Last March 17, Poblacion was peppered with Jameson Irish Whiskey to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2018, with the main event at The Ruins, Poblacion. Other participating pubs and bars: The Apartment, The Attic and Z Hostel.
Jameson Philippines hosted a large drinking event for Paddy’s Day, inviting the whole of Metro Manila to partake in the festivities. Miguel and I partied alongside Filipinos and foreigners alike, appreciating the Irish holiday with the iconic Jameson Irish Whiskey.
We were there as early as 2:30 PM to witness the event crew overhaul the bare walls and antique interiors of The Ruins, Poblacion. We came back after sundown to find that the place had transformed into a green haven for whiskey lovers, with artist Dee Jae Pa’este (@Deejae408) in the middle of finishing his red-fox-with-girl wall mural.
As an open party, everyone got a stub for a free drink: a shot of Jameson mixed with Schweppes Ginger Ale. It was selling at PHP 150 per cup, but there was also a guy with a tray of free Jameson shots roaming around every hour.
The living room area was a dance floor where hip-hop / street dancers were freestyling to African drum beats. I loved the ethnic rhythm. I could tell that Miguel wanted to show off, so I tapped one of the guys on the shoulder and told him to take Miguel with them. Much to Miguel’s consternation, the circle of dancers opened up to let him in, and he began to do his own thing. His dance steps were too complicated, so they pushed him into the middle where he finally let go and did the thing he did best. #ProudGirlfriend moment!
We went upstairs and challenged another couple to beer pong where I scored 2 shots while Miguel sucked balls. We lost and got our competitors another drink. 🙁
We then headed downstairs to play the life-sized Jenga. The Jameson Jenga used wooden blocks, so when the tower threatened to collapse, the crowd of partygoers exclaimed in unison. I desperately hugged the tower, being the only thing supporting it, but the people at the frontlines wanted me to just let the inevitable pass…and so I took a step back and we all watched the wooden blocks tumble in slow motion. The crowd cheered as soon as the Jenga blocks hit the cement floor.
On our way out to check out the other pubs celebrating St. Paddy’s with Jameson Philippines, we were handed Jello Jameson Shots–literally in injectable shots. We also met Jameson’s brand ambassador Fintan Cannon from Pernod Ricard and, strangely enough, an acoustic guitar street vendor.