Bonifacio Global City, Bonifacio High Street in particular, had been a runner’s haven for quite some time now, but as its empty lots and the areas around it slowly but surely gets filled up, is it an early sign of good bye?
The running boom in Metro Manila may have arguably have been aided a lot with the development of Bonifacio Global City. When I had my first race in BGC more than two years ago not many people knew how to get there, not as many people were into running, and there were so much room to go about. Fast forward to 2011, many areas have been re-blocked, some roads disappeared (including Katipunan Circle), and
two three corners of the BHS block had been taken, including one of my favorite and most memorable spot—7th Avenue corner 28th Street, more popularly known as the “parking area behind R.O.X.” Had it not been for the almost weekly races in BGC, running may not have been as popular as it is now—who doesn’t love running in BGC and BHS in particular? I wouldn’t have named it #1 in my Best Places to Run in Metro Manila list if something better exists in the Metro!
It’s only a matter of time before all empty lots around BHS and in BGC will be occupied, and I sure hope that even when that time comes, BGC will still welcome runners into its sidewalks and streets. I’d hate to see the day when we are no longer allowed to run in the area, because its tenants said so. Not being able to race in BGC on Sunday mornings is acceptable, but not being able to run there is just unimaginable! I hope the slogan “BGC in Me” stands as BGC has always been a part of me and my lifestyle. Thank you BGC and BHS for the warm welcome throughout these years! I hope this welcome doesn’t expire soon.