‘Is that you, Makati?’

Most Filipinos can tell the difference between the skylines of Makati and other cities around the globe - and now it seems the rest of the world can, too. The Philippine’s skyline is the most recognizable of any in the emerging markets, according to a new survey from global property portal Lamudi.

The multiple choice survey asked participants in the developed world - as well as countries in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa - to identify emerging market cities by their skylines. The survey presented respondents with skyline images of Medellín, Colombia; Lima, Peru; Karachi, Pakistan; Colombo, Sri Lanka and Makati, the Philippines.

The survey found that approximately 58 percent of Westerners were able to identify the Makati skyline, making the Metro Manila city the most recognizable. The skyline of Colombo was the least recognizable, with 52 percent. The results point to a growing consciousness of emerging markets in the West.

“I’m not surprised by those numbers. I expect city skylines in the emerging markets to become almost as recognizable as those of New York, Sydney and Berlin in coming years,” said Paul Philipp Hermann, co-founder of Lamudi.  “Due to rapid urban development, and the popularity of skyscrapers in the emerging markets, their city skylines are becoming more impressive and unique with time.”

The regional distribution of global survey respondents is made up as follows: 52 percent from the West, nine percent from Latin America, 27 percent from Asia and 12 percent from Africa and the Middle East.

 Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets.  For more information, visit

Topics: Makati
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