Last October 16, 2015 will be celebrated worldwide as “World Bread Day”, but here at Quezon City’s first bakery, Kamuning Bakery Cafe is celebrated the World Pandesal Day.
The pandesal is the historic and unique national bread of the Philippines, it is bread eaten by the masses, middle-class and by all. The pandesal is a basic necessity of the people, like rice. The humble pandesal bread represents the people’s simple wish for liberation from hunger. Hot freshly pugon-baked pandesal also represents happiness.
So what happened on WORLD PANDEAL DAY by Kamuning Bakery?
They give away FREE 30,000 pieces of pugon-baked pandesal to all people in the neighborhood and most especially to the urban poor communities of Quezon City.
Their partner in this project and Guest of Honor yesterday, Oct. 16 Friday 9 a.m. launching of World Pandesal Day is the lower tax advocate Senator Sonny Angara (who has no need to run in the 2016 election). Afterwards, Senator Angara shall be resource speaker at the “Pandesal Forum” breakfast with media, university professors and public school teachers.
Another special guest is actor Dingdong Dantes of the National Youth Commission.
On this same day, they shall also open the Kamuning Gallery, which shall showcase contemporary art such as paintings, photography, etc. Opening of photo exhibit by Chris Lucas.
Kamuning Bakery is not just any regular bakery, it is also a historical landmark which dates back to establishment of Quezon city. Kamuning Bakery Cafe was founded by the late Atty. Leticia Bonifacio Javier and her husband Marcelo Javier in 1939, and it was acquired and revived in December 2013 by its “suki” or loyal customer, writer, college teacher and self-made real estate entrepreneur Wilson Lee Flores. The restored cafe was opened on March 20, 2015.
Kamuning Bakery Cafe is not only Quezon City’s first bakery and Metro Manila’s original artisanal bakery known for upholding old baking and culinary traditions, its diverse clientele include political leaders, writers, artists, showbiz celebrities and many others.
At Kamuning Bakery Cafe, pandesal, pan de suelo, pan de coco and cakes customers come from all walks of life—from the late pre-war media tycoon Don Alejandro Roces who facilitated sale of land in 1939 at 15 centavos per square meter from the national government to create this bakery, to his son the newspaper publisher & activist Joaquin “Chino” Roces, press freedom stalwart U.P. Dean Armando Malay, the late democracy stalwart President Cory C. Aquino, generations of artists like National Artists Nick Joaquin and Levi Celerio, showbiz celebrities, to a public school student who used to walk here to buy pugon-baked breads for merienda and now the first woman Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Tradition of affordable good foods, pugon-baked breads, cakes, artisanal coffee: Kamuning Bakery Cafe is located since 1939 at No. 43 Judge Jimenez Street corner K-1st Street, Kamuning, Quezon City. Telephone numbers: 4161637, 9292216, 4126628.
It is open up to 12 midnmight daily, serving all-day breakfast meals, pasta, rice dishes, sandwiches, cakes, Third Wave style or artisanal Benguet province coffee, native chocolate tablea brews, juices, etc.
For inquiries, please call Wilson Lee Flores 09178481818, 09228321888, 09188077777 or Office Tels: 4151692, 4112311, 4126685, 3326066 Christine Conanan or Mela Ubalde.