30 Images: See how the City of Makati has evolved through the years

How many of these changes have you actually witnessed?
by Paolo Chua for Esquiremag.ph | May 26, 2020
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The city of Makati wasn’t always the busy central business district it is today—before the presence of skyscrapers and shopping malls, it was merely empty grasslands. Over time, the city has evolved from an airport to a prime real-estate spot, as well as the busiest city in the country.

See what Makati has looked like through history.

1) Nielson Airport (now Ayala Triangle) under construction

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2) The Manila International Air Terminal in Makati

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3) The beginnings of Makati we know now

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4) The iconic façade of Rustan’s Department Store

5) An aerial view of Forbes Park in the ’60s

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6) Three men along Ayala Avenue

7) Makati policemen next to a police wagon

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8) Christmas decorations on Ayala Avenue

9) The Rizal Theater

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10) Buendia Avenue

11) An aerial view of Makati in the ’60s

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12) Makati Medical Center under construction

13) Poblacion in the ’60s

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14) A street scene along J.P. Rizal Avenue

15) Passengers lining up at the Love Bus terminal

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16) The QUAD in 1977

17) A lady in front of the Makati Commercial Center

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18) Tesoro’s in the ’70s

19) The Insular Life building

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20) A street scene in 1973

21) An aerial view of Ayala Avenue in the ’70s

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22) The eagle statue at EDSA-Guadalupe

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23) SM Makati in the ’80s

24) A crowded Rustan’s Department Store

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25) A newly opened Makati Cinema Square

26) Ayala Avenue in the ’80s

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27) The Hotel InterContinental Manila

28) A double-decker bus along Ayala Avenue

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29) The Rustan’s parking lot in the early ’90s

30) Ayala Avenue in the ’90s

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This story originally appeared on . Minor edits have been made.

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