You know the famous saying by Brits in the longest feud ever known between Brits and the Yanks, “Whatever they do, we did it first and we can do it better”. And though I’d like to thank America for all it has showcased and influenced, I think “God save the queen” will always touch a deeper part of me than “God bless America”. I’ve even nailed the accent to prove it. LOL. But I still very much love USA, don’t get me wrong.
It is with this that I was terribly chuffed to bits (pleased) to hear about the Great British Festival! To say I did not waste any time is an understatement. Let me tell you, it does not disappoint.
Before you enter Bonifacio High Street, you would have to pass by this huge arch shaped into towers of a castle. So cool! Like you were entering a ride in some kind of theme park!
First stop though was still Fully Booked and even they were in on the UK craze by popping on tracks from UK boy band One Direction. Look! A legit phone booth!
After that was the Chelsea School For Soccer by Chelsea Football Club! And yes, Football was originally from the UK. Football fans, don’t get mad at me hahaha. I called it football and not soccer for you guys!
After that, it’s off to the cars! Couldn’t believe my eyes. Lots of cars including Rolls-Royce and Mini Coopers! I personally don’t like this RR because it looks too big, like a presidential limo or something.
I liked this Mini-Cooper though! I remember the Spice Girls Superbowl half-time show :) I even have a mini Mini Cooper at home!
I loved this vintage car too! Even though I had an automotive subject in high school, never quite figured out names. So, yes, this vintage car is a fine label for this fine vintage car hahaha. I want this for my wedding and my entire life!
If you’re not down for vintage though, you can actually just go racing on a stationary F1 car. Wha-what? Well, you can experience it through the F1 game with all too realistic controls on the stirring wheel :)
But if staring’s your swag, you cans tare at this baby all day! It’s a car as royal as Her Royal Majesty herself that they have to cordon it off. Awww… no test drives? sad…
But looking at it from the perspective of non-drivers who aren’t at all interested in the cars (I doubt anybody isn’t interested), there’s also fashion by famous UK brands such as Warehouse.
You can also see clothes from River Island which I just found out has a store in Glorietta too :)
If you’re more on the classic fashion though, you can try and get advice from these period characters roaming around.
I guess the booth that captured my attention most though was Lee Cooper’s booth. Besides their great clothes (which I will put in another post for its awesomeness), there’s also mini-monuments like the Big Ben and..
… the famous telephone booth!!! I wanted to take it home. And yes, I consider it a monument. When it’s as iconic as the UK phone booth, it is a monument.
In fact, Lee Cooper’s booth is so cool, it has its own set of royal guards!
You can actually have your picture taken here and then just like Lee Cooper Philippines page and then follow them on Twitter here and tweet and share with #LeeCooperPhilippines and you can win great prizes :)
See, it’s so cool that the UK Ambassador Asif Ahmad decides to hang out and chill there for a bit while being swarmed by a crowd of Pappos. Hmmm… I wonder if he’s already sent in his entry
After all that, you can just chill and watch UK and UK-based movies at the green grass while on a munch and crunch with family or your better half like these two here. So sweet!
The great British Festival is currently happening and will continue on until tomorrow for the very last leg of their 5-month campaign.
There are also booths where you can inquire about scholarships and schooling for the UK and contests right at the turn of every corner. If that’s not your style then just lounge on out and listen to music from UK artists (I absolutely adore them, bands like Bastille, The Beatles, artists like Amy Winehouse, Lenka, Jessie J).
It’s definitely a great way to learn about Great Britain and have fun at the same time. It’s truly a surreal experience. Ugh. I wish I could live in the UK.
Anyways, go and visit! You won’t regret it! If you do, I invite you to approach me and smack me on the head and while hopping on one foot say “I did not enjoy”. That’s how sure I am.