02/24/16

A Walk Along The EDSA 86 Trail

With the risk of betraying my age here, I was wee little toddler when the first People Power Revolution of 1986 happened. As such, I have no recollection of what happened during those historic 4 days in February save from what I eventually read in history books, in school, and the stories my mom who was there told me.

(courtesy of Gel Santos Relos on Typepad)

As such, I must admit I have no idea what it was like for the millions who flocked to EDSA despite the danger that loomed, who only had hope and prayers as their weapons against tanks and guns. Instead, what I feel about it is frustration and cynicism, that it was an opportunity wasted by those same people. Now some of them have the gall to generalize that those who are supporting the son of the president who was overthrown 30 years ago are “zombies” and “retards.” While others have made the symbols of unity and freedom in 1986 become symbols of divisive politics in 2016.

With such mixed sentiments, I needed to be reminded myself of what made the People Power Revolution a defining moment for the country. I needed to understand too why we failed to follow through the ideals the revolution wanted to put in place. And the best way for me to do this is to take a walk right along the great historic avenue that is EDSA where it all happened in 1986, a walk along the EDSA 86 Trail. Continue reading

12/16/15

A Christmas Food Festival at Maginhawa

It’s been a long while since the Urban Roamer last visited the then emerging food strip along Maginhawa Street, which traverses the neighborhoods of Sikatuna Village and Teachers Village. Since then, many things have changed in the neighborhood as business grew even more in the area with more restaurants opening up and more food choices being offered.

Thus, it was but proper that the Urban Roamer revisit this bustling area. And what better opportunity to do so than an event that was held last December 12 throughout the length of Maginhawa Street, the Quezon City Food Festival.

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11/29/15

Meet the New Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum (Plus Some Exclusive Shrine Photos!)

It’s been a long while since the Urban Roamer visited the Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum. And since then, there have been so many big changes there. And I do mean big in a manner that you won’t recognize the museum anymore if your last visit was at least last year.

You see the museum underwent a total renovation and makeover of sorts for about a year. The result: a new and improved look of the Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum, now officially known as Museo ni Manuel Quezon which was unveiled just last August 19 this year, in time for the birth anniversary of Pres. Manuel Quezon.

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11/26/15

QCX: Appreciating Quezon City Anew

The Urban Roamer has long been a supporter of efforts to showcase and educate local history and culture, sharing the belief that one would be able to better appreciate national history and culture through learning and understanding local history and culture.

While other provinces, cities, and towns have made laudable efforts to promote the learning of local history and culture, sadly not much attention has been given in promoting the history and culture of Metropolitan Manila, to be specific that of the cities and town comprising this region. Something that can be attributed to the fact that such local identities are obscured by national identity being the capital of the country.

Nevertheless, there are bright spots to see in this situation, notable among them is the effort of the Quezon City Government to build a place where everyone can learn more about the city through its newly-opened museum, the QCX.

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11/24/15

Kamuning Bakery and Cafe: Come On In At A Beloved Neighborhood Bakery

Right at that heart of Barangay Kamuning, part of the old Quezon City, lies what is perhaps now the most famous bakery in the city, and undeniably one of the country’s most famous bakeries that is not a bakeshop chain. It has gotten a lot of buzz in recent years thanks to heavy social media promotion. (more on that in a bit) So much that some, mainly from those who have been there, are skeptical about the hype being generated.

But here at the Urban Roamer, we go beyond the hype and check things for ourselves. So today,we shall be checking out the Kamuning Bakery and Cafe and see what it has to offer, beyond the buzz it has created.

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