That best describes Urban Kamalig. After visiting and hearing their story, I’m convinced that the inspiration behind it is way beyond interesting. I was fascinated by their passion to help contribute to society. Their story, their cause and their advocacy is worth telling and sharing! Here’s their story.
Urban Kamalig is owned and managed by the Alipe children. Gabby, the vocalist/songwriter of the rock band URBANDUB; Josh, the vocalist/songwriter of the rock band SIRENS; Monica, the company’s vice-chairman/general manager and Sarah who is still a student. They were raised with the belief that they were blessed to be a blessing to others. In their younger years, their parents sponsored the education of relative’s and household staff’s children. This inspired them to an advocacy of helping other young people who are in disadvantaged family circumstances, specifically out-of-school youth. Encouraged by their father to be entrepreneurs rather than employees, they established Urban Kamalig as a social enterprise, with food delivery as its business vehicle. This first outlet which opened last year has 16 out-of-school youth beneficiaries.
In making sure the beneficiaries or the selected out-of school-youth would religiously adhere to the Empowerment Program, they created two strategies. First, they are given the opportunity to attend Empowerment classes. Second, is allowing them to work on the outlet for 4 hours under the Skills Enhancement Training. Each beneficiary receives a daily allowance of Php 305 which greatly helps in sustaining their own needs as well as that of their families.
The place has wooden chairs and tables living up to its kamalig theme. You can see a small area where some of the staff takes calls for deliveries. Yes, they deliver! There is also a room where the Empowerment sessions happen. It can also be used for functions, press conferences, meetings and other events. The line “We’re not just about FOOD. We’re about TRANSFORMING LIVES” will surely catch your attention. Also they’ve got parking. Everyone loves a good parking space!
Urban Kamalig serves the lutong-bahay meals. This is a great alternative if you need a break from all fast food and street food. They have a number of set meals for Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner. The Breakfast meal sets already come with free iced tea or coffee. When I went there, I had a breakfast set of rice, egg and bacon. It was good and the servings were just right.
Amazingly, each menu set only costs Php 80! It has got to be the most meaningful 80 pesos you’ll pay for a meal. You didn’t just pay to make your tummy happy, but you made a contribution for a great cause.
You can find Urban Kamalig at the back of Harold’s hotel. There is a big visible tarpaulin outside. Across is a wooden house which serves as their office. You might mistakenly think of it as the restaurant. The address is Morales Street, Brgy. Camputhaw, Cebu City.
As mentioned earlier, they deliver. You can text or call your orders.
Contact numbers: 0905-2118777; 09284555777; 09436882777