At the heart of Taguig lies Bonifacio Global City (BGC), the new bastion of business and leisure in Manila, offering state-of-the-art facilities, wide roadways, underground fiber optic communication cables, and the most up-to-date water system in the Philippines.
An aerial view of Serendra (Photo by Benson Kua)
Locally located, globally connected
Owned by the Filipino company Ayala Land and its partners, BGC is being dolled up to become an upscale international urban hub that would soon rival Makati’s CBD. Even today, its nearness to the international airport, as well as to Makati and Makati’s world-class developments like Forbes Park and Greenbelt, adds up to its value yet enabling businessmen to trim down energy and costs in traveling and performing transactions.
Living the high life
It may span to thousands of hectares, but the activity in Bonifacio Global City zeroes on four interlinked blocks: The Fort, Bonifacio High Street, Serendra, and Market! Market! The Fort is the home of Taguig’s lively clubbing scene. Surrounding The Fort are up-market residential condominiums like Essensa, Regent Parkway, Bonifacio Ridge, and Pacific Plaza.
The Fort’s lively clubbing scene (Photo by DJ Marlon)
Near The Fort is Bonifacio High Street, features the high life in its designer clothing stores, up-market novelty shops, and al-fresco fine-dining restaurants. Serendra, a low-rise condominium complex, aims to bring luxury accommodations and nightlife under one roof by featuring fine-dining restaurants and open-air cafés in its ground floor.
Across the street from Serendra is Market! Market!, a middle-range shopping mall selling a hodgepodge of items, from native arts and crafts to RTWs. Fronting Market! Market! are rows of snack bars serving Filipino fare, as well as small stalls representing specialty food from different regions in the Philippines.
Designer novelty shops along Bonifacio High Street (Photo by Pete King)
IT and BPO hub
Since Bonifacio Global City is being further developed to become Manila’s IT and BPO haven, it will soon see the rise of more plush developments like Shangri-la Hotel, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, and the 66-storey Federal Land Tower, which will surpass Makati’s PB Com Tower as the highest skyscraper in the land.
How to get there
BGC is a jeepney or bus ride away from the Ayala station of the MRT. The shuttle terminal is along EDSA, near the Shell gas station. The easier way is to get a taxi from anywhere in Manila.