Alas! It’s finally here in Las Piñas! I appreciate the conception of the cafe with so much hugot and patama found on walls, glass windows, doors, names of products and dialogues made by staff members while delivering the orders to the customers (which are replies to the named product ordered by the customer). It is not even surprising to see its success since the cafe is founded based on trend. While a series of hugot pick up lines is part of today’s culture, the cafe gives an opportunity for customers to express their inner hugot while munching some snacks, sipping milkshakes and coffee, recharging their batteries and hanging out with buddies.
The food quality is nothing different from the other cafes. However, the given hugot names are what makes the food and beverages marketable, although I admit that they are more randomly given than they are actually related to the product content. For instance, I do not see the connection between the Binestfriend fries with cheese and the scenery where a person’s love is rejected by that person’s best friend while having feelings for him or her (in other words, friendzoned). And neither do I see a connection between a Paasa mocha milkshake and a scenery where a person is victimized by false hopes given by his or her date or suitor assuring that they will end with one another.
Not forgetting to mention that the cafe is cozy. It is also accessible (as proven by a decent, sometimes overwhelming due to crowd) as it is located in the main road, even though it appears to be hidden behind a line of restaurants.
Glossary of terms used in the entry (for non Filipino readers and friends)
1. hugot: a word that literally means to draw or pull out. In popular culture, it is often referred to words, quotes, song lyrics, and verses that imply deep emotions (urbandictionary.com).
e.g. “Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.”
2. patama: best known as veiled hint, in my blog entry’s context. Also known as solution to problems and getting a winning number like in the lottery (tagalog.pinoydictionary.com)
3. binestfriend: otherwise known as putting one’s best friend in a friendzone or considering him/her as a friend. The best friend, on the other hand, claims to have special feelings that are close to romantic feelings than friendship.
4. walang tayo: an expression equivalent to “there’s no us” or “we’re not a couple”
5. paasa: a term referring to a person who offers romantic hope to another person assuring that they will be together or the former is in love with the latter. The former has no interest in the latter or rather in being committed to him or her (tagaloglang.com)
For more information
- Hugot Cafe Las Piñas
- Google (for other branches)