Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood? Bel-Air Village, Makati

From a village that was initially developed by the Ayala Corporation for pilots of Philippine Airlines, Bel-Air has since come into its own. On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, we highlight some of the best things about living in this village.
IMAGE Wikimedia Commons / El Chupacabra / Beyond Yoga / Grace Park

Bel-Air Village, which is flanked by some of the metro’s major thoroughfares, has one of the most enviable locations in the heart of the city. Gates that feed directly into Rockwell Dr., Jupiter St., Kalayaan Ave., and Paseo de Roxas provide easy access for residents and guests, allowing them to get to and from where they need to be. It’s a definite advantage—especially when where one wants to be is relaxing in the comforts of one's own home.

Where The Living Is Easy

Through the years Bel-Air has built a reputation for its homey and welcoming environment. It is not just a well-appointed residential area, but a neighborhood in the truest sense of the word. Residents can be seen walking their dogs, jogging, or gathering in the park.

Another thing that makes its location even more enviable is the presence of the shops, restaurants, and services that have cropped up around its perimeter.

Basement Salon

Salons like Basement, Emphasis, and the old reliable Be Beautiful for Him salon along Kalayaan are no more than five to ten minutes away. While Maison by Nail Spa, Browhaus, the Spa at the Rockwell Club, and Footzone along Jupiter fill in the rest of your primping, preening, and pampering needs.

Nail Spa and The Spa at Rockwell Club

With Power Plant Mall right next door, all manner of errands can be easily checked off a to-do list. Then there’s the gym at the Rockwell Club, Beyond Yoga in the 38 Rockwell Building, and Iyengar Yoga in Joya as well as the Elorde Boxing Gym when it comes to fitness options. For those who make it a point to attend mass, the mall, the chapel at the Ateneo Law school, and the St. Andrew the Apostle Church along N. Garcia corner Constellation St., make both Sunday and daily masses available. Incidentally, St. Andrew was designed by National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin, and the copper cross that hangs in front of the church was created by National Artist for Visual Art Vicente Manansala. The building of the church was actually spearheaded by the Bel-Air community, and many residents from Phase II simply walk to mass via the pedestrian gate on Constellation Street.


Who are the people in your neighborhood? Bel-Air Village has been home to some of the most creative people from different persuasions including art, design, literature, interior design, as well as corporation heads and entrepreneurs.

Diversity in the City

N. Garcia, which runs along the perimeter of Phase II, is known as one of the city’s hubs for design and art with centers such as the LRI building and Budji Layug’s showroom. While many of the establishments along Jupiter such as Lazy Bastard, Sweet Ecstacy, and AVB offer all-night dining and drinks. Then of course there’s the Rockwell Center, with its more upscale options for everything from brunch (think Single Origin, Dean and Deluca, Apartment 1B, and Refinery) to cocktails and wine nights (Grace Park, Barcino, Fireside, and CDP). And let’s not forget the hipster ‘hood of Poblacion, with its burgeoning scene and hotspots such as Bucky’s, Holy Smokes, Wild Poppy, Alamat, El Chupacabra and Tilde.


Wild Poppy

Parking along Poblacion’s narrow streets is often an issue, and Bel-Air residents are fortunate enough to be able to simply walk over. If you really think about it, it’s possible to walk to any of these diverse options from Bel-Air. It’s just a matter of choosing what you’re in the mood for, and where to go.

Enclave in the City

But despite bustle that goes on right outside its walls, Bel-Air remains a peaceful enclave with its tree-lined streets and calming pace. It’s almost a sensation one experiences just as soon as one enters one of its gates, and crosses from the city into the village. This perhaps, is thanks in no small part to the Bel-Air community’s efforts, as it has won the award for being the Cleanest and Greenest Barangay in Makati for eight consecutive years. In fact, the city government inducted Barangay Bel-Air into the Makati Clean and Green Hall of Fame in 2005.


St. Andrew the Apostle Church

Community First

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Bel-Air Village has been home to some of the most creative people from different persuasions including art, design, literature, interior design, as well as corporation heads and entrepreneurs. But more than being accomplished and respected in their respective fields, Bel Air residents are known for their spirit of camaraderie and community. One of Bel-Air’s most notable activities is the annual Pasinaya, a weekend-long celebration filled with talent contests, celebrity appearances, food stalls, bazaars, and games. And what many do not realize is that the Saturday Market in Salcedo Village is actually a project that is run by the Women of Bel-Air Foundation. Bel-Air is also known for its training and development programs for their household staff members.

As Nene Lichauco, Bel-Air’s Barangay Captain for the past 34 years says, “I guess devotion is the word I can use to describe my love for serving this community. Together with the Barangay Council Members, BAVA governors, we have endeavored to build a family-centered community – safe, secure, progressive, and always ready to help each other.” This really makes Bel-Air the kind of place you would love to call home.

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