Local Favorites: 10 Things to Do in Bonifacio Global City
From immersing yourself in local art to breaking a sweat.
(SPOT.ph) Bonifacio Global City, now one of the Metro's biggest business districts, is also home to towering condos, malls, restaurants, wellness centers, and a few patches of green. What used to be part of the Philippine Army camp has completely transformed into a favorite weekend hangout, especially if you're in dire need of some human interaction after an overnight Netflix marathon.
Here are 10 things to do when you find yourself in BGC:
Find out how things work at The Mind Museum
The Mind Museum is a good excuse to "kidnap" your cute nieces and nephews for a day, or—you know—have a reason to be awed at all the amazing facts that this interactive museum has to offer. Tap into your inner six-year-old and let your jaw drop at the humongous dinosaur and whale displays, aside from all sorts of other exhibits that make science come alive. Had learning always been this fun, we would have aced our science and math classes as a child.
The Mind Museum is at J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Immerse in local art at the BGC Arts Center
BGC Arts Center, which opened in 2017, is now a go-to spot for artists and art enthusiasts in the Metro. Inside, you can catch a musical or a play at the 400-square-meter Globe Auditorium; run into actors rehearsing their lines in one of the classrooms; or witness how performing artists transform a small space into a different world at the Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall. Lounges and halls in the three-storey building can also be easily converted into galleries. Step outside and you can hang out at the sprawling Alveo Central Plaza or the open-air Sun Life Amphitheater. Stay tuned for exhibit openings and theatrical runs to fully experience this artist playground.
BGC Arts Center is at 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Take photos of your favorite example of street art
BGC takes pride in being a walking city, not only because of its carefully planned walkways but also because of the murals that fill otherwise-bare walls and parking areas. Spot masterpieces by international artists like Bunnie Reiss and Andrew Schoultz adjacent to proudly Pinoy murals by local talents like Trip 63 and Archie Oclos.
Play a soccer game or two at Turf BGC
If you've always wanted to learn how to play soccer, you can drop by Turf BGC in the evenings for games hosted by Football Manila. You can also rent the whole court for other team sports like futsal, flag football, and ultimate frisbee.
Turf BGC is at 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Make your American Ninja Warrior dreams come true at Pretty Huge Obstacles
Touted as Asia's largest indoor obstacle course facility, Pretty Huge Obstacles boasts up to 100 challenging obstacles. Rates start at P800 for one full day of access to monkey bars, high walls, swings, and rings plus guidance from a coach. Get ready to run, jump, hang, leap, and other verbs you wouldn't think would be included in a workout session.
Pretty Huge Obstacles is beside SM Aura Premier and inside the parking lot of DusitD2 The Fort. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Go jogging at Track 30th
Running spaces, especially ones with a bit of green and where you don't have to worry about being chased by stray dogs, are hard to come by in the Metro. And BGC's Track 30th has everything you need for a running sesh: a 300-meter paved path, an exercise lawn for warming up and cooling down, and a meditation garden for finding your Zen. There are even street art installations for when you want to stop and smell the flowers—metaphorically.
Track 30th is at 30th Street, between 7th and 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Check out the latest in Philippine contemporary art
Since it opened in 2016, Provenance Gallery at Shangri-La at the Fort has hosted local art collectors' favorites, like Andres Barrioquinto and Anton del Castillo. It is owned by Joanna Preysler-Francisco and Raul Francisco, who partnered with art consultant and manager Derek Flores, to give Manila the latest in local art.
Provenance Gallery, 2/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Sing your heart out in a KTV and restobar
Whether you're nursing a broken heart or just want to sing your stress away, Rock Star KTV and Restobar is a fun option. This karaoke venue lets you rent themed rooms—from the Beatles Suite (P300), which has a huge print of the band's famous Abbey Road photos, to the Prince Premier Suite (P750), which can accommodate up to 20 people.
Rock Star KTV and Restobar is at 5/F SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City. It is open from Friday to Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 4 a.m.; and from Sunday to Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Listen to "on-demand" poetry
At BGC, poetry isn't just something you read in books or listen to during spoken-word nights. You can also listen to artfully crafted verses from what looks like a giant periscope rising from the ground. The first "Manila Poetry Jukebox," as it is called, was invented by Ondrej Kobza and a gift from the former Ambassador of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Olsa Jr. Reminiscent of a music jukebox you would find in bars of the past, it lets you play a poem at the press of a button (coins not required!). It offers a selection of poems by Czech and Filipino poets, translated and voiced by local writers and artists. The local selection includes works by Gemino H. Abad, Virgilio S. Almario, Mikael Co, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and many more.
The Manila Poetry Jukebox is at One Bonifacio High Street Park (across the Mind Museum), 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Go for a fun workout at Ride Revolution
Dance to a hip playlist while on a stationary exercise bike. Yes, we're talking about a spinning workout. For P500, you can sign up for a trial class and work on those legs and arms in a 45-minute ride. Who says you can’t stay fit and have fun at the same time?
Ride Revolution is at Kerry Sports Manila, 5/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.