How do you celebrate the Philippine Independence Day, a long-awaited day that was fought for by our brave early countrymen? In the old traditional style, of course.
This was what happened when Makati’s newest and hippest neighborhood, Brgy. Poblacion, threw an epic Independence Day street party that was aptly named “Repoblacion ng Pilipinas” on the 11th of June, 2018, celebrating the approach of June 12 that is the proper Day of Independence.
Mimicking the setting of the earlier times when Filipinos wore traditional “Maria Clara” attires and Barong, as well as during the revolutionary period leading to the Philippine Independence, there were reenactments of what transpired during the revolution led by Epi Quizon.
And of course, this event wouldn’t be complete without Pinoy cultural traditions such as the Tinkling and courtship dance as well as a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem by a marching band commonly seen during town fiestas.
Too bad it was raining on and off the entire day (and night), but that was not enough to ruin this street event and the patriotic mood of the event goers as the hip bars lining Z Street and the whole Poblacion neighborhood really spared no effort in making sure that booze is endless and that the show goes on with all those imposing Philippine flags and street performances pushing through, making for one wet and wild street party.
On top of the cultural performances, the Repoblacion ng Pilipinas street party also featured “Chefs at The Ruins”, where 12 Pinoy chefs prepared 12 concept Pinoy street food dishes that were really, really good (aside from being so unique), including the Bibinka and Sisig Corn Dog, the mouthwatering Lumpiang Sinigang, and no one can forget the adventurous Dirty Ice Cream with Patis (fish sauce) Cotton Candy.
With all these, we don’t really know if it’s a fiesta or a revolution we’re going to. But one thing’s for sure: everyone at the event sure did fire up our patriotic spirits even more!