My Poblacion

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In the real world, I live in Barangay Poblacion, the oldest part of Makati City. It’s been called the Foodie Capital of the Philippines, the New Malate, and Metro Manila’s Ultimate Gimikan. For me, it’s the Coolest Place on Earth.

Poblacion is bounded by the Pasig River, Guadalupe Viejo, Jupiter Street, Makati Avenue, Bel-Air Village, and Reposo. It is home to Makati’s City Hall and its controversial parking building; the red-light district of P. Burgos; Rockwell Center’s residential towers and retail malls; the quaint parish church of Saints Peter and Paul; as well as the Century City complex that includes the country’s tallest building, Gramercy Residences, and the second tallest, Trump Tower Manila.

Over the past five years, a radical transformation has occurred in my neighborhood. It all began when El Chupacabra opened along Felipe Street. Formerly the commissary of the Mexicali restaurant chain, this hole-in-the-wall started the entire food craze in Poblacion.

Since then, new bars and restos have sprouted along the narrow streets bordering Kalayaan Avenue. One of them is called Backwell, which means “Back of Rockwell.” There’s also Pineapple Lab and other venues for the arts, while the old San Pedro Makati Museum is undergoing renovation at J.P. Rizal Avenue.

Expats and locals love to hang out in Poblacion, where they can find the widest array of cuisines from all over the world. In fact, millennials have abandoned BGC’s once-popular Valkyrie and Palace Pool Club in favor of Poblacion’s “in” hotspots.

Come to My Poblacion, where the past and the future converge — in 347-year-old Makati that never sleeps.

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