Life in the BGC Area of Manila, aka ‘The Fort’ | Trion Tower Condo
‘The Fort’ aka the BGC (Bonifacio Global City) is one of the most baller areas to live in Manila, super safe, clean, and developed. My buddy recently got a 6 month lease at Trion Tower there, 30k pesos / month ($600) for a one bedroom unit. I went over to take some pics of his condo and the Fort area.
Balcony view from Trion Tower
The gap between the haves and the have nots in PI is wide, you can take a cab through the ghetto and see abject poverty, beggars, children sleeping on cardboard boxes, then five minutes later you’re at some luxurious area with upscale mall with high rise condos around, and feel like you’ve arrived in Singapore.
Venice Plaza mall, BGC
The Fort is one of those islands of civilisation.
Living in the Fort – Good for Dating
You can safely walk everywhere in the BGC, and it’s nice if you like walking as it has big sidewalks. No pickpockets or transsexual prostitutes freelancing on the streets, just normal people hanging out, dancing or exercising in the park. Upper class Filipina chicks shopping or sipping Starbucks.
It feels even safer than the Greenbelt area of Makati. If you were raising a family and wanted to live in a safe area your kids could walk around, the BGC is probably it.
The most popular nightclub in Manila is Valkyrie and it is located in the Fort. Definitely the main spot to find the hottest Filipinas in the city. If you check out any ‘best clubs in Manila’ list many of them are in the Fort.
Bonifacio High Street
Plus there are many cool bars and restaurants on Bonifacio High Street that would be perfect for dates. That area feels like IT Park in Cebu City. Hop on Filipino Cupid and open with ‘you so cute! I just move the fort na! I like treating you dinner at high street!!!’ and you will surely get many replies.
Good area to live with a girlfriend
The Fort is one of the most expensive areas of Manila for food and accommodation though. 30k pesos is about the lowest you’ll find a condo, and you’ll have to sign a 6 month contract plus 2 months deposit unless you use AirBnb.
Saw these street dancers in costume
Boring Area for Sexpats?
If you’re a young guy into naughty nightlife you might get a bit bored living in the squeaky clean BGC. As Harley commented on our post about Gramercy:
“I really don’t recommend BGC. I stayed there for a few weeks and got quite bored. Yeah I agree it’s a nice area and you have SM Aura and cheap 20 pesos transportation with the clean aircon BGC buses, but the area feels dull after a while. Your options for cheap and reasonably priced food are Jollibee and 7 Eleven hot dogs that’s it.”
That was in response to PhilExpat’s comment:
Its quite obvious from all the locals I’ve talked to Gramercy is the spot for sexpats. Many upper middle class girls will straight up avoid going there for fear of being labelled. Just a heads up. Stay in BGC. Cleaner, safer, better food options.
Harley also commented:
“I don’t really think Gramercy is famous for sexpats only. Most middle class Filipinas would agree that there’s many more fun places to hang out around Gramercy and Century Mall then there is around the Greenbelt area. Yes there’s the red light district around the corner, but most people who live in the Century area right next and in Gramercy are actually expats who live and work here or wealthy Filipinos.”
The Fort is a few miles East of Makati so if you want to hit up the red light districts of P. Burgos to pick up bargirls, or the EDSA bar complex, or KTVs in the Malate area around rush hour you’re going to end up sitting in slow Manila traffic for ages.
After 10pm it’s not so bad, you can get to P. Burgos or the casinos in Pasay to play live poker in about 10 mins. Coming back home at 5am from discos like ZZYZX is fast too.
Here’s the rest of the pics I took at the condo.
TV & Sofa
Free weights up to 50lb
Separate room with punching bag
Cardio overlooking the Fort
Long pool for laps
Another wider pool
There are two towers you can walk between
Lots of open spaces
Kids Play Area
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Click here for the Google maps location. Trion Tower is on McKinley Parkway opposite 9th Avenue, a couple mins walk to Bonifacio High Street and SM Aura.
Living in the Fort would be like living in the Thong Lo area of Bangkok, great if you mostly just want to relax with a girlfriend in opulent surroundings and have plenty of money to dine out at fancy restaurants.
If you want hookers on your doorstep, or just more gritty nightlife / fun sports bars then it might not be your cup of tea.