Makati is Evolving

Demolition of the Old Ayala Museum 3 An hour ago, I stood on the raised walkway along Makati Avenue and watched the old building of the Ayala Museum being demolished to make way for the new Greenbelt mall. That museum has stood there for decades, playing host to any number of grade school field trips; but now the whole block (including the Schwarzwalder-Italianni’s restuarant building) looks like a scene from war-torn Afghanistan: all crumbling buildings and shattered glass and rubble. In another month it will be gone. Those of you who haven’t been to Makati in the last two years may not even recognize the Greenbelt area anymore. Things are changing fast.

(By the way, everyone’s favorite Philippine History Dioramas can still be viewed at their transitory location in the Philippine Stock Exchange building, Ayala Avenue.)


  1. Manuel says:

    Where will it finally settle?

  2. Raffy says:

    I can’t believe they’re actually demolishing that place. Not that I really loved to go there, but that was one of the oldest structures in Makati. Like Rizal Theatre. Boy, when I come to visit (in a decade :P) I’m going to have to get reacquainted again.

  3. jackie says:

    oh my, the museum’s demolished? i used to take painting lessons there, under the tutelage of ms.stella (i forgot her surname). i think she’s kinda famous now since she has art exhibits and those stuff. anyway, just reminiscing. about the museum, man, i’m gonna miss that. i think that they should have retained it since it’s a “national treasure” of some sort. and yeah, i’m gonna miss schwarz too! me and my fam used to eat there when i was a kid. hehe, just wanna share. †

  4. lia says:

    I live in San Lo so I used to pass the Ayala Museum every single day. I loved that building and it was really sad to see it being torn down last week. That said, the more traumatic demolition job — at least to me — was when the Shakey’s building went down; so many of my childhood memories were tied to that place.

    (Jackie, Schwarzwalder relocated a quarter-mile down Makati Avenue, they’re in the ground floor of the Atrium building now.)