- Super affordable food! P150 per person should be enough for a full meal.
- A mix of quirky places to get photographed at. The star of the show is definitely the chess plaza, a larger than life chessboard which will remind you of Harry Potter playing Wizard's Chess. However, there's also a photo wall of Pinoy celebrities from the past decades; a large, playable chess board with a rocking chair, a hammock (which we didn't try; boyfie is nervous about how well it can carry us), a Star Wars chess board (which we couldn't inspect outside the glass case, as per the staff member), and a hanging bridge on the second floor. There are several other interesting stuff in there I won't describe anymore so they can be your own nice little surprise. ;)
- GIANT pandesals.
- Honest staff. I accidentally dropped my wallet in the chess plaza, and when we came up to the counter to inquire, I noticed that they have a logbook of lost items, with the contents listed. I thanked my lucky stars that it was one of their folks who found my stuff!
- Ventilation. Ceilings are high in several areas+ there are big misting fans around the room, but prepare to get sweaty still.
- Food taste. We get what we pay for, but for Php75, I wish their tapa didn't taste like the ones I buy from supermarkets. :(
HOW TO GET THERE
From Cubao, ride a Marikina jeep heading for SSS Village. Ask the driver to drop you at Bay Tree. (P8 fare as of writing) You will pass by two Puregold stores along the way--you will get off when you see the second one (it's by Gen. Ordonez street). Then, cross the street (you'll see the green Marikina bike lane). It's a 5-minute walk to Pan de Amerikana from there. You will be greeted by a giant windill with a moustache-wearing baker.
- Tables have chessboards painted on them, so feel free to use 'em! Just approach the counter and borrow chess pieces for free! You just need to leave one ID with them.
- They're proud of Everlasting, which is their version of embutido. I wasn't particularly blown away by it. Palabok is okay. The BF thinks bangus sisig is yummier and cheaper than those sod in fastfood stores.
- Food pricing is odd. Some items are super cheap-- mushrooms for P50!-- while items which should be cheap are not--softdrinks for P45! Thankfully, I'm a huge service water girl, and was happy to have a drinking station nearby.
- Try going there early in the morning to avoid the heat + crowds (for your photo spree!)
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