Bonifacio Global City or ‘BGC’ is home to modern skyscrapers, world-class retail and restaurant brands and upscale residential addresses. Over the course of a decade, we have seen an influx of businesses within Taguig City that rivals its neighboring CBD, Makati City.
Hence the district, also famously known as ‘The Fort’, continues to attract locals and expats alike to live, work and play. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider to live in BGC, too.
1. You live near where you work.
Metro Manila has the second worst traffic congestion out of the 416 cities surveyed around the world. Which is not a surprise for a region with almost 14 million people whose majority are part of the labor force.
There growth of mixed-use developments have been one the metro’s most ideal solutions to ease traffic. And living in BGC solves your traffic woes. It’s because major CBDs of Makati City, Ortigas and Pasay are easily accessible within 20 minutes.
For frequent international travelers, BGC is also an ideal spot since the international airports are less than half an hour away. Going to work is hassle-free and you can save up a large chunk of your gas money.
2. You can walk without fear of getting hit by cars.
BGC is a master-planned community. This means that each corner and lane has been well-thought of to serve a special purpose. In fact one of the modern initiatives that BGC has been well-favoured for is its dedicated bike lane. It strives to be bicycle-friendly as it possibly could, in spite of the ever increasing volume of cars that pass through the territory.
Apart from bike lanes, BGC is pedestrian friendly. The high visibility of street signs and traffic lights makes it one of the most walkable cities in Metro Manila. It benefits from its simple grid system with Streets and Avenues names similar to that of Manhattan, New York’s.
3. Weekends are always happening.
During the week, BGC is a crowd-favorite when it comes to executive lunches and after-work grubs. The wide variety of 5-star hotels and restaurants to night food market have workers and residents left with plenty of reasons to stay out longer than usual.
However come weekends, BGC expands its offerings for young urban professionals to family-friendly events and activities. Many brands choose it as their favorite destination for hosting weekend markets and community events.
And if you want to have fun and loosen up a bit, the nightlife in BGC won’t disappoint you. There are quite a number of nars and restaurants scattered around, from Bonifacio High Street in the Center, Burgos Circle in the West, SM Aura in the East, and Uptown Bonifacio in the North. Within a short amount of time, BGC has become one of the most preferred destinations for all generations to hang out.
4. Getting home late at night is not a problem.
When you live in BGC, you’ll benefit from the fact that streets are safe to walk at late at night. You won’t have to worry on how to get home after a fun night with friends or an overtime work at the office because some of these condos are literally across the clubs, restaurants and offices.
Other than the BGC marshals patrolling 24/7, intelligent security surveillance cameras are installed in major grids of the city. And if you don’t have energy to walk, plenty of cabs and car-hailing ride like Grab or Angkas are happy to bring you home despite the short distance.
5. Everything you might need is available here.
Supermarkets? Check! S&R, SM Supermarkets and Rustan’s Marketplace are some of the stores you can rely on to feed you on a regular basis and especially during emergencies.
Banks? Check! Many of the international and local banks have branches in BGC for daily transactions while some are open even during weekends. Major banks’ ATM are noticeably present almost every 2 blocks as well.
Hospital? Check! One of the most respected and recognized healthcare institution in the Philippines, St. Lukes Medical Center, is located in one of the highly-densed areas of BGC.
Meanwhile, when you’re not stocking up essentials due to a lockdown or rainstorm, open spaces, jogging paths, cultural and sports amenities are some of the things you can enjoy if you were to live in BGC. Or if you prefer to stay in, you can relax and use the facilities among the safe and modern residential buildings.
To sum it up, where else can you bask under the sun by the pool, especially when the weather is perfect while still being productive with your day running errands and getting some work done? Bonifacio Global City offers the lifestyle of passionate pursuits and convenience and those reasons are enough for me to pack up my little bags and call this city my home.