04/17/15

Last Saturday at Bonifacio High Street

The Urban Roamer found itself one Saturday (April 11 to be precise) at the area of Bonifacio Global City for some personal matters. So it was a pleasant surprise to see not one, but two events happening that day in the area, particularly at the area of Bonifacio High Street. So what else to do than to check them both out eh? Read on for more.

VINYL DAY: FILLING MUSICAL APPETITES IN A CLASSIC WAY

The Bonifacio High Street ampitheater area was the venue for an annual event called Vinyl Day, a day filled with music courtesy of the live acts as well as that in the records being sold…to be specific records in vinyl discs. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for so long, vinyl records are making a comeback of sorts in recent times as not only people are buying and collecting old vinyl records, but a number of artists are releasing their music in vinyl as well.

Thus Vinyl Day is a celebration of music, both old and new, through a format that is being reborn. Leading the way for this event is its organizer/sponsor Satchmi, which is known for making vinyl turntabless fashionable again with their products.

The event also showcases a sale of various vinyl records, including boxed set ones. In addition, there is a mobile station nearby that lets you play the records you bought to check out the sound quality.

Even if you do not have a vinyl turntable or have no interest buying a vinyl record, the music courtesy of various artists was enough to check out the event and enjoy the rhythms away.

GASTRONOMY FESTIVAL: FILLING GASTRONOMIC APPETITES

From filling those musical cravings to filling those cravings of the taste buds, a few steps away, right at the middle of Bonifacio High Street, is another event called the Gastronomy Festival. As earlier suggested, not to mention the name alone, this festival is all about food, to be specific, food being served from not the usual vendors.

The middle of Bonifacio High Street was transformed into an outdoor picnic venue as food trucks are lined up with different items on their menu, premium food items at expectedly premium prices.

Meanwhile, the stage nearby was transformed into an outdoor movie theater which was showing that day some films that have gastronomic themes, like Ratatouille for instance.

If anything, I wish the next Gastronomy Festival, I assume there would be one next year, would have more vendors and more choices that would be more affordable. After all, it is supposed to be a “festival.”

03/25/15

A Photography Party and an Art Fair in a Park: A Recap of Last Weekend’s Events

Last weekend was a busy one as far as events were concerned with two of the most highly-anticipated annual events happening in the city. The Urban Roamer was not one to miss checking out those two events as these events are about some of the things that are close to this roamer’s heart. More about these events and the highlights after the break. Continue reading

04/20/11

Via Crucis at Bonifacio High Street

For Catholics, particularly in a country as predominantly Catholic as ours, the Lenten Season has been highly regarded as a special occasion to commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

To commemorate this occasion, one gets to witness a number of interesting Lenten traditions that are being practiced. One of which is the Via Crucis or the Way of the Cross, where one gets to go on some path and do a stopover on each “station” which portrays an event in Christ’s Passion and Death. (and in some versions, His Resurrection) These stations are portrayed in various ways depending where you wish to do the Via Crucis: it could be through paintings, mosaics, life-sculptures, or perhaps marked by simple crosses along the way.

That being said, having a Via Crucis in the middle of a commercial complex that does not even have a presence of a church nearby is something one might consider outrageous. But the folks of the high-end shopping area that is the Bonifacio High Street have done just that: transforming the open green space in the middle of the complex into an open-air walk of faith called The Walkway.

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But this is not just an ordinary Via Crucis experience; it imbibes a refreshingly unique take on a tradition some dismiss as out of tune with the current times. Numerous artists worked on each of the 14 stations with their unique interpretation of the significance and the reflections to be made on each episode of Jesus’ life.

Their interpretations could be considered as avant-garde, but it is more of a form of “interactive art” that invites viewers to not only look but participate as way of making the artwork “complete” as far as being able to convey its meaning is concerned.

While some who could be called “traditionalists” would disapprove of the way the Stations of the Cross are being depicted in this part of the metropolis, one has to commend the efforts of these artists in bringing the Catholic faith to the modern times the best way they know how and be able to appeal to the modern audience that has been accused many times of not minding much the matters of faith.

A meaningful season of faith to everyone regardless of what religion or belief you subscribe to.

“Walkway” is a special Lenten project of the group Church Simplified, which aims to, in their words, “strip the church down to the basics” and make the Christian simple to understand. You can check out their website  www.churchsimplified.com.

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