Quietly nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Makati lies the a picturesque green space the entire city considers its most tranquil natural environment. Affectionately dubbed Greenbelt Park, this “pocket” park offers the working professionals, tourists, shoppers and visitors frequenting the sky piercing structures on Makati’s CBD a much needed escape from the dizzying pace of the cosmopolitan environment surrounding the parkland.
Winding its way around a breathtaking lagoon the park is undoubtedly the most verdant space in town with swaying palm trees and wild bushes lining its picturesque environs. Beautiful orchid flowers also line the parkland while a number of cascading fountains and small waterfalls add its own charm to the lush landscapes of this popular venue.
Frequented by lovers, avid walkers and children alike the park’s most unique highlight is its collection of Zen gardens with black and white gravel taking the shape of the Chinese symbols for Yin and Yang. The stone statue of a buffalo adds local flavour to the locale which is flanked by the nearby Chapel of Santo Niño de la Paz from which the soothing sounds of hymnals and choir practices can be heard in the afternoon hours.
The landscaped gardens also feature grassy knolls as well as a quaint courtyard which is picturesquely located next to an illuminated fountain. Used for garden parties, outdoor cocktails, parties, promotional events and even Philharmonic concerts on occasion this quarter of Greenbelt Park has become a social gathering point for locals and expats alike.
Due to its central location the Greenbelt Park is just a few steps away from the Greenbelt 4 Mall where visitors can shop in the city’s Gucci, Marithe et Francois Girbaud, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Guess or Escada outlets or grab a frothy cappuccino from Starbucks before heading to the park. Curious tourists can also stroll over to the Chapel of Santo Niño de la Paz or Ayala Museum both of which are also located just a stone’s throw away from Greenbelt Park.
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