Ayala Center

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The Greenbelt complex

The Ayala Center is a major commercial development operated by Ayala Land located in the central business district of Makati, Philippines. The center is now a premier shopping and cultural district in Metro Manila because of its wide array of shopping, entertainment and cultural offerings.[1]

About the Center[edit]

The Ayala Center is a recreational, shopping, dining, and entertainment development located in the heart of Makati. Its location places it virtually at the heart of the country's commercial and business center. It is bounded by Ayala Avenue on the east, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) on the south, Arnaiz Avenue on the west, and to north by Legazpi Street and Paseo de Roxas. The Ayala MRT Station of the MRT Line 3 serves the area.[2] The development originally started with a number of separate shopping arcades and Greenbelt Park before expanding to cover over 50 hectares{of facilities.[3] Today the complex now includes several malls, each with its own shopping and restaurant arcades and cinemas; three department stores, a number of hotels; and the Ayala Museum, showcasing exhibits on Philippine history and art.

Shopping malls[edit]

  • Glorietta
  • Greenbelt
  • Park Square (Closed, now replaced by a new double decker parking lot)
  • The Link

Department stores[edit]

Logo 
The Landmark 

Hotels[edit]

Incidents[edit]

2000 bombing[edit]

On May 17, 2000 at 5:02 p.m., Glorietta was bombed injuring 12 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade.

The 2000 Glorietta bombing was said to be the precursor of the May 21, 2000 SM Megamall bombing and the December 30, 2000 Rizal Day bombings.

2007 explosion[edit]

The 2007 Glorietta explosion ripped through the Glorietta 2 section of the Glorietta shopping complex at Ayala Center in Makati on 19 October 2007.

The death toll in the explosion was 11, while 120 were injured. Although there were conflicting reports as to the cause, it was concluded that the explosion was caused by a faulty liquefied petroleum gas tank located in a Chinese restaurant.

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