To the people of Malaybalay
Launching a Eiffel Kubo meant to meeting and contracting with people of all walks of society. This is how we came to know the amazing variety of talents and competencies that bloom in Malaybalay, a unique concentration of know-hows that tells a lot about the potentials and achievements of the Philippines in general…
The Head of the City Tourism Office, Mrs Honolu Cruzin was the key to linking and guiding us to various networks of Malaybalay society, in such a warm and welcoming way.
The Bukidnon State University Chorale & and the BSU Rondalia, lead by Mrs Josephine Eugenio and Mr Montero, respectively, played a great role in the success of our Blessing and Opening ceremonies. The vibrant beauty of their performances, as well as the generosity they exhibited for singing for us thrice in three days, embody some of the most celebrated qualities of the Filipino people.
Artistic talent, precision, taste and hard work are also to be found in Mr Peter Dahaw and his son Clyde, natives of Kalasungay, whose renovation and construction works led to today’s Eiffel Kubo. We are proud of their work and enjoyed their kind, discreet and most efficient presence with us during 7 months of perfect labor as carpenters-plumbers-welders.
The same can be said about Jack and Tagor, welders of Jacksteelsmith in Casisang, who created a work of beauty for our gates and windows, matching exactly our demands in a record period of time. Congratulations…
We owe the “Kubo” of Eiffel Kubo to the skills, traditions and dedication of Lumad women weavers who works for Mrs Rubio’s (Mrs Evelyn, left pic) and Mrs Valdez’s (right pic) Handicraft stores, our partners for the provision of the wonderful hinabol that dresses the walls and ceiling of the restaurant, not to mention various handicrafts selected for the service to our guests. This is our way of paying homage to the seven tribes of Bukidnon, yearly gathered for the Kaamulan Festival.
Other remarkable talents and personalities discovered while working on the renovation and equipment of Eiffel Kubo: the listening and swift understanding abilities of Mrs Mercy (left pic) that led to all the frames made for our posters, at Malabalay Glasshouse store; all electrical, zinc, tools and varnish supplies at hand with a smile by Mia-Angel (middle pic) at Chin Hua hardware; the artistic – and almost scientific – capacities of Rodnie (left of right pic) and Bryan (right) in mixing various colors of paint to obtain the exact result wanted, at Painters Choice store.
How would be our streets without their lively eateries and sari-sari stores? So sad and sleepy … Here are our most beloved neighbors: Dockie’s eatery (left pic), just opposite Eiffel Kubo, is open 24 hours a day and regularly feature live bands. Dockie, who delivers well prepared lunches to our staff daily, is a symbol of Filipinos’ successful entrepreneurship. William’s favorite sari-sari definitely is the one of Bebing and Elvie Verula (right pic), such a friendly, welcoming and open-minded couple whose stock of cigarettes fast diminished at the most stressing times of Eiffel Kubo’s opening! Neither modern malls, nor chain-like convenience stores would ever match the human quality of our family type shops.
Eiffel Kubo could not work without fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, fish, meat and eggs that Malaybalay’s mercado sell in abundance. We commend the hard work of local farmers and the unsinkable energy of women and men of the fresh market and the Muslim vendors association, whose colors and atmosphere are always an experience to live.
To the Benedictine Monks
When Father Savio, Prior of the Transfiguration Monastery, opted for July 11, 2016 – St Benedict Day – for our Blessing, we were delighted. Indeed, the n°1 reason why Eiffel Kubo was opened in Malaybalay is the very presence of the Monastery in its vicinity. A presence that simultaneously roots and uplifts our lives.
We do thank Father Savio, the Monks and Novices for their prayers and perseverance in Ora et Labora, for the sake of us all.
Needless to say that “Monks Blend” coffee granules are an integral part of our pastries…
To our friends
Our friend Dion (left pic), a renowned caterer of Malaybalay, helped Eiffel Kubo in many ways. He ensured a top quality catering service on the day of our Blessing and imparted his professional experience to our staff through highly appreciated training sessions. We also enjoyed his sense of humor coupled with a tireless passion in the fields of hospitality and food service, a Filipino value per se. Mrs Ruthcini “Ching” Callao (left pic – with William, Mrs Josephine Eugenio and Mrs Honolu Cruzin),was a Consultant for Eiffel Kubo in the initial phase of our adventure, sharing her sound views and advice for a better planning and advancement of our own concept and ideas.
The Blessing of Eiffel Kubo could not be a full success without the presence of our closest friends of Iligan City: Missionary Sister Josyane (left pic, in front), JB Magallanes, William, Benedictine Fr. Columbano Adag , Judge Leonor Quinones, Benedictine Fr. Savio, Prior, Mrs Divine Jovenia, Sister Josphine, Superior of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit Congregation; (right pic), Sr Josyane, SrJosphine, Superior, and Sr Agnes.
To the Philippines and France
“The Lunch that Launched a Republic”
Philippine Inquirer, June 11, 2011