Bonifacio Global City is more than just a perch for night owls. Planning to relocate? Do consider living in BGC.
People have this notion that Bonifacio Global City, or BGC, is where you go on payday Friday to shop and party. Okay, that’s true, to some extent. But there really is a lot more to this city. Ask the people who live there and they’ll swear that BGC is really the “Home of Passionate Minds”, as its official website proudly declares. If you’re on the fence about whether or not moving to BGC is the right decision, we listed the 10 most compelling reasons to live in BGC.
1. Top-of-the-line residences – BGC teems with world-class condos anyone would be happy to call home. Whether you’re moving into the city alone or with family, developments like Serendra, Bonifacio Ridge, Pacific Plaza, Luxe Residences and South of Market are well-designed and fitted with amenities to suit your needs.
2. Ideal location for the career-oriented – Yuppies of all ages who live and breathe work will find BGC as the ideal jump-off point for the nearby business districts of Makati and Ortigas, where various local and international corporations and offices in the Philippines are located. Better yet, stay in BGC, where so many multinational insurance, finance, retail, automotive, and electronics companies have set up their headquarters, with a career position with your name on it.
3. Accessibility – On top of its ideal location, BGC is also at a prime spot for accessing the major roads of the Metro. It’s linked to EDSA and C-5, and can be accessed through Kalayaan Avenue from the north, the Kalayaan Flyover from EDSA and Makati, the Airport through the Villamor Air Base from the south, the C-5 Highway gates form the east and McKinley Road from the west.
4. Technology-infused facilities – BGC’s methods of providing utilities like gas, electricity, and cable are nothing short of advanced, applying technology that make sure everyone gets an uninterrupted and safe supply all the time. For instance, instead of having homes equipped with individual LPG tanks, BGC set up an underground liquefied petroleum gas piping system that distributes gas to homes. Also, cables for electricity, as well as telephones, video and data applications, run underground to not just keep the BGC skyline views unobstructed, but to also ensure that utility services stay uninterrupted.
5. Food, food, food! – BGC is a foodie paradise, with almost 450 restaurants to choose from! Feed your gastronomical cravings at haunts ranging from American (TGI Friday’s, Texas Roadhouse Grill, etc.) to European (Italianni’s, Cuillere, etc.) to Asian (Mini Shabu Shabu, Kabisera, etc.), satisfy that sweet tooth with a cupcake (Sonja’s) or gelato (Gelatissimo), and cap off your meal by stopping at a Starbucks or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
6. Shopping – Want to give your credit card some wam-ups and exercises? Shopping nirvanas like SM Aura, Bonifacio High Street, and Serendra are at your disposal, offering high-end brands like Kenneth Cole, Nine West, and Pedro for fashion fiends, and iStudio and Canon for techies. For a more budget-friendly buying experience, Market! Market! is a common go-to for retail therapy, while bulk buyers can lose themselves in the super-size heaven S&R.
7. Roaring night life – Yes, we did say BGC is more than just a lively club scene, but you have to admit, it’s still worth mentioning, since the satellite city's so well-known for it. Whether you’re out for a relaxing night of drinking after a hard day’s work or are in the mood for a more festive atmosphere, you’ll find a watering hole to frequent. The Fort Entertainment Center, in particular, is known as a one-stop area for bar-hoppers, with pubs like The Craft Rock & Grill, The Keg, Scarlet Bar, Status Lounge, and Draft Gastropub Manila sitting right next to each other and open until the wee hours of the morning.
8. Arts and sciences – Art is a big part of living in BGC, and a day’s tour around town will show you that. Throughout the township, you can enjoy installations like the brass-and-cement sculpture “Kasaysayan Bawat Oras” by Juan Sajid de Leon Imao, the boulder fountain “Specific Gravity” by Reg Yuson, and the nature-inspired “The Trees” by Reynato Paz Contreras. Feel like immersing yourself in the sciences? The Mind Museum, the country’s first world-class science museum, has over 250 interactive displays that will remind you that this is actually a cool subject to learn and re-learn.
"Specific Gravity" by Reg Yuson
9. Environmental appeal – As a masterplanned township, BGC is a haven for those who like to stop and smell the roses. Everything in the city is within a few steps from each other, so citizens are encouraged to leave their cars in the garage and strap on their walking shoes when going out and about town. Also, large chunks of BGC were developed to be open, green areas and community parks that are perfect for picnics, dog-walking, and fitness activities. To keep up this healthy and nature-friendly lifestyle, BGC also prides itself in cleanliness and maintenance efforts through regular tree-planting activities and recyclable waste collection, which also work to retain the area’s first-class living standards.
10. Community events – Fostering community living is another big plus for BGC, which should be a good thing for you if you’re relocating to raise a family. Happenings like fun runs, food and music festivals, and art shows occur regularly, and the community even encourages street performers like musicians, dancers, and visual artists to entertain the public literally right where they stand!
Photos from fbdcorp.com
Spontaneous art: street performance in BGC