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Independence Day Weekend!

Express your freedom to roam

by Gelo Gonzales | Jun 10, 2011
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The whole country is on an Independence Day high, and we’re not about to get left behind.[firstpara]Here are some of the freedom events you can check out this weekend!

Turn up the romance
Ditch all those modern love songs for a while, and take your date to a trip through classic Pinoy music.

The Philippine Opera Company for this weekend only will be treating you to two nights of harana.

The best classical singers in the land will render lovely performances of folk songs and kundiman. It’s guaranteed to be a unique date, one that has a very nationalistic flavor at that.

You can catch their performance on June 11, at the Venice Piazza in Fort Bonifacio, 8 PM or at Eastwood City, June 12, 9 PM.

For inquiries, call 709-9888 or 8090888.

Hunger liberation
Filipinos pride themselves not just in their love for music, but also for food. And what could be more Filipino than a serving of good ol’ Adobo. We’ve had our taste of the most scrumptious pasta dishes, the most mouthwatering steaks, and the most delectable sushi, but for many of us, the delight of eating adobo can’t be matched.

If you agree, well then, why don’t you check out AdobOlympics 2011!

The event aims to pay tribute to the Philippines’ national dish, where you will you be able to treat your palates to a wide variety of adobo. Different regions in the Philippines have their different versions of adobo, and here you’ll be able to try most of them.

There will also be an adobo cook-off during the event, where the best adobo will be awarded the AdobOlympics torch.

For more information, please email: adobolympics@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page: search for Legazpi Sunday Market.

More freedom from hunger!
We just love to eat don’t we? Here’s another event where you can get your fill of the best Filipino food you’ll taste all year (except probably for your mother’s sinigang).

Happening on June 12, 5 PM at the Eastwood Mall Atrium, the Independence Day Cooking Demo sees Chef Rommel Paredes and Chef Ojie Reloj of CCA cooking your favorite Filipino dishes with a twist. Come in early so you can get the best seats at the cooking demo, where you can truly smell the aroma.

Filipino tradition cannot be complete if the love affair with food is forgotten. That's why Chef Rommel Paredes and Chef Ojie Reloj of CCA will share their take on a couple of delicious local dishes in the Independence Day Cooking Demo. This will be quite interesting because the chefs are going to add a modern twist to the meals. Register in advance to get the best seats at the cooking demo in the Eastwood Mall Atrium at 5pm.

For inquiries, please call the Eastwood Mall Concierge at (63 2) 709-0888, (63 2) 709-9888 or (63 917) 838-0111.

Get a dose of Rizal education
Needless to say, the dude’s the most important figure in the history of our country. So how about we pay our respects to the man, and head on over to the Yuchengco Museum at the RCBC Plaza in Makati this weekend and check out “Rizalizing the Future” exhibit.

The exhibit, which runs from June 3 to October 29, is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Rizal’s birth, and also, the 100th anniversary of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (talk about hitting two birds with one stone). It will feature performance art tours, book launches, lectures, and astrological readings of Rizal’s birth chart and many more.

If you’ve ever been a Rizal fan, and shame on you if you don’t admire him, then you can’t miss this one.  
For inquiries, call 889-1234 or e-mail info@yuchengcomuseum.org.

Freedom from your couch
Ok, how about you get off your couch this weekend, and participate in Philippine Run 2011 on June 12, 5 AM. The run, of course a celebration of Philippine independence, has three categories: the 3Km KKK run for 400 pesos, the 5Km Aguinaldo run for 500 pesos, and the 10 Km Kalayaan run for 600 pesos. 

So get your running gear ready guys and sprint to celebrate Independence Day at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Fore more information, contact (0917) 762-0087 or (0927) 799-8176. You may also email register@philippinerun.com.

Freedom from the mainstream
Bootlegradio.com, a free online streaming music site where unsigned indie bands can show their chops, launches on June 11 at Route 196 in Katipunan 8 PM. It’s a night that not only celebrates Independence Day per se, but also independent music at its finest.

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Catch Radioactive Sago Project, TOI, Techy Romantics, Ink Driven, Brian Sombero, Extrapolation, and The Snickets as they treat you to a brand of music that’s a cut above the rest of what mainstream music offers. Entrance is free as well!

More happenings

Heads up, car lovers. Dodge will be unleashing new muscle cars this weekend from June 10 to 12. In an event called Dodge Fast & Fierce Weekend, the American car brand will be unveiling the Dodge Nitro, a model that has the looks of a real man’s car. Dodge will be offering the said car with exclusive promos, test drives, and a free iPad2 for every Dodge purchased. Only for this weekend though!

The Fast & Fierce Weekend will also let visitors get a glimpse on the complete 2011 Dodge line-up with the arrival of the all-new Durango, Dodge’s full-size 7-seater SUV, re the Charger, which starred in the recent Fast Five movie, and another muscle car, the Challenger.

Rush this weekend to Chrysler Greenhills or call 723-5808 or 0920 9040716, or at Chrysler Makati at 815-2222 or 0918 8015416. Visit http://www.dodge.com.ph. For more info.




WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES