Repoblacion ng Pilipinas: A Rainy Toast to our 120th Independence Day!

https://youtu.be/OecNzKlanXQ Repoblacion ng Pilipinas, the first Independence Day Salubong Street Food Fiesta hosted by Agimat x Alamat and Z hostel has come to a successful close! Despite the torrential downpour that lasted almost the whole night, crowds of people still went and raised a toast to celebrate our country’s independence. Related Blog Post: Hunyo 12: Repoblacion ng Pilipinas! (Insider Guide) Poblacion Street Party https://flic.kr/p/25oS3Ch Z Street and Alfonso Street were both closed to traffic to make way for the street party. https://flic.kr/p/288UYs4 When the rain periodically came pouring, people sought shelter at the Ruins where the food and music was. The place remained packed throughout the night.   Street Food Fiesta https://flic.kr/p/25nmgDy Filipino food also took the center stage as some of Manila’s best chefs each had their own Independence Day-themed food and drinks specially curated for the night. https://flic.kr/p/Jvk4gP No Filipino party is complete without a lechon – and The Lechon Diva’s version remains to be one of the best in the Metro. https://flic.kr/p/25pc5Dd Chef Kalel Chan served this amazing Dry Papaitan Soft Taco with Guacamole and Pickled Onions. Voted as the best food for the night. https://flic.kr/p/25nmfRS The Kansi Panada by Chef JP Anglo of Sarsa is a unique take on the empanada blended with Ilonggo cuisine with batuan gravy! https://flic.kr/p/25pc3XN Proteksyon sa Salawahan by Chef Kalel Demetrio was the best drink of the night expertly crafted cocktail of Gin, Lambanog, and Rum with siniguelas as its secret ingredient. https://flic.kr/p/284uaHq Fiery Kiniing-Chori Sliders by  Justin Yenko with a native black pig, kiniing which is a Cordillera Bacon on a charcoal bun with 3 chilis. https://flic.kr/p/26Lh2hK The Lumpiang Sinigang by Mikel Francis Bautista Zaguirre was confusing in a good way – the myriad of textures and flavors worked well together, but it just took my taste buds a while to process everything. https://flic.kr/p/Jviqtx Chef Niño Laus’ Bibingka wrapped into a corn dog with sisig stuffing cooked in bamboo over charcoal. https://flic.kr/p/274PDU7 Our favorite dessert — Chef Mikko Aspiras’ Dirty Ice Cream from repurposed ingredients/leftover cakes/trimmings on a cone of fish sauce cotton candy!   Independence Day Parade https://flic.kr/p/288nX56 The rain paused for a little while as the Parade of Heroes began along with the cast of Goyo and the AFP Platoon and Marching Band. https://flic.kr/p/26KQtDV The cast of Goyo was also there to do a short script reading and to promote the upcoming movie. Independence Day does seem like the most timely event to remind us of our heroes. https://flic.kr/p/JtqpfP Then concluded by a chorus of the National Anthem. It felt very heartwarming and patriotic to witness locals and foreigners alike shout “Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” while waving the Philippine flag. https://flic.kr/p/288nXSP Throughout the night, musical performances continued in Alamat, Agimat, and The Ruins like this young band Lucy Dee giving an energetic performance at The Ruins. https://flic.kr/p/25oS3GA We love the large Philippine flag displayed at Z Street and wish that displaying the flag was more commonplace in our country. https://flic.kr/p/288UZxF Every now and then, cultural performers had a dance exhibition at the intersection of Alfonso and Don Pedro St. https://flic.kr/p/26Lh68R Even the rain couldn’t stop people from partying and good food, as evidenced by the non-dwindling crowd in front of the Ruins food street. https://flic.kr/p/KZWoUb Walking around Z Street with a drink in hand, engaging in conversation with friends and strangers alike until the wee hours of the morning. https://flic.kr/p/25pbZqN Rain or shine, there’s no stopping us from celebrating Philippine Independence. https://flic.kr/p/28afDWa Saludo kami sa inyo! See you at the next Repoblacion (hopefully with less rain)! Live an Awesome Life,   ANTON & MONIQUE of TEAM OUR AWESOME PLANET Disclosure: Our Awesome Planet is an official media partner of Repoblacion ng Pilipinas! P.S. Watch out for the next street party in Poblacion! 

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