UP Diliman's Beach House Canteen set to close

Posted at 07/04/14 1:53 PM

The Beach House Canteen. Photo from the Facebook page of Huwag Isara ang Beach House Naming Mahal

MANILA – One of the most popular eating spots in Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines is set to close next week.

The Beach House Canteen, which is popular for its pork barbecue and other grilled specialties at affordable prices, will close on July 9 despite online petitions to save it.

“Today, July 3, 2014, Thursday, Kuya Elmer of Beach House was served a five-day notice to vacate the premises inside the UP Main Library. There will be no more Beach House as we know it by Wednesday next week, July 9, 2014. Again, there is no legal recourse. The courts have decided with finality,” according to a post on the “Huwag Isara ang Beach House Naming Mahal” Facebook page, which was set up early this year.

The administrator of the Facebook page went on to note that the closure of the Beach House Canteen will mean less dining options for those who cannot afford to eat at restaurants near the UP Diliman campus.

“Sa daming problema ng Pilipinas at ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, hindi ko nga ba alam kung bakit pati barbecue, munggo at itlog na maalat na may inihaw na talong, kamatis at bagoong ay pinagdidiskitahan. E hindi naman lahat kayang kumain sa Shrimp Bucket at 8 Cuts Burger sa pagkamamahal sa UP Town. Ano ba?! Baka mamaya, may mall na rin sa Sunken Garden at Lagoon,” the administrator said.

Following the announcement, several supporters of the Beach House Canteen took to Facebook to vent their disappointment.

“UP has to preserve its institutions, kasama na ang beach house. It is part of UP culture. Relocate! Don’t just evict! Hindi ba nakatikim ng bbq ang mga taga korte? Or hindi sila taga-UP kaya hindi nila naiintindihan. Walang sentimental at gastronomic value sa kanila. Boo!” wrote Olivia Estrada.

“It’s a sad day for those who’ll never get to taste the sweet savory ecstasy that is Beach House Barbecue. It’s a sad day indeed,” wrote Joscar Gamaliel Malacaman as he posted a link to the announcement of the closure on Facebook.

“Years after graduating, I realized that the BBQ is not really that spectacular (that honor went to Mang Siding’s in Katipunan). But as a college student with a meager allowance/lunch money, it was more than enough to address one’s hunger between classes. I hope it’s open on Saturday, would like to visit and eat there one last time,” wrote Bong Briones Damot.