While May 4 is the day Margaret Thatcher took oath as Britain's Prime Minister in 1979, avid Star Wars fans would later on commemorate the day as Star Wars Day complete with the greeting “May the 4th be with you.” It's a play of words, of course, on one of Star Wars’ most iconic lines, “May the Force be with you.” Since 2011, fans around the world, including Filipinos, have celebrated the fake holiday by getting crazy-creative. Here's a review of how obsessed Pinoy fans of the film franchise have become recently.
1. By creating arts that pays homage to the characters. Counting down to this year's Star Wars Day, Filipino photographer Yuri Mangahas came up with a series of vector art that contained everything Star Wars. Here, the silhouettes of Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, and some more characters became the canvas of the fantastic universe the film franchise has created.
2. By leveling up one's toy unboxing videos. How to make unboxing videos more interesting? By adding a skit to it! Here, vlogger Chris Cantada (of Chris Cantada Force) even hired a Stormtrooper in his video. The finale? He gets to unbox a BB-8!
3. By naming their kids after these iconic characters. Names like Leia, Luke, Anakin, and Kylo have been popular choices for parents who are Star Wars fans, and the same goes for Filipinos. Case in point: geeks Paolo and Samantha Valenciano’s daughter was named after Princess Leia.
4. By having a Star Wars-themed wedding reception entrance. Remember Saab Magalona and Jim Bacarro's wedding back in 2015? True to their geeky theme, they incorporated a light saber salute in welcoming their entourage at the reception.
5. By hosting a series of Star Wars-themed activities. Star Wars day may be every May 4, but cosplayer group 501st Legion Philippine Garrison, known for their Star Wars-inspired performances, will be hosting a series of activities over the weekend. Aside from a cosplay competition, there will be a lightsaber training, and a featured musical performance as tribute to the late Carrie Fisher.
6. By organizing an intergalactic, Star Wars-themed dinner. The celebration for everything Star Wars goes beyond May 4. Take Privatus Dining and foodie startup Plato PH: They are preparing a Star Wars-themed social night called "May the Fork" on May 13, 20, and 27. Chef AJ Reyes, previously with Mecha Uma and Vask, will be surprising customers with dishes "inspired" by what characters eat in the movie franchise. Don’t forget to book your dinner from a galaxy far, far away here!
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Photographs from instagram.com/paolovalenciano, Instagram.com/yurithekid, Instagram.com/yosameti, and the Facebook pages of Plato PH and 501st Legion Philippine Garrison