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Passionfest 2014 to fill BGC with lights and laughter

Alixandra Caole Vila - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Looking for fun and exciting adventure before 2014 ends?

If you are a fan of the Philippines' rich arts and culture, a running enthusiast, an ultimate pinoy street food lover or just something who is just basically interested into capping off your year the BGC style, better get yourself to BGC Passionfest 2014.

BGC Passionfest is an annual three-day event commemorating the heroism of Andres Bonifacio and the undying Filipino spirit as a whole. To celebrate the glorious day, the dynamic city is filled with various activities focused on culture, art, fitness, lifestyle and most of all, fun.

This year’s theme, A BONI-FIDE URBAN FIESTA, features a full Filipino fusion on November 28, 29 and 30, 2014, outlining everything that makes BGC the most passionate place to be—food, shopping, art, outdoors, games, fitness and entertainment.  Every layer celebrates a city that is cut to fit life’s vibrancy.

Getting the ball rolling on November 28, the three-day celebration begins with a Kick-Off Street Party where Bonifacio High Street literally comes to life with colorful Filipino dances staged in a bright parade at night.   The grand street party also signals the start of the much-awaited Supremo Sale, opening the doors to the numerous participating BGC stores.

November 29 ushers in Run BGC with this year’s theme: Urban Adventure.  Participants in groups of 10 must explore the city and its key features with obstacles and challenges to complete the mind-and-body experience. Giving the Boni-fide vibe to BGC Passionfest 2014 are the novelty street sights displayed in boni-fiesta.

To make the Filipino vibe more felt,  street food such as kwek-kwek, fish balls, inihaw goodies are to be served on 9th Avenue while stations where local games of our childhood like patintero, chinese garter, pabitin, tirador and tumbang preso  are made available. To make the games even more fun to play, everything is set in “higante style,” including the  slingshot and the slippers to be thrown at the can.

On the other hand, Filipino creativity at its best is shown thru shows, workshops and exhibits -  Close Engkantos of the Christmas Kind: A Musical, an all-Pinoy BGC Art Mart, Jeepney Sign Art, DIY Saranggola, Chalk the Walk and musical performances.

For those who are interested in learning, a Filipino Science Show will be conducted by The Mind Museum, demonstrating unique exhibits like Liquid Nitrogen Sorbetes, Apoy na Bahaghari: Science behind Fireworks, Sunugin ang Cedula! At ang Sweldo! (Burn Your Money Filipino Edition), Ang Agham ng Panahon: Science behind Weather, Pinoy Food Science and Skills Training for fellows in neighboring barangays as a CSR activity.

On November 30, the second annual Parada de Kalesa will showcase dressed up kalesas available to take guests around BGC. The parade is accentuated by big bands complete with majorettes & street performers to bring that Boni-fide Fiesta feel to the city.

The day continues with the boni-fiesta citywide activities culminating with Bonifa-show, a variety show bringing together the best of Philippine entertainment in one stage.

The different activities for the BGC Passionfest will be enjoyed through availing the BoniFiesta Passport. This could be availed by purchasing Php 1,500 pesos worth of single receipt purchase from any retail stores or restaurants in Bonifacio High Street, One Parkade, Two Parkade, Bonifacio Stopover, Crossroads, and The Fort Entertainment Complex at a given time only.

This passport will entitle you to different freebies and participate in the various art activities.

For more information about BGC Passionfest 2014, visit or

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