Remember when BGC was a buildingless, traffic-free landscape?

by Leandre Grecia | Dec 2, 2022
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Once upon a time, before all the skyscrapers in Bonifacio Global City were built, that huge chunk of land only had a few establishments inside it. Aside from those buildings, you’d only see paved yet empty roads surrounded by 

What’s with all this reminiscing? Well, we recently got a good hit of nostalgia when photos of BGC from 2004 made the rounds on social media. While the images are probably as old as the meme we referenced above, they reminded us of simpler times, back when both traffic in the metro and fuel prices were still bearable.

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photos of BGC in 2004

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It isn’t hard to believe that these photos were taken almost two decades ago. What’s hard to take in is that a congested business district like BGC could’ve merely served as a clean, open space that nearby residents could enjoy. That’s definitely something we could use more of in the metro these days.

The original post reads: “Not too long ago, BGC was mainly a grassland where people could park and drink from the trunks of their cars. Every weekend, people would head to Fat Willy’s to watch wet t-shirt contests.”

What memories of BGC do you have from this era? If you have any photos or stories you’d like to share, the comments section is open.

More photos of BGC from 2004:

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ILLUSTRATION: Echo Antonio
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