“The Fort” or “BGC,” Bonifacio Global City is a financial district named after Philippine revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio. The place is a mix of high-tech offices, residential buildings, and shopping hubs.
For today’s Saturday Adventures Edition, let me take you to The Best of BGC, Taguig:
Everyone will enjoy taking leisurely strolls around BGC’s picturesque parks and streets, which successfully blend together the beauty of nature, art, and modern architecture. These beautifully designed parks feature various sculptures and interactive art installations.
You will enjoy shopping at BGC’s malls, including Market! Market!, SM Aura Premier, and the high-end open air mall Bonifacio High Street. These malls houses high-end boutiques, retail shops, and cinemas showcasing the first-ever 4DX interactive theatre experience in the Philippines. After shopping, one can take a culinary trip around the world by exploring BGC’s huge selection of dining spots that cover all types of cuisines. Many renowned chefs and high-end restaurants have set up shop in the area’s plazas and high-rise buildings, making it a popular place to wine and dine.
Kids and kids of heart will definitely enjoy the 250 “hands-on, minds-on” interactive exhibits at The Mind Museum, the country’s first world-class science museum. Explore the exhibits through an interconnected story told by five galleries: Atom, Earth, Life, Universe, and Technology.
The place also offers some of the hottest bars and clubs in the business. Urban dwellers from all over the metro head to upscale joints like URBN Bar and Kitchen, HyvE, Prive Luxury Club for their fill of the city’s glamorous nightlife.
Those looking for a nightlife destination can head to The Palace. The Palace has multiple clubs including a day club (The Pool Club), a nightclub (Valkyrie), Brewery, Naya, and a luxurious lounge/club (Revel).
One will surely never run out of things to do or discover at the city as there are numerous of events and party scene built to cater to every possible interest and hobby. You will surely enjoy exploring a number of food markets, bazaars, photography events, fun runs, and other arts and culture activities at BGC.
Attractions and Activities:
- The trees – Composed of three interlocking tress where stands as a testament to Mother Earth and her strong, unifying nature. It is designed and created by Rey Paz Contreras from stainless steel for the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. as a constant reminder to conserve and protect the environment.
- Kasaysayan Bawat Oras – A 16-meter brass and cement sculpture by Juan Sajid de Leon Imao, and also a sundial with seven paper-like dolls representing the 7,100 islands of the Philippines.
- Pasasalamat –Ferdie Cacnio’s brass representation of two fishermen’s humble expression of gratitude to the Almighty for a bountiful harvest.
- Transformation – A grand and breathtaking sculpture of stacked laminated glass that mirrors Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. See this masterpiece sparkle brightly at night!
- Ang Supremo – A brass and bronze tribute to Andres Bonifacio, celebrating the working class hero’s struggle for the nation’s freedom.
- Balanghai – A derivative of the word “barangay”. It is a tribute to the Filipino community’s spirit of hope and cooperation.
- Terra 28th – It features interactive playground art installations where children can recreate old yet well-loved Filipino games such as Piko, Holen, Luksong Baka, and Habulang Taya.
- The Mind Museum – It is the first-ever world-class science museum in the country. It is consist of 5 main galleries and over 250 interactive exhibits.
- Track 30th – A park designed with a jogging path, yoga and exercise lawn, fitness art, and a meditation garden with interactive art installations made of recycled materials.
- Turf BGC – Turf BGC is a FIFA-standard community football field in the heart of Bonifacio Global City (BGC). You can play football in the country’s first-ever artificial football turf whether during weekdays or weekends, residents and office workers can join friendly pickup games with fellow football enthusiasts from inside and outside the city.
BGC Impromptu provides a free stage for various street performers and musicians. Dancer, juggler, mime, painter, poet, or a singer, has their own space here to showcase their talent.
WINE AND DINE
Because of the large number of multinational companies and condominiums that have set shop in the area, many restaurants, cafes, fast food, and other businesses surrounds the area. There are also weekly bazaars here called Mercato Centrale, where you can get good food in a casual and fun dining experience.
PARTY WITH THE CITY’S ELITE
There are many bars and clubs in Serendra, Bonifacio High Street, and Fort Entertainment Center. You can spot a lot of the country’s popular athletes, musicians, and celebrities.
BGC is a place for big events such as, fun runs, marathons, parties, social gatherings, and even concerts and sometimes, sporting events.
SHOP, STROLL, HANG-OUT AT MALLS
A place where all the best international boutiques, avant-garde shops, and other hip stores are found.
Educational Entertainment for Kids
From the Airport
Take a yellow metered airport taxi, located just outside the main exit.
- Yellow taxi flag-down rate: PHP 70.00
- Every metered distance: PHP 7.00
- Approximate cost from NAIA to BGC: PHP 400.00
- Approximate time: 20 minutes (no traffic); 45 minutes (rush hour)
Ask the taxi driver to use C5 route, especially during day time of weekdays.
From Makati Central Business District using public transportation
A quick 10-15 minutes’ walk from the Ayala Center takes you to EDSA, one of the main arteries of Metro Manila. Simply cross using the flyover which goes through the Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) Ayala Station. Once across, you have several options:
– Take The Fort Bus.
- The bus has two routes; East Route (which passes by Burgos Circle at BGC and ends in Market! Market! Shopping center) and the West Route (which brings you near to High Street and the Fort Entertainment Center, i.e. Fort Strip).
- The bus, regardless of your route and stop, is at a flat rate of PHP 12.00, making it the most economical choice of getting around.
- Approximate time: 15 minutes
– Ride on a motorcycle.
- The motorcycles parked at the bottom of the flyover will bring you anywhere in BGC and even until McKinley Hills. Helmets are provided, and these are relatively safe.
- This is the fastest way to get anywhere in and around Fort Bonifacio beating the McKinley Hill traffic at rush hour.