Night at the Museum

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


BACOLOD CITY – The Department of Tourism VI invited us over for a familiarization tour with Cebu Pacific showing off its direct Davao-Iloilo daily flights and three times a week Davao-Bacolod flights to a bunch of Davao journalists, me included.

Being a familiarization tour, the DOT prepared a tight schedule for us to visit the most places that we can and try out the most food that our tummy can hold.

I escaped. For just one night, at least, because in Bacolod are two of my freshman year friends whom I have never met again in a single setting.
Gil recommended the Museum Café at the Negros Museum, which he says, has wine and jazz music.

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Cool. The idea of a café in a museum was also very intriguing. James helped me escape from the grand launch of the Travel Expo at Robinson’s and we met up with Gil at Calea, a very popular coffee and pastry shop in Bacolod, except that we three were not the coffee and pastry kind.

Museum Café fitted us better.

It’s owned by a Dutchman, Gil says. It gathers the quiet crowd, who loves listening to jazz music and sipping wine.

It’s not airconned. But the very high ceiling of Negros Museum allows air circulation, and so that wasn’t much of a problem.

It offers a nice array of artisan goodies like ham from Talisay, cheese from La Carlotta, and spiced pork belly from Bacolod, and fresh baked whole wheat bread.

We got the assorted cold cuts, cheese, and herbed meatballs. Despite our years of separation, Gil still apparently knows our kind of thing. It was a fun night spent catching up and just chilling as good old friends tend to do.

The café has more to offer in fact – open sandwiches, full meals all presented with flair -- but we were more inclined toward just sipping wine.

Museum Café is at the ground level of The Negros Museum along Gatuslao St. in Bacolod City.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 27, 2014.

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