Brasilipinas 2011: Rio De Manila

Thanks to Shabby for inviting me to go to the Brasilipinas event last night. I had originally thought it was on Saturday night, and was thinking of backing out because it started to rain and Rockwell isn’t exactly the easiest place to go to from my neck of the woods. Still, I’m glad I made the trip.

I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t go to last year’s event (I didn’t even know it existed hehe), and my knoweldege of Brasil is pretty limited. In past few years I’ve heard of capoeira and of course, who hasn’t heard of the Rio Carnival?

I arrived at exactly 8:30. While waiting for Shabby, I heard the sounds of music. Ah, but this is not really Manila. This is a small piece of Brazil, therefore, the events started on time. Planet Zips led the parade with some awesome flame dancing (I stood a little too close and it was hot, literally). I forgot who the group was that played during the parade, but it was pretty nice and got a lot of folks dancing already.

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The first activity of the night was a fashion show by SOFA Philippines. While earth tones dominated, many pieces incorporated colors and had a light, breezy feel. It would fit quite well with the Philippine climate.

The party really started when Escola Braisileira de Capoeria Philippines (EBC Philippines) led by Profesor Fantasma and other mestres from other countries. The music was loud and really uplifting. You can’t help but sway to the beat, even if you’re not really a dancer. In fact, you’d look totally out of place if you don’t dance at all. I was surrounded by folks who didn’t give a hoot if they were in rhythm or not, and for just about the first time in my life, I felt petite. Three really tall women stood in front of me, and they had heels to boot. When I turned around, three tall and very good looking men were standing there. Sayang di ko sila nakunan ng picture.

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Shabby arrived and we went around, taking pictures and enjoying the party atmosphere. Havaianas was offering free drinks but it had vodka which I was allergic to. It looked refreshing though.

Julien Drolon and his band played some funky reggae tunes. I didn’t know who he was and he was standing behind me the whole time we were watching EBC folks play. Julien is French, and made the Philippines his home base. Definitely worth checking out.

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Met up with Shabby’s friend Erick, and his friend Ivan, and the night just got more fun. Really wish everyone else could’ve been there.

Escola de Samba went on stage, and my ears nearly died with all the beats, but it was (sorry, wala akong maisip na ibang word) fun. I was right up front so I could only see the group, but when I turned to look behind me, it was crazy. Folks were up on the catwalk, dancing and singing along.

More performances afterwards from EBC Philippines, then Nyko Maca and Brigada. It was pleasant surprise to see some familiar faces in Brigada, namely my brother’s friend from the UP Music Circle. I texted him about it and he said, “Bakit hindi mo ako sinama?!” Sorry na po :p

I decided to give the Super Bock beer a try. Bad idea to do so with a rather empty stomach, so I was dizzy for a bit. We left Rockwell Tent sometime past 1 AM, then headed to Makati Avenue to look for something to eat. Ended up at Hap Chan then went home. I fell to bed immediately the and next thing I knew, it was noon.

Disclaimer: I’d appreciate any corrections when it comes to the names of the people as well as the groups who performed. I didn’t quite catch their names properly and based it off the fliers for Brasilipinas and Internet research.

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