The Philippine flag was raised and our national anthem was played for the first time during the Declaration of Independence from Spanish colonization by General Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898 — a liberty unrecognized both by warring colonizers, Spain and the United States. The 1898 Treaty of Paris ended the war between the two where Maria Christina sold out all 7,107 (on a high tide!) islands of The Archipelago to Uncle Sam for USD20M. After a revolt against the United States which began in 1899, we finally achieved national sovereignty on July 4, 1946, through the Treaty of Manila. We celebrated our independence from the Stars and Stripes on the same date they celebrate theirs until the Republic Act No. 4166, which set out to move the holiday to June 12, was approved on August 4, 1964.

In celebration, I declare independence from convention. Why have a burger and a pizza separately when you can have both as one? Introducing, the Pizzaburger! 100% beef patty, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, ketchup and cheddar cheese between sausage and pepperoni mini-pizza “buns”. The best of both worlds.


I’ve been inundated by messages asking where they can get this baby since I posted this photo on Instagram this morning. Well, surprise! The patty and the rest of the innards are from Jollibee‘s Champ (burger), the only burger I eat from the Bee’s lineup aside from their Cheesy Bacon Mushroom Champ and their Aloha Burger. I tossed in a few extra slices of Laughing Cow brand Cheddar Cheese and red Baguio tomatoes with a drizzle of Tabasco, chucked the buns and sandwiched everything between two Pizza Pedrico’s Supreme Loaded Sausage, Pepperoni and Cheese Mini-Pizzas. There you have it. Now go make and enjoy one!

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