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Fast-food chain Tropical Hut experiences renewed interest from Filipinos

After years in the shadows, the classic fast-food chain Tropical Hut is regaining popularity after being featured in a tweet that recently went viral.

Twitter user JP (@dumidyeypee) posted on Twitter his typical day of eating out at Tropical Hut in the Escolta branch, saying (at the time) he was the only customer at the said branch. The tweet garnered many likes, reactions, and tweets of other people reminiscing their moments eating at Tropical Hut. Some were even amazed at how affordable the meals were at this resto.

Following the viral tweet, Tropical Hut found itself gaining more and more attention and customers. Branches are now jam-packed with people dining in, or ordering for take-out or food delivery. Some branches have even reportedly been turning down customers due to the high volume of food delivery orders. In other Tropical Hut branches, stocks had run low due to the sudden increase in demand on their menu items.

A few days later, JP tweeted that Tropical Hut is expanding its team and is now open to hiring new employees.

This is full-on display of just how powerful social media is. With just a simple tweet, the fast-food chain that had seemingly been forgotten for years is now gaining renewed interest from Filipinos.

With a viral tweet having the power to bring back attention to an old establishment, we can definitely use the same social media power to grow interest for our other homegrown brands. There are other classic establishments that also deserve their earned media time, so people can enjoy revisiting them again–exactly like what happened to Tropical Hut.

Orange Brutus

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Image via TripAdvisor

Orange Brutus is the first-ever brand that brought hamburgers to Cebu. The burger joint offers not only hamburgers and shakes but also different rice meals. Currently, they have 19 locations around Cebu City.


Image via Icebergs’ official website

Icebergs prides itself in being “the home of the Super Halo-Halo and Best Sisig in town” for almost 35 years. They currently have 13 branches as of March 2021, and continue to serve Filipino dishes and desserts to patrons.

Isetann Department Store

isetann department store, isetann
Image via yellow-pages.ph

Before the explosion of lifestyle malls, and even way before malls became an established location for groceries and shopping, the go-to place of the people back then was Isetann Department Store located in Quiapo, Manila. Isetann still has a number of branches, with a lot of boutiques, stores, and restaurants. It also has cinemas! Isetann is still operating up to this day, and while definitely not as lifestyle-centric as some of the more prominent malls in the metro, many have pointed out how a lot of their price points are actually better than those from e-commerce sites. You can actually build a bedroom or living room showcase from their Home and Improvement section, at very competitive rates.


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