After many years, I am back to my Alma Mater known as Sintang Paaralan to my fellow PUPians. PUP or Polytechnic University of the Philippines is one of the biggest State Universities in the country in terms of population. This is also where my girlfriend (Eloi) and I met because we were classmates in college. Yiihii!
It was supposed to be just a usual visit because we wanted to reminisce a lot of our student memories. But you know, after all these years, things have changed. We now have our own jobs and we’re older, but it will never deny the fact that within this university is where we started to dream and learn a lot of things in life.
There were some changes in facilities and all but the feeling of being inside the school is still the same. A huge “Bahay ng Alumni” building is built on the right side of the university, and the most noticeable is this wall. Students call this “The Great Wall.” Its like an Ancient, Intramuros-like wall that surrounds some of the most iconic structures in the university, the amphitheater and the Lagoon!
Eloi and I were both holding hands when we entered the Great Wall. We were welcomed by the familiar vibe of the PUP Lagoon. I remember this was where we usually hang out when we have classes at the PUP main. During our times, this was surrounded by trees and plants, but now the area was transformed into a park with tables and chairs made of cement where students eat and make their school works.
And surrounding the area, is a long stalls of food! Yum yum! Remember when you were a student and you have enough allowance, the food’s price was just enough for you, right?
What if you came back and you’re already making your own money and you see these delectable food with price good for students? !
Carbonara and Chicken Pesto for 20 pesos?
Huge juice drinks for 20 pesos?
Shakes of different flavors for 30 and less?
Sandwiches and burgers ranging between 20 pesos each?
Oh my! Nataranta ako for a while. Haha! (panicked)
Eloi bought a huge Dalandan drinks, chicken pesto and this very popular food among students that has a strange abbreviation. It’s also new to me! We didn’t have this during our time. It’s called FEWA or Footlong Egg Wrapped Around. Oh ha! Haha! And it’s only 39 pesos good for two!
While Ate (vendor) was cooking and preparing the FEWA. I couldn’t help but ask to get inside their store and take a photo of the famous FEWA. I told them we didn’t have this during our time. Ate asked me when did I graduate. Hmmm.. I hesitated for a while Haha!
I said it was a long time ago like 2004. She smile and said, “I think FEWA started in 2005.”
I was like huh? Haha!
I told her, “So they just waited for me to get out of this school before they started?”
Ate said “Yes” and we all laughed. Oh my I can really get along with all tinderas (vendors) Haha!
We settled to one of the tables and ate our FEWA, Dalandan juice and Chicken Pesto. I told Eoi that I was having a great time going back and eating on the same place like we used to. 🙂 And then, Eloi saw this one student sipping some shake that looks too inviting. She hurriedly stood up and told me to stay to look for our bags. After a few minutes, she came back holding this chocolate-looking shake that looks so delicious. She said it’s the most popular shake among the students, the Graham Mango Shake with added Pearls. The special order is only 40 pesos.
It was a perfect desert. The graham powder tastes good with chocolate and mango. We both loved it.
We then walked around the building. It was still the same building that we walked through years ago. And of course, the chapel. This is where we usually hang out to eat and just chat with friends. It still looks the same.
One of the most popular food trips when we were in college was the famous Lugawan just a few meters outside the school near the church. It was a huge hit among students because the lugaw was really good at a very affordable for price. During our time, plain lugaw was only 5 pesos per order and it’s unlimited. Yes you read it right. Pay 5 pesos and you can go back and get some more whenever you want!
You can also go for egg, lumpia and others for an additional 6 pesos each.
We walked to the inner streets of Sta. Mesa and found our way to the Lugawan. It doesn’t look like the same as before, but we’re still happy to see that the Unli and refillable Lugaw is still alive after all these years.
Now, the Unlimited and Refillable Plain Lugaw is 10 pesos per order! Additional like Egg and Lumpia are also 10 pesos each
We ordered 2 plain lugaw and one lumpiang togue for me. Haha! Eloi is a huge fan of lugaw. It’s her favorite. As for me, I need lumpia to add with lugaw for me to get satisfied.
For only 150 pesos for both of us m, we were able to enjoy a wide array of food and we also get to reminisce our old student days.
This is also a call for Alumni out there to take time to visit our Alma Mater. This is not just for us to remember our old times but surprisingly, will satisfy your cravings for best and affordable food trip experience.