Friday, August 5, 2011
Chilling Out at McKinley Hill - Fort Bonifacio
Taguig City, Metro Manila - I've often wondered what McKinley Hill is like. It's this prime property that I usually get to pass through from the airport. Located in a Taguig City township, it's a property development within Fort Bonifacio that houses several big corporations: HP, Canon; World Square Buildings are home of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies; embassies are also found here (Korea and the UK); Internationals Schools (Korean, Chinese, Enderun).
I've recently visited McKinley Hill which has a lot of space for parking. The accouterments around are tasteful enough; the building gleams with graceful arches and porticos. There's an open ground with a space and a stage (a band was playing before an almost non-existent crowd).The main hall of the commercial complex has a dome decorated by what would seem like stained glass (pictured below). It has two-stories filled with restaurants: fine-dines (Pho Hoa, Gerry's Grill) and fastfood (KFC); Asian, Italian, etc. But on a Wednesday evening, a few minutes before clock strikes 10, these shops were already closing down! It was amazing how such a place could close so early.
I was told that there are shuttle cars running from here and Market Market and/or Ayala. These shuttles are important because I am not aware of any public utility transportation this side of town. Either go there by car, or you'd have to wait a long time for a taxi... and I mean a "long time". I asked a friend why a company like HP would prefer a place like McKinley Hill which seems too remote from the hustle of Makati nearby. "Rent for space is very cheap," my friend said. That is a valid factor. I doubt though if a place such as this is easily marketable to a larger crowd or wider demographic. But then that's what they said about Eastwood City several years ago. Who knows.
This is the Eye in the Sky!