GOOD FOOD | GOOD MUSIC | GOOD TIMES
The Cafe Balooga, one of Olongapo’s original hangout places, just celebrated its “coming of age” anniversary last August 19, 2017.
We are happy and excited to cover this event, for we consider it our camp in the city.
Many thanks Cafe Balooga! Anyway, let’s start the recap! 😀
JUST A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
It’s been 16 years of good beer and rowdy sound, established during the time when Olongapo was hailed as “The Rock Capital of the Philippines”, where underground music were well hosted on each corner of the city.
Some bar and restaurant well known in those period are Club Edge, Brews and of course Cafe Balooga. It was a noted spot for gigs and bands visiting from Manila and other places of the Philippines.
Years passed, and the days of “rebel gigs” subdued, yet they retained the subterranean ambiance and it remained home for people who want to get together.
A little trivia, “Balooga” also mean dark, so you can also call the place, “Dark Cafe”.
The space is separated into two areas, the main dining is what you’ll see when you enter the place, air conditioned and with monitor setups. While the other is an open expanse with a live band playing during the weekends.
As the night of celebration promised, house very own Light Wall Band set out the party with their R&B and soulful piece.
The night is still young yet the place is already jammed. A lot of people made a table reservation ahead of time, people who just walked in are forced to stand yet they still managed to enjoy the mood of the party.
More people enjoying the night of celebration. 🙂
To add up the fun, an every hour, free shots is served at the bar! Wohooo!
Thanks to Jack Daniel’s and our barista guy Russel!
Another featured artist is the PDA Band all the way from Baguio City! Sure do, the crowd love their RNB-ish and Reggae OPM cover. Chuck, lead singer of the band is fun to be with, and I’m sure the rest of the guys too.
People enjoyed hanging out over a beer and good music served by the guest band. Adding effect and drama is their tree covered with lantern lights.
Dishes served at the Cafe also mount into a whole new level. Sharing some of the tried and tasted dishes of the night.
These are their famous appetizer choices that are perfect with their bucket of beer, Tofu, Nachos Plate, and Chips!
The price is actually fair enough to the sizes and serving of each dish, and with the taste!? You’re getting way beyond what you paid for.
One of the dishes Cafe Balooga has to serve is their All Meat Parollo @ 410Php.
What we like about this Pizza is the fun experience of wrapping along with it. Each serving comes with Alfalfa and Arugula, which you will wrap using the soft crust pizza.
A MUST TRY! 😀
To top it off, TCB requested their favorite artist singer Meg Fernandez, who always gets an invite during special TCB special events and gigs.
Together with Chuck of PDA Band they sang “The Closer I Get To You” by Flack and Donny Hathaway, followed by “My Boo” by Usher and Alicia Keys, and “Twisted” by Keith Sweat.
The Cafe Balooga stands on their word and heart, they are committed on serving good food and music, to create good memories and times treasured with friends!
Again, Happy 16th Year Anniversary The Cafe Balooga of Olongapo City. 🙂
THE CAFE BALOOGA
Facebook: The Cafe Balooga
Type: Western Fusion
Address: 60 Gordon Avenue New Asinan, Olongapo City
Contact Number: 602 3453
GPS Coordinates: 14.8284998, 120.2860031
Operational Hours: Mon – Sun 4PM – 2AM
Special thanks to Mike & Cel Salas owner of Cafe Balooga, Booley dining officer, Anna Gopez kitchen manager, Jay Gorospe head chef, and the rest of The Cafe Balooga staff who made this night a blast!