The trivia night or the pub quiz was initially organized by Burns & Porter Associates in the 1970s in the United Kingdom. It was established with the aim of developing a national institution catering to thousands of teams across the country. The event was presented to breweries as a marketing strategy to bring in more patrons into pubs during slow evenings. The event eventually reached the shores of the United States where around 2,000 quizzes are regularly held every week. The event is particularly popular in St. Louis, Missouri where at least thirty trivia nights are held over the weekend.
A bar in Makati is considered as the pioneer of trivia nights or quiz nights in the Philippines. Murphy’s, an Irish pub and restaurant, organized the first quiz night in 2006. Around four years after the first quiz night was held at Murphy’s the first trivia night was held in Cebu. Leica Cruz, Alexis Yap and Jewel Jalandoni organized the first Cebu Trivia Night at Alejandro’s Filipino Restaurant along Don Jose Avila St on February 10, 2010.
The main objective of the founders of Cebu Trivia Night is to provide patrons with an alternative form of entertainment. The event is not only fun, it is also educational. It covers a wide range of topics, including science, entertainment, music, literature, current events and geography, among others.
Before the event starts, each table is asked by the staff of the restaurant if they want to join the activity. If they opt to join, they are given a white board and a marker for their answers. The activity is divided into four sets with the first three sets covering questions on topics about anything under the sun. The quizmaster will ask the question and each team is given enough time to write down their answers on the white board. The third set is a visual quiz wherein images are shown to the teams. Each set has four topics that serve as the basis for the questions and images. Teams get one point for every correct answer. They are also given an option for a double where each correct answer gives them two points. The team with the most number of points after three sets is crowned the winner for the night. While a prize is typically given to the winners of each night, most teams are in it for the bragging rights.
The participants are a mixed bunch of individuals ranging from students to lawyers, doctors to entrepreneurs. There is no limit to the number of members of each team. It is also possible for a participant to form his or her own one-person team. One participant said it is recommended for every member of the team to have a specialization to cover as many topics as they can.
Cebu Trivia Night is currently being held at the new location of Alejandro’s, which is now called Alejandro’s Crispy Pata, every Wednesday from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. While the event is also held at the Politics Café every Thursday from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM, the organizers are still waiting for word from the management of Politics since the bar is scheduled to undergo renovation for the next two weeks.
So if you are looking for something different to do one Wednesday evenings, head on over to Alejandro’s Crispy Pata at the Century Plaza Complex along Juana Osmeña St. for a unique type of mid-week special. Whoever says learning is not fun has never joined the Cebu Trivia Night.
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