Netflix have been bringing out great docuseries that highlights countries around the world. Some about its people, food, and culture. Now, a new series called, Midnight Asia brings out the playful side of Asia’s metropolises. Nighttime is the best way to explore a city’s adventure, go-to spots, and really learn about the culture you don’t see during the day. This docuseries captures the food, drink, music — and night owls who shine in the dark.
Manila comes alive at night as rappers battle, a queer techno party takes off, and rich and poor alike line up for crispy pork-topped rice porridge.
Manila is one of the highlighted cities and the last episode of the series. It takes you all over Asia from Tokoyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Bangkok, and Taipei. The melting-pot city of the Philippines is captured through through the eyes of the locals. We see rap battles, artists painting the famous Tenement basketball murals, and a great late-night lugaw (rice porridge) spot in Makati City that’s open 24-hours.
Here’s the list of spots featured that you’ll need to check out on your next trip:
The Fliptop Festival – Aseana City Concert Grounds to catch an epic rap battle
Alaric Yudson, Founder and CEO of Fliptop Battle League showcases a few battles that brought out crowds in the rain.
Lugawan Sa Tejeros – Makati City
This food joint is open 24/7 and will fulfill your late night cravings or hit the spot after a night out with friends. There’s a variety of choices in addition to their famous lugaw like arroz caldo, palabok, goto, sisig, and more. Best part is that almost everything is less than $1.
Philippine Wrestling Revolution – Power Mac Center Spotlight Theater
Catch a wrestling match that will for sure keep you on the edge of your seat. You may even see a re-match between Jake De Leon and Vernice Gabriel aka Crystal.
The Tenement – Taguig City
Catch street ball at its finest among who have a deep love for basketball. You could also check out the featured murals either on the court or somewhere along the buildings concrete walls created by artists and residents.
The Elephant Party – XX XX Nightclub
Wanna have fun and let loose? Check out the only underground queer techno party in Manila and some of Shanani Gania’s creativeness during theme nights at the club.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must see. Check out the trailer below!
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