Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Stage is Set for BGC Passionfest, Arts Center Festival

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Once again we celebrate Filipino music, art and culture with special homage to the life of the hero Andres Bonifacio from where the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig got its name.

The BGC Passionfest is an annual event happening at BGC where people, especially its residents, are treated with grand, colorful parades, street dances, variety shows, games and workshops, and sumptuous food. It is spearheaded by the Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation.

Though it's only my third time to be part of this event, the BGC Passionfest has been ongoing for five years already. Be sure to remember the dates of November 25 to 27, 2016 as this would be another weekend of festivities along Bonifacio High Street and the city center.

BGC has never been so brighter and livelier everytime the BGC Passionfest is held. The experience from one point to the end leaves you reminiscent of the past when we used to be more extrovert by participating in outdoor activities. - Did I hear about a giant Slidefest? Wow! Now, that would be something to look forward to.

Nowadays, due to the advancement in technology, most of the activities could now be simulated by a mobile app, or a virtual walkthrough in 360 degrees presentation. But it is undeniable that the real-life personal hands-on experience will never beat any simulated experience. Technology still has its limitations especially when we need to socialize or witness the most sincerest feelings visually and emotionally. Nothing beats seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of people which becomes magical when in unison with a lot more people. Together we become a memorable showcase of delighted individuals with fascinating experiences.

Part of the celebration will be to highlight the completed BGC Arts Center composed of the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, the Alveo Central Plaza, and the SunLife Amphitheater which is expected to open to the public on December 1st.

Our short but intimate special interview with Monica Llamas-Garcia, BAFI’s Art Program Manager, during the BGC Psssionfest media launch, will tell you more about what to expect from the event. We are very excited to share it to you also at our YouTube channel at

Below is the official press release of the BGC Passionfest for 2016:

BGC commemorates Bonifacio Day with three days of Filipino music, art, and culture.

In just a few days, the streets of Bonifacio Global City will come alive with a grand, colorful parade celebrating our Filipino roots, a series of lively street dances, variety shows, a string of exciting games and workshops, plus sumptuous food for the BGC community and guests to feast on.

BGC Passionfest is an annual celebration of all things Filipino, held in homage of the life of the hero Andres Bonifacio. It aims to rekindle the Filipino spirit and elicit a renewed sense of pride to be Filipino. And what better way to celebrate being Filipino than having a street fiesta?

The city’s fun-filled celebration is running for its fifth straight year. This time, it is set to take place from November 25 to 27 in Bonifacio High Street and the city center.

Don’t miss this year’s giant Slidefest and take part in activities such as the wacky obstacle race, tangram, ring toss, plus bike lessons for the young and the young-at-heart! Also, witness special performances from Globe Live’s Christmas Symphonies, The Mind Museum’s Science Circus Show, and many more artists!

Your pets are also part of this year’s fun. Reveal your furry friends’ skills, dress them up in the cutest way possible, and register them for the Doggie olympics to showcase their skills.

Catch the festivities from 11am to 8pm.

Passionfest is spearheaded by the Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation.

This year’s celebration will revolve around the theme, “Bayanihan Fiesta,” and will celebrate the Filipino’s unique spirit of communal unity and cooperation despite trying times.

BGC’s City Marketing Assistant Manager, Joanne Magno says “For full three days, BGC Passionfest will showcase the richness of Philippine culture and the arts, celebrate all passionate activities, and gather families and friends.”

Art Renaissance in BGC

Coinciding with the celebration of this year’s Passionfest is an arts festival that will highlight the newly-constructed BGC Arts Center. BAFI’s Art Program Manager, Monica Llamas-Garcia says “The festival will showcase the inspired spaces of this newest structure that will host art performances, exhibitions, and other forms of artistic expression.”

It is a three-story complex that will serve as a one-stop hub for passionate individuals, both BGCitizens and visitors alike to reveal their talents and share their creativity to the world.

The BGC Arts Center is made up of three main structures: the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, the Alveo Central Plaza, and the SunLife Amphitheater.

The Maybank Performing Arts Theater will be the home of three large performance spaces – the Globe Auditorium with a maximum seating capacity of 500 persons; the Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall that can seat about 100 individuals; and the Exhibit Hall that’s located on the third floor of the arts theater.

The BGC Arts Center is expected to open to the public on December 1st.

BGC Passionfest and the BGC Arts Center Festival are just two of the fun activities that jumpstart exciting days ahead in BGC. A wave of hearty, special events will come your way as the Christmas season begins.

For more details on BGC Passionfest’s activities and schedules, you can contact FBDC’s City Marketing Assistant Manager, Joanne Bawalan-Magno at or check out BGC’s official Facebook page at

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