Red Horse’s Brother Spotted at 2012 Manggahan Festival in Guimaras


Red Horse. The Peace Corps in Guimaras. During The Manggahan Festival, the two go hand-in-hand. So I should not have been surprised when one of the famed San Miguel Brewery's rare bottles of their prized beer showed up. Yes, "The Happy Horse" galloped onto our table that evening much to my surprise and delight.



Roasted peanuts bought from youthful vendors roaming the festival grounds (for 10 pesos a bag) went very well with the bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen and Red Horse we consumed.  And even though we were seated at one of the many food outlets at the mango fest, the salespeople hawking roasted, fried, and boiled peanuts  along with quail eggs and chicheron, Fililpino-prepared pork rind, freely entered the outdoor eateries without any protests from those selling prepared food. As long as people were buying beer, the restaurateurs seemed content.

And then it happened! "Peace Corps Rob" snatched an empty bottle of Red Horse (of which many littered our table at this point) and announced that a bottle of "Happy Horse"  was present! DSC

Can you see the difference? Note the smiling horse and the different colors on the label on the right. Yep, that's Red Horse's brother, "Happy Horse."

Now I probably have encountered this smiling stallion on previous occasions but have not noticed probably due to an advanced stage of inebriation.

The beer of choice for our local expat group is San Miguel Pale Pilsen, but many locals and youthful visitors such as the Peace Corps in Guimaras drink Red Horse. It's cheaper and has more of a kick. Call it the "devil's juice," if you like. At around 7% alcohol content, Red Horse is probably the strongest beer in the Philippines.

So we continued to honor this potent brew and partied into the evening. The Sainted Patient Wife had returned from the carnival area and had taken our niece and nephew back to her home in Guimaras for the evening. She never drinks Red Horse and opted for a bottle of San Miguel Light which she rarely drinks (she wanted Tanduay Ice, but the restaurant was out of it.)DSC

With "Fearless Frank" from Florida in tow (seated next to my asawa in the photo above), we headed out to the stage area as we heard a live band gearing up. Frank was carrying his bottle of Tanduay Rhum in his back pocket, and we were ready to rock. And rock we did!

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

10 thoughts on “Red Horse’s Brother Spotted at 2012 Manggahan Festival in Guimaras

  1. hi dave,fearless frank and i have something in common.I did the same thing in dipolog city when bar hopping,i would put a pint of tanduay in my cargo pants pocket and at the bars i would just order a coke and then go into the bathroom and mix my own drink.
    I wasnt able to retire at 49 by paying top price for crappy weak drinks ya know.

    1. You’re the man, Scott B! It’s helps to be resourceful. I took the bottle of Tanduay Rhum out of my pocket at the Festival at the table we were sitting at. Frank asked if we would get in trouble for doing this out in the open. I said “no” and poured a liberal shot of the stuff into our mango shake. Only in the Philippines! Looking forward to your arrival in “The City of Love,” Iloilo.

  2. Wow Dave,we are all jealous of how much fun you are having!..It’s just not fair!..On the other hand I will Be doing just that soon!..take care.

    1. Looking forward to your arrival, Rod. And you’re right, I’m enjoying myself way too much. Tomorrow it’s off to Raymen Beach with one of my faithful readers, Allen. Details on Allen’s visit coming up. It’s a hard life. 😛

      1. Dave,
        It sure is a hard life. It looks like Frank is feeling good with the Red Horse Army lined up in front of him lol. Wish i was there to partake in the festivities. Maybe one day. Take care and be safe.

        1. Frank was feeling pretty good, PapaDuck. He stayed with the Pale Pilsen and spiked mango shakes. I had Pilsen, Red Horse and the spiked shakes. I can tell you that the “horse” does kick. Hope you can join us sometime, too. The festival is lots of fun. Always enjoy it.

  3. Fearless Frank here,

    It is all true, way too much fun and all legal. The local policeman tapped me on the back and said “The bottle of Rhum in your back pocket Sir” Thinking that I was in trouble, I offered the bottle to the officer, who replied
    “I was worried that the bottle would fall out of your pocket, break and cut you Sir” After placing my bottle securely into my pocket, I continued dancing with MANY beautiful Philippinas that were half my age!

    1. Great story, Fearless Frank! Only in the Philippines. You probably would have got locked up back in the States. Hope you can make a return trip to the Philippines some day. 😀

      1. Dave,

        The Open Container Laws Here (Florida) Are VERY Strict, Often a Large Fine and possibly Jail Time.

        In the Philippines as long as you do not hurt anyone or hurt yourself you are allowed to do almost anything !

        1. Whew! That IS strict, Frank. What I love about the Philippines is the “Wild West” atmosphere. There might be rules, but they’re not strictly enforced for the most part. Like you stated, if you don’t hurt anyone or hurt yourself, you CAN do pretty much anything. 😀

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