We've come a long way from our colonial past, but is our country truly free? There may be varying contentions to this loaded question, which begs an introspective examination of what does it truly mean to be independent. We might spend our entire lifetime figuring out this question without gaining answers. But perhaps on the eve of celebrating our country's 120th anniversary of our first Declaration of Independence, the better question would be: how have we been asserting our freedom as individuals and as a nation, 300 odd years later?
Tonight, a collective of 12 different chefs have taken it upon themselves to proudly wave our country's colors through the cuisine that they serve in a revolutionary street food fiesta in the heart of the Poblacion district in Makati. In a delicious celebration of our identity, our history, our culture, our talents, and our people, they are brandishing their knives and stoking their stove fires to bring a radically different notion of Philippine cuisine: a bold emphatic statement, that yes, our country can and will prosper in embracing our authenticity as Filipinos through the food that we eat.
[related: Dining Delight: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli, Makati—Savor The Regions After Dark]
Live music, food tripping, parades and dancing, face painting, flag waving, drinking and partying from sunset of June 11 to sunrise of June 12 in the Repoblacion Ng Pilipinas! Head over to Alamat, Agimat, Z Street, and the rest of the Poblacion neighborhood!
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Photographs from the author, Vyn Radovan, Z Hostel, Agimat, and Alamat