Sunday, September 28, 2008

Big News!

Last week was a very weird week for the Canton Crew. We had our strongest Monday since opening week but the following days were not as impressive as last week's "fastfood experience". That was expected, oh my gosh, we can't top that... (and then again we can never be too sure!) I had sore throat last Thursday so I had to stay at home the rest of the day. Good thing Neil was there to take my place.

The next day I came back to work even though I was still a little dry and queasy. Thank God for our 4 to 7 crew, Majals and Neil, they really take the pressure off our backs! It was Friday, it should be our strongest day... but to our surprise, the place was as empty as our wallets. What good thing can happen today?!?! Pegaraw, Rural's major production at DL, was onstage that night. Maybe that explains why there aren't many people around. Our batcmates Michi and Mam Denise was also at the cafe last Friday. Michi was going to watch Pegaraw. Padeys, Joyce, Ate Faye, and Ate Manell also went to watch the play.

After a while, Joyce called... "Hulaan mo kung sino tumawag...", she asked me, "...ay hindi mo pala mahuhulaan..Summit Media (what?!)...Entrepreneur Magazine (ha!??!?)..blah blah..blah" Oh my gosh, I was shocked! Nag-tumbling talaga ako ng literal sa cafe! To break the monotony of it all... ayun... nilagnat ako uli.

It was weird because I've been reading old issues of Entrep magazine lately. Little did I know, mga tsong, little did we know...

The interview was schelduled at 1 pm the following day, so we had to sleep early and prepare the cafe for our guests. Mon and Jenni arrived early, followed by Manong Retz, Dan, Neil, and Padeys.

Ms. Cindy Escobin, the freelance writer for Entrepreneur Magazine, together with our regular customer Sir Eppie (tama ba spelling, sir?) arrived on time. The interview lasted for almost an hour. After that we gave them free Ham and Egg Sandwiches and a Red Velvet Frothiccino. I went home right after, kasi nilagnat ako uli.

Sir Eppie, Cindy Escobin, Jabez

Photo Op!
Majals enjoys her first pay day!
We added support to our shelves so we can put more books!
Tracy and his batchmates at the Thespian Circle celebrated their 1st year anniversary at the cafe. Thanks to Lei!
ICS faculty invades the couch area!
Korean asks to take picture of Tracy!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hataw ELBI, hataw!

Last week was our best week since opening week, thanks to all of you!!! We're glad that the cafe is slowly being part of your everyday lives. Marami kaming hardcore customers diyan, saludo kami sa inyo! For two days, we were open until 2:30 am!

What's new at the cafe? For starters, we have a new parttime cashier, Mahalia Adelina Corazon Paningbatan Serrano aka Majals (BS AgChem, magna cum laude, number 5 sa board exam ng chem, grabe!). She'll be part of our 4 to 7 pm crew until November.

From left to right: Neil, Jabez, Tracy, Majals, Manong Retz

Majals will be taking your orders from 4 to 7 pm.

Next is our Text-to-Order service. Just text (or call) Manong Retz the cashier and tell him your orders in advance (0916-7642539).

Have you heard of our Raspberry White Mocha Frothiccino aka Red Velvet Frothiccino? It was a hit last week. It's not on the menu board so be sure to ask Manong Retz about it. This is one advantage of blog readers, you learn about new drinks. Hehe, para medyo exclusive ang dating. It's only Php 95.

There's also this group of street magicians in UPLB. They've been operating for about a sem now. Watch the video below.

The cast of El Laberinto dela Verdad was also at the cafe last week. Of course, they tried the the El La-Berry-nto Multi-Berry Iced Tea (still available for only Php 55).

We were all tired after that week, but we still managed to play Guitar Hero Aerosmith and Guitar Hero III last night. Once again, thanks to the Bonita family!

A brand new week is ahead for the Canton Crew, we hope to meet you guys again. And for those who haven't been here yet, come and visit us at 10432 Grove, College, Los Banos, Laguna. We will change your life, haha! Joke lang.

Contact details:

Joyce Hernandez and Jabez Flores (owners) - (0917-6273993 and 0917-3406945)

See related web links at the sidebar.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Cafe Antonio Jingle Commercial

Good morning Cantonnites! We made a new commercial/music video last Saturday, featuring the Cafe Antonio jingle. Yes, we have a jingle! Available in male and female versions. You can download it at Cafe Antonio - Dumaguete's Friendster profile at

You can also watch the music video at our YouTube channel at

Our Flavor of the Month, the Orange You Glad it's Chocolate frothiccino has enjoyed tremendous success last week. If you haven't tried it yet, you still have a couple of weeks left before September ends.

Any ideas for next month's Flavor of the Month? E-mail us your suggestions at

We would like to thank Los Banos once again for giving their time to visit the cafe last week. We had 102 customers last Friday, that was simply amazing!

God has been gracious to us as He continues to shower our small cafe with blessings. Please pray for the health of the staff, Joyce, Retz, Padeys, Neil, Tracy, Ate Vivian, and myself (Jabez) as we continue to give service (and provide entertainment) to our customers.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Surprises Surprises!

Last Wednesday, Joyce, Ate Manell, Chino, and I, watched the Boys Like Girls mall tour at ATC. Sobrang sulit! Neil was at the cafe to take my place as barista that day.

Ate Manell gave this new book, 1001 Dumbest Things Ever Said by Steven D. Price, as a gift for our cafe's couch area library. Check it out. We encourage reading at our place, we will try to get more books for public use.


Ate Nike's family (visit her site at and check out her necklaces, bracelets, and other stuff)


Last Saturday, Retz, Padeys, and I planned Zadl and Can's first year anniversary. Ate Marisse baked the chocolate cake! It was extremely delicious! We lit the cafe with peppermint-scented candles and made a playlist of Can's favorite songs. We're glad that Can was surprised. Zadl's just really cheesy... haha!


Last Friday, the BLD people surprised Ate Mel with an advanced birthday party, complete with cake and balloons!



It's been four months already, turning five next week, and the Cafe Antonio - Los Banos branch has experienced a lot of changes already. Here's a video of the events that happened during those months of laughter and strife (Music: Nine in the Afternoon by Panic at the Disco)

Watch our spoof of Dashboard Confessional's Stolen at