Sunday, July 10, 2011

How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT

Getting to different buildings along Ayala Avenue and those near to the so called Wall Street of the Philippines is sometimes confusing if not complicated during weekdays because of the strictly enforced ordinance in loading and unloading which prohibits passengers from getting off the buses, jeepneys, taxis and even private cars at areas not designated for them. If you're not familiar with unloading areas, you'll just find yourself walking from an unloading area which is way too far from your destination. For instance, your destination is Atrium Building Makati and you haven't alighted at unloading area opposite Glorietta because you're thinking of getting off after the jeep crosses Makati Avenue. But there's no unloading area between Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. You will be fined Php 500 if you're caught getting off the jeep at the areas designated for loading only. So, you have no choice but to get off the jeep after it crosses Paseo de Roxas. The result is you walking from Paseo de Roxas unloading area to your destination of Makati Atrium passing through one pedestrian underpass, a loading area and crossing two main thoroughfares. Well, walking is definitely good for our body but not if we're running after time.

Here's the guide on where to get off from a bus or jeepney that plies the route of Ayala Avenue and how to get to a particular building in the vicinity of Ayala Avenue. Since this post is for those who commute via MRT, directions are designed for jeepney passengers. However, bus commuters can also refer to these guides as well. Just follow the directions mentioned here on how to get to your building destination from the same unloading areas.

The direction here will guide you how to get to the buildings listed below from MRT Ayala Station. Please take note that this post will be updated from time to time to include other buildings. Also, this article only covered some of the buildings in the list. So, don't get disappointed if your building is not yet listed here. The thing is I make sure that I've seen each building before I include them on the list for accuracy of this guide. And for easy browsing and quick search, I decided to publish this direction and route guide to buildings along Ayala Avenue in parts. So, in this post, we only cover the buildings that are nearer to the first unloading area from EDSA. If your destination building is along Ayala Avenue but not here, e.g. KPMG Center, Robinsons Summit, and PBCom Tower, RCBC Plaza, LKG Tower, GT Tower, etc., just go to the following posts:

Part 2 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT II
Part 3 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT III
Part 4 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT IV
Part 5 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT V
Part 6 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT VI
Part 7 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT VII
Part 8 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT VIII
Part 9 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT IX
Part 10 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT X

We will cover only so much here and continue on my next post. Here's the list of the buildings located on both sides of Ayala Avenue:

6750 Ayala Avenue
Aegis Peoples Support
Allied Bank Center
Angela Plaza
Anson's Makati
Ayala Life Building (now vacated)
Ayala Life FGU Center
Ayala Museum
Ayala Tower One
Basic Petroleum Bldg formerly DAO II
BPI Building
BSA Suites
Cattleya Gardens
Chatham House
Citiland III
Cocolife Building
Corner Exchange
Cypress Gardens
Dolmar Gold Tower
Dona Angela's Garden
E&M Lopez II
Easton Place
Electra House
Enterprise Center
Equitable Tower
Feliza Building
Glass Tower
Glorietta 4 & 5
Greenbelt Park Place
GT International Tower
Heart Tower
Insular Life Building
JAKA Building
Jose Cojuanco & Sons
KPMG Center
LKG Tower
Locsin Building
LPL Manor
Lyceum of the Philippines College of Law
Makati Executive Center
National Life

Makati Shangri-La Hotel
Makati Sports Club
Makati Tower (under construction)
Medical Towers
Metrobank Card Corporation
MJ Plaza
MSE Building (Makati Stock Exchange)
Multinational Bancorp Center
National Life Building
OPL Building
PBCom Tower
PCCI Corporate Centre
PDCP Bank Centre
Philam Life Tower
Philippine Stock Exchange
Plaza One Hundred
PLDT aka Ramon Cojuangco Bldg
Ponte Salcedo
PS Bank
Robinsons Summit Center
Rufino Pacific Tower
SAGE House
Security Bank Building
SLC Building
Smart Tower
Spirits of Communications Center
SSS Makati Building
Standard Chartered
Standard Chartered Bank
Sterling Center
The Enterprise Center
The Nobel Plaza
The Shang Grand Tower
The Valero Tower
Valero Plaza
Veterans Bank
VGP Center
Vicente Madrigal Building
Y Tower II

"Ayala-Washington" is the sign of the jeepney that you must ride after getting off the train at Ayala MRT-3 Station to get nearer to any of the buildings located along Ayala Avenue and to any of the buildings situated near the Makati's main thoroughfare. The buildings are listed above. Check if your destination is on the list. If not, please go to the links provided above or wait till this series is finished and all the buildings are covered.

The terminal of the "Ayala-Washington" jeepney is located at the back of Shell Station in EDSA corner McKinley Road, the street opposite Ayala Avenue. Get down the MRT Ayala Station via North Exit, the stairs located along the north bound lane of EDSA. Walk towards the corner of EDSA and McKinley where you will immediately see the Shell Station. Cross the road and go to the back of Shell Station. There are two jeepney terminals that you will see. First is for jeepneys going to Market Market, located at the corner of service road and McKinley Road. Next to the terminal of jeepneys bound for Market Market is the terminal of jeepneys with "Ayala-Washington" sign. Go ride in the jeepney being filled up by the dispatcher. Pay minimum fare.

The jeep will cross EDSA. First Unloading area is a waiting shed opposite Rustan's. You must get off the jeep here if your destination is any of the following: Atrium Building Makati, Nielson Tower, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Peninsula Hotel, Glorietta 4 & 5, Anson's Makati, Ayala Museum, PLDT Building and Allied Bank Center.

Use the pedestrian underpass to get to Makati Shangri-La Hotel which is located to the left corner of Makati Avenue and Ayala Avenue, follow the sign in the underpass pointing to Makati Avenue. 6750 Ayala, the building in the photo, is the tall tower before Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Glorietta 4 and 5 is located next to Rustan's. To get to Nielsen Tower, no need to get to the other side of Ayala Avenue, just walk towards Makati Avenue, go right in Makati Avenue and use the pedestrian crossing to get to the other side. Nielsen Tower is situated along Makati Avenue near corner of Ayala Avenue. To get to Makati Atrium Building and Peninsula Hotel, go to How To Get To Atrium Building Makati.

To get to PLDT also known as Ramon Cojuangco Bldg, Locsin Building, Allied Bank Center, Ansons Makati and Ayala Museum, follow the direction to Makati Shangri-La Hotel, i.e. from unloading area use the pedestrian underpass to get to the other side of Ayala Avenue. Walk towards Makati Avenue. At the corner of Makati Avenue and Ayala Avenue, here are the choices: Go left to get to Ansons which is next to Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Use another pedestrian underpass to get to the other side of Makati Avenue. Locsin Building is situated at the corner of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue, opposite Makati Shangri-la. Next to Locsin Building along Makati Avenue is the PLDT Building also known as Ramon Cojuangco Building. Ayala Museum is next to PLDT along Makati Avenue, to the other corner of Dela Rosa Street. Allied Bank Center is the second building along Ayala Avenue from the corner of Makati Avenue.

Next Unloading Area is after Paseo de Roxas. But before that, the jeep will cross Makati Avenue and stop in loading area between Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas to pick up passengers.

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Route Map Ayala-Washington Jeepney