My Trip To Bonifacio Global City, Manila, The Philippines

Today (02 October 2018), I went to Bonifacio Global City in Manila, The Philippines. I had previously gone to Ayala, Manila, which is a financial district of Manila, and others had suggested that I visit Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as well. Bonifacio Global City is also a financial district in Manila. This article will discuss my trip there today.

In the late morning or early afternoon, I thought about going to Bonifacio Global City, but was unsure whether I should go. I looked at Google Maps, but wasn’t certain how to get there because I had never been in the area.

So, I decided I might go, but wasn’t certain. I did my (almost) daily run, and ran from my apartment in Mandaluyong, Manila, and ran to Ayala, Manila, which I had done a few times before. Then, I looked on my smartphone, and realized it would be really easy to visit Bonifacio Global City, because I mainly had to follow Ayala avenue and then another road called McKinley road. So, I decided to continue running from Ayala all the way to Bonifacio Global City. I only stopped a few times along the way.

Ayala Avenue has lots of nice buildings. Then, as I got to McKinley road, I noticed lots of really exclusive and nice homes. Manila has a huge contract of extreme poverty and extreme wealth, and this was an area with extreme wealth and exclusive clubs such as a polo club.

McKinley road was definitely one of the nicest areas I have been in Manila.

What McKinley Road looked like when I first saw it.
Outside some nice homes on McKinley Road in Manila. The Philippines.
Outside some nice homes on McKinley Road in Manila. The Philippines.
The Manila Polo Club. A very exclusive club on McKinley Avenue in Manila, The Philippines.
The Manila Polo Club. A very exclusive club on McKinley Avenue in Manila, The Philippines.

Eventually, I made it to Bonifacio Global City. There is no mistaking it because there are big signs with “Bonifacio Global City” written on them. Also, you will see lots of really nice skyscrapers.

A sign of Bonifacio Global City.
A sign of Bonifacio Global City.
The skyline of Bonifacio Global City.
The skyline of Bonifacio Global City.
A cute sign of Bonifacio Global City with animals on it.
A cute sign of Bonifacio Global City with animals on it.

Besides having some people recommend me visit Bonifacio Global City, another reason I visited the area was because I visited the building that used to be the Philippine Stock Exchange in Ayala, but a security guard told me that actually the Philippine Stock Exchange had moved to Bonifacio Global City. At the back of my mind, I thought it would be interesting to visit the current location of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

As I was walking in Bonifacio Global City, the main place I really wanted to visit was The Philippine Stock Exchange. I took many pictures of the area before going into the the Philippine Stock Exchange building. Before seeing the stock exchange, I saw the outside of the Singaporean Embassy, which is really nice. This gave me nostalgia for Singapore, because I previously lived in Singapore for almost 1 year, and I have lots of good memories in Singapore.

The outside of the Singaporean Embassy in Manila, The Philippines.
The outside of the Singaporean Embassy in Manila, The Philippines.

I also saw a building with some nice street art.

A building in Bonifacio Global City with nice street art.
A building in Bonifacio Global City with nice street art.

After briefly visiting a mall in the area, and walking around a bit more, I asked a security guard exactly which building the Philippine Stock Exchange was. After that, I went to that building. I was unsure because a different security guard had told me another building. I generally confirm directions with different people just to make sure someone didn’t make a mistake.

Finally, I got to the Philippine Stock Exchange Building.

A view of the outside of the Philippine Stock Exchange building.
A view of the outside of the Philippine Stock Exchange building.
Some artwork outside the Philippine Stock Exchange building.
Some artwork outside the Philippine Stock Exchange building.
Sign describing the artwork outside the Philippine Stock Exchange building.
Sign describing the artwork outside the Philippine Stock Exchange building.

As I walked in, I got checked by a security guard. Security guards are everywhere in Manila, in almost every major business or building, and this building really had a lot of security. I asked some other guards if there was a trading floor, and if I could see it. Eventually, one guard gave me a pass to go to the 6th floor, and they say I could ask about seeing the floor from the people on the 6th floor.

After getting to the 6th floor, I talked with some other guards, who told me to wait a little bit. Finally, I spoke with someone who was a representative of the trading floor, and she said there is a viewing area of the trading area on the 7th floor, but she said I couldn’t go up because I was wearing shorts.

Later, I got selfies with a sign of the Philippine Stock Exchange, and also took pictures of the sign just by itself.

Philippine Stock Exchange sign.
Philippine Stock Exchange sign.
Selfie with Philippine Stock Exchange sign.
Selfie with Philippine Stock Exchange sign.

Then, I left the building. It started raining right before or right as I was leaving the building. I wanted to make a video touring the area, but I gave up because of the rain. Then, I used the Grab app, and got a taxi back to an area close to where I am currently living in Manila.

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