City of Makati

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This postcard comes from Rona. 🙂 On the back of the card was stuck this tiny envelope with a tiny letter and a lovely tiny unicorn. Best surprise ever! 😀

The City of Makati in the Philippines, is one of the sixteen cities that make up Metro Manila. Makati is the financial center of the Philippines; it has the highest concentration of multinational and local corporations in the country. Major banks, corporations, department stores as well as foreign embassies are based in Makati. The biggest trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange is situated along the city’s Ayala Avenue. Makati is also known for being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila. With a population of 609,123 Makati is the 16th-largest city in the country and ranked as the 41st most densely populated city in the world with 19,336 inhabitants per square kilometer.

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Singkil Dance

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The Singkíl dance originated from the Maranao people who inhabit the shores of Lake Lanao. It is derived from a story in the Darangen, the Maranao interpretation of the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana. The name of the dance itself means “to entangle the feet with disturbing objects such as vines or anything in your path”. It is a popular dance performed during celebrations and other festive entertainment. Originally only women, particularly royalty, danced the Singkíl, which serves as either a conscious or unconscious advertisement to potential suitors.

This card came from Julie from The Philippines. 🙂