The German Club Manila presented the 80th Celebration of the Oktoberfest in Manila 2018, in Solaire Resort and Casino dated October 4,5 and 6, 2018 from 6pm to 2am! I was one of the fortunate earthlings (let’s say) to attend this festive and here’s sharing to you the chronicles of what happened during the 3-day celebration!
I attended here not because of the beers and wild party but because of the vibe and camaraderie! Plus, my partner Manuel, is a German, too. So, along with his colleagues here in the Philippines, we reserved our ticket to get ready to say “Proosssssssttttttt! (cheers) to a great night!
FACT: Oktoberfest is GERMANY’s 204-year-old tradition that wasn’t originally a BEER FESTIVAL. The first Oktoberfest was held to honour the marriage of the Royals Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810.
Going to the Oktoberfest, you’ll feel the upbeat spirit of each people especially the hosts, the band and your neighbour table. Everybody is happy and literally “Today is such a beautiful day” that’s why you have to know how to dance the “Fliegerlied” entitled “So ein schöner Tag” when you’re going to OKTOBERFEST.
The Solaire Tent is 2,400 SQM – enough to hold hundreds of people – we went to the fest on the second day and believe me it was spacious enough to dance with the whole crowd, kudos to Solaire Resort and Casino!
The program was very organised. The introduction and the opening remarks from the President of the German Club Manila, Mr Tobias Rast and of course, from the German Ambassador. Followed by a live band, games and raffles, including the two-way ticket flight to Germany!
The program was short but sweet – you’ll never get enough of jokes and songs! (English and German could it be) brought to you by the 12-man band called Bavarian Sound Express from Germany!
The food is included to the price we’ve paid (P4,500 each – USD 83). We arrived at the table with some pretzel displays (edible). The foods served are completely Bavarian – from appetisers to Bavarian Apple Strudel – and it’s unlimited, baby!
In the real Oktoberfest in Munich, all the beers served must only be made in Bavaria. Here in Manila, we cheered to one of the oldest breweries in WORLD that made that made it to the Philippines, Weihenstephan!
We stayed in the Festival until 1am – the experience was just very overwhelming, showcasing Germany’s culture and tradition through the entertainments, songs, foods and beers. Seeing the people in the tent made me realise that people really, no matter if you’re the CEO of your company or just a passive observer like me, we are all equal. We all just need the basics in life: eat, pray, love and ROCK AND ROLL!
So, Manila, are you now excited to a better, bigger and more rocking OKTOBERFEST 2019? Well, stay tuned because you might just missed a “So ein Schöner Tag” in your life.
One more thing: don’t forget to smile there and remind the Germans “Why so serious?” next time —- Ha Ha Ha! (Just another joke from a woman in Drindl)