Petition launched vs closure of UP's Beach House

Posted at 01/30/14 5:09 PM

The Beach House Canteen. Photo from the Facebook page HUWAG ISARA ang BEACH HOUSE naming MAHAL

MANILA – Alumni members and students of the University of the Philippines took to the social networking site Facebook to stop the impending closure of one of the popular eating places in the Diliman campus: the Beach House Canteen.

The Facebook page “HUWAG ISARA ang BEACH HOUSE naming MAHAL” was set up just this month and now has over 2,000 “likes.”

It is solely dedicated to the campaign against the reported closure of the canteen.

One of its posts said: “According to the owners of Beach House, UP admin says that there is a drainage system in the area and it's [unsanitary] for students to eat near it. This they realized after 26 years...”

In addition to the Facebook page, there is also a petition against its closure addressed to UP Vice Chancellor Melanie Flores. A copy of the petition has been posted in change.org.

It reads: “Para kay Prof. Melanie L. Flores, UP Vice Chancellor, Nananawagan po kami na huwag pong ituloy ang pagsara ng Beach House. Marami kaming mga mag-aaral na nabuhay sa mura at masarap na pagkain ng Beach House. Kahit ngayon na kami'y nakapagtapos na ay binabalik-balikan pa rin namin ito. Isa na po itong institusyon na naging bahagi ng buhay sa UP Diliman. Sana'y maipagpatuloy ito nang maranasan rin ng mga darating na henerasyon ng mga mag-aaral sa UP ang pagkain sa Beach House.”

Located beside the UP Main Library and the Sunken Garden, the Beach House Canteen is popular for its pork barbecue, which costs P25 per stick, and other grilled food.

A huge tarpaulin with the words “Huwag isara ang Beach House naming mahal” now hangs in front of the canteen.