makati city

Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue: Cheap Hotel in Poblacion, Makati City

Posted on June 26, 2023

If you’re looking for a cheap and comfortable hotel room in the Poblacion neighborhood, then Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue Manila is just the perfect accommodation for you! Poblacion – the historic center of Makati City – has become one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Metro Manila. Over the last decade, the side streets around P. Burgos Street and Kalayaan Avenue (which used to only attract foreign clientele with their girlie bars) have become hip and happening spots dotted withRead More

Gold of Ancestors: Pre-colonial Filipinos were ‘Kings of Bling’

Posted on October 25, 2011

“Filipinos were the original kings of bling!” I overheard an American visitor exclaim at the Ayala Museum in Makati City last weekend when he beheld over a thousand ancient artifacts made of 22 to 24 karat gold. They are from the 10th to 13th centuries, a time when the archipelago was ruled by many small kingdoms that flourished, establishing trade links with the Far East and Southeast Asia to as far away as India and Persia. I was well awareRead More

P. Burgos Street (Bel-Air Village)

Posted on July 26, 2008

Hunting down my neighbors on spontaneous lomocrawls is a challenging task. My neighbors are of… how shall I put this… the shady kind. They are creatures of the night, especially wary of the intrusive attempts of a probing camera lens.  No, I don’t live by a night safari, but a furtive glance away from P. Burgos Street a red-light jungle tucked away in the northern fringe of Makati City: a glitzy strip of nightclubs and snazzy hotels where feline streetwalkersRead More