“A meeting place”, if you’re wondering what “Tagpuan” means in English. Tagpuan sa San Juan, the humble street corner eatery with a couple of tables and crates as chairs serves cheap comfort eats from kansi, goto to tapa and more. We weren’t actually looking for a meal that morning since we had breakfast but was delighted they serve real brewed coffee. Yes, not the instant 3-in-1 kind we had earlier. Even with the sweltering heat, I savor the warmth of a quality brew. I’ll take it any day warm or cool. But what made is visit this unpretentious eatery is not only for the food but their unique movement for the La Union community.
Share Love in a Bowl
While we never had a meal at Tagpuan sa San Juan, we must commend their noble cause. They have a “Share Love in a Bowl ” movement where anyone can buy a bowl of lugaw (porridge) or coffee (or both) for Php 30-50 and give them to the less fortunate who needs a meal. If no one claims them, they will be distributed in town.
Si Tagpuan sa San Juan isn’t just a meeting place for friends or family. It’s a meeting place for people in need and people generous enough to share. Visit not just for the food, but share a bowl. I’m sure we can spare Php 50 or more.
Tagpuan sa San Juan
Street towards Elizabeth Gardens (behind Mad Monkeys)
Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union