PLEASE SIR– I’D LIKE SOME MORE… BEER

It was my first “Oktoberfest” event. Luckily I didn’t have to look ignorant because the concept was simple. You get a small cup. You walk to one of a┬ácouple dozen booths. The handlers pour you a free sample of beer. Repeat as needed. From 5pm to 9pm last Saturday, the 2200 block of Central Avenue…

SINULOG: TAMPA FILIPINOS RIVER OF HONOR

Here an Asian fan. There a statue of the Virgin Mary. Here a barong. There a cross. Ah– the blend of religion and culture. Ah– the blend of the Catholic religion and the Philippine culture. Tampa Bay Filipinos gathered to celebrate the Sinulog (aka Feast of the Santo Nino) at St. Paul’s Catholic Church by…