Metro Manila · Staying dry in Makati – elevated and roofed walkways
Getting from A to B during the Philippine rainy season is no fun. As a little remedy for pedestrians, Makati City has developed a network of elevated and roofed walkways, connecting the shopping and entertainment area Ayala Center and the Central Business District (CBD).
The elevated walkway alongside Dela Rosa Street goes from the Greenbelt malls to V.A. Rufino Street and is currently being extended towards Salcedo Street, near Makati Med. The overpass leads through the car parks of several office towers and crosses seven streets via iron footbridges. When the rain pours down and traffic comes to a halt on Ayala Avenue, this route is often the last resort for people who have to get from the CBD to Ayala Center and to the MRT and bus terminals at EDSA, or vice versa.
Including the passage through the interconnected malls of Greenbelt, Landmark, Glorietta and SM Makati, you can walk a distance of more than 1,5 kilometers from one end of Central Makati to the other, without being exposed to the rain (or the sun) and without the need of crossing streets. At one point along the way you can even enjoy some art, as the ceiling is covered with grafitti and paintings by different street artists.
In addition to the elevated walkway you find a network of covered sidewalks. However, the roofs are often interrupted, e.g. at intersections, therefore an umbrella is still a necessity. The network of covered walkways connects Gil Puyat Avenue with Salcedo Village, Ayala Triangle, Paseo de Roxas, and Legazpi Village.
Underpasses allow you to cross Ayala Avenue and its side streets without problems, as long as you don't mind taking stairs (escalators just go up, not down, operate only during office hours, and are often "under maintenance").
Here is a map showing the elevated and roofed walkways in Makati. As part of a Makati City initiative on sustainable urban infrastructure, this walkway network is supposed to be expanded to more than 30 kilometers in the nearer future.