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.
The Story of Ayala Triangle: Center of a Rising Business District
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…
The Story of Ayala Triangle: Beginnings as Nielson Field
If open spaces are considered the soul of a city, then there is little doubt that Ayala Triangle serves as the soul of Makati, especially the central business district area. In a way, such distinction is fitting as it also happens to be an open space with a rich history of almost 80 years and counting, having undergone many transformations into what it is today, not to mention what is to become of it. Today, the Urban Roamer presents to you this mini-series that details the past, the present, and the foreseen future of this triangular patch of land in the middle of Makati, BIRTH OF AN AIRFIELD The beginnings of Ayala…