Raise your voices and raise ‘em Philippine flags! In celebration of the Philippines’ 118th Independence Day, our Sunday Slowdown will feature an all OPM (Original Pilipino Music) set from Skylight on June 12, 2016.
From 4:20PM (who knew this time is important to Philippine history! Check out why below!) onwards, start the afternoon with some chill beats and cold beers in the world-renowned Z Hostel Roofdeck.
Skylight is set to rock the floor with the best local tunes around 9 in the evening. The band, born from tiny open mic gigs in Timog, has now grown to a family of 8 musicians covering classic to contemporary songs in their own, unique light.
Expect the best of OPM from this soulful band as well as our in-house music sets. What better way to celebrate the Philippines’ independence than a day and night of good Original Pilipino Music!
Just a little bit of history check: The Philippine Independence Day celebrated every June 12 commemorates the day Emilio Aguinaldo, then elected president of the revolutionary government against the Spaniards, declared independence from Spanish colonization at his house in Kawit, Cavite.
At around 4:20 PM, the official Philippine flag was unfurled for the first time as the San Francisco de Malabon band was playing the first Philippine National anthem “Marcha Nacional Filipina” at the same time.
While the Philippines gained independence from Spanish control in 1898, we were handed over to the American government through the Treaty of Paris and would only gain independence from the Americans in July 4, 1946. There is still an on-going debate as to which of the two dates the “real” independence should be celebrated.