By Zipporah Antonio, Senior Content Writer
Despite being one of the most highly urbanized districts in the country today, privately-owned Bonifacio Global City enjoys valuable amenities that are not found in other places in the metro: exclusivity and security. Throw in a crowd that doesn’t go gaga over famous people, and you’ve got a great place for prominent people to call home.
We put the spotlight on some of the country’s A-list celebrities and known personalities who call Bonifacio Global city home:
1. KC Concepcion
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Maria Kristina Cassandra Cuneta Concepcion or KC Concepcion is a multi-talented actress, model, and brand endorser. She proudly calls Serendra home, a premium Ayala Land property with resort-like amenities that truly capture a peaceful suburban environment while still living in the bustling metropolis.
The daughter of two equally famous celebrities in the Philippines, Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion, KC has been in the public eye since birth. She pursued a career in showbiz after she completed her studies from the American University in Paris.
An accomplished theater performer, KC was part of various Broadway plays including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Katy, the Musical Concert before focusing on movie and TV stints.
She starred in several films such as When I Met You and Forever and a Day. Aside from being an award-winning actress, KC Concepcion also became a host to many TV shows including The X-Factor Philippines, The Buzz, and ASAP. She was also a former VJ for MTV Asia.
Moreover, she is also a social advocate and is the National Ambassador Against Hunger for United Nations’ World Food Programme.
2. and 3. James and Phil Younghusband
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Who aren’t familiar with the brothers James and Phil Younghusband? These good-looking and charming English-Filipino personalities are professional football players and commercial models. They both play for the Philippine National Football Team (or also known as Azkals) and the Loyola Meralco Sparks.
Both James and Phil’s football career began at a young age, when they signed for England’s Chelsea Football Club at age ten and nine, respectively.
The brothers rose to fame and won the hearts of the Filipino and other football fanatics back in 2010 during the AFF Suzuki Cup, when the Azkals defeated Vietnam – then the defending champions. They helped the national team gain its much-needed attention and support.
But aside from being football hotties, the brothers have made several TV appearances and endorsements. Phil joined the reality singing contest Celebrity Duets back in 2008, while James did some modeling.
These two celebrity athletes are more than just the poster boys for Philippine football. James and Phil continue to inspire people and to promote the sports by going across the country and encouraging Filipino children to have an appreciation for the sports. Their passion for football led to the foundation of The Younghusband Football Academy (TYFA), where they have training programs and summer clinics.
Aside from having a home in Bonifacio Global City, they also hold some of their football clinic in Turf BGC, a FIFA-standard community football field in the area.
4. James Yap
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James Yap is a professional PBA basketball player who currently plays for the Purefoods Star Hotshots (San Mig Super Coffee Mixers). This fourth-time MVP awardee hails from the province of Negros Occidental.
James gained the attention of college basketball coaches back in 2000 when he played at the Metropolitan Basketball Association finals. He went to play for the University of the East basketball team when he was in college. As part of the Red Warrior, he showed a promising career by becoming one of the team’s best shooters.
Also known as “Big Game James,” he has played in the Philippine Basketball League and was also part of the Philippine team during the 2003 Southeast Asian Games. He was then drafted by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants in 2004.
Despite his humble beginnings, this hard court superstar showed that with determination and hard work will help you achieve your dreams. Aside from owning several businesses, he has a home in Serendra, one of the prime residential properties in Bonifacio Global City.
5. Richard Yap
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Born and raised in Cebu City, Richard Yap is not your quintessential celebrity heartthrob. He took the showbiz world by storm by becoming one of the hottest leading men in the industry despite the fact that he is relatively new and is in his 40s.
His rise to fame started when he took the role as “Papa Chen” in ABS-CBN’s defunct TV show, My Binondo Girl. He further gained wide recognition and captured the hearts of many as “Ser Chief” in the series, Please Be Careful with my Heart.
Before Richard got his big break, he had already been doing several TV commercials. He was an endorser for Chowking, where he played a Chinese chef in their advertisements. A successful entrepreneur and owner of a condominium unit in Bonifacio Global City, his career continues to soar as takes on more endorsements and TV guesting.
6. Dina Bonnevie
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Another critically acclaimed celebrity who finds comfort in the vibrant and green environment of Bonifacio Global City is Dina Bonnevie. She is a prominent actress who became famous in the early 1980s. She played leading roles in several notable films including Temptation Island, Blue Jeans, and Underage. Her breakout role in the Joey Gosiengfiao-movie Katorse made her one of the household names in the showbiz industry.
She won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards for her movies Magdusa Ka and Tinik sa Dibdib. Moreover, she hosted Ms. D – her own talk show – where she won an award for best celebrity talk show host in 1997.
Dina was the wife of popular comedian and actor, Vic Sotto, before they had their marriage annulled. She is also the mother of Danica Sotto and Oyo Boy Sotto, who are also famous personalities in showbiz.
7. Boom Gonzales
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Aside from movie celebrities, sports broadcaster Boom Gonzales (or Jonathan Mitchell Fuentes in real life) also enjoys urban living in Bonifacio Global City. He appears in some shows in Balls Channel, an affiliate network of ABS-CBN. A popular TV host and sports commentator, he comments in many of University Athletics Association of the Philippines’ (UAAP) major games.
You can also catch his show, Gameday with Boom, a nightly prime time show that discusses the latest happenings in the sports industry.
When he’s not in the court, he moonlights as one of Magic 89.9’s famous DJs. You can hear him in the airwaves hosting the program, On Demand, where you can request for your favorite songs to be played.
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