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Sinirangan which means “from the East” in Waray is a project by the Permanent Commission on Social Mission Apostolate (PCSMA) of the Redemptorist Missionaries in 2014 as a rehabilitation project for the survivors of Yolanda in four towns in Eastern Samar: Quinapondan, General MacArthur, Llorente and Giporlos.
It is an alternative livelihood to all Yolanda survivors who are still rebuilding their lives from the super typhoon. But since coconut trees will take approximately four to 10 years to reach maturity, they opted to why not try bearing coffee which will take only two to three years to yield beans.
Then, the locals started planting in 2014 but as a start up, they still need to buy coffee beans from Benguet and Bukidnon in the meantime.
According to Jasma O. Salem, Project Manager, the Sinirangan project also aims to help their scholars get regular jobs and be able to help their families.
Did you know that 70% of the profit goes to the scholarship fund and just 30% for Sinirangan Coffee shop itself?
Indeed, Sinirangan coffee shop is not just a coffee shop but an advocacy: Brewing Coffee, Rebuilding Lives.
Sinirangan Coffee is a mix of 70% Robusta and 30% Arabica beans, creating a spicy and stronger taste compared to other coffees.
Located at the base of the Carillon Tower in Baclaran Church, most of Sinirangan’s regular goers are the devotees of the Mother of Perpetual Help.
Sinirangan Coffee also observe a “NO WIFI ZONE” why? Because they want to encourage everyone to have real conversations.
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Soon, diners can also enjoy the over-looking Pasay City at the roof-deck (Carillon) to reflect and refresh at the same time.
Sinirangan Coffee is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., except on Wednesdays and Sundays, when it opens as early as 6 a.m. and stays open until 11 p.m.