Neighborhood Food Watch: Maginhawa

by Isay M. Roque /
August 20, 2021
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Stuck at home and getting tired of the usual lutong bahay options? Just because you can’t go out, it doesn’t mean you can’t satisfy your food cravings!

Rediscover forgotten neighborhood favorites and maybe even find a few new hidden gems in different areas in the metro — starting with Maginhawa (and other spots close by)! These restaurants all offer curbside pick-up and delivery — which means you can enjoy their food while staying safe at home!

brick oven cooked pizzas
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Milk Tea, Desserts, and Snacks

Moonleaf Tea Shop

One of the first major milk tea chains in the country, Moonleaf Tea Shop is an easy pick if you’re craving milk tea, and you want affordable, tasty, and refreshing options. 

Moonleaf milk tea flavors
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Macao Imperial Tea

Another popular pick, Macao Imperial Tea is a brand milk tea drinkers all know and love. They often offer 2-for-1 promos, so be on the lookout and get a great deal while satisfying your milk tea wants.

Macao Imperial Tea drinks
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CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

Ok, CoCo isn’t exactly located in Maginhawa (with nearby branches in U.P Town Center and Regis, Katipunan) but it’s close enough– and too good to leave off! Even without the lockdown, skipping their infamous long lines by having your order delivered straight to your doorstep is a move you won’t regret.

CoCo milk tea order
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Papa Diddi’s Handcrafted Ice Cream

Papa Diddi’s is an ice cream lover’s dream come true. This proudly Filipino brand serves up handcrafted ice cream made from locally-sourced ingredients. Whether you’re craving classic flavors or creative ones, you’ll love every scoop!

bowl of strawberry ice cream
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Cloud Cakes and Shakes by Kraver’s

While Kraver’s Canteen offers the complete cafe experience, what we really want to talk about are their cloud shakes — they’re basically milkshakes, but more! And with just one sip, you’ll never look at milkshakes the same way again.

Oreo milkshake
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Burgers, Pizza, and Other Merienda Spots

Snack Shack

A U.P. favorite, Snack Shack is a must-try not just for burger lovers, but for anyone who likes eating (so, everyone). If you’re in the Maginhawa area and you’ve never had one of their amazingly tasty, incredibly-filling, and super-affordable burgers, then you definitely need to fix that ASAP!

cheeseburgers on a tray
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Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza

If you like pizza, then you already know all about Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza. But what you might not know, however, is that they deliver! That’s right — you can enjoy their top-of-the-line pizzas in the convenience of your own home through their own website delivery or via 3rd party delivery apps like Grab or FoodPanda!

fresh cheese pizza on a plate
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Filipino, Italian, Japanese, and Other Restaurants

A true Maginhawa icon, Provenciano is a classic-meets-modern Filipino restaurant that should be on top of your list if you love homegrown cuisine. Enjoy common dishes like sinigang and adobo, or go for something more adventurous like McArthur’s Rice or the Potchero a la Provenciano!

Filipino fried fish dish
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Buen Comer

Buen Comer is a Mexican fusion spot and is perhaps the most famous garage restaurant in the Maginhawa area. Known for their Kare-Kare Burrito, Buen Comer’s unique burritos, quesadillas, and wraps make for the perfect takeout or on-the-go meals.

chicken quesadilla on grill
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Friuli Trattoria

A favorite among Maginhawa regulars, Friuli Trattoria cooks up simple yet sumptuous Italian pizzas, pastas, and more. If you’re craving Italian but want to keep it within a budget, this is where you go!

pizza and spaghetti meal
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Soru Izakaya

Soru Izakaya is a Japanese gastropub that serves up modern sushi and cocktails like you’ve never seen before. Their colorful maki and bold flavors bring some deliciously kawaii fun to any meal.

sushi orders
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Pino Resto Bar

Pino, a long-time Maginhawa favorite, serves comfort food with twists inspired by flavors from all over the world. Try their Longanisa Topped Nachos or Nori Fish and Chips for a flavorful detour at the dining table.

kare-kare dish
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Pipino Veg

A green spin-off of neighboring Pino, Pipino is one of the most popular vegan and vegetarian spots in Metro Manila. They serve 100% plant-based international comfort food!

vegetarian dishes on a table
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More Options Near Maginhawa


This home-based gyudon spot seems to have taken Instagram and dining tables by storm– and it’s easy to see why. Kodawari offers incredible gyudon trays fine-tuned for Filipino appetites at affordable prices! Make any meal extra special with Kodawari!

gyudon rice tray
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Ninyo Fusion Cuisine

Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is a fine dining, garden restaurant hidden behind Katipunan. They offer a gastronomic fusion of Japanese and French cuisine for those looking for something a little more adventurous than their usual takeout.

grilled bone marrow dish
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Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina is the ever-loved casual bodega that serves Mexican food with a Filipino twist. Known for their Beef Nachos and addicting sauces, they’ll make any take-home meal a fiesta.

bowl of cheese nachos
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Want to discover even more great food options in your area? Stay tuned, SHOOR’s Neighborhood Food Watch will return!

Isay is the Copy Lead of SHOOR who’s semi-permanently black and blue from bumping into tables and chairs that didn’t get out of her way. When she’s not writing, biking, or training knife or jiu-jitsu, she moonlights as a door b*tch, a wedding singer, and a de-motivational speaker.

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GLOBE PREPAID Escape Room Challenge

Scope & Coverage, Mechanics, FAQs



Scope: This Escape Room challenge is open to customers who have vouchers or will purchase an access pass to the Virtual Hangouts: A Day Escape Room.

Promo Dates: 

  • The Escape Room Challenge will run from June 24 to July 31, 2021.
  • Escape Room Access is available for purchase from June 24 to July 31, 2021.


  • To join, customers must have a valid access to play the game at Shoor. 
  • Customers must finish the escape room to qualify for the fastest elapsed time to escape. They are given 45-minutes to finish the game.
  • Whether the customer was able to finish or not, they are given unlimited tries within the promo period. 
  • Customers who won’t be able to finish the escape room will not qualify for the P10,000 worth of GCash credit.
  • The customer with the fastest elapsed completion time will win.

Prize:  Winner will receive PHP 10,000 worth of GCash credit. 




How to purchase an Escape Room Access:

  1. Customers can purchase access via SHOOR for PHP 400.
  2. Customers who have voucher codes can use their code in the “Coupon Code” box upon check-out.

How to play the Escape Room:

  1. Customers who have successfully purchased an access for the Escape Room will receive the link to the game.
  2. They are given 45-minutes to escape the room. They are given unlimited tries. 
  3. Once the customer finishes the room – their elapsed time will be recorded and they will automatically be part of the challenge.

Determination of Winners:

  1. Customers who have successfully finished the game will be prompted to input their email address at the end of the game. Their email address will be automatically recorded with their elapsed time. 
  2. Elapsed time will be recorded in minutes. 
  3. In case of a tie, the prize will be shared equally amongst all winners.


What is the challenge all about?

The challenge is a promotional event for the movie “A Day” and is in partnership with Globe Virtual Hangouts. Customers who will finish the Escape Room can get a chance to be part of the leaderboard. The fastest to escape will win PHP10,000 worth of GCash credit. 

Where can I register to join the challenge?

Customers to use their vouchers or can buy an access pass to the escape room for PHP 400 at Shoor 

Where can I find my elapsed time? 

Once a customer finishes the Escape Room, they will automatically receive their certificate with the elapsed time.

Until when can I try to join the Escape Room Challenge and have a chance at winning?

The Escape Room Challenge will start on June 24, 2021 and entries will be accepted until July 30, 2021. Completing the escape room outside of this date will no longer be eligible for the challenge.

How will I know if I won the challenge?

Globe team will notify the winner to get their details via email or SMS. The winner for the challenge will also be posted in the Globe’s social media channels.

What if 2 or more participants get a tie in the record?

The prize of P10,000 worth of GCash will be equally splitted to the winners.