Cafe By The Ruins Dua
The name "Cafe by the Ruins" is located in the ruins of Phelps Whitmarsh an American that married an Ibaloi and lived in Baguio that is situated inform of the Baguio City Hall. The House was destroyed during the bombing of Baguio by the American during WWII. from the ruins of World War II, a café rose a quarter of a century ago and became a landmark that gives soul to this bustling city.
What's come out of the Ruins? A Branch!
At last, after 25 years in business, Café by the Ruins is set to open its first branch. The branch is intended to be the main bakery and production house of our food business. The Café's baked goods and pre-cooked frozen foods will be sold under the company's line of Pasalubong products.
Cafe by the Ruins Dua has been operating for 2 years. The menu is different from the pioneer branch of the cafe. There are dishes in Dua that are not available in main Cafe by the Ruins and vice versa. Only the best sellers such as Bagnet and the salads are the same.
"Cafe by the Ruin is a place for friendship and fresh food."
Café by the Ruins has always made it a point to source its materials from local farmers and growers hoping to encourage and stimulate local economies and organic agricultural practices.
The menu changes every four months to feature the best of what is in season in Baguio. Our suppliers for chocolate, coffee, and milk are from all over the country ranging from Davao to the Cordillera. The chicken, fish, meat, and vegetables served by the café are bought at the Baguio market, a central depot for all the produce of northern Luzon.
Ruins Inc. was incorporated by a motley bunch of artist friends who have since (8 years ago), turned over the business to the next generation.
Among the founding partners were the late Christine Arvisu, late Roberto Villanueva (a surrealist painter), Dr. Dave Baradas (an anthropologist) and National Artist, Ben Cabrera, Laida Lim, Louie and Su Llamado, Baboo Mondoñedo and Boy Yuchengco.
They have turnover their shares to the second generation; Feliz Perez, Lilliana Llamado, Celestina Arvisu, Jasmine Cabrera, Tootsy Echauz-Angara and Miguel Santos.
The ruins began as a joke, a small warung or lean-to-shack in an empty lot across the city hall. The cogon roof changed three times as the business evolved. Now Café Dua is the next challenge.
The business proffers not only food but meaningful work as well. As part of the Café concept, full-blown gallery launches, cooking demonstrations,night of music, and poetry readings will be held here occationaly.
Cafe by the Ruins - 25 Shuntug Street Baguio City, Philippines
Cafe by the Ruins Dua - 225 Upper Session Rd., Baguio City, Philippines
(074) 422 9804
WORDS: Mikka Alaia