What’s in a name? Fort Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City and EMBO barangays

When I started living in Taguig City, I was a bit puzzled as to why some places have more than one name. Where I live is called Brgy North Signal Village. Others call it “Pinagsama” then I heard someone say it’s “GHQ“.

Now I know that Bonifacio Global City is the rival to the Makati Business Center with its posh malls, office buildings, schools and is home to both the British and South Korean Embassies. It came from the conversion of Fort Andres Bonifacio through the BCDA or Bases Conversion Development Authority.

Apparently, the land conversion has been the subject of a decades-old land dispute between the cities of Makati and Taguig. Inquirer dot net has a good rundown of the land dispute since 1949. All of these has been sparked by a recent decision of the Court of Appeals which declared Bonifacio Global City and adjacent areas to be part of Makati City.

During a quick Google search, the ‘EMBO’ in the names of the barangays or villages – Cembo, South Cembo, West Rembo, East Rembo, Comembo, Pembo meant ‘Enlisted Mens’ Barrios’ (GMA News research)

Also, another interesting fact of history, it was named Fort Andres Bonifacio because his father, Santiago Bonifacio was a native of Taguig City. (wikipedia on Fort Bonifacio)

What I find totally ironic though, is that Bonifacio Global City remains restricted to the rich and affluent. A far cry from what the Supremo Andres Bonifacio has been known for, a hero of the Filipino masses.

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