Allied Bank Center
Ayala Avenue, Central Business District, Makati

Ayala Avenue is usually dubbed as the Philippine Wall Street, for several reasons but primarily because it houses the Makati Stock Exchange (Philippine Stock Exchange transfered to rival CBD Ortigas Center, still within Metro Manila) making it technically, the Wall Street counterpart, electronic stock figures flashing and all. It is the center, the prime street, in the country’s most prestigious CBD. Therefore it has the heavy concentration of  buildings which house the main office of most important local and international companies, a lot of embassies, museums, luxury malls, prestigious residential high rises, and some of the best skyscrapers (including the current tallest- PBCom Tower, and the largest (plus most techie) RCBC complex.

Not every building is generally aesthetically pleasing though. The western side, contains the older, smaller, gray-ish buildings, like the one in the photo. This trend is also very noticeable in Gil Puyat (Buendia) Avenue where the northern side of the street is occupied by earlier buildings. Some of these old buildings may someday give way to better scrapers that will enhance Makati’s already beautiful skyline, but I’m glad that some of these drab lowrises are receiving some majot makeovers, which allows them to blend better with the current and allows the district to keep its history and retain its architectural variety.