Serendra Piazza promises to be a haven of exotic flavors and distinctive finds. A perfect place for laid-back individuals looking for a refreshing refuge to jumpstart their leisure time. The place reincorporates the concept of specialty shops and restos all created to be a one-of-a-kind venue. Likewise, seeing the impressive architecture would make you feel at home and comfortable together with their personalized service and friendly ambience.
Piazza Serendra is the latest place to eat. With so many specialty and dazzling trendy restaurants, everyone can drop in for intimate dinners and special celebrations, casual business meetings or girl lunches and tea. It’s the reason it’s called as the new Foodie Haven, with a fine dining park. One can hop from one restaurant to another. Once you have eaten your main meal from any of their restaurants, one can hop on for dessert like Cupcakes by Sonja, then maybe hop on to wine before heading off to home sweet home.
Restaurants are HOssein's, Guava, Gaudi, Cupcakes by Sonja, Kape Isla, Larry's Espresso Bar, Abe, Cafe Mary Grace, Balducci, Tatami, BRazil!, Polu Kai Grill, Chelsea, Portico, Mezza Luna, Fez, Bookworm Cafe, Cacao, DUO, Miss Desserts, Hai Shin, Silk by Louie and Cecile Ysmael, Tea & Therapy, Barolo, German Deli, Choco-late de Batirol, FiCafe, Ilustrado and Xocolat. Conti's.
The wide roster of exciting and unique shops include: Nail Tropics, Fix Lab Salon, Durrani Carpets, Pharaoh, World of Feng Shui, Carnevale, Mantra, Peppered Cherry, Souk Gallery, O!, Murano, Styled Optix, T.O.P. and 1/of Gallery). You can also find lifestyle-enhancing furniture shops like Padua, Julianne Collection, Isa Casa, Europa, Habi Home and the Balinese-inspired Finesa, and Indonesian furniture shop Pondok Indah. Other shops include Hermle Clocks, photo studio Blow Up Babies, daycare center Gymboree, specialty shops for dogs by Bark Avenue and Re-nergy Dermspa and A Different Bookstore. Art galleries like Gallery Raphael, e-Gallerie and Art Verite can also be found here.
Burgos Circle is the Newest Dining cum strip shopping mall in the Chic Bonifacio Global City. It is smaller that the Bonifacio High Street and Serendra of the Ayala Group of companies but this showpiece of the Federal Land Group is located near the central business district of the Global City and houses quite a number of really fine dining and romantic restaurants as even the Philippine President is seen to go on dates here. The place is romantic at night and the area have good fine dining and romantic restaurants. It is the center piece of the big condominium project of the Federal Land Group
I will do some tips on some of the restaurants here that I have been to.
among the establishments here are:
Fort Bonifacio's new center for exciting delights
Coffee Bean &Tea Leaf
Henry's Place by Good Earth
Melo's Steak House
UCC Park Cafe
Cafe Juanita at the Fort
Mile Hi Diner
Dr. Aivee Theo & Associates
Rizal Drive at Forbes Town
Bourbon @ 29th
Izumi Sake Bar
Tinette & Co Salon Specialists
Paul Calvin's Gourmet Deli
Numa Tea Salon
Zen Dental Spa
Ysa Skin Care
Philippine Business Bank
The optional side story...
This Museum is very special to me because it was opened to the public on my birthday(March 16, 2012) after years of planning and building. Everyone was excited to go there and I wanted to bring my big baby(RJ, my brother, an autistic savant) and my nephew. He enjoyed the Museo Pambata and the Nido Science Discovery Center, but he was in and out of the hospital and he was already almost non-ambulatory then. The doctors declared him to be getting better last May 18, on the 21st of May, he joined our Creator.
A month before his death, I was feeling a little queasy, maybe because I drank a lot of the very, for lack of a better a better word, delicious mixed alcoholic drinks at the reception of a wedding I attended.
When I was feeling a tad better and I was off to go to church to serve(I sing with the choir), I got a call from my VERY BUSY friend, who was excited to invite me and our "sisters" to THE MIND MUSEUM.
It was a "Now or Never" moment...I know it was an exaggeration, but I rarely see them and our meetings always get postponed. I gladly obliged and I'm glad I did.
Science is NOT my favorite subject, but I enjoy visiting here because I get to learn about things without noticing it. :)
It's a place where the whole family can enjoy.
I felt like a little child just learning the basics. I enjoyed glimpses of the 5 galleries:
The Story of the Universe: Its Beginning and Majesty
The Story of the Earth: Its Story Across the Breadth of Time
The Story of Life: The Exuberant Varieties of Life
The Story of the Atom: The Strange World of the Very Small
The Story of Technology: The Showcase of Human Ingenuity
I say "glimpses" because I really haven't explored them all.
I'm so excited to go back there, maybe with my family, or my other friends.
COMMUTER'S GUIDE to The Mind Museum
They are closed on MONDAYS
To maximize learning, visits are organized in three-hour blocks of time:
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Sat. & Sun only)
Music will play to signal the end of each visit.
Chilren & Private School Student (up to college): P450
Public School Student (up to college): P150
All Day Pass: P750
Below 2ft in height: Free
This is one of my favorite places in the City of Taguig because of the romantic feel. They also have great places where you can dine, shop, or simply have fun.
My nephew loves to play there, and my brother, RJ, loved the lights.
There are occasional live performances fit for the family and other fun activities.
There are four(4) big shopping and dining places that are near each other in the BGC. The first one is Market! Market!, the next is Serendra, the third is the Bonifacio High Street., and the fourth one is SM Aura Premier.
Bonifacio High Street is a long park and strips of stores filled with high end stuff and gastronomical delights.
Market! Market! is very crowded almost everyday. Although it caters to everyone, this the favorite among the masses because it is not too "overwhelming" for them, unlike its neighbor, SM Aura Premier.
Just across the street is SERENDRA PIAZZA.
Serendra is a residential area with food establishments and retail stores at the center or the Piazza. It's just across the street of Market! Market on one side and Bonifacio Street on the other side.
Seasonally, there are fun activities for the whole family. Some of the restaurants are venues for art exhibits, like the Duo Steakhouse.
Speaking of art, there is fun at the second floor for kids 4 years old and up who want to be Globally known artists one day. The Global Art Center teaches kids to be more creative and more.
Among other things, there are great dessert places too, like Chez Karine.
Serendra Piazza Restaurants and other food establishments
The 240-hectare Bonifacio Global City is a project of the Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation, a joint venture of Ayala Land and Evergreen Holdings. Pursuant to R.A. 7227 or the Bases Conversion and Development Act of 1992, Fort Bonifacio was turned over to the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) in 1995. Bonifacio Land Holdings led by Metro Pacific was the winning bidder. Then in 2003, Ayala Land and Evergreen Holdings bought out the controlling shares of Metro Pacific.
Soon, Fort Bonifacio became the newest central business district, the Bonifacio Global City where prime commercial real estate, 5-star condominiums, and restaurants/restobars are located. It is also the site of Market! Market!, a big shopping complex with the peculiar freshness of a Sunday street market sometimes likened to the "tiangges" of Greenhills, but with the characteristic ambience, surroundings and pleasurable comforts of an Ayala Mall.
Sometimes just called "Boni High", Bonifacio High Street is a unique retailing complex, said to be the first of its kind in the Philippines. It's like a compact mall with a park. A people-gatherer is its interactive park, the site of special events/street performances. Along the main street, you'll find establishments showcasing the latest fashion, as well as restaurants offering diverse cuisine. As you explore the twin boulevards, you'll notice that there are themed zones showcasing the many aspects of modern living: fashion, health and beauty, home, sports, technology, and special interests.
The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is located on a vast 152-acre plateau in Bonifacio Global City, within the confines of Fort Bonifacio, formerly known as Fort McKinley. It is seen prominently even at a distance from the east, south and west.
Formerly known as the Unknown American Soldiers Cemetery, the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is said to contain the most number of graves of American soldiers who fought in World War II. Most of those buried there lost their lives while in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines.
The place is frequented not only by relatives and friends of the martyr soldiers; it is also frequented by students on educational trips, as well as tourists and photo hobbyists who all like to take a beautiful shot of the headstones. Neatly aligned in 11 plots, the headstones look attractive forming a circular pattern amidst the meticulously manicured grass, well pruned shrubs and tall tropical trees. The crosses are mostly white marble said to have been quarried in either Lasa or Carara Italy, or quarried in the Philippines from Romblon.
There are supposedly 17,100 headstones made up of 16,663 US military and 570 Philippine Nationals. The reason why it doesn't add up is because some of the headstones mark the graves of more than 1 person, therefore, there are more graves than headstones. I noticed though that some crosses had names on them; others didn’t. Instead, etched on the cross was: "Here rests in honored glory a comrade in arms known but to God".
The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9AM to 5PM, even on holidays except December 25 and January 1. A staff member is on duty in the Visitor Building to attend to queries. If you are trying to locate the grave site of a relative or friend, the staff will not only provide you with it's exact location. The staff will provide you with a print of the American Battle Monuments Commission WWII Honour Roll, a National Archives & Records Administration file. In case the person you are looking for is considered Missing in Action, you will be provided with a print of the WWII Missing in Action or Buried at Seas Certificate. I learned that you will also receive a WWII Honoree Certificate.
Not to be missed is the chapel at the northern end of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial. It is the white building with beautiful exterior mural sculpture. Inside the Chapel, the altar is set up against the rear wall with a mural of a tall female (not to be confused with the Blessed Virgin Mary) tossing bunches of flowers onto the ground. Underneath the mural is an inscription that says:
"To their memory
their country brings
its gratitude as flowers forever living"
(Note: My camera run out of battery, so all photos shown are by hubby.)
Right infront of the chapel is a wide terrace. On the opposite ends (east and west) of the terrace are two large hemicycles stretched in a semicircle, almost meeting at the stairs at the end of the Central Mall. There, you see 25 operational maps showing the detailed achievements of the American Armed Forces in the Pacific, China, India and Burma.
Within the hemicycles are "fins" or walls called Tablets of the Missing. Chiselled on the tablet walls are information on the martyr soldiers in alphabetical order with Surname, First name, Initial then Rank, Service and State which they entered the service. The names of those since recovered and identified are marked with rosettes. The seals of the American states and its territories are carved on the floors.
The Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes) in Fort Bonifacio is a memorial ground for Filipino soldiers killed in Bataan, Corregidor and other battlefields in World War II. Filipino soldiers with meritorious record (Medal of Valor Awardees), past Presidents of the Philippines & their spouse, national artists, national scientists and other honorable Filipinos (dignitaries, former Secretaries of National Defense, Chiefs of Staff, etc) are also buried here. My eldest brother is a recipient of the Medal of Valor so he is buried there. My dad, who is a multi-awarded military officer could have been buried there, but my mother requested that he be buried in our private memorial plot so they could be together when she dies.
Libingan ng Mga Bayani is often likened to America’s Arlington National Cemetery where the soldiers who have fought for the country are buried, so sometime its is confused with the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.
Also located in the Libingan ng mga Bayani are the Vietnam War Memorial and Korean War Memorial.
Market Market's Topiary Park is a very nice, refreshingly airy place to rest after shopping at the mall. It is also a convenient meeting place to link up with companions after shopping, or when you decide to eat later at the restaurants. While waiting, you can enjoy the sight of the topiaries meticulously shaped as animals.
Market! Market! is in the midst of the central business district Bonifacio Global City, very much like the way Ayala Commercial Center is in Makati. It has "the distinctive surroundings and the essential comforts of an Ayala Mall", yet has an excitng "tiangge" character like Greenhills. There are themed retail zones (i.e., each floor/level is dedicated to a particular category of service like food choices, cinema, fashion & beauty, etc). There are also regional food and hawker's area, as well as fruit and flowers market such as the ones you see at Tiendesitas. The multi-faceted character of the mall doesn't make it a confusingly disorganized commercial center though. In fact, Market! Market! is very clean (even the restrooms) ans systematically laid out.. It has become very popular to cost value-conscious wholesalers and shoppers buying in retail.
McKinley Hill is Megaworld Corporation's largest township project spread in a sprawling 50- hectare land strategically located in Fort Bonifacio. Megaworld Corporation has the reputation of being the Philippines' no. 1 developer of condominiums and business process outsourcing (BPO) office buildings. The corporation adopts the Live-Work-Play-Learn formula in its business plans. Thus, McKinley Hill aims to offer "an unprecedented scale of high-end communities that perfectly integrate residential, office, commercial and school components." As Megaworld touts, live life to the fullest at their newest avant garde project, the Venice Luxury Residences; work at their World Square BPO buildings; shop, dine and relax at their Venetian Mall, and study at their beautiful special schools.
When we last went for a joy ride at MacKinley Hill, I was surprised to see the fast development of the place.
the Mc KMinley hill is a new destination at the sprawling fort bonifacio area of taguig city and the area is about 50 hectares of mixed use land featuring high end subdivisions, several high rise condominiums and a large shopping area anchored by the Venetian Mall with a large replica of the famous Church Tower of Venice and a replica of the grand canal and gondola rides. The complex is located east of Forbes Park and south of the Bonifacio Global City and when you want to shop and eat without the large crowds associated with the fort strip or market market mall or Piazza Serendra nearby, this is your best bet.