* Last week's Public Display of Art, or PDA, was a lot of fun. It was fun organizing it, executing it, and just being a part of it. It was definitely an escape from real-world pressures. We were playing around with the concepts of innocence, youthfulness, good clean fun, and "something-normal-people-won't-do-during-Feb Fair-and/or-Valentine's Day".
* The event wasn't crafted to generate any profit. We didn't expect people to attend in the first place. It's UPLB's Feb Fair, everyone's there. It's Valentine's, and there's nothing romantic about going to a coffee shop decorated with scrapbook-worthy memorabilia. Pinwheels, for crying out loud!
* The cafe was full during Poetry Reading night. Friends, family, and guests were there to witness what came to be a very light-hearted hour of poetic bliss. Bessy opened the night with her collection of poems and haikus. Lea Marasigan of CAS followed and read her favorite poems written in Filipino. After that, I read three of my favorite poems from Il Postino. Baleng Lagos of CHE ended the night singing a song while strumming on her acoustic guitar.
(My Mom's "Starburst" quilt in the background)
* It was a great night. Everybody enjoyed their pinwheels and each other's company. We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future!
* To Ise Ronquillo, hope you're okay there in Singapore! We will take care of Eric! Update us please!
* We celebrated Manong Retz's 23rd birthday last Thursday. It was also Movie Night that night. Only a handful came to watch the movies, but a lot sure did enjoy the free cookies from Yummings! We're also thankful to those who stayed to watch. And also to those who stayed despite the 30 minute power outage. Ate Marisse baked a Choco-Apple birthday cake for Retz. We ate that right after taking a few pictures. We also went to Burger King for the extended birthday celebration. Thanks to Dan for the pix!
* Some welcome back greetings to our old customers, Kalegs and Luigi! We definitely missed you guys, hope you could visit again!
* We're sorry The Bookshelf Cassette gig got cancelled. Something came up. The good thing is we ended the week strong by unexpectedly having a lot of people coming over on a Saturday and on the eve of Valentine's. Thanks to our friends and small following of new and old customers, you've been keeping us afloat and inspired. We hope to have a PDA Part 2 next semester!
* As for me, another one of my dreams have come true. To have a cafe that looked like Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends for a week is a fantasy of mine. I can never thank my family and friends enough for supporting me in the things I do. Thanks especially to Jenni Sumagui and Bessy Espina for sharing with me a somehow vague passion for creating beautiful and meaningful things that are most of the time hard to appreciate, understand, and to communicate to others. I salute you guys!
* Now that this activity is over, we are entering a new stage, a new chapter in Cafe Antonio Elbi's storybook. Pray for us, our team, our staff, and all the people involved in running the business. May we not lose sight of what we were sent out to do.