Walking around cities has become an activity that I enjoy doing. There’s a certain joy that exploring places on foot brings. I usually have my trusty point-and-shoot with me to photograph random city scenes.
Towering skyscrapers, pocket parks, and upscale shops.
Those are just some of the things one would see in Bonifacio Global City, or BGC. What used to be a camp of the Philippine Army is now a bustling business district that’s continuously evolving.
Last weekend, I spent some time walking around BGC. A warning to readers, tons of photos ahead.
The blazing Saturday heat did not deter my desire to walk around the booming urban development. I met up with my sister and her boyfriend to have some lunch in Mercato Centrale. When I arrived in BGC, my sister was still not done with her yoga class at Yoga + so I roamed around while waiting.
Bonifacio High Street’s fantastic for people who love to simply stroll around. I’ve been going back there since my latter years in high school and I haven’t got tired of the place.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to take much photos at Bonifacio High Street last Saturday. I also skipped going to its extension where Jamba Juice is at.
On Sunday, my sister convinced me to attend a prayer service at Victory Fort. I was a little curious about what goes on inside the ministry so I said yes. We arrived a little early for the service so we headed to Red Ribbon first to have dinner.
The cash I had in my wallet was just enough for the meal I ordered so I excused myself and told my sister that I’d withdraw some money. Arman informed me that there’s a BPI ATM nearby.
What was supposed to be a quick withdrawal turned into a long walk. The BPI ATM was nowhere to be found and I walked further and further searching for it. Metrobank, Maybank, PSBank, but no BPI. Good thing I had my camera with me so I was able to take some photos…
After receiving a call from my sister, I headed back to the restaurant. Our food has been served and we had to head to Victory in a bit.
The time I had to explore was brief but I was satisfied. I took many photos which I’d probably share in Skyscrapercity, a site I often visit.
Bonifacio Global City’s a fantastic development, something that could be emulated by future business districts in the country. There are some things that can be improved though.
For one, it could benefit from a tram or a monorail that would whisk people around. Walking under the intense heat was exhausting! Another is that there should be more trees. There are some trees along the roads but they could have allocated a big lot somewhere in the middle for a mini forest. Of course, that would’ve meant less land for buildings. Lastly, they could have made the roads wider, probably four lanes per direction. The main boulevard’s already experiencing some congestion.
Still, BGC’s a really nice place. I wonder how it would look like five years down the road when most of the buildings under construction will be finished.