First things first, Salcedo Village is not an actual village filled with residences, except perhaps for some high-rise condominium residences scattered throughout the area. It’s known more as a business address, where companies like Shell, Chinabank, RCBC, and PhilamLife to name a few; schools like the Lyceum Law School and Ateneo de Manila Professional Schools; and embassies like the Saudi and German embassies are located.
In the midst of the busy character of this area, it’s interesting and good to note that at the heart of Salcedo Village a wide green space known as the Salcedo Park, or, officially, the Jaime C. Velasquez Park, one of those who helped develop Salcedo Village and the Makati Business District as a whole to what it is today.
If you get to pass by this place especially in the morning, you may get to see joggers or children at play around the park, one of the few places in this part of the city that one can afford to do those things. It’s good that the park has been built in such a way that it was planned that it be placed in a “quieter” part of the neighborhood, far the more “commercial” areas esp. along the De La Costa and Valero streets, not to mention the ones along the main thoroughfares of Ayala Avenue and Paseo De Roxas.
But the park has been gaining fame not just for the green ambience but for being a famous weekend market getaway. Saturdays in particular make this park an attraction because of the Salcedo Saturday Market.
Many flock here to taste unique delicacies, find fresh produce, look for interesting horticulture, among a few. The prices though may not be that friendly if you’re one of those looking for budget treats.
You can catch the Salcedo Saturday Market from 7 AM-2 PM. It’s one of those little, but unique experiences one should not miss when in the metropolis.
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