Makati Avenue
Makati Avenue as seen from the Landmark-Greenbelt Pedestrian Overpass
Former name(s)Culi-Culi Road
Maintained byDepartment of Public Works and Highways[a]
Length2.1 km (1.3 mi)
LocationMakati, Metro Manila
North endJ.P. Rizal Avenue and P. Burgos Street in Poblacion
Kalayaan Avenue
Gil Puyat Avenue
Paseo de Roxas
Ayala Avenue
South endArnaiz Avenue in San Lorenzo

Makati Avenue (Filipino: Abenida Makati) is a major commercial thoroughfare in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. It forms the eastern border of Ayala Triangle and is one of the three main avenues of the Makati Central Business District. The avenue runs in a somewhat north–south diagonal direction almost parallel with Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). It passes through two distinct neighborhoods of the city: the Makati CBD and the old Makati Población. At its northern end lies the older part of Makati starting from J.P. Rizal Avenue. It continues through Población to Gil Puyat Avenue, marking the southern edge of the old district. South of Gil Puyat onto the CBD, the avenue becomes more commercial and upscale. The shopping hub of Ayala Center and Arnaiz Avenue lie at its southern end.

Makati Avenue has two lanes each way in the Poblacion area, widening to three or four in the CBD. It has a short extension into the gated San Lorenzo Village as San Lorenzo Drive.


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Old Nielson Tower on Ayala Triangle, Makati Avenue

The avenue served as the primary access road to the old Nielson Field airport from San Pedro de Macati. It was known as Culi-Culi Road which also led to the barrio of Culi-Culi (now Pio del Pilar) just west of Nielson Field.[2][3] After the airport was closed down after World War II, its two runways were converted into wide roads known today as Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. The airport's control tower was preserved and is now a library called Filipinas Heritage Library.[4] This library is located along the avenue at the southeast corner of Ayala Triangle.

Makati Avenue, particularly its northern segment in Poblacion, has a history of prostitution. The areas around P. Burgos Street with its nightclubs, bars and budget hotels are considered by many as the red light district of Makati.[5][better source needed] At present, however, the area is undergoing gentrification with the completion of several new commercial developments including the Century City mall and complex.[6][original research?]


Ayala Triangle, shown with Makati Avenue

The entire route is located in Makati

Arnaiz AvenueSouthern terminus. Traffic light intersection. Continues south into San Lorenzo Village as San Lorenzo Drive.
Esperanza StreetEntrance only to Makati Avenue southbound
Palm DriveTraffic light intersection. Access to Glorietta and Greenbelt complexes.
Parkway DriveTraffic light intersection. Access to Glorietta complex.
De la Rosa StreetSouthbound access to Legazpi Village
Ayala AvenueTraffic light intersection
Santo Tomas StreetAccess to Urdaneta Village and The Peninsula Manila
Paseo de RoxasTraffic light intersection
H.V. De la Costa StreetTraffic light intersection on the southbound side. Southbound access to Salcedo Village.
Buendia Extension Access RoadSouthbound access only towards Gil Puyat Avenue eastbound
Cruzada StreetNorthbound access only
N190 (Gil Puyat Avenue)Traffic light intersection. South end of DPWH maintenance.[7]
Jupiter StreetNo left turn allowed from both northbound and southbound. Access to Bel-Air Village.
Juno StreetRestricted access to Bel-Air Village.
Anza Street
P. Burgos StreetExit from Makati Avenue only. Access to the Red Light District and the old Makati Población
Hercules StreetRestricted access to Bel-Air Village.
Tigris Street
Constellation StreetRestricted access to Bel-Air Village.
Neptune Street, Durban StreetBoth entrance to Makati Avenue only
Kalayaan AvenueTraffic light intersection
Eduque Street
General Luna StreetNo left turn allowed from southbound and no right turn from northbound. Access to Century City.
Guerrero Street
Guanzon Street
B. Valdez StreetNo right turn allowed from southbound and no left turn from northbound. Access to Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church and Saint Paul College of Makati.
Singian StreetUnsignaled intersection
P. Burgos StreetNorthbound entrance only to Makati Avenue
J.P. Rizal AvenueNorthern terminus; continues north towards Makati–Mandaluyong Bridge as P. Burgos Street. Traffic light intersection.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Points of interest

Makati's Poblacion at Makati and Kalayaan Avenues

Makati Avenue is a retail and entertainment hub of Makati. At its south end, the avenue bisects the Ayala Center, separating Glorietta, The Landmark department store and The Link shopping mall from the more upscale Greenbelt shopping center. This section of the avenue also hosts the Ayala Museum, Greenbelt Chapel, as well as several luxury hotels such as the Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Fairmont Hotel Manila, Raffles Hotel Manila, and New World Makati Hotel. The stretch from Ayala Avenue to Gil Puyat Avenue is the site of the Ayala Triangle Gardens, which houses the Old Nielson Tower and the future Park Central Towers. This section of the avenue also hosts The Peninsula Manila, Zuellig Building, Pacific Star Building, as well as several other office buildings.

North of Gil Puyat are more hotels and commercial establishments, particularly near the intersection with Kalayaan Avenue. The A. Venue Mall and Century City Mall are located in this area, as well as Gramercy Residences, Trump Tower Manila, Berjaya Makati Hotel, I'M Hotel Makati, St. Giles Hotel and Best Western Antel. The Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church and Saint Paul College of Makati can be accessed by turning east onto Valdez Street before reaching J.P. Rizal Avenue and the Makati–Mandaluyong Bridge.


  1. ^ DPWH maintenance only covers Makati Avenue's segment between J.P. Rizal Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue.[1]


  1. ^ "Road and Bridge Inventory". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "Ayala Now April–June 2015" (PDF). Ayala Corporation. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Nielson Field". Pacific Wrecks. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "History of FHL". Filipinas Heritage Library. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Flesh trade thrives in Makati". Retrieved September 8, 2013..
  6. ^ "Century City Mall to set the stage for a shopping district North of Makati". Manila Standard Today. June 15, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "NCR". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved May 29, 2020.

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