St. Patrick's Day 2009

I don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not a Filipino holiday, and – as far as I know – I don’t have any Irish heritage. So in all honesty, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day last March 17, 2009 was more of an excuse to drink Irish beer than an actual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

My friend Miguel Vega and I, wearing our best green shirts (naturally), headed down to a Irish pub in the heart of Makati called Murphy’s. The pub is located on V.A. Rufino St. in Legazpi Village, Makati City. It wasn’t our first time at Murphy’s; Miguel and I went there to fill our cravings for Guinness sometime last year. Last time, the pub was practically empty, and we had our pick of seats. This time, however, things were a lot different.

My friend Mia already warned us that the place was crowded, and she wasn’t kidding. Not only was it St. Patrick’s Day, but it was also the pub’s weekly Quiz Night, where teams competed against each other in a trivia game about… well, pretty much anything under the sun, but since it was St. Patrick’s Day, a lot of questions were devoted to Ireland and Irish culture and history. The place was packed, mostly with expats and foreigners. Miguel and I pushed our way to the trivia room, where we met up with Mia, Angel, and G. We pushed our way back to the bar, then Miguel and I ordered what we came for: Guinness!

a bottle of Guinness

a bottle of Guinness

Miguel and I each had a bottle, and, as before, we greatly enjoyed it. Fearing lack of service should we leave our spot, we stayed glued to our spot at the bar. We observed the celebrations around us. The pub was festooned with typically Irish decor, lots of green and of course, some four-leaf clovers. Two, erm, “little people” were all dressed up and roaming around the pub; for the night, they played the role of “leprechauns.” (I wasn’t able to take their pictures, unfortunately.) The people at the pub were all dressed for the occasion. Nearly everyone was wearing green, and more than a few had silly hats; one even had on a cool green bowler hat.

After downing our bottles of Guinness, Miguel and I ordered another round; this time, we had the slightly cheaper brand, Murphy’s, which others around us had been ordering as well.

two cans of Murphy's Draught

two cans of Murphy's Draught

It was also pretty good, and lighter on our pockets. Meanwhile, I observed that a lot of people around us weren’t drinking Guinness or Murphy’s; they were actually downing San Mig Light. I guess it’s because it’s a LOT cheaper. Personally, I didn’t order the San Mig Light because it was a special occasion, and the whole point was to get the Irish beer.

Miguel and I then went back to the trivia room and just started hanging out with Mia, Angel, and G. We chatted a bit, ate some fries with chili con carne, and listened to the trivia questions. We got quite a few correctly, too, which was impressive, considering a lot of the questions were quite difficult. (Also, it was a good thing we weren’t officially participating in the quiz.)

We left a little early – shortly after Trivia Night finished, which was past 11pm. None of us were drunk, because we didn’t have the cash to keep buying our alcohol. Still, it was a fun night, and we definitely enjoyed ourselves. Perhaps we’ll be back for Trivia Night some other time, and, most likely, we’ll hit the pub come St. Patrick’s Day next year.

(L-R) Ren Robles and Miguel Vega

(L-R) Ren Robles and Miguel Vega

(L-R) Angel, Mia, and G

(L-R) Angel, Mia, and G

You can check out full versions of these pictures – as well as others I didn’t post – on Flickr, Multiply, and TwitPic.