Independence Day Celebration at Tokyo, Japan Embassy #Kalayaan2013
Dirty ice cream, anyone? Hehe.
Last Saturday, I joined the celebration of the 115th Philippine Independence Day at our embassy in Roppongi Hills. It’s my first time to be there so I allocated ample time. Seriously, I was quite excited, because not only was this gonna be surely fun and entertaining, it’s my first time ever to be invited to what is technically a state occasion. After all, unlike the ones you see on Hollywood films about American state dinners or something (what a benchmark, huh?), Philippine events such as this one are surely gonna be festive and noisy, which makes me miss home even more. Anyway, the atmosphere during the event felt like a Pinoy Christmas party. Everyone was wearing their suits or our national outfits, but everyone was simply having fun.
There were a lot of food, beer, beer, beer, and “sidewalk barbecue.” It was a good thing that the event was not a very pretentious one. Something I badly needed as I count n-70 days until I graduate and safely return to the Philippines.
A big discussion during the celebration is the recent stellar economic performance of the Philippines, which is why everybody was very ecstatic and proud to be a Filipino. But then again, as what the mass celebratant (it’s a predominantly Catholic nation, after all) mentioned in his homily, “with much powers comes great responsibility.
Here are some of the pics I have during the event. I purposely blurred some of the pics because I don’t have any prior approval to have them posted although doing it in the Embassy should technically mean I am bound by Philippine laws. But let’s just do it this way to be safe.
On the way to the Embassy
The Gates of Hell
The National Loot Bag
Awarding of cash prizes for NPOs or whatnots
Some people talking before we the buffet.
People in costumes, etc.
And some more dancing….