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Taguig Travel Guide, Philippines

Impressive Taguig

The city of Taguig is most popularly known for its recent acquisition of Fort Bonifacio, which is known as an area of upscale residences.  But other than this fact, there are other areas in this up and coming city worth exploring.  Taguig City’s impressive growth and continued progress shows that its vision to become the Philippine’s premier city in the year 2020 is not so far from reality.  

Rice Threshers

The early settlers of Taguig were known to thresh rice right after harvesting it and the local term for it was “Taga-giik”.  The Spanish friars, who reached the city in 1571, found this hard to pronounce and ended up being pronounced as Taguig, which is how the city got its name.  

Along Laguna de Bay

Taguig sits at the northwestern shore of Laguna de Bay right next to the upper opening of the Pasig River called the Napindan Channel.  Taguig City is bounded in the north by the town of Pateros and Pasig City.  East of the city is the town of Taytay and the Laguna Lake.  At the southern tip of Taguig is the city of Muntinlupa and to the west you will find the cities of Parañaque, Makati, Pasay and the rest of Metro Manila.  

Very different from today’s modern landscape, the whole of Taguig used to be a wide flat area solely devoted to agriculture.

This city experiences tropical weather which means it’s sunny in most months and it rains occasionally.   

The Residents of Taguig

According to the Census of 2003, Taguig’s residents with mixed cultural backgrounds number almost 533,000.  The city’s population density is 8,000 people per square kilometer.  By 1999 the city is growing at the rate of 4.45% yearly mostly because of in-migration.  Because of this phenomenon, the natives of the city have become minorities which only account for 30% of the population and the rest are new settlers of Taguig.

Major Areas of the City

Fort Bonifacio
or Bonifacio Global City is the city’s highly urbanized area and is popular for its upscale residences.  This area is home to international schools, fabulous shopping complexes, entertainment establishments and office spaces.  Fort Bonifacio continues to grow with new residential and business developments in this area.

The origins of the natives of Taguig can be found in the area of Poblacion.  This is where the city’s government reside and is home to the 400-year-old Sta. Ana Church which is the center of Catholic churches in Taguig.

Upper Taguig used to be known as Bicutan from the Filipino term “Pinagbicutan”.  This area used to be a military reservation and now houses four towns, one of which is a Muslim settlement called Maharlika Village.

Lower Taguig or Bagumbayan got its name from the Filipino term “bago” which means new and the term “bayan” which means settlement.  This was the name used for this new settlement that formed south of Bicutan.

Taguig’s up and coming area is the Lakeshore District which the city envisions to be the leading tourist and lifestyle area of Metro Manila.  This area is close to the nearby Bonifacio Global City and the new Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.  This Lakeshore Project includes golf courses, residential and commercial areas that will make up a lively and dynamic neighborhood.

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