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Bonifacio Global City , Manila Overview

Situated in Taguig in Metro Manila, Philippines, Bonifacio Global City, also known as the Global City or The Fort or simply BGC, is a thriving business, lifestyle and financial district. Considered to be one of the major shopping, tourism, entertainment and dining destination in all of the city, Bonifacio Global City was formerly a military base that was later converted into a planned neighborhood. It boasts of rocketing skyscrapers, classy hotels and condominiums, performing arts centre, and world class museums etc. Following a strict code of planned districts, the city flaunts pedestrian friendly roads, modern use of urbanism, mixed use buildings and the like. Besides it follows rigorous codes of cleanliness, safety and traffic regularity.

The area lacks the traditional Filipino character that rest of Manila displays. Although it displays an international character but interestingly enough it is built by the locals from all over Manila. The most popular attractions in the district include Manila American Cemetery which is the largest American World War II cemetery in the world, and the affluent neighbourhood of McKinley Hill which will remind you of the daintiness and charms of Italy.

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What to See in Bonifacio Global City

Bonifacio Global City is considered to be the most pedestrian friendly in all of Manila. It is also one of the most picturesque with its wide walkways, rocketing skyscrapers, public art and cafes, restaurants and clubs. In addition to that, it is known to be one of the safest places in the Philippines. Here’s covering some of the popular places to visit and attractions in Bonifacio Global City.
  1. Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

    Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is an oasis in the heart of the bustling city and is one of the most popular tourist attractions as well. Known to be the largest American World War II cemetery in the World, the place has close to 17000 graves of the US soldiers who were martyred fighting the Japanese. The complex also houses monuments, a chapel, well sculpted gardens and a museum as well. 
  2. The Mind Museum

    Timings: Tuesday - Sunday : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    The Mind Museum is one of  the most popular museums in the Philippines which boast of five galleries with interactive exhibitions and workshops. It also boasts of striking architecture which is a sight to see. The five galleries are divided into atom, life, earth, universe and technology in addition to several interesting installations and displays.
  3. Burgos Circle

    Burgos Circle is a central park in the heart of the city surrounded by sky rocketing buildings, quirky cafes and well lit restaurants. It is also a traffic circle which is considered "a window to the Parisian lifestyle in the heart of Manila". The highlight of the park is the art installation called “The Trees” made by Reynato Paz Contreras.
  4. Forbestown Road

    Forbestown Road is the most lively street in all of town which is flanked by quirky cafes, loudspeakers blaring songs, clubs and restaurants. The street also boasts of lush greenery and is one of the best places to enjoy a walk.
  5. Uptown Parade

    Uptown Mall is a two floor dining mall with several alfresco cafes, clubs and fine dining options.

What to Do in Bonifacio Global City

  1. Shop at BHS

    Bonifacio High Street, commonly known as BHS is the shopping hotspot in town. Lined with several domestic and global brands, you can find anything here from apparel to footwear, cosmetics, home decor and appliances. The street is also lined with several cafes, clubs and restaurants.
  2. Watch a Movie at the 4DX Theater in BHS Cinemas

    BHS Cinemas is known to house the country’s first 4DX theatre. It is a different sensory experience to feel the experience through seat movements, mist, light, smoke, rain, fog, lighting etc. The best experience is to watch an action movie here. 
  3. Admire the Public Art

    Bonifacio Global City is known for its gorgeous public art which can be found anywhere and everywhere on the streets. The city is best explored on foot and that is how you can also admire the beautiful art and take lots of pictures. These murals are developed by the Bonifacio Arts Foundation (BAFI).

Transportation in Bonifacio Global City

You can get around the city in public buses that are also known as BGC/Fort Bus. The air-conditioned buses are super comfortable and operate at different timings although the charges for all routes are the same - PHP 12. You can also use Metro Manila's Beep public transportation card to pay for the tickets. Here you won’t find jeepneys although you can take private cabs from one place to another. Alternatively, you can also commute by walking as the neighborhoods are quite close as already said, the city is best explored on foot as that’s how you can also admire the gorgeous public art and the lush greenery of the city.

How to Reach

The nearest airport to Bonifacio Global City is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. If you are coming from here or even from Makati, you can hire private cabs or taxis to reach the destination. The nearest railway station to the township is PNR Southrail which passes through the west border of Taguig. The nearest stations to Bonifacio Global city is Ayala and Guadalupe MRT-3 stations. From here you can take a cab or travel in public transport.

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