5 ways to celebrate Philippine Independence Day

Feast on Filipino cuisine

One of the first places that come to mind when we think of great FIlipino food is BBQ restaurant chain Gerry’s Grill (#01-12 StarHub Centre, 51 Cuppage Rd., 9728-0426). Its menu overflows with juicy grilled plates and must-tries like inihaw pusit (grilled squid), pork sisig (chopped pork) and nilagang bulalo (beef shank soup. Wash them all down with San Miguel.

Catch two Filipino films

SCUM (Society for Cult and Underground Movies) Cinema will be screening Machete Maidens Unleashed!, a documentary on Pinoy grindhouse cinema of the ’70s and ’80s, followed by For Your Height Only, a 1981 Filipino comedy/action movie that centers around a pint- sized super spy called Agent 00 (a funny spin on James Bond), the only one who can foil Mr. Giant’s malicious schemes.

See provocative Filipino-inspired art

Manila-based Australian artist David Griggs’ debut exhibition Frustrated Poverty Porn Bubble Gang, which takes its title from famous Filipino TV comedy Bubble Gang, presents a carnivalesque and macabre perspective on Filipino identity and the media’s exploitative nature through satirical pop culture references and gang aesthetics.

Jive to a Filipino band

Post-metal music outfit Earthmover (Jun 29, 7:30pm) is set to perform at the upcoming alternative music festival BayBeats, alongside electronic stalwarts .gif, local psychedelic group Spacedays and Thailand’s Two Million Thanks.

Run a marathon for the poor

Help Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine-based charity organization, in their aim to end poverty for five million families in the Philippines and other developing countries by taking part in Run to Build 2014‘s 4.3km or 8.6km race. All event proceeds will help support GK Singapore’s programmes and operations, including rebuilding efforts for last year’s Typhoon Haiyan victims.

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