations and life-sized paintings. They also have a Christmas promo of only P200 per head until Dec. 31.
Miracle Art HappyWorld Museum, 3/F Circuit Makati, Makati City. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For inquiries, call (0917) 703-7579. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
After taking lots of photos at Miracle Art, you can also check out Circuit’s 56-foot Christmas tree. You can even go inside and take selfies with the lights illuminating your surroundings.
And of course, who could forget the famous Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights? If you haven’t seen it this year, their theme is fiesta which has songs with fast intervals with equally quick light transitions.
Circuit Makati, Christmas Tree, Globe Circuit Grounds, Circuit Makati, Makati City. Open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati Avenue, Makati City. Show starts at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
#6 Drinks and tapas, anyone?
Have a mini-reunion with your friends at Long Bar in Raffles Makati. If you avail of Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this month, you get a complimentary plate of tapas. Perfect for a long night of conversations and laughs before the year ends.
Long Bar, G/F Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive corner Makati Avenue, Makati City. Open from 12 n.n. to 2 a.m. For inquiries, call (02) 555-9888. For more information, visit their website.