|Location||San Lorenzo, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines|
The Ayala Center is a major commercial development operated by Ayala Land located in the Makati Central Business District in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.
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.
Today, the complex includes several malls, each with its own shopping and restaurant arcades and cinemas; three department stores, a number of hotels; and the Ayala Museum, showcasing exhibits on Philippine history and art.
Ayala Center's predecessor, the Makati Commercial Center, was built in 1960. 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). It was later renamed as The Center Makati in the 1980s.
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. 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.
Aside from interconnected basement parking beneath Glorietta and Greenbelt malls, as well as the one beneath One Ayala, the following are the carpark buildings located at the complex:
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.
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.
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