By ALMA J. BUELVA
IF Puss in Boots were to open a cat cafe, where do you think it would be?
Well, a bootstrapping cat would probably open one in Marikina, the shoe capital of the Philippines where he can have his favorite leather footwear made to boot (pun intended).
Like taking a page from Puss in Boots' book, a new cat cafe in Marikina opened about a month ago and named itself Cats & Crumbs. Located at the 2/F Terraza Phase 2 C&B Circle Mall, Liwasang Kalayaan Street, Marikina Heights, this latest cat cafe in Metro Manila made room for 10 rescued puspins (Pusang Pinoy) from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Cats & Crumbs is a halfway home for Miraz, Jadis, Drinian, Rina, Aya, Florita, Venti, Piper, Yuni and Chanyeol. Since arriving at Cats & Crumbs from the PAWS shelter, the 10 cats went straight to work-- which means sleeping, eating, playing and relaxing all the time. If they are up to it, they may engage with the visiting humans who pay P199 for an hour of purrfect joy.
All 10 cats have been fixed (spayed/neutered) and are up for adoption. They are clean, healthy and with sweet disposition. As you enter their special room, some of them will quickly fuss over you while others will remain as cool as cucumbers just waiting to be petted.
Here are the 10 cats in their Instagram-worthy moments.
Swannie Lim and Joyce Abesames of Cats & Crumbs said they are proud to partner with PAWS and to be the first to open a cat cafe in Marikina. They said they really wanted to help raise the public's appreciation for the underrated but brilliant puspins.
“Puspin is a breed. They are beautiful!,” exclaimed Swannie. “I'm glad that a cat cafe for puspins is feasible,” she added.
Focusing on adoptable puspins was first done by Cat Cafe Manila which partnered with CARA Welfare Philippines, followed by the short-lived Uchi No Neko – Cat House Cafe which had puspins from individual rescuers and organizations like the Philippine Animal Rescue Team (PART). Other cat cafes in the city showcase imported cat breeds—from the common to the exotic.
A visit to any cat cafe also becomes a unique experience because of the thoughtful interior designs. An overstated cat theme is to be expected and welcomed, but those that also provide enough comfort for the cats and patrons alike always get our vote. Cats & Crumbs is not ostentatiously decorated, in fact it's rather sparse, which is okay. We'd rather have comfortable seating areas both in the cafe side and in the cat area side. It has its own toilet and mall parking is available. If you are not familiar with the area, Waze can take you there. Cats & Crumbs' place is bright, clean and roomy enough, but at 50 square meters or so for the entire restaurant, they've decided to limit the number of visitors to the cat area to 10 humans at a time.
Although cats make this place go round, getting a quick bite before or after playing with the cats never hurt anyone. Cats & Crumbs offers quick-to-prepare snacks and light dishes as part of the cover charge. A glass wall separates the dining area from the cat area so guests can have pasta or panini and still see a true feline reality show.
Cats and Crumbs is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
THE Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is currently running its very own pet cafe inside the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City which proves to be a big hit among mall goers.
The pop-up PAWS pet cafe will be there only until Oct. 30. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 2pm to 6pm, The PAWS shelter features native cats (puspins) every Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while the rest of the week are for dogs (aspins). The featured dogs and cats may vary from day to day.
For a minimum of P150 food (or pet food from Purina) purchase, guests can enter the pet cafe and bond with the animals. Visitors can tell PAWS staff what food they wish to order from the restaurants around. Once inside the pet cafe, they can hang out with the animals and expect their food to be available in 20 minutes.
The PAWS Pet Cafe is at the 3rd level of TriNoma mall (near Powerbooks) and guests can stay as long as they want. Floor pillows are all over the place to make people comfortable as they play with the animals.
Guests can also participate in an Instagram contest by taking photos of the PAWS pet cafe animals and sharing it in Instagram with the tags @ILOveTriNoma and #PurinaPAWSCafe2016. Most likes at the end of each week of October will win a prize from Purina.
PAWS is also taking advantage of the opportunity presented by its pop-up cafe to raise cash or in kind donations for its shelter program.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
A month after opening a branch in SM North EDSA in Quezon City, Hello Kitty Cafe is set to quickly follow it up with more branches around the metro.
Another of this Sanrio-themed cafe is expected to open this September in UP Town Center in Katipunan Ave., Quezon City. A branch in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig is also in the pipeline.
The Hello Kitty Cafe is operated by Sanrio itself. Like most pop-up restaurants, it is not a big place with only a handful of tables and chairs for dine-in guests. But what it lacks in space it makes up for in ambiance. There's no mistaking you are inside the world of Hello Kitty as most items are pink and white and Hello Kitty is everywhere from the cups and pitchers to the actual food.
This place is ideal for those who like Sanrio characters and for ailurophiles who like Hello Kitty.
If you want to order take-away, you will still get the Sanrio experience as they pack everything nicely, complete with Hello Kitty stickers and ribbons.
But the big surprise are the pastries which, despite being heavy on food color, actually tasted really good. For us the donuts, particularly the chocolate flavored Badtz-Maru, are even better than some sugar bombs we find in popular donut places.
Hello Kitty Cafe thankfully didn't price their food and drinks outrageously expensive. For example, a box of three donuts and two cute cupcakes cost P550. That is not cheap but we reason that it is to be expected if one wants to eat food with the face of the world's most recognizable cat character: Hello Kitty.
THE adopted cats from Cat Cafe Manila met once again over the weekend for their first “catlumni” homecoming for Christmas.
To date, the all-rescue, all-Puspin cat cafe has rehomed four of its cats, namely: Shelly, Bicco, Oreo and Ling-ling. Only Shelly was absent for the small gathering at the cafe, which was also attended by the cats' adoptive parents and representatives from CARA Welfare Philippines.
Denis Ty of Cat Cafe Manila thanked everyone who attended and happily hosted the unique reunion, which allowed everyone to share stories about the new furry members of their families.
The adopted cats were a little aloof again at first, but started to come around before the party was over.
Currently, Cat Cafe Manila features 14 Puspin cats from CARA. It is part of their “catvocacy” to find a forever loving home for some of their cats to make room for other cats at the cafe.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
BENGAL Brew is opening its doors on August 8. The fourth cat cafe in Quezon City and the sixth in Metro Manila, it is owned by Don Michael Perez, a television and film writer and director.
From the pictures shared on their Facebook page, Bengal Brew looks like a very enticing place for both cats and humans. The interior has elements of a tropical rainforest that try to simulate as much as possible the natural habitat of leopards in the wild. Bengal Brew boasts of being the first cat cafe in the world to exclusively feature bengal cats.
Bengal Brew is located at Manhattan Parkview, Manhattan Garden City, Araneta Center, Cubao and will feature Perez's own Bengal cats.
Bengal Brew is still on soft opening, but the smell of coffee and the call of the wild should quickly bring ailurophiles to its door.
To know more about Bengal Brew or to make a reservation after August 8, please call: 0917 577 5264.