A few weeks ago I was invited to a 60s night in an Australian bar in Manila. Now I am not adverse to music of the 1960s, but I am not sure I wanted to dress up as a sixties hero-maybe Sonny and Cher? It was being held on a Friday night in Malate and the bar is a small well run bar with a small seating area outside. Sleepy place frequented by locals and expats.
On the day I turned up to bar in NON sixties clothes. Maybe I bought them in the 60s I am not too sure. A fashion icon I am not. As I approached the sleepy little bar I could see hundreds of balloons and the seating area outside extend to take over three or four other shop fronts. The noise of laughter and music was over powering. As I got nearer I could see that street children and others were dancing in the street to the music, and watching the party from the barriers of balloons. I would say they were having a fantastic time too.
I sat down and noticed that no one was dressed up in sixties gear and the music from the very good live band was not from the sixties era either. Now this was somewhat of a surprise as I expected to be the only miserable guy who was not dressed in an Austin Powers outfit.
I called the owner over and said he must be disappointed about the lack of people dressed in sixties clothes? He smiled and said it was a 60s birthday night not a sixties themed night! I should not listen when I am drunk.
The 60th party that I had somewhat gate crashed was in full bloom and the guest of honour was dressed up in really sexy outfit and was dancing most of the evening too. She even got up and danced the belly dance with professional belly dancers. The street kids outside loved every minute of it and the party just seemed to be getting bigger and bigger.
There is no doubt that when Filipinos have fun they have fun! The joy on peoples face s and the good behaviour made me realise that this sort of party in my own country could easily turn out to be a magnet for troublemakers. Not here. Fun and singing was the only thing on everyone’s mind.
After a few hours of fun I had to call it a night. The rest of the crown lasted six hours longer than me and the singing and fun went through until 6am. Not any trouble or damage and I counted over two hundred people at the bar. I just love the Philippines.
Jeff Harvie is an Australian Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0959797) who has given up the quiet life in Australia a few years back for one more adventurous with his Filipina wife and kids in Manila, Philippines. He runsDown Under Visa, which specialises in Australian partner visas for those Aussie men who fall madly in love with the local girls and want to bring them to Australia.