ANGELES CITY – The construction of the Angeleño Café is now complete, and is set to be operational by January 2022.
Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. said the city government has already asked the help of the National Library to provide books for the café.
Located at the ground floor of the Angeles City Library, the café, will serve locally-produced coffee, using the green arabica beans grown by Angeleño farmers.
Once opened to the public, safety health protocols will be implemented inside the café, Lazatin says.
According to Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel, the establishment of the café is also an initiative of Mayor Lazatin to assist Angeleño farmers sell their products more effectively, enabling them to provide for their families especially during this time of pandemic.
“Bukod sa matutulungan natin mga kababayan natin, mai-showcase din natin yung kapeng Angeleño, na kayang makipagsabayan sa mga international brands ng kape,” Manuel shared.
Manuel, who supervised the construction of the café with Lazatin’s Chief Adviser IC Calaguas and City Engineer Donato Dizon, said this will be managed by the city government with assigned staff from Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office.
Although the city government already requested books from the National Library, it is now accepting donated books from the public. This
Calaguas is urging her kababayans to donate books for the café, particularly those for reference. Donated books can be dropped off at the City Library.
“While they are appreciating a sip of Angeleño coffee, they can also enjoy reading a variety of books displayed in the café with precaution,” Calaguas said.
To recall, in February 2020, Manuel and ACEDIPO Head Irish Bonus-Llego conducted an ocular visit at the Tala Orani Cooperative Coffee Shop and Processing Facility in Barangay Tala, Orani, Bataan to assist the Angeles City Government in its pursuit to provide a livelihood program for coffee farmers in the city.
In fact, locally-grown arabica beans of Angeleño farmers are up for sale at the One Town One Product store of the city government.