We know Ayala Avenue as the heart of the Makati CBD, but what exactly can we see here? In the first part of a series, we explore Ayala Avenue from EDSA to Paseo de Roxas and check out not only the landmarks there but also the stories behind them.
As the airport operations at Nielson Field have closed down by the 1950s, around the same time, plans were being made to convert the Zobel de Ayala-owned hacienda (where the airfield is located) into a modern business district, giving birth to the Makati Central Business District. As structures began to sprout left and right, the old airfield which became a triangular open space found itself in the middle of all this development. However, it took a while for any development to be seen in the area. Apart from the Nielson Tower, the rest of the triangular space was pretty much a barren open space which sometimes was used as a football…