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.

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Z Street and Alfonso Street were both closed to traffic to make way for the street party.

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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

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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.

The Lechon Diva

No Filipino party is complete without a lechon – and The Lechon Diva’s version remains to be one of the best in the Metro.

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Chef Kalel Chan served this amazing Dry Papaitan Soft Taco with Guacamole and Pickled Onions. Voted as the best food for the night.

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The Kansi Panada by Chef JP Anglo of Sarsa is a unique take on the empanada blended with Ilonggo cuisine with batuan gravy!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chef Niño Laus’ Bibingka wrapped into a corn dog with sisig stuffing cooked in bamboo over charcoal.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We love the large Philippine flag displayed at Z Street and wish that displaying the flag was more commonplace in our country.

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Every now and then, cultural performers had a dance exhibition at the intersection of Alfonso and Don Pedro St.

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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.

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Walking around Z Street with a drink in hand, engaging in conversation with friends and strangers alike until the wee hours of the morning.

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Rain or shine, there’s no stopping us from celebrating Philippine Independence.

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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!