If you love all things urban, you'll feel right at home in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Also known as "The Fort," BGC boasts an increasing number of big-name corporations, high-end restaurants, funky entertainment hubs, and other cool establishments. Anyone visiting Makati or Taguig would do well to pass by the area, and make a stopover at any of the spots below.
Active Fun Bonifacio High Street
Location: 9th Ave. cor. 28th St., Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City
Need a place to drop off your kids? Let them have the time of their lives at Active Fun. Give them an outlet for their boundless energy at the playground, or have them celebrate their special days with their equally energetic friends. Active Fun also has branches in SM Megamall and the Ayala Fairview Terraces, so if you live anywhere near those places, log on to the Active Fun website to find out more.
Flying Trapeze Philippines
Location: 24 Federacion Dr., Taguig City
If you're a daredevil, give this one a shot. If you're not, try it anyway. At Flying Trapeze Philippines, you can experience what it's like to swing 25 feet above the ground, much like those circus performers you see on TV. In case that sounds worrisome, rest assured there'll be assistants to guarantee that you won't experience any untoward incidents whatsoever. Visit the Flying Trapeze website to know more about the attraction.
Prefer something a little more laid back? Be one with nature at Kasalikasan Garden. (In fact, the garden's name is a play on the Filipino phrase "kasali ka sa kalikasan" or "you're part of nature.") Whether you need a place to get away from the city, or you want a private place for small gatherings, Kasalikasan Garden is where it's at.
Market! Market! Shopping Mall
Location: McKinley Pkway, Taguig City
As far as the Metro's denizens are concerned, "BGC" and "Market! Market!" go hand in hand. Like the other Ayala Malls in Makati City, Market! Market! offers a wide array of shopping, entertainment, and dining options that cater to the hip and urban crowd. Luckily, many forms of public transportation (such as buses and jeeps) pass by Market! Market!, so no need to worry about getting lost while travelling there.
Location: 7th Ave. cor. 25th St., Taguig City
You'll only hear crickets here from Monday to Thursday. But come Friday to Sunday at 6:00 P.M. to 3:00 A.M., Mercato Centrale (or simply "Mercato") transforms into a bustling hub of activity. Showcasing a wide variety of delicious street snacks at affordable prices, Mercato has made a name for itself as one of the top weekend markets in Metro Manila. Need to see what else Mercato has in store? Hit this link.
The Mind Museum
Location: J. Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave., Taguig City
Even if you're only vaguely familiar with Taguig, chances are you've already heard of The Mind Museum. If you haven't visited it already, it's filled with interactive exhibits where visitors of all ages can learn science the fun way. Exhibits include a replica of a T-Rex skeleton, a life-sized model of a Rafflesia flower, and a butanding — the Filipino term for "whale shark" — suspended from the ceiling as though swooping down on you with its enormous mouth. (Thankfully, the butanding is a plankton eater in real life!)
Terra 28th Park
Location: In the square enclosed by 7th and 9th Ave., and 27th and 28th St.,
Aside from Active Fun, Terra 28th Park is also a great place to take your kids. Marked by a blue-and-green sign near the entrance, Terra 28th is filled with play areas where children can have a good time on the most colorful, creative slides you can come up with.
What really makes the park stand out, however, is the paved courts. At first glance, they look like your typical ball courts. But upon closer inspection, you'll notice that it's specially designed for classic Filipino games like patintero (hopscotch), luksong baka (lit. "jump over the cow"), and others.
Location: McKinley Hill, Upper McKinley Rd., Taguig City
True to its name, Venice Piazza is built in the style of its namesake Italian city (minus the water canals, of course). It's a mall surrounded by the headquarters of some of the world's top companies, as well as handpicked restaurants where good food abounds. Sometimes, Venice Piazza hosts festivals, concerts, and other events, so it's a great place to chill out when you have the time.
These don't even scratch the surface of the beauty that is BGC. As we write this, more and more establishments are cropping up in the area, making BGC one of the places in the Metro to watch out for. If there's any BGC spot we missed, or if you have any thoughts about the spots featured here, let us know in the comments!