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Why we should walk more – BGC Passion Fest

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I love the outdoors.

One of the things I miss the most about living in Paris or other cities in Europe or North America that I’ve visited is the fact that people don’t mind to walk. Here in the Philippines, I don’t mind walking around Makati or Bonifacio Global City or even biking around when it’s too traffic to take my car, but it seems that I’m one of the few. I mean, in Makati, have you ever tried walking the length of Makati Avenue (From the Jupiter Street Junction to San Lorenzo), because I have, and you’d be surprised that it takes 15mins at most. However, I see and know a lot of people who will either commute that or take their cars. Now there are a thousand reasons why people will rather not walk: Heat, Time, Hassle, etc. But when its rush hours, the streets are jammed and you know you would faster than a car can go, but you still choose to stay seated, then it’s just a personal choice of not wanting to expend energy.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you don’t want to be outside, that’s fine, who am I to judge? The only reason I’m putting this out there is because if people spent more time on the streets the following would take place:

- Cleaner streets
- More push for bike lanes, pedestrian lanes.
- Less pollution
- Safer streets
- Less traffic
- A little more cardio
- …
But most importantly:
- More road side cafes/restaurants/retails stores.

If business owners know that there will be more foot traffic on the street, more street side boutiques and restaurants would open and people would actually enjoy walking and stopping for their favourite finds.

Anyways, that is my non-food thought for the month. WALK MORE! GET OUTSIDE!

This is why I love Bonifacio Global City, they really planned the city properly and I hope they keep doing so. They are promoting a pedestrian friendly environment, by spreading out all their different retail stores, parks, restaurants, shops and entertainments centres. I’ve also started seeing some Food Trucks here and there (which is great!!!!! Finally!) and they hold events that take place in the outdoors!

From November 23 to 25 they will be holding the BGC Passion Fest, a celebration of passions and the biggest outdoor fair at Bonifacio Global City.

Click more to check out their cool activities

 NOVEMBER 23: Music Moves. Art Grooves Mobile Concert FROM 6.30PM-12MIDNIGHT
featuring fused performances by:
WOLFGANG WITH 7-PIECE STRING/WIND/OTHERS
PINOY & FOREIGN MOVIE THEMES WITH VISUAL PERFORMANCE BY JOSEPH THE SAND ARTIST AT 9TH STREET BONIFACIO HIGH STREET
THE BRASS MUNKEYS W/ JUN LUPITO – BIG BAND ROCK – WITH A GRAPHIC ARTIST AT THE MIND MUSEUM
RAZORBACK – PINOY 70s/80s/90s ROCK – CARICATURIST VISUAL ARTIST – TURF BGC AS VENUE
SILVERFILTER W/ SKARLET – CLUB JAZZ SOUND – GRAFFITI ARTIST – THE FORT ENTERTAINMENT AS VENUE

(NOTE: MOBILE CONCERT = PERFORMANCES TO BE HELD ON A OPEN-WING 12-WHEELER TRUCK)

NOVEMBER 24: The Great BGC Outdoors at Bonifacio High Street and High Street Central (From Fully Booked to Jamba Juice/Village Tavern Area), 10AM-10PM

High Street will be transformed into a big fair ground with giant game installations, picnic areas, pet shows, fair games, inflatables for kids, magic shows, free cotton
candy/popcorn/ice cream.
Kiddie shows to happen at High Street Central Ampitheater from 4-6pm
A movie marathon after from 6PM-12MN featuring The Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, and Avenger movies.

NOVEMBER 25: Run BGC Ready Set Explore at 5AM-9AM

Explore BGC’s interactive parks, outdoor art, science museum, and retail playground in one exciting run.
The Great BGC Outdoors from 10AM-10PM
Opening of BGC Christmas at 6pm, High Street Central.
SPECIAL ROUTE OF THE BGC HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS TOUR during these 3-day weekend. Those who live, work and study in BGC get discount in registration fees for Run
BGC, and special discounts and freebies in selected retail shop and restaurants in BGC.

6 COMMENTS

    1. JB November 21, 2012 at 3:22 am

      Erwan, nice messages. (: i see your point and that’s a good idea and suggestion for every Filipino. i also love walking and biking and this is a good exercise also for me. :)

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    1. Catherine November 21, 2012 at 5:58 am

      I completely agree with everything you’ve said. I don’t know what it is with this country (well I kinda have a clue: the weather), but I really like walking when I’m in a foreign country. I get to explore more places and try out street food, which in most cases, is really something to remember. Thanks for the reminder! Will definitely try walking more!

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:00 am

        thanks Catherine!

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    1. AS November 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

      someone RT’d your previous post on twitter and luckily i was taken to this site. i work in manila and a lot of people walk around here because it’s faster (even though it’s more polluted than makati). and yes, there are many roadside stores (and illegal street food stalls, unfortunately) because of people; mostly high school and college students.

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    1. W November 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I live in Manila, too, and I walk most of the time. Earlier this year, a huge religious convention happened in Luneta on a school day, and the traffic was incredibly bad because the participants used the main roads as a huge parking lot. As a result, all of the people (students, employees, etc.) walked along Taft Avenue (LRT was not an option also because that was where all the other people went). I loved it. It was a good sight to see. If only we had wider sidewalks and cleaner air.

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    1. Jess April 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

      This is so true, me and my sister would always choose to walk than spend 8 pesos pamasahe if the place we’re headin is 3 minutes drive away or 5 minutes only! I wish a lot of people choose to walk than ride jeepney, the pollution every afternoon is killing me.

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