Makati is noted for its highly cosmopolitan culture, also being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila. Many expatriates live and work in the city. Makati is also home to many first-class shopping malls, which are located at Ayala Center and Rockwell Center. Makati also has the tallest buildings in the Philippines like PBCOM Tower, G.T. International Tower.
The city also has many of the country's five-star hotels like The Peninsula Manila, the Shangri-La Hotel Makati and the Intercontinental Hotel Manila. Independent business travelers also benefit from budget hotels like the Saint Illian's Inn, El Cielito Inn, The Copa Businessman's Hotel, and The City Garden Suites, while serviced apartments like The Salcedo Suites, Fraser Place Manila, The Sunette Tower, and The Oxford Suites are gaining in popularity among business-minded travelers as well.
Makati came from the Tagalog word kati, which means tide. This primarily refers to the rise and ebb of the tide of the Pasig River on the city's northern border. The city was also known as San Pedro de Macati during the Spanish era.
Today the city is one of the most modern cities in the country and the Philippines' major global economic competitor in Asia.However, it faces challenges due to the disparate gap between the new city in the west, which contains the Central Business District, and the old city in the east, which is largely poor and where most of the city's slums are located.
JOYA AT ROCKWELL
Within the little community or Rockwell in Makati City are the Joya Lofts and Towers, the latest residential high-rises that redefine hip. Consisting of two towers shaped like the symbols for yin and yang, the modern Joya Lofts pioneer the way for loft living in the with bi-level untis that boast fabulously high ceilings.
Designed by the architects WV Coscolluela and Associates and Hart Howerton from San Francisco, California , the Towers offer residents an elegant way to live. They have a choice of not just one but three swimming pools, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Families will enjoy spending quality time with their children at the playground on the ground floor. Best of all, you can work out, spa, enjoy the exercise and dance room or play in the gaming room on two floors – all of which are exclusively for the residents.
The most breathtaking aspect of Joya Lofts and Towers is most obviously in the lobby, which acts as the gateway between the outside world and your home, designed by the interior designers Guillermo J Valdez from California , Arlen P de Guzman Design Associates and Erfe & Associates.
On the paved driveway, water splashes down from hefty steel basins to a wide open fountain that offers the appearance and sound of serenity. A striped travertine and marble wall greets you as you enter, adding colour and visual texture to the generally neutral scheme of the Tower. The lobby immediately soothes any weary soul that comes through its doors with its warm wood and cool palettes. Large antique jars sit centre stage on a tiled platform at the heart of the room, its dullness complementing the shiny surfaces in the space.
It is decidedly Asian, with high floor-to-ceiling windows swathed in wispy white curtains, enhancing the dimension of spaciousness while adding privacy from the foot- and street traffic beyond. Wood- and steel-framed sofas and armchairs come in colours of refreshing apple green and cool mocha are complemented by vibrant orange or striped pillows. Coffee tables of glass and wood or metal are home to pottery and other accent pieces.
A bright glow at the rear of the lobby catches your eye, coming from transluscent tesserae forming a wall behind the reception desk. On it, a large abstract painting seems to float, its colours taking cue from the massive onyx counter and the dark Zebrano-veneered frame.
Other interesting accents such as the timeworn kalesa wheel, ink blotlike black and white paintings lining the hall to the lift lobby, organic-shaped light fixtures and the carefully placed foliage accents all complete the artistry that is the lobby of Joya Lofts and Towers, a place you definitely wouldn’t mind calling home.