written by Mikaela Zulueta (@kelazulueta)
I used to love summer when I was younger, which, frankly, is something I cannot even begin to understand anymore. Skin burning, face sweating, sun scorching? No, thank you. Give me stormy skies and sweater weather any day.
But there is one thing that can get me excited about the crazy Manila heat — or rather, a lot of things tossed together then mixed into one glorious mess: Halo-Halo. The rainy season can take their cold mornings, hot chocolate, and typhoon suspensions because nothing trumps this dessert.
And I think this something generally felt by Pinoys everywhere. That love for creamy leche flan and earthy ube over a bed of milky ice, sweet beans, sago and bananas is probably the one thing people in this country can agree about. Which is why National Halo-Halo Sarap Day is so important.
Before you ask: I am being serious and that is definitely a real holiday. In fact, last March 19, 2017 over 450 Mang Inasal branches participated in this gem of a celebration. In a 1-day only event they tempted crowds of thousands with the perfect bowl of Halo-Halo at a fraction of its original price. From its original price of P53 they gave their Pinoy Halo-Halo small at just P25 while their Pinoy Halo-Halo large went down to P45 (from P73)! Wow, that change in price would totally justify a second (or even third) serving of the Filipino classic dessert and merienda.
To cap off the celebration there was the special visit of Mang Inasal Brand Ambassadors Angel Locsin and Coco Martin who were just as sweet as the dish itself by meeting and eating with everyone.
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely marking next year’s National Halo-Halo Sarap Day on my calendar already. Angel Locsin and Coco Martin may already have it penciled in as well, but I guess you’ll just have to come out to see next year!
Can’t wait one whole year for this blissful holiday? Don’t worry, cause Mang Inasal’s Pinoy Halo-Halo is here to stay, making everyday Halo-Halo Sarap Day!