* a view of the place; sorry for the dark shot, poor camera resolution
* Abet Umil speaking during the ‘Ipuipo sa Piging’ anthology launch
* the host of the launch, Randy Valiente
* contributors to the anthology being introduced in front
* the man: Sir Rogelio ‘Ka Roger’ Ordoñez, closing the activity with a moving poem about farewells
Although fairly familiar with the activities inside a typical bar, the visit to 70s Bistro was still a different kind of induction for me to a metropolitan public place. Perhaps it was the history (and the notoriety) of 70s Bistro that generated that ‘shock’. The inside is adorned with photos exhibiting the personalities and events that took place there. It would be a good thing to have one like in our city – a bar where people can recite poems without the usual rising of eyebrows. This goes to show again that there is still much to be done in provincial places (and at the same time, learn from some open-minded activities from the country’s capital).
We had no more than the free palabok, a few bread, an expensive juice-in-can, and a bottle of beer. But on the menu, as one can see on the internet, are queerly-names dishes. I wish I could try them the next time we come back.
Regarding details, it is found on 46 Anonas Street, Project 2, Quezon City. One can check on them through telephone number (02) 434-3597 or at their website at 70sbistro.com. And oh, they only accept cash payments.
[How to go to 70s Bistro (this was taken from the internet): 1) Take LRT-2 (Purple line) and go down Anonas Station. Look for a tricycle or a jeep near McDonald’s and tell the driver to drop you in Bistro. It will be on your right. 2) From España, Take Project 2-3 jeep. Isang sakay lang! Bistro will be on your left.]