As far as I can remember our family has always been a meat-loving family, there was rarely a time when the food on our table wasn't something that came from a two or four-legged animal. We were of course very happy with that situation, even when the whole world decided to go green andstarted going all GMO/trans-fat/gluten-free diets with the whole locavore movement alongside it, my family's cooking still stayed the same. The same two or four-legged animal bought from the wet market like any typical Filipino family served three times a day seven days a week. We didn't have any of those green and organic nuances since it wasn't necessary. But yesterday I decided to take a leap of faith with Tricia and her boss T. Sam (the co-founder of the Iam Sam Foundation) when we decided to dine out for Tricia's birthday celebration in The Farm.
My feet have once again taken me back to the monthly weekend market in Escolta at the First United Building. The summer heat didn't deter me and Tricia from coming out and enjoying as well as supporting the local movement in reviving our city's old shopping district.
After having visited and reviewed Greenfield's weekend market back in March, a lot has changed since they started out. More and more people are hanging out in this place. Tables and chairs have been setup on the grass lawn for everyone to enjoy and relax in.
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A bit late but at least it's here nevertheless. Here are some events to visit and look out for during this flowery month of May.
On the 24th 98B will be having its once-a-month weekend market at the First United Building. The building is along Escolta street in Binondo Manila. Come on down to this event and support local artists and crafters. Check out my entries on it in the blog.
The Intramuros pasyal and car-free Sunday will be happening on the 25th of May. As sen from the picture above, the organizers Viva Manila, are having an open call for volunteers and people who'd like to take part in this event.
In The Grove by Rockwell along C-5 near Ortigas Avenue, there is an organic market and county fair happening. The fair started last May 2 and will continue on until the 25th. There are food trucks for your hungry stomachs and weary feet to enjoy. There's also an organic market for your natural needs.
When I was a kid way back in the early 90's, I was introduced to Herge's masterpiece titled "The Adventures of Tintin". I remember back then we only had a few of his comic books such as "The Red Sea Sharks" and the the whole "Land of Black Gold, Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon" 3-book collection, later on we would add to that collection through our periodic visits to National Bookstore and one occasion a visit to Barnes and Noble in New York completed our collection. Back then the comics were priced at an affordable Php. 98 (but this was the early 90's so it was probably just as expensive today) and all of us would voraciously read the adventures of Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock, the Thompson and Thomson twins and many more. In many ways, we all got to explore the world that Herge created and it really helped our family bond over a common topic. For me, seeing all of these exotic locations probably helped me choose the Social Sciences as a major later on in life. When I found out that Fullybooked opened the very first Tintin store here in the Philippines yesterday, I made it a point that I will not end its opening weekend without visiting it.
Tomorrow will be the worldwide event known as "Free Comic Book Day" or FCBD for short. There will be free comics that will be given out in Fullybooked tomorrow and I'm pretty sure in Comic Alley and Filbars as well. At the same time Fullybooked has always taken this time to give discounts on graphic novels. So watch out for that.
The next bit of announcement that has gotten me very excited is the opening of the Tintin shop in the ground floor of Fullybooked BGC. I'm a big fan of Tintin even before it was a movie and since Fullybooked will be opening a shop of this kind I will be there. So come on by and enjoy the art and literature of comics tomorrow.
My name is Alfonso your nerdy history teacher, bookworm and lover of all things cultural and exciting. You can find me in a weekend market, in a bookshop, or eating in Japanese restos during the weekends.