Makati lies in the heart of big Metro Manila and is known for its upscale shopping malls and home to high fashion brands. The financial center of the Philippines, Makati is well known for its highly cosmopolitan culture. When you're bored with the hustle and bustle of the big city, escape to Fort Santiago and its beautifully landscaped grounds on the bank of the Pasig River. Originally built by the Spanish in 1590, the citadel includes gardens, plazas, fountains and a lily pond. If you want a down to earth local place, Salcedo Saturday Market is the area where you could find many foods, fruits, spices and some performance in between. The market is decorated with colorful ribbons which suits to its lively energy.