Bridgetowne bursts with lights, great music, good food

Bridgetowne offers lights, music and food—in a wide open space.

Filipinos love the yearend holidays, anticipating Christmas as early as September. Now that the holiday season is upon us, some might be overwhelmed by the number of activities leading to Christmas and the New Year festivities.

For a change, why not take the opportunity to explore an open, tree-lined space where you can run around with friends, walk your furbabies, and then have a bite to eat?

At Bridgetowne, Robinsons Land’s premier destination estate, you can do all that while enjoying the cool holiday breeze.

Earlier this month, Mercato Central, the country’s largest small food business market, opened an outpost near Bridgetowne’s football pitch. Mercato set up two dozen food stalls, allowing visitors a variety of choices. The stalls are open for business Tuesday to Sunday, 4:00 pm – 12:00 midnight, while in January, it operates from Thursday to Sunday, 4:00 pm – 12 midnight until March 2024. Buskers provide entertainment nightly. 

If you’re feeling parched after all those steps you put in, there are fresh fruit juices and shakes at Heaven Shake, Nutrifresh and Face Buko, lemonade at Juice Factory, and a selection of brews at Kraft Coffee. Snackers can choose from Hungarian, John Crispy, Lyn’s Bibingka, El Angelicious Empanada, JD’s Takoyaki, or shawarma at It’s A Wrap.

Looking for something more substantial? Load up on Korean food at Uncle Kims or Kchase Korean Street Food, grilled faves at Cheng’s Grill or Guagua’s Best, and savories that will hit the spot at Bagnet Rice Patong, 921 Smoking Hot, Mongolian, Cocina Berenguer or Chicago. 

Once dusk falls, Bridgetowne lights up and the effect is magical and perfect for social media posts.

For a start, there’s “The Victor,” a 60-meter-high art installation of a human figure with one arm raised in victory. Located on the eastern portion of the 32-hectare estate, the structure by Fil-Am artist Jefrё Manuel-Figueras pays homage to the resilience and determination found in every Filipino.

“The Victor” will be festively illuminated this holiday season to add to the joyful mood.

The stunning four-lane bridge that connects Quezon City to Pasig City is yet another perfect selfie backdrop. Adorned with colored lights, the curvy 110-meter-long bridge designed by the late National Artist Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa mimics the ribbon depicted in the Bridgetowne logo.

There are lanes for pedestrians and bikers who can enjoy the breeze and the view as they traverse the bridge spanning the Marikina River.

A second art installation, breathtaking in its attention to detail, was recently unveiled and is well worth a visit—and several posts on one’s socials. 

“Lambat” depicts a fishing couple casting their net. Created by multi-talented artists Jude Tiotuico, Miguel Aguas, and Vito Selma, the sculpture pays tribute to the Filipino working class. It was also designed to provide a  shade where people can converge, and children can play.

“Visitors to Bridgetowne can use the football field and obstacle park for sports and recreation, gather at the motorcycle community hub (Mototowne), and take advantage of the open spaces for family activities,” said Loise Albert Montes, AVP Business Development for RLC Destination Estates.

Mr. Montes proudly endorsed the estate for promenaders, both families and groups of friends.

 “There’s more flexibility to engage in recreational activities such as using the football field, obstacle park, and participating in community events,” he said.   He noted the diverse culinary delights at the food market that’s liveliest after dusk. 

Brigetowne will hold its first New Year Countdown on December 31,  with the country’s top bands, like Sandwich Motherbasss with DJ Loonyo, MC Pao Avila,  DJ Jet Boado, and  DJ Alondra.

Hosted by Kaladkarin and Princess Legaspi,  the event will start at 9:00 pm. Entrance is free. 

After all, what is Christmas but a chance to gather with family and friends over a shared meal, lights, and music—this time provided by buskers who will perform Christmas carols.

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