Makati Garden Club has sponsored hundreds of deserving students at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, and the Family Farms Schools. We also give food and handicraft projects to the public schools in Pasay City as well as sponsor children through Elementary and High School. We encourage nursery school children to visit our garden and teach them the basics of gardening.
Makati Garden Club has undertaken numerous greening and landscaping projects in Manila, Makati, and provinces in the Visayas. Among our numerous greening projects, we landscaped the Children’s Ward Garden at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), support the Heritage Arroceros Park along the Pasig River, and have donated hundreds of bougainvillea plants to the beautification of Makati walkways, and are now maintaining the GreenWall at the corner of EDSA and Ayala.
Since 1996, Makati Garden Club has teamed up with Philippine Business for Social Progress PBSP) to raise funds for the underprivileged farmers in the poorest regions of the country. We also hold Garden Fairs and Bazaars to support other charities and sustain our club activities. Towards this end, we have raised tens of millions of pesos with our annual joint event with PBSP entitled FESTIVAL OF TREES.
Makati Garden Club, in keeping with its purpose and mission, has been involved in countless civic and charitable projects throughout its 60 years of existence, particularly in the environment and conservation of open spaces. We are also involved in fund-raisers for the underprivileged, to assist in educating the poor farmer to create livelihood in agriculture and planting in the poorest regions of the Philippines.
Parks can range in size from a few hundred square feet – a bench, some plantings, and a tiny plot of grass on a busy corner – to thousands of hectares in the Sierra Madres. They can serve many purposes. They are the LUNGS of the city, offering green space and fresh air to people who more often than not experience nothing but concrete and exhaust fumes. They protect open land, extraordinary landscapes, historic sites, while also functioning as open air classrooms and laboratories for children and others.
Makati in the 1950s
Makati was once a beautiful spacious district, dotted with buildings, with the graceful Ayala Avenue running the length of the metropolis on one end, and McKinley Road on the other.
Over the years, a concrete jungle of buildings mushroomed, more streets were paved, overpasses constructed, and unfortunately, open spaces and parks were slowly swallowed up. Unlike most major densely populated cities in the world that boast beautiful sprawling parks, Makati City sadly has none.
Makati urban spaces
The public today is beginning to understand the pivotal role that parks and open spaces play in enhancing the quality of life in our never-ending expanding cities, Makati included. City parks are an important element of smart growth that addresses both the public’s need for green space and the role of green space in mitigating higher development density.
Many residents oppose high density because they believe it will consume open space, further exacerbate the already terrible parking and traffic issues, and threaten the existing quality of life with the exhaust and smog that envelopes the city. It has been found that people are now more likely to accept smaller residential properties if there is a park nearby.
Makati parks & spaces
Parks and open spaces are often thought of as the venue for fun and games, but that is only one role they play in a city environment. Urban parks, which includes plazas, landscaped boulevards and public gardens, significantly define the layout, real estate value, traffic flow, public events, and the civic culture of the community. With these open spaces and greenery, our cities and neighborhoods take on structure, beauty, breathing room and value.
Makati becomes more built up
As the city of Makati becomes more built-up, Ayala Land and Macea should invite City Government and other civic groups to work together to plan and cultivate the open areas. They must realize that preserving these green spaces are just as important as building high-density, urban structures.
The Ayala Triangle, was the former Ugarte Field and designated as an OPEN SPACE. Today it has shrunk as numerous high-rises have been constructed further shrinking the number of parks and open spaces in Makati
Makati a city garden
Makati Garden Club would like to assist in this important goal. Our aim would be to develop and enhance greenery and create a Makati that is nestled in an environment of trees, flowers, parks (small parks), and rich bio-diversity. Besides identifying, protecting and creating green spaces, and perhaps making existing natural heritage accessible to the public, MGC would like to promote public responsibility and awareness of Makati’s natural environment (what is left of it.)
We want to turn Makati into a city within a garden -- create beautiful gardens all around Makati. There are a few open spaces left, and even a few hundred square feet can become a welcome oasis to the weary public. If we develop and create these pocket gardens and tiny parks, we can achieve a semblance of a garden city, much like Singapore is. Plant beautiful shady trees along the avenues, landscape the existing parks and open spaces, make these areas lush, green and welcoming. Vertical walls are also an excellent idea in developing greenery in concrete ridden areas.
“Make it happen, Make it Makati”
Parks and green spaces should be designed to be as beautiful, exciting and functional as they can be, rather than merely adequate, regardless of the resources available. Good design doesn’t mean expense – it means the best design possible for the use of the open space, given the resources at hand.
That takes creativity and understanding of the community and its needs and desires, as well as a commitment to making sure that the community enjoys a facility that is first class, as befits Makati, wherein the Ayalas evangelize: “Make it happen, Make it Makati”.
Green space and parks are important to the life and well-being of the communities. These open spaces, breathing rooms, lungs of the city, sometimes fall to the citizens to take the lead in protecting, restoring and creating the much needed green space. It is heart-warming and gratifying to know that Ayala Land and Macea have gotten involved in further developing and protecting the open spaces. Collaborating with other groups and individuals and soliciting help from
media can make the task go even more smoothly. And advocacy, with both policymakers and the public should go on not only before and during the process of restoration, but throughout its life….forever. Taken together, the actions will lead to community improvement for the benefit of all.
Makati Garden Club looks forward to collaborating with ALI and Macea in its desire to improve, preserve, and create green space in this soon to be Garden City. Thus, we should chant, Make it Green, Make it Makati!