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WHAT CUBAO HAD WAITED MANY YEARS FOR


JULY 28 -Boeuf Bourguignon Images by Noel Pabalate One of the busiest commercial districts in the Philippines is Cubao, where roads from north to south, east to west have for decades all converged before spreading out to all parts of Luzon. All public transportation passed through Cubao when I was commuting daily to Diliman from Las Piñas in the early 1970s. From Baclaran, the bus ride along Highway 54 (now EDSA) was a breeze. The drive was always uneventful; the bus was never, ever full. I got off at Cubao to transfer to a jeepney for UP Diliman. CUBAO FLASHBACK D’Marks opened the Philippines’ first pizza parlors at Highway 54 near Cubao, Isaac Peral (now UN Avenue) and Donada Street Malate, near the American School. We learned to play darts and drink beer by the pitcher. Cubao hosted the famous Embers jazz joint, dark and smoky and hosting the best singers and musicians of the era. A few meters away were the New Frontier Theater, inaugurated by a genuine Hollywood legend, and the cavernous Matsuzakaya Department Store, which introduced the country’s first escalator. READ MORE...

ALSO: NOVOTEL's FOOD EXCHANGE - ARANETA CENTER CUBAO, QC


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What Cubao had waited years for

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Boeuf Bourguignon Images by Noel Pabalate

MANILA, AUGUST 1, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Sol Vanzi July 28, 2016 -One of the busiest commercial districts in the Philippines is Cubao, where roads from north to south, east to west have for decades all converged before spreading out to all parts of Luzon. All public transportation passed through Cubao when I was commuting daily to Diliman from Las Piñas in the early 1970s.

From Baclaran, the bus ride along Highway 54 (now EDSA) was a breeze. The drive was always uneventful; the bus was never, ever full. I got off at Cubao to transfer to a jeepney for UP Diliman.


Several cooking stations ensure perfectly-prepared dishes to order Several cooking stations ensure perfectly-prepared dishes to order

CUBAO FLASHBACK

D’Marks opened the Philippines’ first pizza parlors at Highway 54 near Cubao, Isaac Peral (now UN Avenue) and Donada Street Malate, near the American School. We learned to play darts and drink beer by the pitcher.

Cubao hosted the famous Embers jazz joint, dark and smoky and hosting the best singers and musicians of the era. A few meters away were the New Frontier Theater, inaugurated by a genuine Hollywood legend, and the cavernous Matsuzakaya Department Store, which introduced the country’s first escalator.

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THE FIGHTS

When the Araneta Coliseum was inaugurated on March 16, 1960, 50,000 Filipinos proudly watched our very own Gabriel “Flash” Elorde score a spectacular 7th round knockout victory over American world champion Harold Gomes.

Fifteen years later, the whole world was focused on Araneta Coliseum, site of what many consider the greatest boxing match in history: the Thrilla in Manila world heavyweight title match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.


Char-roasted chicken

Year after year, as the metropolis spread out, Cubao remained a hub for commuters, allowing itself to be overtaken by other neighborhoods. Its saving grace, Araneta Coliseum, brought seasonal clients during sports events, concerts, beauty pageants, and international cockfight derbies.

NOT YET WORLD-CLASS

I realized how far behind Cubao was several years ago, when HBO sent a crew to film a full-length documentary looking back at the Thrilla in Manila for release on the bout’s 40th anniversary. I could not find a classy hotel in the vicinity of Araneta Coliseum, so I booked them at the hotel where Muhammad Ali stayed.

Commuting daily from Ermita to Cubao was too much for the TV crew, who also pointed out that there were no places for long working lunches or relaxed afternoon production meriendas. Everything was inside malls.

RENAISSANCE, REBIRTH

Lunch last week introduced me to The New Cubao, made gentler and more sociable by a new structure, the Novotel Hotel, which houses what the neighborhood had lacked for as long as everyone can remember.


fish, chicken, beef, and flat bread from the Tandoori oven

The Novotel’s Food Exchange is a relaxed, all-day buffet food outlet where everything is laid out ready to plate or to cook on the spot, ensuring freshness any time of the day or night.Eight food stations were all manned by professionals prepared to cook anything one wishes.

On the day we visited, focus was on French cuisine so we had Boeuf Bourguignon, Cassoulet and Ratatouille, along with roasted organic chicken, a selection of Tandoor-roasted meats, flat breads, freshly-sliced cold cuts, and chilled steamed crustaceans.

The most modern bibingka and puto bumbong equipment produced perfect snacks, as did a stainless churro machine.

Next month, the Food Exchange will feature Philippine Regional Cuisine, with focus on Pampanga specialties.


NOVOTEL's FOOD EXCHANGE - ARANETA CENTER CUBAO, QUEZON CITY

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