* The last time I posted something on this blog was eleven days ago. It was our anniversary poster featuring our Friday "All-Star Crew" composed of Manong, Jeg, and Ramhil (credits to Dan Sta. Romana for the photos). Everything was a blur after that blog post. It felt like everyone was running away from something or towards something. You know the feeling of ending something quickly to start a new beginning? Something like that. I'm not really sure. I'm not really in top form lately, haunted by migraine and all, now that the summer heat has caught on with the season. Can we really not think straight when it's hot? Is there any science to this? Anyway, here's a rundown of the stuff that happened last April 14, our Third Anniversary celebration:
*Our Facebook page went crazy on that day. It's very heartwarming to see all these people greet us on our 3rd birthday. This kind of support really inspired us to do better, especially this year 2011. That night we had a program hosted by our friend and former CAnton cook, Padeys Cajano, and his friends. There were a bunch of impromptu performances from Juniper Face the Corner, Khitz of Yield Avenue, Edan of Satori, Christian of Segatron, Khat and Ian of Turning Point, Juni of Pathway, Gabes Torres, Jobo of Digital Karma, and from some of our friends and special guests. Padeys and Foxy also performed their monodrama pieces made especially for the cafe. Some games were also played during the program. Congrats to those three lucky customers who won the prizes! And also on that night, two loyal customers, Budik and April, were awarded with the limited edition Cafe Antonio 3rd Anniversary Mug for ordering 10 different beverages before April 14. We have extended the promo up to April 30. So everybody still has a chance, 10 drinks in 6 days isn't impossible!
* We would also like to thank everyone who ordered the 3rd Anniversary T-Shirt. It's still available at the cafe. You can purchase it online by visiting www.cafeantoniostore.multiply.com.
* As expected, there has to be a reflection of some sort after 3 years of working at CAnton. Celebrating our 3rd year in a different location can probably sum it all up. A lot of things have changed and we've met a lot of new faces. Our family has gotten bigger and our responsibilities have made us grow older. And all the problems and obstacles we've encountered have made us stronger. Now I can't even imagine what would happen in our 5th or 10th anniversary...or 20th. But one thing's for sure, after two weeks of pondering for this blog entry (I wrote this on a piece of paper back in our apartment in LB), I knew that I wouldn't want to be the one who would say, "We used to do this back in the day" or "We used to be like this back in the day." I want to be the one who would say, "Yeah, we've been doing this for quite a while now, and we'll continue to do so until the world runs out of coffee to grow." That's because, for me, Cafe Antonio isn't just a phase. It's not an experiment. It's not a project. It's what I'm here for. The business is safe when the mindset is sure and the heart is secure. Business is a boxing match, you can win in the end even if you get battered and bruised for 12 rounds.
* Starting on May 25, we will be changing our operating hours to 2 PM to 2 AM, Mondays through Fridays. On Saturdays, it's still 4 PM to 1 AM. Watch out for our summer specials and promos.
* On April 30 we will have Cafe Antonio Sessions XX: 80s Tribute Night featuring Sweet Symphony, Turning Point, and Left Turn, 8 PM at the cafe.