Fort Bonifacio Global City – A Purpose Built City
It is literally a new city that was basically a bunch of paddocks when I first arrived in Manila back in 2003.
Formerly part of the Philippine Army Camp (hence the name “the fort”), it has become the leading commercial and financial district in Manila.
Consisting of shopping malls, residential complexes, office and commercial buildings, retail stores, restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, supermarkets, international schools and major hotels such as the Shangri-la, Ascott and the Grand Hyatt, – you name it, it really is a self-contained city.
Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio High Street forms the physical core of Fort BGC. This is essentially designed as a three-by-three matrix. It consists of high-tech offices and residential buildings, retail shops and pedestrian-friendly roads and walkways.
It has become a very popular location for families. One of the main attractions is that it’s pet-friendly. It’s one of the few places in the metro with green grass.
It also contains a number of water features running through the entire centre of the complex.
Another popular section of Fort Bonifacio Global City is Forbes Town Centre. This area features a combination of low-density residential apartments, retail shops, restaurants and gastro pubs, supermarket, banks and other service facilities.
This area is a lower-key end of town and has a real village type of environment. It doesn’t get quite as busy as High Street, so it’s a great place to chill out.
One of my absolute favourite places in BGC is the night food market. There are dozens of food stalls here offering everything from local delicacies right through to international specialities. Watch my vlog below for more details.
Uptown BGC – a new city within a city
Uptown BGC is also a newly developing area on the northern side of Fort BGC. Like Bonifacio High Street, it features high-tech offices, residential buildings and retail outlets.
Uptown BGC also features feature retail outlets as well as bars and entertainment establishments, the most popular being The Palace.
The Palace is a complex featuring retail shops, bars and restaurants, and a gastropub “The Brewery”. The main feature of this complex is The Island and XYLO at The Palace which is a night club.
The Island is the Philippines first day club and pool club. Complete with cabanas, daybeds, and swimming pools, and of course, D-jays, this place really has to be seen to be believed.
This is definitely the most unique nightclub, and arguably the best nightclub, in the country.
And of course, more shopping malls
Fort Bonifacio Global City, like the rest of the Philippines, wouldn’t be complete without shopping malls. Fort BGC is no exception! Market! Market! and SM Aura and the two biggest shopping centres in the Fort, with dozens of retail stores, food courts, restaurants, cafes as well as cinemas, gyms – everything you could ever want.
Further to all the above, there is the American War Cemetery and McKinley Hill as other places of interest, which I have covered separately. So from all this, you can see that Fort BGC really is a spectacular place to visit. It is also a popular place to live if you happen to be settling in the Philippines.