Snapshot of the Makati Photo Contest

Makati City, known to all as the central business district of the Philippines and home to many. Today, many people are slowing down to walk and appreciate the surrounding. For some this is home, and now Makati is opening its arms once more to the public. Here’s your chance to capture that picture-perfect shot of the city.

“Makati through the Lens” is the first major public photo contest focusing on the Makati Central Business District spearheaded by Ayala Land (ALI). In cooperation with Alveo Land Corp, Canon and Philippine Star, ALI kicks off an on-the-spot photo contest on June 19 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. This will be open to kids, teens and adults. Meanwhile, photo and camera club members are given a photo shoot period from June 9 to 19.

A whole day event on June 19: free photography talks by renowned photographers John Chua and Edwin Martinez, as well as an introduction to lomography by Francis Inton. Photo opportunities will include animals such as Cuckatoo birds, a pot belly pig, Sulcatta Tortoise, Angora rabbit to name a few, mimes, and activities for kids.

Makati Central Business District

Meanwhile, there will also be a “My Makati Memories” contest for best personal vintage photos of Makati. Original photos of Makati such as those taken at Makati Commercial Center and Quad (now Ayala Center), Ugarte Field (now Ayala Triangle), or even Nielson Airfield, etc. shall submitted for scanning on June 19 at the Gardens. The day will be capped by awarding winners and entertainment including fire dancers and drummers.

“With the growing popularity of photography brought about by digital cameras, the city landscape has become a favorite subject among photographers” shares Meean Dy, head of Ayala Land’s Strategic Landbank Management Group. “The photo contests will give people the perfect opportunity to appreciate Makati’s heritage and capture it for future generations.”

Apart from coinciding with Independence Day activities this June, the photo contests aim to remind today’s urbanites of Makati business district’s rich history. “It was the country’s first master-planned, integrated development and continues to be a symbol of progress and source of pride for the nation” adds Dy. “We will exhibit entries from “My Makati Memories” showcasing Makati then, alongside winning entries from the on-the-spot and photo club contests highlighting Makati now. It will be a nice visual feature on the evolution of the city.”

This event is part of the “I he(art) Makati. I heart the Philippines. I heart being free.” series this June which celebrates the Filipino and Philippine arts and culture at Ayala Triangle Gardens.

Interested participants may join by going to: For inquiries, email or call (02) 8415812.

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