In just the span of a few years, Brgy. Poblacion has rapidly grown into a thriving business and cultural hub that caters to tourists and locals alike. With its streets full of restaurants and bars, the once sleepy barangay has transformed into the place to be, especially for foodies and alcohol enthusiasts. And in the center of it all is none other than Brgy. Capt. Benhur L. Cruz.

Since assuming office in 2010, Cruz has actively sought for a change in Brgy. Poblacion’s image. For him, pre-existing establishments, such as El Chupacabra and Heckle and Jeckle Sports Bar, are huge factors on how Poblacion achieved the “facelift” it needs. But he knew that in order to flip its image completely, he would have to open its doors to everyone. In the barangay’s mission and vision, you could clearly see that one of their objectives is “conducive environment for business to flourish.”


As the center of Makati, its prime location has not gone unnoticed by entrepreneurs and so it didn’t take long until its streets were crawling with people in search of great food and drinks. Dozens of establishments have opened up in Poblacion since Cruz became barangay captain.

Team Barangay Poblacion from right: Bianca Marie Ragadio, accounting officer; Marissa SG Fabillon, secretary; Michael Gonzales, Brgy. Administrator; Stephen Mark Estrella, personal aide; and Miko Villena, kagawad.

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