Oktoberfest is a month-long beer festival worldwide. In the Philippines, Oktoberfest is celebrated in different places usually sponsored and organized by various beer companies like San Miguel Corporation and Asian Brewery Corporation.
With overflowing beers, beach parties, jam-packed concerts, and gigs, this much-awaited Oktoberfest, or should we say beer month has now started! This beer festival is present in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Boracay, and all throughout the country.
Where does ‘Oktoberfest’ come from?
Because Crown Prince Ludwig of Munich was set to marry Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810, the King sent invites to his people inviting them to attend the festivities in the city gates. In honor of the Princess, the fields in the city gates were named Theresienwiese, meaning, Theresa’s fields or much known by the locals as “Wies’n”.
Thousands of people went as the invitation of the King spread. As a ceremonial closing of the event, horse races were added to the festival by the Royal family for the whole Bavaria.
The tradition of repeating the festivities in the following year gave birth to the name ‘Oktoberfest’.
In its decision to boost the agricultural state of the nation, in 1818, they added another show of horse races. This Agricultural Show was held every three years when in 1818, some of the visitors had their beers in some stands which quickly grew in number. This horse races, even though had a great part of the history are no longer held today.
In the following years until 1896, the beer stands were replaced by big beer tents with big amounts of beers and were backed up by some owners of the brewery industry, which then celebrated each year since then, every October. Thus the festival, Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest 2017 Schedule
1. San Miguel Oktoberfests
Thunderbird Rizal w/ Parokya Ni Edgar
October 6, 2017
October 14, 2017
Santa Rose Laguna
This gig will feature Mayonnaise, Greyhoundz, and DJ Louis Vint!
October 20, 2017
Ynares Sports Arena
This FORZA Underground MMA Battle featuring Mayonnaise at Kjwan is indeed a one of a kind event. For the first time, student fighters from different universities and colleges will be pinning up against each other in an epic battle for supremacy! Along with a bikini fashion show, sports car show and concerts by Mayonnaise and Kjwan!
Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point
October 14 and October 28
San Fernando, La Union
This event will feature Truefaith on October 14 and Parokya ni Edgar and Gracenote on October 28.
Facebook Page of Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point
Date: October 6 – 7
Location: Harbor Garden Tent at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Mark your calendars and experience the true and authentic German beer festival in the Philippines. The 79th Oktoberfest features a collection of time-honored German traditions, a sumptuous Bavarian feast, lively entertainment featuring the musical stylings of the Bavarian Sound Express, free-flowing beer, and exciting raffle prices.
German Club Oktoberfest website
3. SEIPI’s OKTOBERFEST 2017
Date: October 5, 2017
Location: Harbour Garden Tent, Sofitel Philippines Plaza, Manila
In partnership with German Club Manila, this October 5, SEIPI (Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc.) will be having this year’s SEIPI’s OKTOBERFEST,
at The Harbour Garden Tent, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila.
Surely, these events are some of the most relaxing ways to abort the city stress! Chill, grab some beer, and don’t forget to enjoy and have fun! But remember, drink moderately.
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