Fort Bonifacio Global City – A Purpose Built City
Fort Bonifacio Global City often referred to as Fort BGC or simply The Fort, is located right next to Makati in the city of Taguig and is an absolutely amazing contemporary development. 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 – 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 its 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.
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 and residential buildings. There are also hotels, 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/brewery. The main feature of this complex is the Palace Pool Club and the Valkyrie Night Club. The Palace Pool Club 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.