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Makati Shangri-La, Manila
Makati Shangri-La entrance
General information
AddressAyala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati 1200, Philippines
Coordinates14°33′17″N 121°01′28″E / 14.5548°N 121.0244°E / 14.5548; 121.0244
OpeningApril 27, 1993; 30 years ago (1993-04-27)
August 8, 2023; 7 months ago (2023-08-08) (reopening)[1]
Renovated2001-2002, 2009
ClosedFebruary 1, 2021; 3 years ago (2021-02-01) (temporary closure)
OwnerShangri-La Hotels
ManagementGreg Findlay
Technical details
Floor count28
Design and construction
Architecture firmKanko Kikaku Sekkeisha, Yozo Shibata & Association (Tokyo)
G. Formoso & Partners (Manila)[2]

Makati Shangri-La, Manila is a hotel located in Makati and one of the three hotels managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Metro Manila, Philippines. Opened on April 27, 1993, the hotel had 696 rooms and suites at the time of its temporary closure in 2021; the hotel reopened more than two years later, on August 8, 2023.[1]


The Makati Shangri-La is built on the lot formerly occupied by Rizal Theater, a performing arts theater and cinema in the old Makati Commercial Center (present-day Ayala Center). The theater was designed by Juan Nakpil, a National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture.[3] The hotel had its soft opening on April 27, 1993, with its grand launch held months later in August of the same year.[4] It was developed by the Ayala family to keep the area as Manila's luxury address.[5] Originally it opened with 703 rooms over its 28 floors, at a cost of $118 million.[6]

The hotel underwent several renovations over the years, including 3 restaurant overhauls and the refurbishing of more than 200 rooms in 2001 with fiber optic cabling and broadband internet. The cost per room of the 2001 renovation was around $30,000.[7] The entire renovation, which continued until the end of 2002, cost $130 million.[8]

The Rizal Ballroom was renovated in 2009.[9] A second ballroom named "Isabela" opened in November 2013 with an aim to provide a modern event space with interchangeable furniture and audiovisual technology.[10]

In 2010, the hotel embarked on a program called "Green Housekeeping" in order to reduce the use of chemicals and improve cleanliness, with initiatives like low-temperature washing and lower electricity use. The same year it was the first hotel in the Philippines to equip its concierge team with iPads.[11]

In 2013, the hotel reportedly achieved an average 80 percent occupancy, most of which were corporate clients such as the United States Embassy.[12]

Temporary closure and eventual reopening

The hotel was forced to close on February 1, 2021 due to financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus initiated a mass layoff of its staff.[13] It previously ceased operations for a brief period in early 2020 due to the lockdowns imposed by the national government, but the hotel was allowed to operate again after quarantine restrictions were eased.[14] While the hotel was closed, its two-level Shangri-La Retail Arcade, which hosts retail and office spaces at the ground and second levels, remained open. The hotel reopened on August 8, 2023.[1]

Design and construction

The hotel was designed by Kanko Kikaku Sekkeisha, Yozo Shibata & Association (Tokyo) & G. Formoso & Partners (Manila),[15] both companies of which have designed multiple Shangri-La properties. During the 2002 renovations, General Manager Richard Riley directed and designed the amenities. The design team included specialists from the US, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, including Bilky Llinas, Leese Robertson Freeman Ltd., Warner Wong, Wilson Associates, BUZdesign, Adam Tihany, and Alan Chang.[8]


The hotel had multiple ballrooms and event spaces, and added more throughout its operation, including the Isabela, named after Spain's Queen Isabella, in November 2013. The Isabela included works of art by Filipino painter RH Lascano, and was designed by Hong Kong-based LRF Design.[16]

The hotel, particular its Rizal Ballroom, is the venue of the ABS-CBN Ball (previously called the Star Magic Ball until 2017), an annual red carpet event which began on August 5, 2007 featuring the network's executives, key people, and personalities. It resumed after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines on September 30, 2023, where at the event's return, personalities from rival networks GMA and TV5 joined as part of ABS-CBN's collaboration with other networks, most notably including freelance actress Sunshine Dizon who currently works at ABS-CBN and was a mainstay actor of GMA from 1996 to 2021.[17][18]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Iglesias, Iza (August 8, 2023). "Makati Shangri-La reopens". The Manila Times. Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  2. ^ "Fast Facts". Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Rodriguez, Mia (January 22, 2021). "Before Makati Shangri-La, There Was Rizal Theater". Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  4. ^ "Fast Facts". Shangri-La Makati, Manila. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  5. ^ Luc Citrinot (November 7, 2011). "The Philippines remains a priority market for Shangri-La". ETN. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "Shangri-La upbeat in 2010 & beyond". South China Morning Post. May 26, 1993. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  7. ^ Michelle Marcos (April 28, 2001). "Refurbishing "Heaven"". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Tanya T. Lara (March 2, 2002). "Elements of modern style at Makati Shangri-La Hotel". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Pepper Teehankee (July 31, 2009). "And they came to the relaunch of Rizal Ballroom". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  10. ^ Johnny Litton (November 21, 2013). "Isabela: Your next venue of choice". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  11. ^ "Makati Shangri-La launches first concierge iPad service in the Philippines". The Philippine Star. May 16, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  12. ^ Marge C. Enriquez (November 9, 2013). "Hotelier keeps Shangri-La in top shape". Inquirer. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  13. ^ Ichimura, Anri (January 20, 2021). "Makati Shangri-La Is Temporarily Closing Its Doors". Esquire Philippines. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "Makati Shangri-la to close operations". Malaya Business Insight. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  15. ^ "Projects: Hotels". GF & Partners. Archived from the original on February 9, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  16. ^ Jambora, Anna A. (November 2, 2013). "A belle of a ballroom". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  17. ^ Uson, Melanie (October 1, 2023). "LOOK: GMA, TV5 celebrities and bosses grace the ABS-CBN Ball 2023". Philstar Life (The Philippine Star). Retrieved October 1, 2023. ...a couple of celebrities and executives from the TV5 and GMA Networks have attended the ABS-CBN Ball—the most anticipated event of the year in showbiz, especially after its three-year hiatus. The affair took place on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Makati Shangri-La Hotel...
  18. ^ "Throwback: Star Magic Ball 2007". ABS-CBN Entertainment. October 8, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2023.