Friday, June 10, 2011

Jose Rizal's Big Birthday Party on June 19



I'm writing this from somewhere exotic, and one of my favorite places in the world, but you have no idea how I so wish I was in Manila instead right now. For one thing, so many wonderful events are happening that I'm missing, including the launch of the Around the World Food Festival by Rustan's in cooperation with Travelife Magazine on June 14, the launch of Standard Chartered's wealth management product on June 16, the opening of the exclusive Genting Club at Resortsworld on June 17, and the visit of Chef Kenichi Takase of Mandarin Oriental Tokyo's Michelin-starred Sense restaurant to the Mandarin Oriental Manila's Tin Hau the week after that. More details on these events in upcoming blog entries.

MALIGAYANG BATI RIZAL
JUNE 19, 6 pm to midnight
Fort Santiago

And one other reason is still a truly interesting event that has much significance for Filipinos. June 19 is the 150th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal, and a group of very committed volunteers led by my friends Lisa Bayot and Maite Gallego have planned an amazing party at Fort Santiago from 6 pm to midnight. Over the past months, these hard-working ladies have been able to break down barriers and achieve lots of impossible things just to be able to make Jose Rizal's giant open-air birthday party - entitled Maligayang Bati Rizal -- on June 19 memorable. For one thing, they've actually persuaded some key agencies to give them Fort Santiago as a venue for the party, and to have it remain open until midnight.

I had lunch with them last week and listening to all their exciting plans for June 19 made me really sorry I was going to be somewhere else instead.

EXCITING EVENTS IN STORE
AT FORT SANTIAGO ON JUNE 19


There's going to be artistic displays and demonstrations, music, historical re-enactions and good food to make everyone happy. Lisa and Maite have asked some excellent caterers to come in as vendors for the night, and some of them are even going to be offering Rizal-inspired cuisine. There will even be a period photographer on hand to take Rizal-era type photos.

Some of the artists participating include Leeroy New and the Sipat Lawin Ensemble. Leeroy New is a talented and prolific artist who uses film, theater, visual arts and fashion as venues for self expression; meanwhile the Sipat Lawin Ensemble is a Manila-based edge-work theater company geared towards creating relevant new works staged in alternative performance spaces.

Just see some of their live installations below -- I hope these pique your interest because an event like this is unlikely to happen again. It's open to the public and entry tickets costing PhP100 can be purchased at the gate.

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PS: In relation still to the 150th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal, Travelife Magazine is partnering with these ladies and their group to offer a very unique tour of Dapitan at the end of July. The tour will be led by two excellent authorities on Jose Rizal's life in Dapitan, including Travelife Magazine's very own contributing editor Miko Liwanag, an architect by profession and a heritage conservationist by passion, who did his thesis on Jose Rizal's stay in Dapitan. Again, we're working on the details now so stay tuned to this blog for more details.


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