Metro Manila, Philippines – Art abound the walls of buildings in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). It may come as a larger than life mural or a small detail in one corner, waiting to be discovered. This cultural movement popularly known as Street Art has found its way in the metropolitan city in Taguig just like the famous street art cities in Southeast Asia which also includes Penang.
Thanks to ArtBGC Festival organized by the Bonifacio Arts Foundation (together with LeBasse Projects and Honeycomb Communities), BGC’s murals have become part of its attractions. Since 2015, local and international artists were invited to contribute their installations and graffiti to the cosmopolitan city’s walls.
Millenials and hipsters alike will have a blast hunting for the street art since they are all Instagram-worthy.
To guide you, check out this map from artbgc.com
One of the things I love about BGC is that it’s a walkable city. With the surfacing of these street art, I hope it also inspire people to walk more and explore this outdoor gallery.
Here are 15 of my favorite street art in BGC:
Between the Lines by CYRCLE
Location: 7th avenue corner Federacion Drive
BGC Street Art 2/3 Occupying the whole building wall, this astronaut is the work of the duo @cyrcle. This is also one of my favorites especially because of those luminous green lines. Plus, it's also where you can find an assortment of food finds every weekend – @mercatocentrale! Art + Food = 😍 #ArtBGC #ExploreBGC #PSwanderlust
2 – 4. Nate Frizell’s works
Location: Bonifacio High Street, Fully Booked
BGC Street Art 1/3 Lately, between work and swimming lessons, the only travel I do is around the neighborhood. This piece is by Nate Frizell @natepaints for #ArtBGC. It is located on the side of Fully Booked building. I always get to pass by this one when I run near High Street. This reminds me of the cats of Penang. #ExploreBGC #BHS #PSwanderlust
Location: Bonifacio High Street, Timezone
Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City #Philippines . “There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you, or being sad over someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. You need to fill yourself up with love. Not anyone else. Become a whole being on your own. Go on adventures, fall asleep in the woods with friends, wander around the city at night, sit in a coffee shop on your own, write on bathroom stalls, leave notes in library books, dress up for yourself, give to others, smile a lot. Do all things with love, but don’t romanticize life like you can’t survive without it. Live for yourself and be happy on your own. It isn’t any less beautiful, I promise.” – Emery Allen . ….. Charlotte by @natepaints for #artbgc2016 @artbgc #PSwanderlust . ….. Have a happy weekend my lovelies! 😁😘
Location: Bonifacio High Street, ROX building
One of three walls I found in the High Street Bonifacio area in Makati, Philippines, by Nate Frizzell for ARTBGC TheNextAct ONE Festival. All three blew me away. This is no paste up, the boy is painted on the wall in extraordinary detail. #natefrizzell #artabc #thenextactonefestival #bear #boy #philippines #filipinostreetart #filipinomurals #bonifacio
Photo by J. Dimes (@themuralhunter)
5. Andres, Katipunan Supremo by Doppel
Location: Bonifacio High Street Central
BGC Street Art 3/3 Ending the series with this mural of Andres Bonifacio, a hero that the city was named after. . A Freemason, he is the Father of the Philippine Revolution against Spain. Some historians even recognize him as the first President and that he should be the National hero instead of Jose Rizal. He is also called the Supremo. According to some historians, Aguinaldo (the first President) had him killed because he was a threat. . Bonifacio Global City used to be a camp used by the Americans and later by the Philippine Army. Now it's a financial district and highly-urbanized city. . Shot with #Supremo1 WiFi Action Camera at sunset, all settings on default. Raw and unedited photo, only cropped to square. #supremist #supremoworld @supremoworld . This mural is called Andres, Katipunan Supremo and was made by Doppel. #ArtBGC #ExploreBGC
6. Manpower by Kris Abrigo
Location: Net One Center
"Manpower" Manila, Philippines A tribute to the labor force of our nation! 🇵🇭 It's a celebration of the collective human strength and power that can transform a community. We are giving these unsung heroes a chance to identify themselves in the city that might be foreign to them. It's a visual reminder to all people of how big their roles are in nation building and progress. #change #elevate #progress #constructionworkers #builders #laborers #manpower #menatwork #safetyfirst #streetart #urbanart #murals #artbgc #artbgc2016 #lebasseprojects #mabuhay #krisabrigo
7. Calamansi and Sampaguita by Pastel – Francisco Diaz
Location: BGC Corporate Center
"Calamansi and Sampaguita” Based on ancient local traditions, these plants have a native symbolism that switched during the last times. Since 1565, Philippines has been invaded by different countries and regions, being always in a large social and political transition trying to preserve the native spirit. Calamansi is a plant used during filipino´s funerals as way of purify the body, while the Sampaguita (national flower) use to represent humility and reverence, actually is the flower that young kids use to sell on the streets just to survive. Thanks to ArtBGC Family and all my Manila friends for your lovely support! BGC, Manila Philippines
8. Wonderland by Faile
Location: One Global Place, 26th street corner 5th Ave
9. The Heart of God’s Country by Andrew Schoultz
Location: W Fifth Building
10. Monster Magic Owl by Bunnie Reiss
Location: Bonifacio High Street B1 Parking
11. May you find comfort here by K.F.K.
Location: Bonifacio High Street B1 building
Starting off this new gallery with photos from a fun shoot with a lovely friend and model @pausiongco. May you find comfort at the Bonifacio Global City! Mural Artist: K.F.K. Location: Bonifacio High Street (B1, Lane O) Model: Pau Siongco #BGCimpressions #exploreBGC #iloveBHS #iloveBGC #bonifaciohighstreet #bonifacioglobalcity #taguig #BGCitizen #travelph #itsmorefuninthephilippines #exploreph #mural #muralart #streetart #artinthecity #artoftheday #portraitoftheday #BGCportraits #urbanart #wanderlust #wanderer #globetrotter #worldtraveler #exploreeverything #neverstopexploring #wheninmanila #discovermnl #artbgc #bgcmurals #ilovetaguig
12. Magsasaka by Archie Oclos and Aleili Ariola
Location: Burgos Eats on Rizal Avenue
'Magsasaka' by Archie Oclos and Aleili Ariola. The title is Filipino for 'Farmer,' and celebrating the Filipino farmer's work is a message close to Archie's heart. . . 📷 by @shutterpandagram #artbgc2016 #lebasseprojects #honeycombarts #mural #muralmuseum #streetart #dailygraffitiph #graffiti #globalstreetart #wallpainting #publicart #artbgc
13. Wallflowers by Trip63
Location: Bonifacio High Street B2 building
14. Mother Nature: Four Seasons by Dee Jae Pa’este
Location: Bonifacio High Street Central stairs (from 28th street)
15. Pangako by Anjo Bolarda
Location: Bonifacio High Street Bldg B3 parking (Lane P)
SEE ALSO: Street Art in Melaka, Malaysia
Indeed, these works of arts are not just beautiful to look at and worthy of a photograph. Their underlying meanings are also something worth to think about.
Do you like street art? Do you look for it when you travel?
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