Originally, there were 2 stock exchanges in the Philippines, the Manila Stock Exchange and the Makati Stock Exchange. The two exchanges were unified back in December 1992 to form a single national stock exchange known today as the Philippine Stock Exchange. The Philippine Stock Exchange currently maintains two trading floors, one in the Philippine Stock Exchange Center (located in Ortigas, Pasig City) and the Philippine Stock Exchange Plaza (located in Ayala Avenue, Makati City). In the photo above, you’ll be able to see the Philippine Stock Exchange Plaza (the street you see in front of the building is Ayala Avenue).
The photo at the left shows you the view from the trading floor and the picture on the right is the view coming from the visitor’s lounge. In here, it is very rare to see no emotions in the face of the market participants. You’ll see the local traders either getting frustrated and stressed out or laughing and rejoicing.
The Philippine Stock Market has probably the shortest trading hours among all the Asian Stock Exchanges, it only operates from 9:30 am to 12:10 pm daily. After the trading hours, the trading floor is as quiet as a library.
After touring the Philippine Stock Exchange, I’m sure that you’re looking forward to grabbing a hearty meal. Don’t worry because there are a lot of restaurants around the Ayala Triangle. To see the restaurants and establishments around the Ayala Triangle, read on…