Living in Makati, in the Philippines, as an expat can be difficult when you first arrive in the city, and that's why you should make an effort to get to know your surroundings. You can visit some of the more popular tourist attractions to get your initial bearings, and learn a thing or two about the people who live there. Visit the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church, to find out why 'Our Lady of Grace' has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you're looking for somewhere to relax, then you should head over to the Greenbelt Chapel, which has been named as one of the most calming chapels in the whole of the Philippines. And if you want any generic advice on living abroad as an expatriate, you should look at what InterNations has to offer. The forums and articles on our site have helpful and informative tips about the complexities, and the fun side, of overseas life, while the platform as a whole gives you plenty of opportunities to socialize and network with fellow expats living in Makati, the Philippines or across the world.
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Many travelers first visit Makati to enjoy the fine art museums and recreation areas, and to appreciate the colonial-era architecture of the chapels and churches. People then choose to stay because of the brilliant climate and the excellent education system, with the public and non-profit University of Makati taking residence in the city center. The golf and polo clubs on the outskirts of the city provide plenty of entertainment for expats living in Makati, as does the Makati Coliseum, where most of the city's major sporting events are held. Moving to Makati can be a rewarding and exciting experience, but sometimes it takes a bit of insider knowledge to help you make the last few steps and get properly settled - the members of the InterNations community, who number in their thousands, regularly use InterNations to share their experiences, so you can learn from the mistakes they may have made.
Makati is known as the financial capital of the Philippines, as it has the largest concentration of multinational and local corporations in the country. There are many banks, foreign embassies and large department stores all contributing to Makati's thriving economy. If you want to start working in Makati, but don't know where to start when it comes to working life as an expatriate in Makati, you can look for advice in InterNations Expat Magazine. This collection of articles, written by expat members of InterNations as well as the InterNations in-house team, are all life and work abroad as an expatriate. This includes about setting up businesses abroad, finding out about the rules and regulations associated with overseas work, and the cultural pitfalls you might come across when navigating through life as an expat in Makati or elsewhere.