The city of Taguig, or Lungsod ng Taguig, is a highly-urbanized, first-class constituent city of Metro Manila, the Philippine National Capital Region, found in the island of Luzon. The city is located on the northwestern shore of Laguna de Bay, at the upper mouth of the Pasig River. Bordering it to the north are Pateros and Pasig City; to the west by the cities of Pasay and Makati; to the southwest by Parañaque City ; to the south by Muntinlupa City and Laguna Lake; and to the east by the municipality of Taytay in Rizal province and Laguna lake. The city is typically characterized by vast plains that were used to be devoted to agriculture, and elevated areas on its western and southern ends. All the metro’s major thoroughfares, such as the South Luzon Expressway, EDSA, and C5 Road, all provide access to the city.
During the pre-Spanish era, Taguig was part of the Kingdom of Tondo which was ruled by Raja Soliman. Due to its proximity to many bodies of water and vast plains, the settlement relied on fishing and farming. The name Taguig came from the term “taga-giik”, which refers to the rice threshers who thrash the rice stalks to make the grains fall off. Early Spanish explorers found it hard to say and mispronounced it as “tagi-iig”. It was then later shortened to “tagig”, and changed its spelling to: Taguig: through the years.
During the early years of Spanish colonization, Taguig was a barrio of Tondo. In 1587, it was established as a town of the then province of Manila. During the Philippine Revolution in the late 19th century, many of the townspeople joined the uprising. They also joined the resistance against American occupation under the command of Gen. Pio del Pilar.
The defeat of the Filipinos established the American military government. In 1900, under a new regime, Taguig was proclaimed an independent municipality and was later integrated in the Rizal province. From 1901 to 1908, Taguig experienced reshuffling of territories until it was declared once again an independent municipality in 1908. In1975, it was carved out of the Rizal province and was integrated in the National Capital Region. The acquisition of the Bonifacio Global City and the construction of the C5 Road paved the way for Taguig to be declared a city in 2004.
The most prominent landmark in the city today is the Bonifacio Global City. The city’s rapidly growing business center is a 2,578 hectare of land that was bought by the US government during the American occupation. Here a military base was established and was then called Fort McKinley. After the Philippines gained its independence, the fort was turned over to the Philippine government and was renamed Fort Bonifacio, housing the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In 1992, the land was turned over to Bases Conversion Development Authority, and together with its partners it has turned it into an urban business and commercial center.
Residential Places in Taguig
The city’s pre-eminent residential area is undoubtedly the Bonifacio Global City. Its proximity to the Makati and Ortigas Business Districts, as well as to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 makes this 26-kilometer wide commercial and business center ideal for young professionals and expatriates looking to relocate in Metro Manila.
The Global City abounds with modern, plush residential condominiums. The Pacific Plaza Towers are considered as the most luxurious of these residential developments. Its twin tower edifice features condominium units that are tagged as much as Php22.5 million. Another luxury residential condominium found in the Global city is Essensa. It is a 160-storey twin tower structure that houses apartment/condominium units. The Bonifacio Ridge is also a twin tower edifice that consists of 18 levels. Its main attraction are its large landscaped common area and tree-lined jogging lanes. One McKinley Place, on the other hand, features studio type units and partitioned rooms housed in a 43-storey glass and steel structure.
Other leading condominiums found in the Global City are Serendra, Regent Parkway, Penhurst Parkplace, Forbestown, Fairways Tower, Fifth Avenue Place, Kensington Place, and Hamptons Place.
Hospitals and Universities of Taguig
Taguig has both private and government tertiary care hospitals that are capable of addressing most medical concerns. All health professionals in the country are well-versed in English as the language is used as the mode of instruction in schools, as well as in business transactions. The quality of healthcare afforded in private and government hospitals are thought of as of the same standards, though they might considerably differ in medical facilities.
Philippine physicians are graduates of the many reputable universities in the country, with most of them acquiring additional training and studies in the United States before coming back to practice. The nurses in the Philippines have also acquired the same standards of training. It must be noted that many nurses working in the United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand are Filipinos who have received their training in the Philippines.
Listed below are private and government hospitals found in Taguig:
Cruz-Rabe General Hospital-37 Gen. Luna Street, Tuktukan-642-3433
Dr. Sabili General Hospital & Health Services-313 Gen. Santos Avenue, Lower Bicutan-837-0917
Holy Mary Family Hospital-461 Bagumbayan-0 Taguig Doctors Hospital-184 Bagumbayan-822-0178 or 822-0712
Taguig-Pateros District Hospital-East Service Road, Western Bicutan-838-3485 or 0919-6525475
The tertiary educational system in the city is largely focused on technological and engineering fields with its three institutions for higher education, namely the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Taguig, Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Taguig, and the Technological University of the Philippines-Taguig.
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Taguig (PUP-Taguig) is a state university established in 1992 which stands in a 10-hectare campus in Bicutan. The PUP Taguig campus is well-known for its competitive degrees in engineering and accountancy. Aside from these, PUP also offers courses in information technology, entrepreneurial management, business administration, office administration, and secondary education.
The Technological University of the Philippines-Taguig (TUP-Taguig) is also a state university established in 1977 and is situated on a 10-hectare campus along the East Service Road of the South Super Highway in Taguig. This TUP campus mainly offers engineering degrees and is considered as one of the top performing engineering universities in the Philippines.
On the other hand, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Taguig (PLT) is a local government-owned university that is still in its infancy stage. Presently, the university is housed at the Sunshine Mall in Bicutan. This young institution has received tremendous response from its constituents because of the opportunity it gives to underprivileged students to access quality education. PLT offers courses in entrepreneurial and marketing management, tourism and travel management, business and office management, hotel and restaurant management, criminology, industrial and information technology, and computer science.
As the city has limited tertiary educational institutions that offers training and instruction in other fields of studies, many college students from Taguig choose to travel and study in the universities and colleges found in the neighboring cities of Makati, Las Piñas, or even as far as Manila.
Commercial Places in Taguig
Undisputedly, the Bonifacio Global City is Taguig’s premiere shopping and entertainment district. Located here are the metro’s newest and most upscale shopping centers—the Market! Market!, Bonifacio High Street, and the Serendra Piazza.
The Market! Market! is an eclectic shopping mall patterned after the hawker markets of Singapore. Its 5-level structure houses stalls and stalls of toys, home furnishings, furniture, house wares, regional and imported fabrics, flowers, and fresh produce that are grouped together to provide convenience in shopping and scouting for the best bargain items. Also housed within the mall are prominent retail shops, such as Apple & Eve, Bayo, Kamiseta, Levi’s, Marithe Francois Girbaud, and Olympic Village, as well as book shops, music stores, and several restaurants. The Market! Market! stands at the corner of 26th Street and C-5 Road.
The Bonifacio High Street is a complex of shops and Dining establishments resembling the Sta. Monica promenade outside Los Angeles. Some notable establishments found there are Kenneth Cole , CK Underwear, Nine West, Mizuno, Springfield, Speedo, Crocs, and Puma.
The Serendra Piazza is located at the Mc Kinley Parkway, near the posh Serendra residential complex. Nestled among the cafes and restaurants are several clothing boutiques and beauty shops. Some of the establishments found there are Backstage , Pandango, Peppered Cherry, and Souk for women’s and men’s apparel; health spas like Renergy Medi Spa; and beauty salons such as Fix Lab and Nail Tropics.
The Bonifacio Global City offers many dining choices which can surely satisfy any palette. The Fort Strip is the earliest food complex establish in the Global City, and is famous for the variety of fine dining restaurants and bars found there. The most prominent restaurants found here are the French restaurant Le Soufflé, the Arabian restaurant Prince of Jaipur, and the Spanish restaurant Minggoy’s Restaurante. Other equally notable restaurants found here are the Filipino restaurant Filos ; Japanese restaurant Red Kimono ; Indian/Arabian restaurant Hossein’s Persian Kebab ; and Italian restaurant Caffe Puccini.
The Serendra Strip at the Serendra Piazza features several fusion restaurants and bars. Among the notable establishments found there are the Mediterranean/European restaurants Portico 1771, Gaudi , Balducci, Cuillere , Mezzaluna , and Fez; Filipino restaurants Guava and Ilustrado ; Asian restaurants Tatami, FU by Hai Shin Lou, and Thai at Silk; and Latino restaurant Brazil Brazil. Prominent café/bars at the Serendra Strip are Kape Isla and Larry’s Cafe Bar.
The Market! Market! features al fresco dining under a 3-storey roof, mimicking the open-air feel of the local Filipino version of a cantina called careinderia. Some must-have dishes found under this roof are pork barbecue, seafood dishes such as inihaw na Panga ng tuna , native lechon or roasted pig, longganisa or sweet Filipino sausage, the exotic balut, and kakanin or rice cakes. There are also other restaurants found inside the mall, such as Filipino restaurants Max’s, Hapag-Kainan, Ineng’s, and Razon’s, Asian restaurants Oody’s, Sushiya Japanese Restaurant, Magic Wok, and Teriyaki Boy, American restaurants Heaven n Eggs, Pancake House, and Steak Escape, and pizzerias The Pizza Company and Yellow Cab.
Service Establishments of Taguig
Electricity in Taguig is provided by the Manila Electric Company or MERALCO. The city is part of the company’s central franchise of 22 cities and 89 municipalities, including the areas of Metro and Mega Manila. Applications for service and bill payments may be done by visiting their Taguig branch office at the Makati South Hills Complex along the East Service Road,
The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is the largest telecom company that services the city. Among its roster of telecommunication products and services are fixed telephony and internet access through dial-up and DSL connection.
Alternative internet service providers in the city are Globelines of globe Telecom and SmartBro of Smart Communications. Both companies provide wireless internet connection, with the former also being a fixed line service provider.
Smart Communications and Globe Telecom, together with sun Cellular of Digitel Communications, are the three major cellular network service providers in the Philippines. All three companies have wide coverage’s, encompassing almost the entire archipelago. They offer prepaid and postpaid subscriptions, as well as other competitive features, such as 3G, WAP, mobile banking, and mobile TV.
The Taguig Police Station is the Philippine National Police Southern District’s sixth station. Under it are several sub-stations located all over the city that functions as community police and precincts. Listed below are the location of these sub-stations and their contact information:
Police Station/PCP* Location Telephone
Taguig Taguig City Hall Quadrangle 642-3582 or 642-2060
PCP 1 Loc 7111, FTI Complex, 838-4301
PCP 2 Maharlika Avenue 837-7822
PCP 3 Mañalac Avenue, Tanyag 837-1016
PCP 4 Signal Village 541-6881
PCP 5 Elizalde Road 628-3108
PCP 6 Tomasa Street, Ususan 643-6161
PCP 7 Global City, Fort Bonifacio 816-1813
*PCP-Police Community Precinct
Embassies in Taguig
There are no consular offices or embassies found in Taguig. Much of the foreign diplomatic missions to the Philippines have their offices located in the neighboring cities of Makati and Manila.