Metro Manila has been burnishing its art-and science-oriented institutions as of late. Touted as a centerpiece for the cultural district of Bonifacio Global City, the BGC Arts CenterÂ takes in creative spaces and a standalone theater behind a striking geometric facade, as shown here. Over at Rizal Park, the National Planetarium recently merged its 1975 analog projection with a digital one to create some jaw-dropping full-dome shows. The nearby National Museum of Natural History will open later this year in a 1939 neoclassical building, with a â€śtree of lifeâ€ť spiraling up the central courtyard into a glass-and-steel canopy.
This article originally appeared in theÂ August/September 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śPublic Interestâ€ť).