Snapshots: BGC Passionfest 2013

Ever had one of those days where “the plan is to have no plan?” I went to Bonifacio High Street to attend a Havaianas product launch at All Flip-Flops. When I headed out, I noticed that the street was filled with fiesta-themed booths and activities.

Turns out it was day 2 of Bonifacio Global City (a.k.a The Fort)’s Passionfest, a three-day event celebrating the 150th anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, one of the icons of Philippine history.

Soon I was on a date with myself—checking out the artsy booths, watching local painters work on murals, browsing through racks of eco-friendly crafts and Pinoy eats, and watching kids play with modernized versions of Pinoy street games such as tumbang preso and luksong tinik.

Then I ran into the Cosmopolitan girls (I contribute to their magazine every now and then) who were busy setting up the Hug-a-Hunk booth. How could I have forgotten about this event? For every P100 you donate to typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) victims, you get a free hug from a Cosmo hunk or two, have your photos taken with them at the photo booth, get a free Cosmo mag, and take the printed photo home as your souvenir. Cosmopolitan Philippines raised around P50,000 that day and proceeds went straight to Bulig Bisaya, Ayala Corporation’s initiative to restore vital services and rebuilding operations in Central Philippines.

A few blocks away, hundreds of people dressed as Katipuneros (members of the Philippine revolutionary society during the Spanish colony in the late 1800s) were getting ready at the starting line of Run BGC’s Takbonifacio, a fun run rigged with battalion-inspired obstacle courses.

So much for having no plan. Check out my snapshots below.


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