The streets of Bonifacio Global City become one big fiesta today as a celebration of Filipino heritage unfolds in the business district today, through Sunday, November 25. Dubbed “BGC Passionfest,” the annual celebration is a prelude to the birth date of Andres Bonifacio on November 30, after whom the now bustling district is named.
The three-day festival goes on this weekend from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
BGC Passionfest is an annual celebration, which aims to rekindle the Filipino spirit and elicit a renewed sense of pride to be Filipino via street dances, variety shows, exciting games and workshops, and food trips. The festival is currently on its fifth straight year.
“This year’s celebration revolves around the theme ‘Bayanihan Fiesta’ to celebrate the Filipino’s unique spirit of communal unity and cooperation despite trying times,” said BGC City Marketing Assistant Manager Joanne Magno at the event’s launch on November 17 at Kartilya Restaurant.
“For three full days, the Passionfest will showcase the richness of Philippine culture and the arts in passionate celebration that yearly gathers families and friends to BGC,” she added.
To make the three-day event more fun, this year will feature more activities for children and the young at heart, including a Slidefest, the wacky obstacle race, tangram, ring toss, and bike lessons. There will also be special performances from Globe Live’s Christmas Symphonies, and The Mind Museum’s Science Circus Show; as well as a Doggie Olympics for those who will bring their beloved pets.
Meanwhile, the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. (BAFI)—the non-profit foundation behind the first world-class science museum in the country The Mind Museum—will further inaugurate the BGC Arts Center as a highlight of the Passionfest.
A three-story complex, the BGC Arts Center serves as a one-stop hub for “passionate individuals,” both BGCitizens and visitors alike to uncover their talents and share their creativity with the rest of the world. The multiplex is located along 26th Street in Bonifacio Global City and within walking distance from retail shops, restaurants, and a 1,000-slot parking building.
The Arts Center is comprised of three main structures: the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, the Alveo Central Plaza, and the SunLife Amphitheater.
The Maybank Performing Arts Theater is the first stand-alone theater in central Metro Manila. It is home to several spaces such as the Globe Auditorium, a 500-seater flexible, hybrid studio-black box that can be configured for theatrical productions to banquets to special events. Located on the second level is the Zobel De Ayala Recital Hall, a space for more intimate performances and events. On the third floor is the Exhibit Hall, an open space that is perfect for art exhibits, talks, art workshops and classes.
Also within this are is the W Global Lounge and the Daiichi Properties lounge, which serves as reception areas for cocktails. And lastly, there is the Nutri-Asia Del Monte Lobby, which serves as the main gathering space of the theater, which boasts a larger-than-life photomural by Don Jaime Zobel.
The open landscape space is made up of the Alveo Central Plaza and the SunLife Amphitheater—two outdoor venues perfect for outdoor community events and cultural bazaars.
“The inspired spaces of this newest structure will host art performances, exhibitions, and other forms of artistic expression,” BAFI’s Art Program Manager, Monica Llamas-Garcia said.
“It has been designed to be a welcoming and inspiring space for both the users and audiences alike. It is envisioned to be the venue that caters to various programs and productions that provide rich cultural and educational experiences to inspire the public and promote cultural exchange,” she added.
For more details on BGC Passionfest’s activities and schedules, you can contact FBDC’s City Marketing Assistant Manager, Joanne Bawalan-Magno at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out BGC’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bonifacioglobalcityph.