Article by Hannika Santos
Photos by Lisa Marie David
Graphics by Gian Ferrer
It was with eager anticipation that we headed towards Stories by LilyPad along Times St., West Triangle. The promise of an interesting backstory urged us on.
The café is the ancestral home of one the owners, Angel Tangco. She reminisces, “I had so many good memories of this house, especially how my grandparents loved to host get-togethers with family and friends. It was a constant stream of lunches, dinners, and parties. As we all moved away, I always felt a certain nostalgia for those good old days. One afternoon, I visited the house and looked on it with melancholy as it stood empty. At that moment, Gigi de Jesus, my partner, had the bright idea of turning it into a cafe. I immediately knew it was the answer to how I can preserve and continue the legacy of warmth and family my house was known for.”
Photos of the old house during the 1970s
The decor, a blend of previously owned original pieces from the 1970s and bespoke accessories, makes one instantly feel Stories’ welcoming atmosphere.
With such a familial origin, it is no wonder that the place is conducive to pleasant conversations and homey experiences.
The fountain of ceramic mugs, aside from being aesthetically pleasing, enhances the feel-good vibe of the garden area. They are sentimental pieces from their close friends and family.
The café’s function room, with its high ceiling and retro furniture, is also equipped with a 50-inch LED TV, which lends a casual but professional ambiance. It can accommodate up to 20 persons, perfect for company meetings/presentations and intimate gatherings.
Coming from a family with epicurean passion and who, for years, was involved in the food service industry, Gigi naturally brought in homegrown inspired original recipes.
It was amazing to learn that the dishes have origins as well. So without further ado, let’s get to the dishes!
Godofried Chicken – 298 php
The popular Godofried chicken is named after Gigi’s dad, Godofredo, who taught her the secret of cooking this special brand of crispy chicken. This method, combined with Gigi’s recipe and unique dip, makes it one of the most sought-after items on the menu.
JaKoThai Rice – 310 php
This dish is inspired by Japanese, Korean, and Thai flavors. On a stormy day, the owners were stuck at home and had to survive with the ingredients available in the pantry. Gigi whipped up their “survival food”, what is now known as Jakothai Rice.