Ayala Center
Opening date1991; 33 years ago (1991)
DeveloperAyala Land
OwnerAyala Land
WebsiteAyala Malls
Physical features
TransportMetro interchange 3 Ayala
Bus rapid transit  E  Ayala
Bus interchange One Ayala
Bus interchange  AX10  Glorietta 5
Ayala Center is located in Manila
Ayala Center
Location in Metro Manila
Coordinates: 14°33′07″N 121°01′23″E / 14.552°N 121.023°E / 14.552; 121.023
RegionMetro Manila
LocationSan Lorenzo, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

The Ayala Center is a 50-hectare (120-acre) mixed-use major commercial development operated by Ayala Land located in Barangay San Lorenzo within the Makati Central Business District in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. The complex comprises three shopping malls; three department stores, each with its own retail shops, restaurant arcades and cinemas; several hotels, eight residential towers, five office towers, four parking buildings and leisure amenities such as the Greenbelt Park, Glorietta 3 Park, and the Ayala Museum, showcasing exhibits on Philippine history and art.[1]

About the Center

Aerial view of Glorietta in Ayala Center (2008)

The Ayala Center is a recreational, shopping, dining, and entertainment development located in the heart of Makati. It is bounded by Ayala Avenue, Dela Rosa Street, and Legazpi Street to the north, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to the east, Arnaiz Avenue to the south, and to the west by Paseo de Roxas. The Ayala station of MRT Line 3 serves the area.[2]


Ayala Center's predecessor, the Makati Commercial Center, was built in 1960.[3] It consisted of several small arcades (Maranaw Arcade, Makati Arcade, Angela Arcade, Lising's Commercial, Mayfair Center, Bricktown, Anson's), theaters (Rizal Theater and Quad Cinemas), freestanding retail outlets (including Makati Supermart, Sulo Restaurant, Automat Restaurant, Rustan's, Shoe Mart and Mercury Drug), open parks, and hotels (including Manila Garden Hotel and InterContinental Hotel Manila).[4][5] It was later renamed as The Center Makati in the 1980s.[6]

The Ayalas decided to redevelop The Center Makati with the merging of existing structures in the 1990s into a new development that would cover over 50 hectares (120 acres) of facilities.[1][7] To mark the change, it was renamed as the Ayala Center in 1991. Its redevelopment is ongoing by phases since the late 2000s, which includes the renovation and expansion of Glorietta and Greenbelt malls and replacing old buildings and open parking spaces with new office buildings, residential towers, hotels, and the One Ayala complex, respectively.[8][9]

Facilities and tenants

Shopping malls

Department stores

Parking facilities

Aside from the basement parking beneath Glorietta, Greenbelt, and One Ayala, respectively, the following are the carpark buildings located at the complex:


Office buildings


2000 bombing

On May 17, 2000, at 5:02 p.m. PHT, Glorietta was bombed, injuring 12 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade. This bombing was said to be a precursor to the May 21, 2000 SM Megamall bombing and the December 30, 2000 Rizal Day bombings.

2007 explosion

Main article: 2007 Glorietta explosion

The 2007 Glorietta explosion ripped through the Glorietta 2 section of the Glorietta shopping complex at Ayala Center in Makati on October 19, 2007, killing 11 people and injuring 120. Despite conflicting reports, it was concluded that the explosion was caused by a faulty liquefied petroleum gas tank located in a Chinese restaurant.

See also


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  2. ^ Route Map, Metro Rail Transit Corporation Passenger Information, retrieved July 7, 2006 Archived June 26, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Castro, Alex (September 12, 2017). "These Photos of Makati From the Past Will Amaze You". Spot.ph. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  4. ^ "The Ayala Center Story: Part 1 – The Makati Commercial Center". The Urban Roamer. November 2, 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  5. ^ Nakpil, Lisa Guerrero (June 10, 2022). "The History of Makati City: The Country's Major Financial Hub". Tatler Asia. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  6. ^ Alcazaren, Paulo (November 30, 2002). "Makati Memories". Philstar.com. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  7. ^ Lijauco, Chit (October 28, 2020). "Tatler Time Capsule: The Ayala Center". Tatler Asia. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  8. ^ Dela Peña, Zinnia (November 8, 2010). "ALI sees completion of initial phase of P20-billion Ayala Center facelift by 2012". Philstar.com. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  9. ^ "ALI unveils plans for next phase of Ayala Center redevelopment". Ayala Land. October 9, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  10. ^ "End of an era for Debenhams as final shops set to close". BBC News. May 5, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2023.