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Pinoys give their thanks to Café Havana for its ‘contribution’ to society

And just like that, another relic of Manila’s golden days has said its goodbyes all thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

No, we’re not talking about something that’s an actual relic. We’re talking about the cultural landmark and the “Department of Foreign Affairs” of Makati City that is Café Havana. This piece of news was first shared on Twitter by user @tammydavid with a picture and caption that ultimately spread out like wildfire on social media. 

While infamously known to many as the “place teeming with foreigners and older tourists”, Café Havana is one of the several restaurants established by Larry Cruz, a Filipino restaurateur and journalist who founded LJC Restaurant Group. The café itself is said to be “Larry J. Cruz’ homage to Cuban life”, and its first location was in Malate — a district famous for its nightlife which catered to tourists and expatriates.

The cafe’s seemingly harmonious relationship with foreigners had already been in place even before the branch in Greenbelt, Makati had been opened. Due to its popularity with “older white men”, it had become an establishment that needed nothing more but a quick glance when being talked about. 

Upon seeing the Tweet by user @tammydavid on Twitter, netizens were so quick to give their reactions and feelings about Makati’s pillar of international relations and “special economic zone”. 

Don’t worry though, Café Havana isn’t really saying goodbye. It’s been found out that it will just move to the open space where Seattle’s Best had previously stayed in. Give it a few months (and the end of the pandemic), then Makati’s pseudo-United Nations will rise again. Charot lang.


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