HEADLINES

From Bad to Worse

Hervey Angelo Avenido | Chunchunmaru and the Goats | Cartoonist

FOR MANY YEARS NOW, FOOD HAS BEEN MADE THE SIMPLE GO-TO OPTION OF MOST PEOPLE WHO FEEL A LITTLE DOWN, WHO FEEL A LITTLE STRESSED, AND PEOPLE WHO JUST FEEL LIKE EATING ONE DELICIOUS FOOD BECAUSE THEY CAN’T RESIST THAT AROMATIC SMELL OF FRESHLY MADE DISH IN FRONT OF THEM. IN FACT, WE ALWAYS SAY “FOOD IS LIFE,” OR “FOOD IS LOVE.” WELL, AT LEAST UNTIL
SOMETHING/SOMEONE ABUSES PRICING AND CUSTOMER SERVICE IN THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY.

We all know the infamous Silliman cafeteria frequented by many students until today. The cafeteria, despite its subpar service, manages to somehow monopolize and control the catering services needed by students during events and functions. Why is that? Is it because of their subsidized pricing? Or is it because of nostalgia? The answer might be surprising: it is neither. The cafeteria’s ruthless bullying of other competition in the F&B industry, like the removal of pancit cantons in kiosks and the removal of the lumpia man outside the Engineering gate, much to many of our fellow students’ chagrin, is obvious to many. So why hasn’t it stopped?

SU cafeteria is still serving food to most student functions. Now we see a growing number of issues and complaints being raised by students because their poor food products and services costs more than the standard catering service offered here in the city. For example, the recent issue regarding that five-thousand-peso worth of SU cafeteria pizzas which isn’t even worth the charged amount or the recent Fine Dining event of CBA students who were charged so much for a very poor “fine dining” experience catered by the SU cafeteria.

Don’t get me wrong. The cafeteria has managed to produce a few masterpieces like their cheesebread and their meatballs but we also get unfair portioning of the food like chicken, adobo, and the infamous “rubber beef.” You don’t want to pay an expensive 35-peso chicken wing that’s thinner than slenderman on a vegan diet and we haven’t even talked about how small their expensive deserts are! But hey, it’s nearby and very accessible right after a stressful class session, so spend all your money here! All. Of. It!

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