03/18/15

Saint Patrick’s Day in the City: A Bit of Ireland at Murphy’s

For Irish blokes around the world, there’s no better occasion to celebrate their Irish heritage than Saint Patrick’s Day. Essentially a Catholic feast day (given the majority of the Irish belong to this particular faith) honoring the missionary who helped bring Christianity to Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day evolved into becoming an Irish celebration that we know today, one filled with grand parades, themes of greens and clovers all over, and of course, lots of alcohol consumption, despite the fact that this holiday falls within the Lenten Season. (the Catholic Church actually has made an exception such that abstinence from alcohol is lifted for that day)

Even non-Irish fellas can’t help but be enamored with St. Patrick’s Day too with its vibrant and jovial atmosphere and the alcohol along with it. That, coupled with Irish migration over the years, has contributed to the spread of Irish culture to other parts of the world. Even in the Philippines, one can experience a bit of the good ol’ Irish atmosphere thanks to one spot in the city that is proud to banner its Irishness, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Makati.

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06/8/14

Checked Out: World Quizzing Championship 2014-the Philippine Leg

It is probably one of the most prestigious global competitions out there, yet it is not that well-known in the sense that many have not heard of it…at least those who are not into hardcore intellectually-stimulating activities. But for those who are into such things, being on this competition is like competing in the Olympics, trying to slug it out with the rest of the world. This folks is the World Quizzing Championship. And the Urban Roamer was there not only to witness it but take part in it as well.

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