Hey, today's Mandaluyong Day, or more specifically, today is the day this city got liberated from the province of Rizal and established itself as an independent locality.
Once upon a time, Rizal was an all encompassing province. It owned the majority of cities here in the Metro: Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasig, some parts of Quezon City, and etcetera. Some genius decided to slice the Rizal province up to city-sized chunks and make them cities. That's why sometimes in you can see Mandaluyong City still being recognized as a part of Rizal in non-updated internet websites or boards. So now you know.
Anyway, the Mandaluyong City Circle (which houses the City Government Office) will be closed at 1PM this afternoon and will be unavailable to all vehicles. All traffic from Makati, Pasig, Manila and from other cities as well will be diverted to somewhere.
There will be lots of festivities during the day: some bands are going to be playing music on a huge stage. I'm sure there's going to be parades too. Some food maybe. And of course a special appearance of Mayor Ben Abalos. Unfortunately I'll be staying home. It's too hot outside.
Happy Mandaluyong Day!
'Till my next installment.