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Takuri Cafe…Find It in Iloilo City! 

Takuri Cafe in Cuartero, Jaro, Iloilo City

Heard about Takuri Cafe from friends. So I decided to hold my lunch meeting there last Monday. I reserved through their Facebook page and received a prompt reply and confirmation.

It is located at Cuartero in Jaro. I flagged a cab from SM City and in less than 10 minutes we were there. With or without GPS, not hard to find. The neighborhood evoked the familiar yet fast-disappering “laid-back mood” of the city and so it was a welcome respite from the urbanized Diversion Road.

A Takuri of green tea that comes with maja blanca.

It serves Asian cuisines like laksa, nasi lemak, nasi goreng, fresh rolls; Malaysian coffee, and traditional Filipino desserts.

I was happy to had my fill of crabs.

Buttered crabs

Reasonable price. Homey, and intimate as it is small. They call the owner-chef Tita Daisy. I was shy to introduce myself so we had no exchange of pleasantries. Maybe next time.

The place served my purpose, we enjoyed the dishes, and lingered for a while – I’m coming back.


Apply now! 13th San Agustin Writers Workshop

Via Email from
Fray Luis de Leon Creative Writing Institute
c/o Graduate School
University of San Agustin
General Luna Street
Iloilo City, Philippines 5000


13th San Agustin Writers Workshop set

THE Fray Luis de Leon Creative Writing Institute of the University of San Agustin (USA) is now accepting applications for writing fellowships to the 13th San Agustin Writers Workshop which will be held on May 11-13, 2015 at the USA President’s Conference Room, Iloilo City.

Ten fellowships are open to creative writers in and from Western Visayas who are willing to learn more about the craft of writing from panelists led by award-winning writers and teachers Leoncio P. Deriada, Isidoro M. Cruz, Alice Tan Gonzales, and Erwin Sustento. The workshop director is the award-winning writer John Iremil E. Teodoro.

Interested applicants must submit the following: (a) application letter stating that the literary writings submitted are the original works of the applicant ; (b) letter of recommendation from any faculty member of their school or any established writer in the region; (c) bio-data with one 2” x 2” colored picture, and contact details (landline/cellphone/e-mail address); (d) for minors, a letter of consent from parent/ guardian; and (e) printout of five poems, or two short stories, or two one-act plays, in Aklanon, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Filipino, or English, in 8 ½” x 11” bond paper, in Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced; and (f) e-mail attachment of the same creative works, sent to the workshop director at , cc:

The theme of this year’s manuscripts will be Panay dark mythological creatures like the aswang, maranhig, tayhu, and many other beings in West Visayan lore, in celebration of the 13th year of existence of the workshop.

The fellowships cover free board and lodging in Iloilo City during the workshop, plus a modest transportation allowance for fellows who are based in Western Visayas. Fellows from other regions are advised to look for their own travel funding.

The deadline for applications is on April 6, 2015. The names of the ten fellows will be announced on April 15, 2015. They will be informed by e-mail by the workshop director.

Please send complete applications in a brown envelope to:
Dr. Isidoro M. Cruz, Dean, Graduate School, University of San Agustin, General Luna Street, Iloilo City 5000.

For more information, please contact Ms. Tonya Perales (Graduate School secretary) at telephone number (033-3374841 local 241) or Dr. Cruz at local 164.