Over the weekend, Makati closed off a strip of Paseo de Roxas and hosted a first of its kind “block party” that brought gastronomic delights, a kiddie fun fair, and entertainment in one event.
Makati proved its distinct city vibe and thriving community spirit by transforming its iconic business avenues into a culinary street party.
The Makati block party featured well-loved food vendors of the valued and celebrated city tradition, the Salcedo Community Market.
The event was part of the city’s efforts to increase its walkability by giving the community a reason to head out and enjoy the streets.
The initiative was taken a notch higher with the partial road closure of Paseo de Roxas, one of the busiest streets of Makati, for the culinary street experience. Despite the downpour of rain, the streets came alive as people actively used the pedestrian-friendly streets to enjoy mouthwatering food, while enjoying feel-good music and entertaining activities for kids.
Friends, couples and families alike walked around from 4 p.m. all way to 10 that evening savoring American, Persian, Italian and of course all-time favorite Filipino palate pleasers at the event.
For entertainment, visitors were treated to the jazz musical stylings of Vince Lahorra’s Quartet, and the soothing voice of acoustic performer Johnoy Danao.
“We feel very happy that the first Makati Block Party was well-received by the community,” assessed Shiella Aguilar, Project Development manager of Makati. “It has been our goal ever since to keep the people closer through projects and events that can make everyone come together in one place. This culinary street party is just one of our efforts to encourage the people of Makati to use the streets more and make them realize that there are a lot of undiscovered experiences just around the corner.”