If you've watched the movie "100 days of Summer", you may recall that the character played by Joseph Gordon Levitt has a favorite spot in Los Angeles. It's that spot which allows him to see the "beauty" of the city. For me - I also have a favorite spot in Makati. It's that part of Paseo de Roxas between Makati Avenue and Ayala Avenue. I think it's the best landscaped street in Manila.
Here is a picture of the buildings along that strip - this is the view from the Ayala Triangle Gardens.