Fort Bonifacio, or Bonifacio Global City, is a highly urbanized district in Metro Manila. Formerly a part of the main Philippine Army Camp, this city is now one of the newest destinations in Metro Manila, boasting a wide array of high-end establishments. It is home to commercial hubs and residential areas like the McKinley Hill Condominiums. If you are new to the Fort, consider visiting the following landmarks to make your tour in this grand city more memorable:
SM Aura Premier
SM Aura is an upscale shopping mall located along McKinley Parkwayy and C5 Road. Designed by EDGE Interior Designers and Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica, this mall boasts a multi-level green roof called Sky Park, al fresco restaurants and bars, sculptures and botanical gardens. It also has a 1,000-seat performance hall called Samsung Hall and the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod which can fit up to 250 people. Its name was derived from the two elements gold (which has the chemical symbol Au) and radium which, according to SM Prime, defines “luxury and elegance that emanates from within.”
Forbes Town Center
Forbes Town Center is a 5-hectare township located at the heart of Fort Bonifacio. With 12 residential towers, the important point of activity is the Forbes Town Road, a commercial strip with 37 restaurants and shops that accommodate the needs of every resident. The strategically placed business hubs and condominiums bearing high-class amenities, as well as the panoramic view of the Manila Golf Course, make for a blissful lifestyle.
Fort Bonifacio Tunnel
The 1910 Fort Bonifacio War Memorial Tunnel is a tunnel that passes by the Bonifacio Global City and several barangays in Makati. It is considered as a historical site by the Bases Conversion Development Authority. It was intially used as a passageway for military supplies and war materials. Construction began in 1910 then, during the Second World War, it served as an underground arms depository for the United States and Philippines’ Armies. The Japanese eventually took control of the tunnel and used it as headquarters for their most important military officials. The most popular entrance you can find is the one across C5, beside Market! Market! at the east side of Fort Bonifacio.
St. Luke’s Medical Center
St. Luke’s is a tertiary referral hospital with branches in Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City. It was founded by the Protestant Episcopal Americans in 1903. The BGC branch opened on January 16, 2010. This hospital has 14 stories, 628-bed nursing tower with a helipad and a podium that houses the ancillary services. It also has a multilevel parking area with more than 1,000 spots. It was also among the Top 25 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the world.
The Heritage Park was developed by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). It is a 76-hectare high value, multi-use memorial park with landmarks. The place is equipped with modern interment services, crematory and other facilities. It opened on 2001 and is located on Bayani Road in Fort Bonifacio. It is between Libingan ng mga Bayani and the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.
These are only some of the landmarks found in Fort Bonifacio. Are you ready to explore? Grab your friends and head over to Fort Bonifacio now!