Manang’s Liempo (P45). The most famous dish at Manang’s

Ever since my blog post on the Flavors of La Salle and Reminiscin’ La Salle, I often wondered what Ateneo Food would taste like and how the campus would feel like. Thanks to Regine Garcia and team for inviting me to give a talk to the GK Students — I got the chance to “infiltrate” the Ateneo camp.

I realized how beautiful the campus is and I wondered what would have happened if I went to Ateneo. (I guess, OAP would be blue. πŸ™‚ ) Let me show you the foodie places around the Ateneo campus…

Manang’s of Ateneo 

The legendary Manang’s in Ateneo is like Garaje in La Salle except that it is a more sosy version of the turo-turo style. This is regarded as a food stall institution in Ateneo. I can just imagine all the undergraduate stories it has witnessed throughout the years.

This is a P100 meal in Manang’s, which is already considered expensive by student standards. Each dish is P45 plus P10 for rice (add P17 for the mineral water).

Lechon (P45). Next to the liempo, Lechon is the next best seller.


What makes the food yummy is this home-style vinegar. Aside from the meat choices that they are known for, fish and vegetable dishes are also available.

What’s not to love about Manang’s? After all, it offers the taste and nostalgia of home-cooked food. The liempo is worth going back for. (Although, I did feel very thirsty afterwards.)

It is also popular with the alumni when there are limited food options in Ateneo. Can you share your stories about Manang’s?

The Caf

On the way to the cafeteria, we passed by the EDSA walk, where you can find the different organizations’ billboards. This reminded me of the SJ Walk in La Salle.

The Zen Garden is a hangout for newbies. (I wonder how the alumni called this place back in the day?) This area is bounded by Kostka, Xavier, Berchman and Gonzaga buildings.

The most raved about stall is Chris Tiu’s Chinky Chickens, which serves everything, well, chicken. πŸ™‚

Chinky Chicken’s Chicken Nuggets (w/o Rice – 6pcs – P60). This is the best seller πŸ™‚


I was surprised that playing cards are allowed here. (In La Salle, they were banned more than 10 years ago, I think.) The most popular card games in Ateneo are Pusoy Dos and Speed. Before, in La Salle, the most popular game was Trumps, which is like a bridge game similar to Hearts.

The second floor of the Caf is called Blue and Gold, where some of the popular fast food chains can be found. The most interesting one for me is the Happy House Korean resto, which also serves Korean Ice Cream. Yum! πŸ™‚


The best part of the second floor is the awesome view of the trees. πŸ™‚

The John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM) Student Enterprise Center

On the way to the JGSOM SEC area, we passed by what is known as the catwalk (where I guess you can sit along the sides and see the hottest Ateneans walk by along the corridor). This is similar to the SJ Catwalk in DLSU.

A view of the Student Study Center with students playing cards on the Musician’s Bench. (I forgot what it’s called…)

The JGSOM SEC is a brilliant idea by Dean Rudy Ang, who leases out the food stalls every year to business students who have great foodie stalls in mind. Each year, the college receives a lot of business plan applications and the selected few get the chance to execute their ideas.

Supposedly, this is where the sosy boys and girls would eat and hang out.

Buddha Bean is one of the most raved about stalls this year because of its meat toppings.

Interestingly, they follow eco-friendly practices. Ex. If you bring your own bowl (BYOB), the prices are P5 cheaper.

Also, the usage of spoons and forks have a corresponding P5 deposit fee (per utensil) and plates/tumblers at P10 each.

The fee is refunded once you return the borrowed items. This practice encourages you to use disposable utensils and plates or to just bring your own.

Wi-Fi is available and the tables are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Similar to La Salle’s tambayan culture, Ateneo has a bench culture where certain benches are reserved for the artists, the UAAP players, etc. (I heard this bench culture is starting to diminish…)

Around the Ateneo Campus

I must say Ateneo has a really nice campus with a lot of gardens and trees. The atmosphere is conducive to studying.

Kudos to Manny V. Pangilinan for donating this Center for Student Leadership building, which is dedicated entirely to student leaders. This is similar to DLSU’s Student Personnel Services (SPS) building except that it does not have airconditiong.

There is a MAC store inside the campus?

I actually couldn’t stand hanging around the bookstore with all the Blue Ateneo Shirts. πŸ™‚

The student ID in Ateneo.

A lot of areas in the campus are great for muni-muni moments…

I was amazed with the new Rizal Library in Ateneo. Ganda!

There are also a few art installations, like this Bamboo musical art structure.

Be careful when crossing the streets in Ateneo. A kid died when he got hit by a car in the Grade School building area. My tour guide also figured in an accident on this same pedestrian crossing. A car hit his backpack while we were crossing it. His left leg/ankle is still recovering. I’m not sure if he can play sports again…

Finally, there’s the Church of the Gesu and the Great Bellarmine Field — the site of the championship bonfires in Ateneo.

Nic and Reg, my gracious tour guides.

Overall, the assortment of food is not bad (although I feel the cost of food is prioritized over the quality). I like the JGSOM SEC food center where aspiring foodie entrepreneurs could implement their food business ideas. I understand why Manang’s is considered a food institution in Ateneo — masarap naman siya. I like Ateneo’s eco-friendly practices of encourging students to bring their own utensils and removing the use of styrofoam. Best of all, I love the spacious campus with the green trees and muni-muni areas.

Thanks to Nic and Reg for showing me around the Ateneo Campus!

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