Things to Do in the Philippines

15 Fun & Unique Things to Do in Taguig

There are plenty of things to do in Taguig, let alone in Bonifacio Global City. Whether you’re a foodie, someone who loves the outdoors, a fitness buff, a bookworm, single, in a relationship or what have you, there’s always something for you to do. Here are some of the things we recommend you try:

For those who want to lay back and chill

1. Catch a movie at Uptown Mall Cinema

Uptown Mall VIP Cinema

(photo via Facebook, @uptownbonifacio)

Whether you’re alone or with friends, watching an entertaining movie at the Uptown Mall Cinema should always be a consideration.

If you feel like pampering yourself, you should indulge in the VIP cinema that comes with butler service and an unlimited supply of popcorn and drinks. Tickets start at P300 and you can always call (02) 869 9029 in advance to find out what movies are showing. Uptown Mall Cinema is located at the Uptown Mall on the corner of 36th and the 9th avenue.

  • Location: Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P300 to P520
  • Operation hours: 24 hours (Fridays to Saturdays) 10am-10pm (Sundays to Thursdays)
  • Best for: Couples
  • Highlights: The couple chairs at the VIP Cinema are comfortable, adjustable, and have their own food tray.
  • Activity tips: Book tickets online to avoid long lines at the ticket booth, especially for top screenings.

2. Take a walk at Serendra

Serendra Fountain

(photo via Instagram, @iloveserendra)

If you want to relax and take a stroll around the block, then consider taking a walk around Serendra. The sprawling 12-hectare community was designed with European and Filipino motifs in mind and is one of the most pedestrian-friendly places in Metro Manila. Also, be sure to take pictures and unleash the artist in you, this place is very Instagrammable!

Serendra is located on the 11th avenue and it’s usually open the whole day (except for the establishments that follow their own operating times).

  • Location: Mckinley Parkway and 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 11am-10pm
  • Best for: Families, Groups of friends
  • Highlights: Whether you’re dining with your friends or you’re treating your family to dinner, there are a variety of restaurants for you to choose from.
  • Activity tips:
    – You can check out the newly opened art supply retail store called Art Bar.
    – Stop by other nearby shopping centers like Bonifacio High Street, Market!Market!, and SM Aura.

3. Take a ride on a gondola at the Venice Grand Canal Mall

Venice Grand Canal Mall Gondola

(photo via Instagram, @bajumer)

If you want to visit the canals of Venice without spending a fortune and flying out of the country, then head over to the Venice Grand Mall. Often referred to as a “Little piece of Italy in the Philippines,” you and your loved ones can enjoy the colorful and beautiful architecture of the structure while aboard a gondola.

After that, you can go shopping or grab a bite at one of the many restaurants in The Venice Grand Canal Mall. It is located at Cluster B, McKinley Hill Garden Villas by the Upper McKinley Road.

  • Location: Cluster B, McKinley Hill Garden Villas, Upper McKinley Rd (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P250 per person (Mondays to Thursdays), P350 per person (Fridays to Sundays)
  • Operation hours: 11am-10pm
  • Best for: Couples, Families, Groups of friends
  • Insider info: If you’re lucky, you can catch live acts playing at the Venice Piazza.

4. Take pictures of public art at select locations around Taguig

Farmer Wall Art BGC

Taguig is home to several expats and yuppies, so its no surprise that the environment is a reflection of such. With plenty of “blank canvasses” available on the sides of several buildings, commissioned artists have taken over the dull spaces and brought them to life with colorful murals.

From paintings of flowers to pop arts, there are different paintings per building making it a treat for pedestrians and everyone else passing by. Comparable to the works of Bansky, these murals or paintings make for great snaps or backdrops for whatever shoot you need on instagram.

  • Location: Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Fee(s): FREE
  • Operation hours: 24 Hours
  • Best for: Art enthusiasts, Group of friends
  • Activity tips: Bring your friends with you for a photo session with all the wall art.
  • Insider info: Check out the stunning graffiti beside Burgos Eats and in front of the Mind Museum.

For the adrenaline junkies with no chill

5. Learn a new sport at Turf

The Turf is where several teams or groups of friends play a game or two of soccer. The field is made to FIFA’s standards, has movable bleachers and use ternate yarn for the field.

They’re open to hosting futsal, flag football and ultimate frisbee tournaments. In fact, during summer, you can see kids as young as four all geared up and ready for soccer practice. The Turf football field is located on 8th avenue and is open rain or shine.

  • Location: 8th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P250 per person
  • Operation hours: 6am-12am
  • Best for: Football junkies, First timers, Football enthuasiasts
  • Activity tips:
    – Bring water, sportswear, and a change of clothes.
    – If you’re a walk-in player, you can wait for random pick-up games with the other players present.
  • Insider info: If you want a place for your team to practice, the whole field can be reserved.

6. Skate around town at BGC

If you’re a fan of skateboarding or if you’re looking to try out something treacherously new, why don’t you try skateboarding around town. Almost every afternoon or late evening, you’re bound to see young adults taking up empty streets and skateboarding back and forth. You can either join in on the fray or look for another spot to skate on your own.

More often than not, security officials have no issues with the skateboarders as they usually keep to themselves and don’t cause trouble, but in the event security asks you to stop or to move elsewhere, avoid trouble and please do so.

  • Location: Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Fee(s): FREE
  • Best for: Skateboarders, Beginner skateboarders
  • Activity tips:
    – Bring knee pads as a safety measure, especially if you’re not a pro.
    – Pick a spot that’s far from cars and pedestrians.

7. Perform at the Circus! – Flying Trapeze Philippines

Flying Trapeze Philippines

(photo via Instagram, @trapezeph)

We’ve all seen the circus at one point in time (even if it’s just on television) and this spot is more that your usual perya. They actually teach you how to fly. Yes, you read that correctly. They offer trapeze classes that start at P800 which is inclusive of an instructor and safety gear.

Children as young as six years old may avail of the classes, though everyone who is 18 and below will need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Classes are made up of 10 students, regardless of skill level and experience.

  • Location: Federacion Drive, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Fee(s):
    – Walk in rates during weekday mornings and afternoons = P1000
    – Weekday evenings walk ins = P1,250
    – Weekend and Holiday Rates for walk ins (any time of the day) = P1,250
    – The rates are cheaper if you book via Trapeze PH website.
  • Operation hours: Class schedules can be found on their website.
  • Best for: Adrenaline junkies, Groups of friends, Company activities
  • Highlights: If you’re brave enough and willing to spend a bit more, you can try swinging from the trapeze and into the hands of the instructor.
  • Activity tips:
    – Wear comfortable clothing.
    – During the weekend, you can opt to eat at the nearby Mercato after your session.

For those who want to enjoy an interesting time

8. Get your mind blown at The Mind Museum

Dino Skeleton Mind Museum

(photo via Facebook, @themindmuseum)

The Mind Museum has become an extremely popular destination for people of different ages and that’s because it really makes learning fun.

Most of their attractions are interactive with exhibits that explore topics such as dinosaurs, space, addiction, forensics and almost everything under the sun. They have a life size dinosaur skeleton and a lot of classes to help kids explore the wonders of science.

  • Location: J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P750 for all day pass (check their website for list of rates)
  • Operation hours: 9am-6pm
  • Best for: Students on field trips, Kids, Families
  • Highlights: Get up close and personal with a dinosaur skeleton.
  • Activity tips:
    – Make your hair stand up at the static machine. Don’t forget to take photos!
    – Watch a scheduled screening of one of the three science films available.
  • Insider info: Not many people know that the Mind Museum is a non-profit organization and all proceeds go to the funding of the Museum and to public schools in the Philippines.

9. Revisit history at the Fort Bonifacio Tunnel and the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, photo via Flickr, Aissa Richards

Indulge in a little history by visiting the Fort Bonifacio Tunnel that passes through several locations in Makati and the Bonifacio Global City. This tunnel was built in 1936 and was used throughout World War 2 as a route for military supplies. It is now being renovated and awaiting conversion to a museum.

You can also visit Heroes’ Cemetery to pay homage to former Philippine presidents, national artists, scientists and other patriots. There’s also the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, which is the final resting place to 17,206 fallen soldiers.

  • Location: Bayani Road (View Map)
  • Fee(s): FREE
  • Best for: History buffs, Students on a field trip, People looking for a quiet exercise spot
  • Insider info: The Heroes Bike Trail which is open from 5:30 am to 5 pm has a P50 entrance fee.

10. Experience objects coming out from walls at Miracle Art Happyworld Museum

Miracle Art Museum Group Photo

(photo via Facebook, @miracleartph)

An optical illusion is always good fun and if you’re up for some life-sized fun, then check out the Miracle Art Happyworld Museum in Market Market at McKinley Parkway. The museum features art pieces that come to life in different angles.

Prepare to take selfies with gorillas, fall into waterfalls and perform stunts you would never do in real-life.

  • Location: Market! Market!, Mckinley Parkway (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P150 to P200
  • Operation hours: 10am-9pm
  • Best for: Families, Kids, Groups of friends
  • Activity tip: Don’t be afraid to get moving and try a variety of poses. You can stand against the wall, sit on the floor, or lie on the floor if you have to.

For the foodies

11. Go on a food trip at Burgos Circle

Busy Burgos Circle Street

Burgos Circle is a gastronomical heaven for foodies looking for the next best restaurant and the most Instagrammable plates of food.

There are a number of restaurants and places to grab a drink in the area, including picks like The Bowery – where you can relax and enjoy a couple of drinks, Namaste India – if you feel like having some South East Asian delicacies, PepeRosso – which serves real Napoli-style pizza, and Bondi & Bourke – for what is often referred to as Modern Australian dining.

These places are just the tip of the iceberg as there are plenty of more places to visit. The operating times of these restaurants vary so you’ll have to check in advance. The price points also vary, but expect to spend around P750 for a hearty meal for two.

  • Location: Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Best for: Groups of friends, Families
  • Insider info: If you’re in the mood for a drink with your friends, try out the frozen mojitos at Big Bad Wolf.

12. Grab a bite and then drinks at The Hungry Hound Pub + Kitchen

The Hungry Hound Pub + Kitchen, photo via Facebook.com/HungryHoundPH

If you’re looking for a relaxing place in Taguig that serves comfort food that’s a fusion of Western and Asian, then you should visit The Hungry Hound Pub + Kitchen. It is located on the ground floor of the Globe Telecom Tower on the corner of 32nd Street and 7th Avenue, and is a great place to unwind.

They have a large selection of spirits and if you’re in the mood for a brew, their local craft beer is pretty good. The interiors are sleek and homey, and you can stay for hours in relative comfort.

We recommend that you try their Asian Peanut Pasta and their Peruvian Chicken Thigh. They have a carb-free option where they can replace your starch with sauteed vegetables. Prices start at P100 for a pint of beer and a meal for two will cost you around P1,200 if ordered with drinks from the bar.

  • Location: 32nd Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 11am-1am
  • Best for: Group of friends, Office mates
  • Highlights: Not only do they have a great food menu but they also have a wide selection of drinks at the bar.
  • Insider info: Right beside The Hungry Hound Pub + Kitchen is another drinking spot you can try out called Niner Ichi Nana.

13. Have an American/Filipino/European Breakfast at Crisp on 28th

Crisp on 28th Food

(photo via Instagram, @iza.gram)

Everyone is a fan of fusion cuisine and all-day breakfasts, so if you’re in the mood for Tortang Talong cooked with flaked crab, aligue and spicy miso vinegar or if you just want some old school champorado, we suggest you visit Crisp on 28th which is aptly located on the corner of 28th street and 9th avenue.

Their Hot Champorado is a combination of tablea milk, toasted pinipig, and honey, so you’re spoilt for choice. They also offer Kansi Inasal and Osso Bucco Ala Iloco for mains. Crisp on 28th is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily with a meal for two costing around P1,200.

  • Location: Allied Corporate Center, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 8am-11pm
  • Best for: Group of friends, Tita night out, Families
  • Highlights: Try out their Crispy Adobo Flakes or the big breakfast.

For those who want to go out with friends

14. Go clubbing at Valkyrie

Valkyrie Nightclub at The Palace, photo via Facebook.com/ValkyrieNightclubatthePalaceManila

Ever felt the need to dance… with 2,000 other people? Valkyrie Nightclub is probably the biggest party scene in the metro. The club can hold in 2,500 revelers, not counting the DJs and the staff.

Located on the corner of 36th Street and 9th Avenue, this party monster’s abode is truly an experience. According to DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs, this joint is ranked 75th in the world and of course, is 1st in the Philippines. It caters mostly to the millennial crowd with the more-than-occasional number of celebrities, big shots and VIPs.

It’s open from Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 p.m. onwards and if you’re planning a birthday they have a P15,000 package which includes an open bar. For reservations, you can call them at +63 917 680 8888.

  • Location: 36th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 10pm-4am
  • Best for: Party-goers
  • Activity tip: Remember to put on your best party dress/suit!
  • Insider info: Besides the great ambiance and party music, their food is also a must-try.

15. Check out Secret Bars

If you want to enjoy a night out with your friends, but enjoy the feeling of exclusivity – then head out to one of the many secret bars scattered around Bonifacio Global City.

First off, enjoy drinks, Western comfort food and house music at Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Cafe. After that, go to Frank and Dean and step through their red telephone booth and enter a room where good music plays and lip smacking cocktails are served.

Bank Bar has an extensive alcoholic collection and delicious bar chow as well.

  • Location: Bonifacio Global City (View Map)
  • Best for: Groups of friends, Office mates
  • Activity tips: Looking for a wild night? Try bar hopping from one secret bar to another to get the full experience.
  • Insider info: To get inside the Bank Bar speakeasy, you have to enter through a 7/11 storage room.

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