June 12, 2013

Makati Celebrates 115 Years of Philippine Independence with Philippine Bamboo Flag Museum

The first Philippine Bamboo Flag Museum was launched yesterday, June 11, at the Ayala Triangle in Makati as part of the city's celebration of the 115th Philippine Independence Day.
Led by Ayala Land under its Make It Makati: Make It Happen campaign. Makati 2013 Independence Celebration is a three-tiered event that is all in the same breath experiential, educational, and entertaining. Makati celebrates Philippine Independence with Philippine Bamboo Flag Museum - with bamboo, a sturdy and versatile material that is also uniquely Pinoy as its main instrument.
(From left)Ayala Land vice president Meann Dy, Ayala Land President Tony Aquino, Makati Representative Monique Lagdameo and National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chair Maria Serena Diokno led the unveiling of the first Philippine Bamboo Flag Museum June 11 at the Ayala Triangle, Makati City
Makati takes the lead in mounting a grand event to celebrate 115 remarkable years of Philippine Independence being one of its signature events. The country’s leading city highlights the admirable spirit of resiliency and optimism of the Filipinos and how we were able to rise from all challenges and adversities.

The Makati populace and even visitors from neighboring cities should look forward to a new art expression of the flag with the unveiling of the country’s first ever Philippine Bamboo Flag Museum. It is a structure that showcases images and vignettes from our nation’s rich history through a gallery exhibit entitled “Grass: Routes of a Nation.” QR codes could also be found on some of the exhibit panels that provide visitors an interactive way to know more trivia about bamboo not to mention the actual bamboo music instruments that are available inside, which kids and adults alike will surely enjoy.
Standing 5 ft tall and covering 50sqm area, the Philippine Bamboo Flag Museum is open to everyone and will be on display from June 11 until July 31.
The celebration also featured Filipino artistry at its finest entertaining the community with a variety of Philippine Cultural Shows by the Palihang Hagonoy, a dynamic organization committed to the propagation of Philippine art and culture. Young talented performers sang Lawiswis Kawayan, a famous Waray folk song and displayed their dancing prowess with Tinikling, Singkil, and Palo Sebo dance numbers. Guests were also treated with the traditional Balagtasan (Filipino poetry) that intrigued the audience on which is more beneficial, the Bamboo or the Coconut Tree? 
The likewise musically gifted Banda Kawayan from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines graced the occasion and awed the audience with their one-of-a-kind musical performances using bamboo instruments. 
Indeed, there is no denying that the Philippines is a country with rich history and admirable values. It is a nation that has been dealt with the most harrowing catastrophes and misfortunes, beset with social malady, and reeks with a long history of colonization, and yet the Philippines has overcome all of these to stand proud, free, and resilient.
For more fun and excitement, on June 15, to add to the grandness of the celebration, families, kids, and friends especially art enthusiasts can participate in the Independence Sketchfest activity, an on-the-spot sketching competition where exciting cash prizes and consolation prizes await the winners. To also promote Filipino sportsmanship and celebrate our being world-class, people should look forward to a giant chess installation at the lawn area of Ayala Triangle Gardens that will also be available to the public from June 11 to end of July. Exhibition games are slated for various universities where they will be joined by world renowned Filipino Chess Master himself, Eugene Torre.

Just as the Philippines is fast gaining momentum as an emerging leader in Asia, Makati has consistently asserted and solidified its reputation as the country’s leading city that makes it all happen, the perfect venue for a one-of-a-kind Independence Day celebration. 
The Independence Day celebration in Makati was made possible by Make It Makati, MasterCard, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, AXN, Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes, and Canon.

Enjoy the Wonderful World of Ayala Triangle Makati City. Make It Happen, Make It Makati! 
For more information, visit www.makeitmakati.com
or check out facebook.com/makeitmakati
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