Cebu is both rustic and metropolitan. In the metropolis, dancing and partying are something akin to the Western idea of having fun. Partying is charged with wildness and excitement. Places are dimly lit and smoky, DJs mix the right beat, bartenders concoct drinks, and the crowd—all adults—goes wild and sweaty on the dance floor with house or trance music on. But if you go to the country or islands, the idea of dancing is entirely different. The crowd ranges from elementary kids to grandparents. Discos are everybody’s favorite night entertainment in the countryside. It is the only communal entertainment they have. Melodies are spectrums of Hollywood pop like Rihanna’s and Lady Gaga’s, melodramatic lullabies like Air Supply’s and Celine Dion’s, and some regional songs. It is typical in the countryside to have a tagay by the disco—one glass of a locally concocted drink being passed around.
You might want to try the local drink, tuba, fermented coconut wine or its stronger version, bahal. Or for the strong at heart, try mestisa—a combination of rum and softdrink.
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