Family date night: Frontrow Fashion Café and Wellness (NEW in Laoag!)

Before I go to bed, just one more quick post before the news gets stale.

Though I was dog tired from tending my BlauEarth Community Ties spot at the eco-living bazaar ’til sundown, I hanged out with the kids at the most current coffee bar in town, the Frontrow. It’s a cushy café that offers hot and cold coffee and chocolate treats, fruit smoothies and healthy pastas. Oh, it has a little fashion nook, how so original?

The interiors are done in soothing colors. I personally love the apple green chairs.

Premium coffee blends from Switzerland.

Eugene’s.

Really nice people, Frontrow owner Precy Llanes  (also franchise co-owner of Chow King Laoag) with son Joshua and friends.

Heirloom artwork collection from Precy’s late mom, artist/painter Rosita C. Mallari of Baguio and Switzerland.

Unique art. Love ’em.

The bottle on the right is Precy’s favorite, a European landscape painting.

What was so funny, Ericke?

In this corner… hahah, the girls.

It’s not about the shoes, it’s the tale of the mottled skin… thank God, only in the cold; and it’s in the genes.

Goofing around for my camera.

Maybe, I could feature the pastas next time. I wanted the Pasta Janet with interesting kare-kare sauce, but, unfortunately, the pastas will be available on the grand opening. The café had a soft opening, I think, last Friday.

I had a slice of their mocha crema de fruta and it was good! The prices are really cool.

Frontrow is on the second floor of the M&P Bueno Bldg. along Panganiban St., Laoag
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Knock, knock. Mike Kairuz says, “Who’s there?”

What’s the next thing to do when you’re too early for a carefree Sunday afternoon snack at the Stone House Café along the Airport Road? Let me think… visit Mike Kairuz who lives around the Laoag International Airport area. Good idea!

Mike Kairuz, who? Mike, a friend from way back, is a half Filipino half Lebanese weekend painter who considers himself an Ilocano. He started painting while growing up in Manila. After college, he moved to Laoag, and he’s never left Ilocos after he met and married his angel, Lita. They are blessed with three lovely Marias, named  Denise, Michelle and Nicole, the answer to why he is drawn to “Tres Marias” as his art subject. Not to mention, “Mother and Child” for the plain and simple reason that it is a global culture.

“Semiabstract and silhouette,” Mike said when I asked him to describe his art. He uses oil, and acrylic, and his palette, bold and striking. “And there’s always blue.”

I probed, “Ah, blau, I love blue, in fact my blog is named… But why blue?”

“Like the sky, it brings out all the colors, and it is earthly,” Mike answered.

I told him that we are mutual in that respect, parallel, as it were.

Among Filipino painters, other than Filipino National Artist (Visual Arts) BenCab, he looks up to painter-art teacher Fernando “Nanding” B. Sena, known for nude and stills. Among Mike’s art collection is a nude painting by no less than the master  himself.

He admires Pablo Picasso, French artist Paul Cézzane, and art star Jean-Michel Basquiat. The one thing I noticed about the artists he mentioned is the use of vibrant or explosive colors.

Mike  has joined about twenty-five exhibits around Manila, Bacolod and Laoag. He has a varied clientele. In Laoag, art-loving politicians and doctors are his usual patrons. His price is 3000 php and up.

Mike and I talked about other things besides art. He looked good and fit, so I asked him to share his secret. “I jog around the neighborhood every morning, and I eat less pork.” Mike is obviously into this healthy lifestyle, so I asked him if he cooks, and he said, “Yes, Mediterranean cooking, like I use a lot of olive oil. I use olive oil dressing for my avocado and onion salad.” I guess, that’s what you call Discipline.

So maladroit of me, I forgot to ask him why he used the very cool Smackwater Jack when he was radio deejaying. He had the hippest playlist, and I tell you, he had a large fan base, but that was way before iPods and other geeky stuff.

“Who’s there?” Radio Ga Ga. “Radio Ga Ga, who?”  Your former radio listener.

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Contact Mike Kairus at: Kai_arts@yahoo.com.ph
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