Live your passion at ‘Chino’

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Live your passion at ‘Chino’

Published By: Din M. Villafuerte - @inquirerdotnet | May 3, 2019

We have been living in an era of multihyphenates. It is no longer surprising to know someone juggling multiple roles, or switching from one profession to another, day in and day out.

Hence, locations that provide one the convenience to shift from one interest to another have a special appeal that is hard to resist. Take for example Chino Roces Avenue in Makati City.

Formerly known as Pasong Tamo and reportedly one of Makati’s oldest and most storied streets, Chino Roces Avenue has evolved from a manufacturing hub to a favored location of hip and interesting bars, restaurants, art galleries, studios and specialty shops.


Say you woke up one morning with a strong desire to delve in the visual arts. You can simply run to The Oil Paint Store in Makati Central Square (formerly Makati Cinema Square) along Chino Roces for your drawing or painting supplies—from canvases and sketch pads to pencils and artist-grade paints. For photographers and photography enthusiasts, there’s also JT Photoworld where you can get your camera equipment and accessories.

Chino Roces also has a myriad of art galleries to keep you inspired for days on end. There’s Silverlens Galleries, Eskinita Art Gallery, Mabini Extn, Archivo 1984 Gallery and Altro Mondo Creative Space, to name a few.

Dust off your pointe shoes

If you are suddenly feeling less timid and want to see if you have a future in the performing arts, Dance Theater Arts is right inside Walter Mart on the corner of Chino Roces Avenue and Arnaiz Street. The school offers ballet classes as well as lessons in piano, violin, drums, guitar, flute, cello, voice, keyboard and saxophone. Also on offer are sessions in karatedo, taekwondo and aikido.

What’s cookin’?

At the fifth level of Walter Mart is the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts. Here, you can enhance your cooking skills and maybe, even get closer to your dream of becoming a chef.

Always wine o’clock

For wine lovers and wine connoisseurs, Chino Roces Avenue has the goods for you. The Straits Wine Company and the Artisan Cellar Door both have an extensive selection of wines from around the world, which you can pair with imported meats and cheeses.

Home makeovers made easy

Wear your interior designer hat and have a field day within the 5-kilometer stretch on this side of Makati. For your construction and building needs, there’s Wilcon Depot and CW Home Depot, while Karrivin Plaza’s The Alley features Lanai Manila and Aphro Living Art/Design, both of which offer an interesting assortment of furnishings and decor for the home.

There’s also Fashion Interiors by Paul Cornelissen, known to be a one-stop shop for all furniture, home decor and lighting needs, whether your client is going for a classical, industrial, funky or a more contemporary look.

Live at the center of it all

Imagine being able to fully immerse in this kind of lifestyle, wherein everything you will need to support your entrepreneurial and creative projects is easily just outside your doorstep.

SM Development Corp. (SMDC) affords you that chance to be right at the center of all these conveniences with its third residential high-rise in Makati, the SMDC Red Residences.

Rising along Chino Roces Avenue, SMDC Red Residences will be midway Gil Puyat Avenue and Rufino Street and will just be a few minutes away from the Makati central business district. The 33-storey Red Residences is poised to become the home of passionate, enterprising urbanites who are driven in their respective crafts.

With a name that is usually associated with fire and fervor, Red Residences stands at a dynamic location where homeowners are assured of convenience and accessibility, especially as they pursue their many passions and accomplish their various professions.

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