BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY
The vast area was established by the US government as Fort McKinley in 1902. In 1957, it became the national headquarters of the Philippine Army and Philippine Marines Corps. After the military land was sold by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the Bonifacio Land Development Corporation (BLDC) planned a major urban development in 1995. The Ayala Corporation and Evergreen Holdings, Inc. purchased a controlling stake in 2003 and have been in charge of the developments and master planning of Bonifacio Global City since. The "Fort" is now a sprawling CBD that fuels the city of Taguig.
BGC’s public art is prolific with large-scale sculptures by the likes of Rey Contreras and Gerry Leonardo and colossal murals by #artBGC filling building walls. Hit KidZania, The Mind Museum, and ActiveFun with the kids. Discover Track 30th or Terra 28th parks, and head to the Turf at BGC or the Emperador Stadium for football games.
So many choices—you can walk the kilometer-long Bonifacio High Street and Central, or head down to SM Aura, Market! Market!, Serendra, and the brandnew Uptown Mall. For modern furniture, go to Habitat at Ascott on 28th Street, and don’t forget to dine at Gaita Fores’s Alta while you’re there.
High Street, Burgos Circle, and McKinley Hill boast homegrown restaurants and gastro pubs. Well-loved international restos include Denny’s, Pink’s Hot Dogs, and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. For special occasions, go to Farmacy for ice cream or Vask for tapas along quiet 39th Street.
St. Luke's Medical Center Global City is conveniently at the center of BGC. World-class schools like the University of the Philippines-BGC Campus, British School Manila, and specialized institutions like the Treston International College and Enderun Colleges are also in BGC. You’ll find the Korean Embassy in the vicinity as well. REAL LIVING AUGUST 2016